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MandrakeSoft has been busy this week continuning to
weave their classic Linux success story.
Having grown way beyond their roots in the Red Hat distribution,
Linux-Mandrake is clearly one of the top major independent Linux distributions.
adopted Linux-Mandrake for their Linux hardware-solutions, and last
bought Bochs and comitted it to Open Source.
announced two new Linux-Mandrake 7.0 releases:
i486, and the UltraSPARC beta.
also had something to say about MandrakeSoft with
announcement of Secure Server 7.0, a secure Linux web server built
within the Linux-Mandrake 7.0 operating system.
The Pacoima Community Technology Center got a boost last week
from Maxspeed and MandrakeSoft.
In two separate press releases MandrakeSoft and Maxspeed announced their
participation in a charitable donation to the Pacoima Community Technology
donated both software and technical expertise. Maxspeed
donated thin-client workstations, monitors and a server.
A nice balance of commercial partnering, open source nurturing and
enhancing customer choice for MandrakeSoft last week.
For the story of Linux-Mandrake as told by the distribution's creator,
check out Gael Duval's
feature article we published two weeks ago.
MandrakeSoft's Chief Technical Officer, Jean-loup Gailly, talks
about "gzip, go, and Mandrake" in this fun
Slashdot interview from earlier this month.
TeamLinux blasted off this week with their corporate
launch and the acquisition of
Wimberley TechSys, Inc. (WTS) of Austin, Texas and
Information Systems, Inc., (ISI) of Dayton, Ohio.
WIS's chip design expertise makes an interesting first acquisiton for the
new services firm. ISI's experience gives TeamLinux access to the health
care and government markets.
The company describes itself as "a professional services organization that
provides customers completely integrated solutions enabled by open source /
Linux technology". TeamLinux sponsors the Linux Professional Institute
(LPI) and Linux International. Their first announced business partners are
TurboLinux, Mandrake, SuSe, Corel, Sun StarOffice, Compaq and HP.
The management team has
impressive credentials from established firms such as IBM, NCR, AT&T,
TRW, Vanstar, Andersen Consulting and Coopers & Lybran. What I didn't find,
at least at first glance, is any emphasis on Open Source experience or
community involvement in those credentials.
We wish TeamLinux well in service to their customers
and the Open Source community.
In IPO news last week Red Herring reviewed and Rackspace.com filed.
14 IPOs went this past week, with an average profit for investors of 53.9%,
noted this article entitled IPO week in
review: 14 deals raise $2.4 billion. Caldera was one of the two best
performers, but its performance was still below what was
expected. "The number of deals and dollar volumes are expected to
continue in their present course, but the moonshot-a-day scenario present
earlier this year is fading."
announced it has filed to register $65 million of common stock for
an initial public offering. Rackspace.com provides advanced
Linux-based Internet hosting services for small-to medium-sized
businesses. Although Rackspace.com did not reveal the number of
shares or the per-share price range it would unleash upon the
markets, it did say that it hopes to trade on the tech-laden Nasdaq
using the ticker symbol "RACK."
announced it has filed with regulators to sell about $14.37
million worth of shares in Red Hat.
Meanwhile Red Hat has reported its fourth
quarter results. "Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), the leading
provider of open source solutions for Internet infrastructure,
reported revenue of $13.1 million for the fourth quarter ended
February 29, 2000, a 39% increase over revenue of $9.4 million for the
fourth quarter last year. "
Merlin Software Technologies
announced the "Option Source Program, which combines the
benefits of free & independently tested Open Source Linux
software with compensation for programmers. The Option Source
program is proprietary to Merlin and is designed to speed the
development of Open Source Linux software." Merlin then
holds joint copyright and intellectual property rights to the software
so developed, which would then be released under a yet-to-be-specified
"Merlin Option Source license".
IHS Consulting Group
releases findings of a study that shows Linux is stirring strong
interest from the POS (Point-of-Sale) terminal market. IHS
President Greg Buzek admits that it will be an uphill battle, though.
