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Oracle Japan has funded the creation of a new Linux company, called
"Miracle Linux," which will operate in Japan. There is a
press release available for those who can read Japanese. Miracle
Linux will be "doing development and sales of Linux OS, sales of Oracle's
software for Linux, and support including Linux related consulting,
education and maintenance."
The company, which is to commence operations at the beginning of June
with 20 employees, has been funded with $2 million in capital. The
plan is to top that up to $4 million soon, at which point the
ownership will be 55% Oracle, 14% NEC, and 14% TurboLinux. The Miracle
Linux distribution will use TurboLinux as a base. The company hopes to
achieve about $2 million in sales in its first year, ramping up to
about $12 million by the third year, at which point it would be
profitable. (Thanks to Maya Tamiya of ChangeLog.net).
VistaSource launches. Applix has announced
the spinning off of its Linux division into a separate company called VistaSource. "VistaSource will
operate under a blended licensing model referred to as 'Source Access,'
which is different from Open Source in that it is designed to empower the
customer by offering a number of source licensing options, while still
being commercial software."
VistaSource looks like a determined attempt to be a "half way" open source
company. It has a few open source products, such as its SHELF scripting
language. CoSource.com, acquired by
Applix a while back, is also part of VistaSource now. But its flagship
products, such as its office suite, will remain proprietary (though they
make a big point of their use of the GTK toolkit within Applix). With this
mix, they hope to be part of the open source world and make the money they
need to thrive as a company at the same time.
The new company is currently wholly owned by Applix, but intends to do an
IPO of its own sometime in the future.
VistaSource wasted no time in putting out its own
press release announcing the launch of Applix 5.0. This version
is based on the GTK+ toolkit; the word processor and spreadsheet will also
be available as separate products.
Announcing LinuxSolve. A company called LinuxSolve has announced
its existence. LinuxSolve is another vendor of Linux-based server
appliances; their particular angle seems to be an especially strong
emphasis on security. Their systems run the Immunix distribution, which gives some
protection against buffer overrun attacks. They also offer the usual array
of consulting and support services, of course.
Userland discussion on open and proprietary software.
For a relatively (relatively!) low-heat discussion of an inflammatory
topic, check out this Userland posting
by Dave Winer regarding the split between free and proprietary
software. "I think we took a wrong turn a couple of years back, all
of a sudden every hard-working software guy is on the defensive, unless
he's one of the O'Reilly-annointed gods of open source. Raymond's writing
put us there. O'Reilly monetized it. It's irresponsible and hurtful and
it stops progress."
There is a
thoughtful response from Brian Behlendorf, among the others.
"Pragmatically speaking, I think it's fine to have a world where open
and closed source software speak - by far the most important thing is
that the protocols and APIs be stable and open and free from
encumberance, that the software source code is open is secondary. However
I think we are approaching a future where in every software category
there is an Apache equivalent, a tool that is good enough to do the job
90% of the time."
SecureNet PRO for Linux.
MimeStar Inc. has announced that its
"SecureNet PRO" intrusion detection system is now available for Linux.
It's available as a software-only product; they also sell it bundled with
a VA Linux Systems server.
Exile III: Ruined World.
Spiderweb Software and Boutell.com have announced the release of "Exile III: Ruined
World" for Linux. Exile III is a fantasy role-playing game; it is
supposed to come out this spring.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
Open Source Products
- Axis Communications (Lund, Sweden) announced the release of a
journaling filesystem intended for use on flash ROM devices.
It's thus aimed at embedded systems; it is licensed under the GPL.
- Axis Communications (Lund, Sweden)
also announced a Linux-based Axis 2100 Network Camera.
QNX Software Systems (OTTAWA) announced an initiative to promote
its QNX OS. QNX is offering free downloads, and Linux
compatibility, and will release source code for many QNX applications,
drivers, and libraries.
Commercial Products for Linux
- Deneba Software has
announced the availability of the second beta of Canvas 7
- Loki Entertainment announced its newest Linux game "Heavy Gear
II" is now available at SuSE.
- NetSys Software Group AB (Gothenburg, Sweden) announced that its
Message-Oriented Middleware solution VCOM supports the Linux
Novadigm, Inc. (EMERYVILLE, Calif.) announced the availability of
Radia client support for Red Hat Linux.
