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Rackspace.com has filed for an initial public offering of stock. Rackspace is a large-scale web hosting
provider; their particular angle is that (1) they provide a dedicated
box for every customer, and (2) most of those boxes run Linux. Linux
figures prominently in Rackspace's lengthy
S-1 filing - the word "Linux" appears in the document sixty times.
Rackspace claims particular expertise in deploying and operating Linux
systems; apparently some 80% of their customers are hosted on Linux.
"We believe that many small- to medium-sized enterprises prefer
Linux-based hosting services due to Linux's reputation for stability and
high performance, ease of remote administration and cost advantages."
As part of their use of Linux, they have entered a "strategic relationship"
with Red Hat, and have received a $2 million equity investment from
them as well (see this
The relationship with Red Hat is based around joint marketing - each can
place information on the other's web site. Rackspace will also have
"prominent placement" in the "Open Source Marketplace" that Red Hat is
evidently planning to roll out later this year. Rackspace's marketing
materials will also be packaged up with Red Hat 7.0.
As is considered proper for an IPO company, Rackspace loses money. In
1999, they brought in $1.7 million, but turned in a loss of
$1.65 million. Their 1998 revenues were much smaller.
The usual list of scary risk factors has been provided; theirs includes the
risk that acceptance of Linux might not continue to grow. Their use of
(unspecified) licensed software is cited as a risk - the licensing could
change on them.
The filing mentions a directed share program, but says nothing about Linux
developers. The company is happy to throw the "Linux" name around, but
apparently feels little need to deal in the developers that made Linux
IBM dumps more Red Hat stock. According to this
Newstraders article, IBM has put in another registration to sell
250,000 shares of Red Hat stock. This is the third such registration; the
total number of shares registered to be sold by IBM is now 750,000.
Linuxcare IPO the week of April 24. According to the
latest information on the Ostman site, Linuxcare's IPO is now scheduled
for the week of April 24. More information as we receive it.
New Corel stock registration filing. Corel Corp. has filed a new
stock registration as part of its merger with Inprise. It contains a
good deal of information about that merger, for those who are interested.
EBIZ acquires InfoMagic. EBIZ, operator of TheLinuxStore.com, has
the acquisition of InfoMagic, a long-time distributor of Linux (and other)
Atipa Linux Solutions acquires DCG Computer Corp. Atipa Linux
Solutions has announced
the acquisition of DCG Computer Corp. DCG is to enhance Atipa's line with
the addition of high-performance and clustered systems. Details of the
deal, of course, are not forthcoming.
'The Linux Problem Solver' published.
No Starch Press has announced the
publication of "The Linux Problem Solver." It's written by Brian Ward,
author of the Linux Kernel HOWTO.
Apple releases Darwin 1.0. Apple has announced
the release of Darwin 1.0. This release also includes an open source
version of its QuickTime streaming server software.
Seagate announces Linux server appliance line. Seagate has announced
the development of a line of Linux-based server appliance products, to be
done in partnership with Cobalt Networks.
TurboLinux signs distribution agreement with Ingram Micro.
TurboLinux has announced
the signing of a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro. The first
customer getting TurboLinux from Ingram is Staples, a large office supply
Goldman Sachs takes stake in Linux One, Inc. Linux One, Inc.,
described as a "South Korean developer of services and software for the
Linux operating system", announced a $5.4 million investment
from Goldman Sachs into the company. Note that this company ("Linux
One") is different from the one currently in the IPO process in the US
(Thanks to Baiju Thakkar.)
Ateon Networks receives patent on remote storage for internet
appliances. Ateon Networks, which makes Linux-based internet
appliances, has announced
the receipt of a patent on "remote storage for internet appliances." The
not written in the most clear manner, but it would appear to cover serving
files from a protected internal network.
Miguel de Icaza on the Microsoft ruling. We were sent
this statement from Miguel de Icaza on the
Microsoft ruling. "Microsoft has held a proprietary grip on the
software industry both economically and developmentally. As a result
every 18 months hardware doubles in speed and drops in price while the
complete opposite is true of the software that runs on top of it. Very
simply, consumers will always lose with proprietary software."