"Looking forward, Buzek added, 'If those in the open source
community can avoid a potential split in Linux, if POS drivers can be
written, and if vendors step up for support, Linux could make some
significant impact in the market. But these are some major challenges
for a product that has no clear owner.'"
Evans Marketing Services
announced the availability of a comprehensive research study of
Linux developers. "The study found severe dissatisfaction amongst
Linux developers with the tools currently available."
Compaq has made some of its new, super-thin, 1U rackmount
Alpha servers available for testing via its TestDrive program. There are
both Red Hat and SuSE systems available, with Debian "coming soon."
Slashdot headlines are now being made available on QUIOS
Mobile Phones, according to this recent press release.
service will connect geeks on more than 150 mobile networks world-wide to
their beloved Slashdot.org headlines enabling them to stay
connected with the pulse of the Linux/Open Source industry 24 hours a
is urging the adoption of certification standards developed
by the Linux Professional Institute.
Section Editor: Dennis Tenney.
Open Souce Products:
- Dolphin Interconnect Solutions
introduced an open sourced Linux driver for its high performance
- A new company called "Indrema" has
announced that it will be bringing out products based on "open
source digital electronics." Their first product will be an
entertainment console that runs Linux, and which has open interfaces.
Visionyze.com (QUEBEC CITY, Canada) announced that it will develop
an open source version of its Hybrid Online Analytical Processing
(OLAP) technology on the Linux platform.
Commercial Products for Linux:
Concord Communications, Inc. (MARLBORO, Mass.) announced that
SystemEDGE, part of its flagship eHealth solution suite,
supports the Linux operating system.
Corel Corporation (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) and Bitstream Inc. announced
that the Linux font server from Bitstream has been incorporated
into WordPerfect Office 2000, a comprehensive office productivity
suite for the Linux OS. In addition, the Linux font server from
Bitstream will be included in future versions of Corel LINUX OS, which
has been downloaded by over 200,000 Linux users to date.
- IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.
introduced Linux in a Box For Dummies, a three-CD
collection containing Caldera OpenLinux 2.3, and StarOffice for Linux
5.1, as well as two E-Books and a compact installation manual.
- Inprise has
announced the availability of a beta version of InterBase
6.0. Still no source, however...
Intrusion.com, Inc. (RICHARDSON, Texas,) announced the immediate
availability of Linux support for its SecureCom 8000 family of
Internet security appliances and chassis systems.
- Joydesk.com (Seattle, Wash.) announced plans to release Joydesk
2.1, a Web-based groupware suite for the Cobalt Qube and RaQ
- Kaspersky Lab (Moscow, Russia) announced a beta-version of
AntiViral Toolkit Pro for Sendmail.
Knox Software Corp. (CARLSBAD, Calif.) announced that its
Arkeia network backup software application has been selected
for inclusion on the latest edition of the Red Hat Linux Application
LAND-5 Corporation (SAN DIEGO) introduced the RAIDpod,
which allows one to add SCSI disk array RAID storage to off-the-shelf
or custom servers.
Novell, Inc. (SALT LAKE CITY) announced the upcoming availability
of the Novell Internet Messaging System (NIMS) on the Solaris
and Linux platforms.
Omnis Technology Corp. (SAN CARLOS, Calif.) announced the
inclusion of its flagship product, OMNIS Studio, in Caldera
Systems' eDesktop release of OpenLinux.
PentaSafe Security Technologies, Inc. (HOUSTON) announced a Linux
strategy and the future release of the PentaSafe VigilEnt Security
Agent for Linux. PentaSafe has also joined the Independent
Software Vendor Partner Program of Red Hat.
International (SAN LEANDRO, CA) announced the release of Max Xbase
2.0 for Linux.
QueryObject Systems Corporation (ROSLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y.) announced
the beta program for a new release of its QueryObject Server for
- Rebel.com has
announced that its NetWinder series of computers has been
certified by Linuxcare Labs as being fully functional under Linux.
- Teamware Group announced the open pre-release download of Teamware
Office 5.3 for Linux platform. The product is available for a 90-day
evaluation period with a 50-user license.
