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Caldera Systems went public, after a short delay, on March 21. The
stock, which was offered at $14/share began trading at $26 and closed at
$29.44. It thus registered a 110% gain on its first day. This gain, of
course, falls far short of those turned in by companies like Red Hat, VA
Linux, and others. Some people are certainly disappointed by that. But
this result should not be seen as disappointing in any way. Consider:
In that context, Caldera put in a respectable performance. Interest in
Linux companies, and in this company in particular, remains high enough to
more than double the (already raised) initial price on the first day. Not
- Caldera went public during a market that is hostile to technology
stocks in general, and Linux stocks in particular. On the day that
Caldera went out, VA Linux fell below $80 and Red Hat went below $60 -
both small fractions of their peak values.
- Caldera's IPO had been the subject of a fair amount of
less-than-friendly press coverage. To say that it lacked the hype
that some of its predecessors had would be an understatement.
(See also: Caldera's
press release announcing the IPO).
Do depressed Linux stock values signal the end of the party? One
could easily tend toward pessimism. LWN's Linux Stock
Index, which peaked at over 200, is now below 120. VA Linux systems is
down below a quarter of its peak value; Red Hat, Cobalt, and Andover are
below half their peaks. It must be hard times in the world of Linux
Or maybe not. One could just as easily say that the stock values of last
December were an irrational aberration and that some sort of reality is now
returning to the field. Was Red Hat ever really worth almost
$20 billion? The values of most Linux stocks are still high in any
sort of absolute terms. If they had reached their current values from
below, how many people would really be disappointed?
The return of reality can only be a good thing. Linux will not take over
the world tomorrow. No one company will ever dominate the Linux market.
It makes no sense to value Linux stocks so highly, and it distorts a lot of
things. It attracts companies like LinuxOne. Maybe now Linux company
CEO's can dream a little less about becoming instant billionaires and get
on with the business of making their companies actually work.
New Linuxcare S-1 filing Linuxcare has submitted a new
S-1 (IPO) filing ending a period of silence from that direction. There
is little exciting to be found therein - the price range remains $11-13.
The new filing does much more strongly emphasize that the director and
officers will own 57.7% of the company; states that they are now approved
to use the LXCR symbol; lists, among the risk factors, that the widespread
use of the term "Linux" could cause confusion; removes references to
agreements with Creative Computing, Informix, and Viviance; removes the
staff list showing their prominent developers; and lists expiration dates
for their big contracts (all in 2000).
SourceForge - with a twist? A site called Asynchrony.com has announced
its existence. Asynchrony seems to think that it can harness open
source style software development methodologies for proprietary projects;
it seems that perhaps they do not entirely understand what makes open
Asynchrony hosts development projects, much like SourceForge does. Only,
in most cases, the source code is kept proprietary; only developers who
have been accepted into the project have access. Each developer is
assigned a number of "shares" in the project. If and when the project
makes money, it gets paid back to the developers based on how many shares
Marketing and sales are handled by Asynchrony. The company also,
crucially, claims ownership of all code hosted on its site.
Asynchrony may well establish itself as a way to publicise and recruit
developers worldwide for proprietary projects - there might just be a
market there. But, despite its pretensions, it is not hosting anything
that looks like an open source development process. It is simply providing
outsourcing for a number of aspects of the proprietary software business.
Too bad they feel the need to splash "Linux" all over their press
Corel announces first quarter results. Corel has announced
its first quarter results. They lost $12.4 million on
$44.1 million in revenues. The announcements includes a prediction
that similar losses will prevail for the next couple of quarters as well.
The press conference was characterized by an almost whiny performance by
CEO Michael Cowpland, who wanted to know why his company was expected to
make money when all those other Linux companies, with high market
capitalizations, didn't have to.
Corel has also announced
that WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux is now shipping, and will show up in
stores in early April.
TurboLinux developing custom Linux for Chinese Space Agency.
TurboLinux has announced
that it is developing a custom version of its distribution for the China
Aerospace Corporation. No word on what will make this custom version
Troll Tech to preview embedded Linux GUI. Troll Tech has announced
the preview of a new graphical user interface development library for
embedded systems. The library evidently provides the Qt interface to
applications, but runs without the X window system. There is no mention of
licensing in the press release.