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
Open Souce Products
Axis Communications (LUND, Sweden) has opened up the source code
for its Bluetooth drivers and its applications using Bluetooth.
Bluetooth is a technology for wireless communications between mobile
phones and other portable devices.
netLibrary (BOULDER, Colo.) announced that it will frontlist and
backlist bestsellers from O'Reilly & Associates.
Commercial Products for Linux
Agate Technologies, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif.) announced the release of its
HotData Shuttle hot swap IDE Plug & Play solution, designed to
support the Linux operating system on Intel based workstations and
Internet Server Appliances.
- Aladdin Systems, Inc. (Watsonville, CA) announced a public beta
test of its Aladdin Expander, a free Expansion access utility for
Red Hat Linux.
Ciprico Inc. (MINNEAPOLIS) announced that its 6500 Series RAID
disk array is now SGI-approved as Linux-compatible.
Computer Associates International, Inc. (ISLANDIA, N.Y.) announced
the ARCserveIT 6.61, a native storage management solution for
- Coollogic Inc.
announced the launch of
www.rtkernel.org, a free commercial site for embedded,
real-time Linux downloads.
- The Duke of URL has
provided a link to a mirror site carrying the Linux version of the
new BeOS v5.0.
IDG Books Worldwide (FOSTER CITY, Calif.) announced that it is
expanding its Linux product lines and promotions.
iGS Technologies (iGST) (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced plans to
offer enhanced Linux support for its CyberPro family of
streaming media gateway chips.
InterVideo, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif) announced LinDVD, a
software DVD player/decoder for the Linux operating system, to be
Linux Journal (SEATTLE) announced the 2000 Buyer's Guide,
available July 17, 2000.
- Panda Computers is
now offering 1U rackmount Linux boxes "at a reasonable price".
- Rebel.com has
announced a new release of its NetWinder software.
Spatial Inc. (BOULDER, Colo) announced the launch of "the world's
first" ACIS-enabled design products on the Linux operating
Vela L.P. (CLEARWATER, Fla.) announced that it is now shipping its
MPEG-2 video decoding solutions with Linux drivers.
ViewCast.com, Inc. announced that it will bring its streaming
video technology to Linux.
YARC Systems Corporation (CAMARILLO, Calif) announced that it has
enhanced the YARC XP LINUX Color Server which is connected to
the Internet for customer and investor evaluation.
Products Using Linux
- Alta Technology has
announced the founding of
LinuxNetworX, a new company specializing in high performance,
Coollogic Inc. (DALLAS) announced the launch of its e-Pilot
7000 Series, Internet access appliances.
Extended Systems (GENEVA, Switzerland) announced that it has begun
shipping XTNDAccess Blue SDK, a multi-purpose software
development kit (SDK) for implementing Bluetooth in handheld devices.
MTX, Inc. (RALEIGH, N.C.) has new Linux-based desktops and
appliance servers. The new desktops, the eTerm 450 and 450Plus
models, offer support for Java Virtual Machine and use a resident
Netscape browser. MTX also introduced the Firepower 2000, based on
the Linux operating system.
Neoware Systems (KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.) announced Eon - The
Anything Box, a customizable Linux information appliance using
NeoLinux. See this week's Distributions
page for more about NeoLinux.
ILOG (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif) unveiled its new ILOG JRules 3.0
business rule engine, with a customizable language designed for
ease of use.
Inprise/Borland (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) announced that two of its Java
development tools, JBuilder and JBuilder JIT, have won multiple
awards over the past weeks.
Ubiquity Software Corporation (SAN JOSE, California) announced a
software addition to it's Helmsman Application Services
Platform, providing services for Packet Telephony.
AQ (Johannesburg) announced a Linux Training Centre in
Pretoria. AQ will also be providing the Linux Professional
Institute's (LPI) qualification for these courses on completion.