- TheLinuxShopper.com (St. Louis, MO) is a new website offering
Linux users a new place to buy Linux software.
TransEDA (PARIS, France and LOS GATOS, Calif) announced that
Verification Navigator, its integrated design verification
environment, will support Red Hat Linux for Intel-based workstations.
Verisity Ltd. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced that its testbench
automation tool, Specman Elite, will support the Linux
X and Mail (PARIS) announced the availability of XWAPmail,
a software solution empowering Telecommunication Operators, ISPs and
Wireless Service Providers to provide their client with full access
and management of their e-mail accounts (POP3 and IMAP4) through WAP
handheld communication devices such as cell-phones and wireless PDAs.
Available in Sun Solaris and Linux versions and supports LDAP
directories, CGI and FastCGI scripts.
Paragon Solutions, Inc. (CHICAGO) announced the availability of
Web-based training courses, Learning Linux Essentials and
Networking Linux. Designed for adoption by Linux vendors, resellers,
and trainers, these courses were developed in conjunction with
O'Reilly & Associates.
Products Using Linux:
Extended Systems announced a feature release of the ExtendNet
4000 Internet appliance, which uses Red Hat Linux.
M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd. (FREMONT, Calif) announced that
3iLinux has selected DiskOnChip for its Universal Internet Box.
- O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA) announced a new
edition of 'Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB)' for the enterprise software
Products with Linux Versions:
AMD (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) released an upgraded version of its PCnet
software suite, featuring two new device drivers supporting
Microsoft Windows 2000 and Linux operating systems.
Asante Technologies, Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced the
GigaNIX, a copper Gigabit Ethernet adapter.
CircleBox (MARBLEHEAD, Mass.) released the next generation in
file-swapping software named GNARLY!.
Corel Corporation (NOVATO, Ca. & OTTAWA) announced it has entered
into a non-exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with IMSI which
entitles Corel to license the source code for two productivity
applications: FLOW!, a flow chart and diagraming package, and
TurboProject, a project management program.
Covalent Technologies, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that it will
begin exporting its 128-bit Raven SSL strong encryption
software product outside the US and Canada.
Gadzoox Networks, Inc. (SALT LAKE CITY) announced that its
Capellix 3000 modular SAN switch has been awarded certification
for Novell Directory Services (NDS).
Image Power, Inc. (VANCOUVER) announced it has been selected by
the ISO committee as the source of the C reference code for JPEG
Intel Corporation (AMERICAN FORK, Utah) released Intel LANDesk
Management Suite 6.4.
MasterCard International (PURCHASE, N.Y.) introduced Smart Data
OnLine, a web-based tool that assists businesses in organizing,
consolidating, analyzing and managing financial data through the
MATRAnet, Inc. (REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) announced the release of
M>WebTouch 3.0, its e-business customer relationship management
CSI-MAXIMUS (MCLEAN, Va.) announced fleet management systems
that run on the Oracle database as part of its suite of fleet
enterprise applications (FEAi).
MGE UPS SYSTEMS (COSTA MESA, Calif.) introduced its Pulsar
Esprit Power Cluster, the newest development in high availability
Novas Software, Inc. (PARIS and SAN JOSE, Calif) announced that it
is upgrading its Debussy Knowledge-Based Debugging system to
support fully integrated debugging of designs containing both Verilog
Omnis Technology Inc. (SAN CARLOS, CA) announced the release of
OMNIS Studio v2.4, the newest version its Rapid Application
Development (RAD) tool, OMNIS Studio.
OSM (SEATTLE) announced the release of COSuser, the latest
addition to COSMOS, its range of IT operations management products
for UNIX, Linux and NT.
Quantum Corporation's DLT & Storage Systems Group announced
that Tandberg Data ASA is expanding its DLT branded tape
drives, tape automation, and tape information storage products to
include Quantum's new Super DLTtape technology.
RADVision, Inc. (MAHWAH, N.J.) announced Version 2.6 of its
H.323 Protocol toolkit, optimized for demanding carrier grade
applications and embedded systems.