NovaStor Corporation (SIMI VALLEY, Calif.) announced the release
of NovaNET 8 for Linux, a new version of its NovaNET tape
backup software family.
- Red Hat
announced that its distribution has been named "product of the
year" by Network Magazine.
Symantec Corporation (CUPERTINO, Calif.) announced a new version
of Norton AntiVirus for Linux-based virus protection.
Entera, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif) has won DAVECENTRAL.com's "The Best
of Linux Award" for its TeraCAST Lite, a standards-based media
Products Using Linux
eOn Communications Corporation (MEMPHIS, Tenn.) introduced the
eNterprise 400 communications server.
- Here are press releases from
Red Hat, and
TurboLinux about their distributions being offered preloaded on
IBM's Netfinity servers.
Rackspace.com (SAN ANTONIO) a provider of Linux-based Advanced
Internet Hosting services, announced that it will add the
SecureGuard security system to its array of advanced Web hosting
Andover.Net (ACTON, Mass.) announced that Slashdot will
publish Jon Katz' new book "Voices from the Hellmouth".
Products with Linux Versions
Addonics Technologies Inc. (FREMONT, Calif.) announced the
NetStor Combo Server, a plug-and-play, multi-protocol
Bristol Technology Inc. (DANBURY, Conn.) announced eSleuth,
its transaction analysis software.
Dirig Software, Inc. (NASHUA, N.H.) released version 1.7 of
Proctor, the company's flagship management suite.
ELSA, Inc. (NEW ORLEANS) announced ELSA GLADIAC, a new game
for PCs equipped with Pentium II or later processors as well as AMD K6
and K7 enabled systems.
Flash Networks, Inc. (HOLMDEL, N.J.) introduced NettGain, a
family of software- and hardware-based solutions that accelerate
TCP/IP network performance.
Force Computers (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced the CPCI-540
family of SPARC-based computers for a CompactPCI environment
featuring Force's SENTINEL universal PCI-to-PCI bridge.
JNI Corporation (SAN DIEGO) announced the Unix DriverSuite,
an integrated suite of software drivers for Fibre Channel host bus
adapters (HBAs) running under Red Hat Linux, and several UNIXs.
Mindbridge.com (PHILADELPHIA) announced its enhancement to its
Web-based Groupware Solution IntraSmart, version 2.0 now
NEC Computers Inc. (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) announced the NEC
Express5800/180 Ra-7 server, an 8-processor capable Intel Pentium
III Xeon-based server.
NovaStor Corp. (SIMI VALLEY, Calif.) announced the release of
InstantRecovery, an image-based disaster recovery and hard disk
copying utility for any Intel-supported operating system.
Novell, Inc. (PROVO, Utah) announced that ScheMax 1.1 is
now available as a free download from the Novell Web site.
- Optibase (Herzliya, Israel) announced Linux support to
VideoPlex XPress, its streaming media endpoint platform.
Progress Software Corporation (BEDFORD, Mass.) announced
Progress SonicMQ 2000.1, a new version of its Internet
Wombat Games Inc. (AUSTIN, Texas) announced Dark Zion, a
massively multiplayer online world. Wombat Games will release parts
of the game as open source, and has already released one library as
open source (license not mentioned).
AmeriQuest Technologies, Inc. (WILLOW GROVE, Pa.) announced their
partnership with Cobalt Networks, Inc. that will enable
AmeriQuest to provide preferred partner pricing, support and services
of Cobalt products to AmeriQuest's clients.
Arkeia (CARLSBAD, Calif.) announced that it has joined the
Oracle Backup Solutions Program. Arkeia plans to introduce
database backup and recovery solutions to customers with high-end
requirements who are running Oracle on the Linux platform.
Cybernet Systems Corporation (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) announced the
addition of reseller Zolar Information Technology Solutions in Hong
Kong to its international distribution channel for the NetMAX
Evergreen Internet Inc. and Caldera Systems Inc. (PHOENIX)
announced a strategic alliance to deliver OpenLinux eBuilder,
an integrated, open standards-based Linux for E-Business solution.
GoAhead Software (BELLEVUE, Wash.) and Intel Corporation are
collaborating to provide a highly available communications
infrastructure platform running on Linux.