Lineo acquires Moreton Bay. Lineo has announced that it is acquiring Moreton Bay, an Australian firm that
does a lot of virtual private network work.
SGI announces digital media SDK. SGI has announced
the availability of its digital media software development kit, which works
with Irix and Linux both. "dmSDK provides a bridge to enable digital
media developers to migrate their applications to Linux."
eSoft and Intel sign network appliance deal. eSoft has
announced a deal with Intel to provide its
Linux-based "redphish" software for Intel's "Entry-level Communication
Applicance Reference Design" platform. Together the two will be marketing
the software to OEMs as a ready-to-go system.
'Jini in a Nutshell' released. O'Reilly and Associates has announced the release of Jini in a Nutshell. They
have put one chapter on the net for those who want to sample the book.
SCO announces new corporate structure. SCO has announced
a corporate restructuring that will, it claims, better enable it to pursue
Linux opportunities (among other things).
In a separate release, SCO also announced
that its second quarter results will be "significantly lower" than
expected. They blame the post-Y2K period for their problems...
Teamware Office for Linux 5.3 Edition 2. Teamware Office is a commercial
product from Fujitsu that has been ported to Linux and is available
on a free trial basis. Checking out the product
comparison page, it has an interesting list of features, including
its own web server, backup softare, billing software and more.
Not all features are currently working on Linux, but if you've been
stymied in your Linux transition by the absence of an equivalent for
a proprietary package in these areas, you may want to take a look.
Some folks were amused by the Perl
OS spoof we mentioned in the March 9 LWN. In a "truth is stranger
than fiction" move, a company called Aestiva has
announced a thing called "HTML/OS" - claimed to be the first
operating system for the web. "Development is done with HTML, the
"Hypertext Markup Language" documents which form the basis for all Web
sites. This kind of focus on the Web cannot be accomplished with
conventional operating systems since they are hardware-centric, not
Web-centric." Upon a closer look, HTML/OS appears to not be an
operating system at all, but another processing language which can be
embedded into web pages. Sort of like PHP, except that the language is
BASIC... But it does run under Linux.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
Open Souce Products:
- Interphase has
announced the availability of Linux drivers for its fibre channel
adapters. An (unspecified) open source license is claimed for these
Commercial Products for Linux:
- Adaptec has
announced that its Ultra160 SCSI controllers are supported
under Linux on IA-64 systems.
Agate Technologies, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif.) announced it will soon
be releasing its next generation new HotChip, a "hot swap" IDE Plug
& Play ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) chip with
software driver, to support the Linux operating system on Intel-based
Bowstreet (San Francisco) announced the Bowstreet Business Web
Factory 2.0, a B2B platform that lets companies grow their
businesses on the web.
Digi International Inc. (MINNEAPOLIS) announced the availability
of its DataFire SYNC 2000 Driver Development Kit (DDK).
- GNUware announced the release of PackageIT! 1.0 containing
the over 500 megabytes of Linux programs in RPM format for use on most
any Linux machine supporting RPM.
I-Link, Inc. (DRAPER, Utah) announced GateLink open-API
programming platform, a "pioneering step in IP Telephony
Linux Technologies (KANSAS CITY, Kan) announced its suite of
packaged open source desktop software applications. Applications
are available in several categories including office, business,
scientific, network, graphics, games, and multimedia.
- Mortgage Builder Software has
announced the availability of its loan origination system for
- A company called Multiple Zones has
announced the opening of
its online Linux store.
QAD announced immediate availability of QAD MFG/PRO version
9.0 enterprise applications for Red Hat Linux 6.0.
- WZIS Store now has
WZOLE 4.0N for Linux/X86 (the N means
non-commercial). WZOLE stands for Wei Zhong Oriental Language
Environment, and this version is free of charge for non-commercial
and personal use.
Zapex Technologies (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) introduced the
ZL-330 Linux-based MPEG-2/Dolby encoder for satellite, video
server, Digital Video Broadcast (DVB), and cable applications.