Timpanogas Research Group, Inc. (OREM, Utah) announced the
M-Squared Clustered Storage System (M2CS) for NetWare 5, Linux
and Windows 2000, and the M-Squared Distributed File System (M2FS)
for NetWare 5, Linux and Windows 2000.
Ubiquity Software Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced a major
software addition to its Helmsman Application Services
Viador Inc. (SAN MATEO, Calif.) announced it has made the
Viador E-Portal Suite available on the Linux operating system.
WebManage Technologies (CHELMSFORD, Mass.) announced
i-Scaler, an Internet Traffic Management solution with
Web-based Class of Service (WebCoS) and intelligent load balancing.
Xybridge Technologies (RICHARDSON, Texas) announced its
advanced Universal Services Suite (USS), a comprehensive family
of carrier-class software-based switching solutions.
Partnerships, Investments and Acquisitions:
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (REDWOOD CITY, Calif.)
announced its OPSEC Appliance Initiative, which enables
partners to deliver turnkey Internet security appliances based on
Check Point's Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture. The new
program is centered around Linux-based appliances.
- Cobalt Networks has
announced a deal to acquire Chili!Soft, a vendor of active
server pages (ASP) software for Linux. The deal is for
1.15 million shares of Cobalt stock.
Computer Horizons Corp. (MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J) announced that it
has signed an agreement with Red Hat, Inc. as a Certified
Enterprise Channel Partner.
- e-smith, inc. (Ottawa,
ON.), a developer and provider of open source, Linux-based server
products for small to medium enterprises, announced the formation of
an exclusive Technology Partnership Agreement with Ivynetwork
Co. Ltd. of Yokohama, Japan. Under the Technology Partnership
Agreement, e-smith and Ivynetwork will work together to develop,
market and sell e-smith products for the Japanese marketplace.
- EBIZ, Inc. has
announced that TheLinuxStore.com will join in
the upcoming Corel Linux Roadshow 2000, the North American tour
featuring WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux and Corel LINUX OS.
eSoft Inc. (BROOMFIELD, Colo.) announced a licensing and
distribution agreement with Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Complementary
Products division in Latin America. HP will license and distribute
eSoft's redphish Linux Internet appliance software in Latin
American. This agreement expands HP's recent initiatives with eSoft
including a similar agreement with the HP Complementary Products
Division in Germany.
Forlink Software Corporation Inc. (BEIJING and GENEVA) announced
that it has signed a "Red Hat ISV Partner Agreement" and a "Red Hat
Linux Application CD (LACD) Agreement" with Red Hat Inc.
SuSE and Siemens (BAD HOMBURG, Germany) announced a partnership
in the drive to serve Enterprise Linux customers.
Inprise/Borland (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) is looking for third party
support for its Kylix project. Some participants include Linux
distributors MandrakeSoft, TurboLinux, Corel, Caldera and SuSE.
Originally announced in September 1999, Project Kylix will be a high
performance Linux rapid application development environment that will
support Delphi, C and C++.
Intel Corporation (SANTA CLARA/SAN JOSE, Calif) announced that the
company has made a minority equity investment in Lynx Real-Time
Systems, Inc., developer of Linux-based embedded real-time
operating systems (RTOS).
- ISDCorp, makers of another embedded Linux distribution,
Royal Linux, have announced a
cooperative agreement with MIPS Technologies to provide Royal
Linux to MIPS32 and other MIPS architecture processors.
LinuxMall.com (DENVER) announced an agreement with EarthWeb's
Dice.com that will allow customized Linux job searches directly
from the site by simply placing Linux in the job search string.
LinuxWizardry Systems, Inc. (VANCOUVER, British Columbia)
announced that a private placement for $5,000,000 is being completed
for the development and production of its Linux based low-cost router.