Maxspeed Corporation (PALO ALTO, Calif.) and OpenClassroom, which
offers a complete package of Open Source software specifically
designed for schools, announced the formation of a strategic alliance
that will offer a complete client and server solution in the
classroom. The companies bring together the advantages of the
Linux operating system and the adaptable open source educational
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Inc. (SANTA ANA, Calif)
has been selected by Compaq Computer Corporation to provide
corporate computer training for its 50,000 employees
worldwide. Linux is included in the curriculum.
Paragon Solutions Inc. (CHICAGO) has reached a reseller agreement
with IBM to tailor its O'Reilly & Associates-branded IT
courseware for IBM.
Products with Linux Versions
Ariel Corp. (CRANBURY, N.J.) announced availability of the
RSA400, a new PCI-based, eight-port, V.90-compatible 56K remote
access solution for small- and medium-sized offices.
ARM (CAMBRIDGE, UK) announced availability of the Prospector
P-Series, a fully-integrated portable reference platform.
Asante Technologies, Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced the
Asante FriendlyNET PCI 595 Fast Ethernet adapter, a 10/100
Comuniq, Inc. (LOS ANGELES) introduced The UltimateIP Streaming
Media Application Server (SMAS) H.323 subsystem.
Continuus Software Corporation (IRVINE, Calif.) announced the
launch of Continuus ChangeSynergy 3.0, which provides a
task-based platform for managing change requests across the enterprise
DataDirect Networks, Inc. (LOS ANGELES) released the SAN
DataDirector, a storage area network (SAN) appliance.
dtSearch Corp. (BETHESDA,Md.) announced the Version 6.0 release of
dtSearch Web and the dtSearch Text Retrieval Engine which
feature strong and comprehensive support for XML.
IBM (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.) announced the worldwide
availability of IBM WebSphere Transcoding Publisher, software
that dynamically translates Web information to a format readable on a
variety of Internet appliances.
IBM (SOMERS, N.Y.) announced SNAPP, a Web-based application
that allows customers to configure and manage an RS/6000 B50 server
with hand-held computers based on the Palm Computing platform.
LAND-5 Corporation (SAN DIEGO) introduced the iCEbox
UltraPod, a 2U network attached storage solution.
Legato Systems Inc. (PALO ALTO, Calif.) announced that the
eCluster solution and Legato Cluster Enterprise, heterogeneous,
high-availability software solutions, now support the Linux operating
Mapletree Networks (NORWOOD, Mass.) announced the MTN5000, a
CompactPCI remote access card. The MTN5000 comes with a
development kit that includes sample Linux and other drivers, as well
as generic source code.
- Omnis Software announced the release of Omnis Studio 2.4,
the latest version of their 4GL rapid application development program.
REALVIZ S.A. (SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France) announced ReTimer V2.0
software application for animation and special effects
Smith Micro Software, Inc. (ALISO VIEJO, Calif.) unveiled
WebCatalog 4.0, the latest version of its eCommerce and Web
SSH Communications Security (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and ESPOO,
Finland) announced that they are now selling SSH Secure Shell
2.1 products on its Web site at www.ssh.com.
Syntegra (MINNEAPOLIS) announced the release of Web Personal
Assistant, a Web-based e-mail client.
UniBar Inc. (ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.) announced an e-commerce
version of e-BARCODE 2000, server-based label printing
WebTrends Corporation announced the availability of WebTrends
Security Analyzer version 3.5.
1mage Software Inc. (ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) provider of electronic
document imaging systems with Linux versions, announced a business
partnership with APTRON Corporation, a software supplier of
administrative systems for colleges and universities.
- Andover.net has announced a partnership with ibooks.com to create "the
first Linux/Open Source online digital bookstore."
AXENT Technologies, Inc. (ROCKVILLE, Md.) announced its intent to
develop (with Cobalt Networks) a network appliance specialized for
intrusion detection tasks. The product will be available in the third
quarter of 2000.