Products Using Linux:
EBIZ Enterprises Inc. (SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA--OTTAWA, ONTARIO)
announced its new line of dual boot workstations based on the Corel
LINUX OS and Microsoft Windows 98. When turned on, the new dual
boot systems initially start in Corel LINUX OS, with a menu-driven
option to work in either the Corel LINUX OS or Microsoft Windows 98
- EBIZ has
announced a new line of server systems - with TurboLinux
installed - that will be available from TheLinuxStore.com.
Compuware Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced the
introduction of NuMega DevPartner 2.0 Java Edition.
Insignia Solutions (FREMONT, Calif.) announced that its has joined
the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) Project to market its accelerated
Jeode platform as the premier Java solution for digital set-top
box and television applications.
Java World (SOMERS, N.Y.) called IBM's Java Developer Kit 1.1.8
for Linux the "Best Free Product".
Level 8 Systems, Inc. announced Geneva Message Queuing for
Products with Linux Versions:
AltaVista Company (PALO ALTO, Calif.) announced the immediate
availability of AltaVista Search Engine 3.0 for e-business.
Cohesion Systems, Inc. (WOODSIDE, Calif) announced a new
product and pricing structure for their database driven design
capture products for Verilog/VHDL, Analog/Full Custom IC, and PCB
ConnectCom Solutions, Inc. announced the shipment of its
AdvanSys ASB3950U2W "two-in-one" Ultra2 Small Computer Systems
Interface (SCSI) board. Drivers are available to support Linux.
Cycore (SAN MATEO, Calif.) announced the release of Cycore
Cult3D 5.0, which delivers the ability to insert 3D graphics into
any Microsoft Office or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) document.
Firstwave Technologies, Inc. (ATLANTA) announced support of
Oracle database technology and the Linux and Unix operating systems
for Firstwave eRM, a web-based suite of customer/partner
relationship management applications.
Hewlett-Packard Company (SAN FRANCISCO) unveiled the HP Garage
Program. The HP Garage Program, supports start-ups in building,
running, marketing and financing their businesses.
ITtoolbox (PHOENIX) announced the launch of Open IT Exchange
(OpenITx), a new Internet community hub that lets IT professionals
collaborate with each other.
JNI Corporation (SAN DIEGO) announced it has started shipping the
FibreStar FCE2-6410 and FCE2-6412, dual-port PCI-to-Fibre
Channel host bus adapters for use in storage systems, servers and
JPHI America Inc. (MINNEAPOLIS) announced the launch an upgraded
version of its SuiteResponse CRM (customer relationship
management) solution, Service 5.01.
McAfee (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) announced it is shipping new
versions of the McAfee VirusScan product for e-businesses and
Neoware Systems, Inc. (KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.) announced that its
new NeoStation 3000C and 2300 information appliances have been
awarded prestigious PC Magazine Editors' Choice awards.
NetCentrex (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) unveiled its NetCentrex
Platform, a 100% IP Telephony solution.
Partnerships, Investments and Acquisitions:
Actuate Corporation announced it has acquired EnterpriseSoft, a
developer of Java software products. Actuate plans to support
customers and resellers developing applications based around the Java
and Linux platforms.
Digital Island, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that Linuxcare,
Inc. uses its network services to deliver customer support to
Global 1000 companies.
Eagle Wireless International, Inc. (LEAGUE CITY, Texas) announced
the acquisition of etoolz, Inc., a San Antonio-based research
and development organization specializing in the development of
innovative Java and Linux-based hardware and software technologies for
the communications industry.
Elfstone Software (ROYAL OAK, Mich.) announced a partnership
with Frank Kasper and Associates, a distributor of Linux software.
HotDispatch.com (SAN JOSE, Calif.) launched a new online
developer support service with IBM developerWorks, a fast, free
online resource dedicated to developers focused on open industry
Interphase Corporation (DALLAS) announced that LAND-5
Corporation has selected Interphase PowerSAN adapters to provide
Fibre Channel SAN connectivity for networks running the Linux
Lineo, Inc. (LINDON, Utah) announced an agreement with Coresoft
Technologies to deliver a Linux-based computer telephony solution.
Merlin Software Technologies Inc. (ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FLORIDA)
announced an agreement with Italsel, the leading software distributor
in Italy. Italsel will distribute Merlin's PerfectBACKUP+ Linux
backup and crash recovery software to its retail channel.