MERANT (ROCKVILLE, Md.) unveiled several initiatives aimed at
bringing the power of MERANT Egility e-business solutions to the
IBM development community. That includes support for Linux on IBM
Merlin Software Technologies (ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla.) announced
that Caldera Systems Inc. has chosen Merlin's PefectBACKUP+
backup and crash recovery software to bundle with Caldera's newly
announced OpenLinux eDesktop version of Linux.
NETmachines, Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced that Linuxcare
Inc. will be the key provider of NETmachines' RedRak technical service
and support for all NETmachines customers throughout North
Progressive Systems, Inc. (COLUMBUS, OH) and KDD Network Systems
Co., Ltd. announced that the Progressive family of Linux-based
firewall and VPN solutions will be made available to the Japanese
business market through a newly formed partnership between the
RapidStream (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced it has joined Check
Point's OPSEC Certified Appliance Partner Program in order to
integrate Check Point's Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture with
RapidStream's multi-function security appliances. The resulting
Linux-based appliance will offer customers high-performance security
Red Hat, Inc. (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.) introduced the
Enterprise Channel Partner Program for the largest resellers
and network and systems integrators that service some of the world's
most established and successful enterprise companies.
SSE Telecom, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif) and Mentat Inc. announced a
partnership in which Mentat will work with SSET to develop and
market Internet TCP/IP protocol acceleration technology for the
satellite communications market based on Mentat's proven SkyX Gateway
solutions. The resultant product will be available in a Linux
- The University of Western Ontario has
announced a partnership with Compaq to establish the
"Compaq-Western Centre for Computational Research." As part of the
deal, they will be installing a 70-node, Alpha-based Beowulf cluster.
(Thanks to the
London Linux Resource Guide).
YARC Systems Corporation (CAMARILLO, Calif.) reported ongoing
progress in discussions with the management and major investor groups
of Printware Inc. "YARC is seeking a business combination that
makes optimal use of the symbiosis possible between YARC's LINUX
Internet Server technologies and Printware's CTP platemaking
technologies in order to define a revolutionary e-commerce business
model for the printing industry."
Linux at Work
Allaire Corporation (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) announced that Infonautics,
Inc. successfully relaunched the Sports Sleuth website and its
NCAA Basketball office pool contest using Allaire ColdFusion for
NetLedger, Inc. (SAN MATEO, Calif.) announced the launch of a new,
consolidated Data Center. The new Data Center establishes
NetLedger as the largest Linux installation of Oracle
Rainbow Technologies Inc. announced that the company's
CryptoSwift EN 1000 e-commerce accelerator has been deployed in
the NetLedger data center.
Pervasive Software Inc. (AUSTIN, Texas) announced that its
Tango 2000 Web application development software for Linux is the
power behind ASPstreet.com, a leading network of ASPs (Application
Service Providers) and related strategic partners.
- Red Hat has put out
this press release claiming that eToys runs over 500 systems
with Red Hat Linux.
- VA Linux Systems has
announced that Evoke has installed "hundreds" of its 2U
rackmount server systems.
Lineo, Inc. (LINDON, Utah) announced three new executives.
Kim D. Clark, most recently from Novell, was named Vice President of
Engineering. Allan Smart was promoted within Lineo to Vice President
of the new Professional Services division. Paul Cameron comes from
CyberSafe and ELF Technologies to be the Director of Engineering at
Lineo's new development center in Seattle, Washington.
TurboLinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) appointed Robert Bowe to chief
Bluepoint Linux Software Corp. (LOS ANGELES) announced that it has
engaged BDO International as Independent Auditors. BDO has
commenced auditing the books and records of Bluepoint Linux in
accordance with its requirements to file Form 8-K/A with the
Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Chairman and founder of
Chili!Soft, Inc. (NEW YORK), Charles Crystle, plans pilantropic
ventures following Cobalt's acquisition of Chili!Soft.
Compaq Computer Corp (SHANGHAI) opened a $5.0 million centre in
Shanghai to provide businesses in greater China with consulting and
other services for electronic commerce. Compaq and China's RedFlag
Software Co Ltd launched a certification and support programme for
software vendors using the Chinese version of the Linux operating
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
March 30, 2000