AXENT Technologies, Inc. (ROCKVILLE, Md.) announced that it has
joined the Red Hat, Inc. ISV Developer Partner Program to
deliver e-security solutions.
Belkin Components announced that it will offer a full version
of the TurboLinux Server 6.0 Operating System, free with the
purchase of its OmniView KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switching
Corel Corporation (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) announced a partnership
with Zkey.com that will offer CorelCity.com and CreativeAnywhere!
users some of "the most unique and powerful Web tools available".
Cydoor Technologies Inc. (NEW YORK) and TUCOWS Network Inc.
announced that they will be co-marketing a full technological
solution and promotion package to shareware, freeware and service
Geek Teknologies, Inc. (LOS ANGELES) announced a new business
relationship with the Echo Digital Audio Corporation, makers of
high-end digital audio products. This arrangement allows GeekTek to
bundle Echo's products with their BeOS and Linux based systems.
I-Logix Inc. announced that it has become a founding member of
the Embedded Linux Consortium.
- Lineo has announced a deal with MIPS to make Lineo's Embedix
distribution work optimally on MIPS processors.
Progressive Systems (COLUMBUS, Ohio and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) and
TheLinuxStore.com announced an alliance which makes the entire
Progressive Systems family of Linux-based firewall and VPN solutions
immediately available at TheLinuxStore.com.
Red Hat, Inc. (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.) announced an OEM
agreement with Compaq Computer Corp. to provide Red Hat Linux 6.2
on Compaq servers, AlphaStations, and select Deskpro PC models.
YouthStream Media Networks (NEW YORK) announced a comprehensive
business-to-business agreement to partner with Red Hat.
YouthStream will provide colleges and universities as well as
individuals with the opportunity to order Red Hat's Linux 6.1, Linux
6.2, and the Linux System Builder via YouthStream's Web sites.
Investments and Acquisitions
Kurant Corporation (SAN FRANCISCO) announced the completion of an
$8.2 million round of financing, led by Deep River
Ventures. Cobalt Networks, Garage.com, Group One, TransAtlantic
Partners, Iter Occidentale, Capital Resource Management, Loftus
Capital and Empire Ventures are also participating. Kurant's products
are available for Linux.
OTC America, Inc. (DENVER) announced that it has signed a "Letter
of Intent" to acquire AyrNet, a development stage, Linux-based,
broadband wireless Internet service provider ("ISP").
Piranha, Inc. (DALLAS) announced that HIH Insurance Limited has
completed a US $ 3 Million equity investment the
company. Piranha creates data compression technology, created on the
Linux operating system.
Sendmail, Inc. (EMERYVILLE, Calif.) announced the completion of
its $35 million Series D funding.
TeamLinux Corporation announced its acquisition of Edge
Technology Solutions of Irvine, California.
Linux at Work
Epoch Internet (LOS ANGELES) and IBM teamed up to provide the
Incubator program to offer dot-coms in the entertainment
industry with an end-to-end e-business technology infrastructure at no
cost for six months. The Incubator is deployed on Linux.
eurodata GmbH and Co. KG (FREMONT, Calif. and SAARBRUECKEN,
Germany) combined Versant's Object Database Management System
(ODBMS) with the Linux operating system, creating a distributed
system capable of handling very large amounts of data.
Lutris Technologies Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced that its
Enhydra Open Source Java/XML application server (running on
Linux) is powering AnywhereYouGo.com.
matchupsingles.com (Johannesburg) uses a Red Hat system to
run its South African dating service.
Atipa Linux Solutions (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) announced the
appointment of Francine Segars to lead the company's business
development and strategic alliance activities. Francine is a
former Dell veteran.
1mage Software Inc. (ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) reported financial results.
Bluepoint Linux Software Corp. (LOS ANGELES) announced that it has
established retail sales channels in Beijing, Nanjing and
Shenzhen, covering northern, central and southern China.
- Corel was
very happy to announce recent market information from PC Data on
Corel's market share increase since November.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
April 6, 2000