Microtest, Inc. (PHOENIX) formed a strategic alliance with the
Tokyo Electro Acoustics Company (TEAC) to market a new line of
network attached storage appliances. TEAC's Data Storage Product
Division (DSPD), responsible for continental Europe, will embed
Microtest's DiscZerver technology in its new network attached optical
- Moreton Bay LLC and Progressive Systems, Inc. announced their
joint development of an embedded firewall appliance solution
based on the Progressive Systems Phoenix Adaptive Firewall, which is
both ICSA and Linux Labs certified, and the Moreton Bay NETtel
embedded Linux Internet VPN router.
Pervasive Software Inc. (AUSTIN, Texas) announced that it has
signed a distribution agreement with Abits Software to
distribute Pervasive's Tango 2000 e-business application development
software and Pervasive.SQL 2000 database in Latin America.
Renegade Inc. (TAMPA, Fla.) announced that it has become a
Business Partner-Value-Added Reseller for Caldara Systems, Inc.
- A company called sTupidPC has
announced that it has received approval as a Red Hat
Worldwide Online Corp. (Toronto) announced that the company will
join IBM's "Service Provider for e-business" initiative of IBM
PartnerWorld, an initiative developed to enable the next
generation of Service Providers.
Linux products at work:
- InfoExpress (Los Altos, CA)
released this press release about Sybase using the InfoExpress
VTCP/Secure virtual private network (VPN) solution which runs on
Red Hat Linux 5.2.
HostPro (NAMPA, Idaho) announced it is using the Cobalt RaQ 3
server appliance to provide web hosting.
- Neal Nelson & Associates reported that
Alcatel used its Linux-based test bed to put all of Alcatel's
products through high stress, real-life testing in a controlled lab
Unify Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif) and Honeywell Security
Products announced that Honeywell Security Products NexSentry
StarGaze received an award. NexSentry StarGaze is a
next-generation security management system developed using Unify's
application development environment for Linux.
1mage Software, Inc. (ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) announced the
appointment of James J. Capeless to its Board of Directors.
Integrated Software & Devices Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif.) a
provider of embedded Linux, Royal Linux and VxWorks software
solutions, announced that Art Swift has joined the company as its
president and chief operating officer.
nStor Technologies (SAN DIEGO) announced the appointment of
Jonathan Ash as Vice President Marketing.
OMNIS Technology Corporation (SAN CARLOS, Calif) announced that
Bryce J. Burns, an experienced software operations executive,
has joined its board of directors. Mr. Burns currently heads the
Business Planning and Release Management Group of Novell, Inc.
Previously, Burns served as executive vice president and chief
operating officer of Caldera Systems, Inc.
Piranha, Inc. (DALLAS) announced two appointments to Piranha's
Board of Directors and the assignment of Nathan McClintock as
President of Piranha's wholly owned subsidiary Zideo.com.
Piranha, Inc. is a digital workflow technology company providing data
compression technology, created on the Linux operating system.
Andover.Net (ACTON, Mass.) announced its network of sites now
has more than 3,000,000 unique visitors and over 60,000,000 page
impressions on a monthly basis.
Arkeia Software (CARLSBAD, Calif.) announced that it has
expanded its reseller network to now include online software
vendors specializing in the Linux operating system.
Gannett Media Technologies International (Cincinnati) a systems
integrator and software developer serving the printing and publishing
industry, announced the completion of 19 Linux-based Digital
Collections DC3 L-Systems.
- The Linux Business Expo has put out
this press release talking about the companies that will be
exhibiting at the conference in April.
- Maximum Linux has put out
this silly press release drawing attention to its April 11
- Navarre has
announced that it distributed 33% of all Linux software
sold in the second half of 1999.
Netgem (NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, France) announced new records in
revenues for its second year of commercial operations. Netgem's
technology operates on a Linux-based open software platform and a
thin-client access device.
- Sair Linux & GNU released this
newsletter which recaps several of their more recent press releases.
- SmartForce has
announced a series of Linux training courses aimed at Linux
Professional Institute and RHCE certification.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
March 23, 2000