Merlin Software Technologies International Inc. (ALTAMONTE
SPRINGS, Fla.) announced an agreement with Hanmi I & C
Co. Ltd., Korean software resellers.
Merlin Software (ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla.) products are now
available at LinuxMall.com.
Perot Systems Corporation and Rackspace.com (DALLAS and SAN
ANTONIO) announced an agreement to jointly offer Internet hosting
services to startup and mid-tier e-commerce clients.
Pervasive Software Inc. and Aperian, Inc. (AUSTIN, Texas) created
an alliance to put Tango 2000 Application Server and Pervasive.SQL
2000 database on the Internet to provide an instant deployment
environment for Linux and Solaris-based applications.
- Protectix and Lynx Real-time Systems have
announced a joint venture to develop a secure, embedded Linux
Quadratec and MandrakeSoft (PASADENA, Calif.) announced a
partnership to deliver automated backup solutions for Linux.
TurboLinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced a sales and
distribution agreement with Merisel, Inc.
The Wireless Developer Network (SEBASTOPOL, Calif.) announced that
it has entered into an affiliate agreement with the O'Reilly
Investments and Acquisitions
announced the sponsors of its Free Software Project; VA Linux
Systems and TurboLinux.
TeamLinux Corporation (AUSTIN, Texas) announced the acquisition
of Austin- based Three-Sixteen Technical Services.
WireX Communications, Inc. (PORTLAND, Ore.), a web-based supplier
of custom, secure Linux server appliance software, announced that it
has closed a $3 million round of venture capital funding.
1mage Software Inc. (ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) announced that its
first-quarter revenues and earnings were significantly improved
over the first quarter last year.
SCO (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced its second fiscal quarter
and six month financial results for the period ended March 31,
SGI (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced results for its third
quarter. Revenue for the third quarter was $564 million.
Linux At Work
DreamHost Webhosting (LOS ANGELES) announced the launch of their
new domain registration system. Their servers all run Debian Linux.
VeriSign, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced that Red Hat
has integrated VeriSign's 128-bit website digital certificates with
Red Hat Linux 6.2 and Apache-based web server software, enabling
secure e-commerce transactions.
Caldera Systems Inc. (OREM, Utah) announced that it has named
Kenneth Bergenthal as director of Asia Pacific Caldera Linux
Penguin Computing Inc. (CHICAGO) appointed to its board of
directors, Pete Keeler, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Next
Piranha, Inc. (DALLAS) announced the expansion of Piranha's Board
of Directors to six members with the addition of Mr. Arthur
TimeSys Corp. (PITTSBURGH) announced the appointment of David
Tannenbaum as the director of marketing. Tannenbaum will lead the
TimeSys marketing strategy for the TimeSys Linux/RT and Real-Time Java
VA Linux Systems, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced that it has
named William Cobert as managing director of European
operations. The company is currently in the process of
establishing its operations in France, Germany, The United Kingdom and
The Netherlands. VA Linux Systems' European operations will be
headquartered in Switzerland.
Applix Inc. (WESTBORO, Mass.) announced that it has chosen
Miller/Shandwick Technologies as its new public relations
agency of record.
Enerdyne Technologies Inc. (SAN DIEGO) announced that it will
demonstrate the LNX7000 Linux Communications Server, and other
products at the ITS America Meeting and Exposition 2000 in Boston.
IDC (FRAMINGHAM, Mass.) announced results of a study, Server
Workloads 2000 -- Understanding Server Deployment. The study
revealed "surprisingly similar workload patterns between Windows NT
LinuxMall.com (CHICAGO) has opened an international
distribution center in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- This press release from
Management Recruiters International (CLEVELAND) suggests that, "If
a job requires knowledge of Linux, use that word a few times in your
MontaVista Software Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced the
opening of design centers in Arizona and New Hampshire.
TurboLinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that it has established
TurboLabs, a computing laboratory based in Santa Fe, New Mexico
with a research and development focus on Linux and clustering for the
TurboLinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that retail unit
sales of TurboLinux products in the United States grew 200 percent
from January to March, 10 times faster than the overall market,
according to PC Data.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
April 27, 2000