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Gateway, AOL, and Transmeta collaborate on Internet Appliances.
Gateway and America OnLine (AOL) have teamed up to bring a family
of new Internet Appliances (IA) to market. This
announcement, dated May 30, says the new appliances will be
powered by Transmeta's Crusoe Processor running Mobile Linux.
Mobile Linux is one of the projects that have been keeping
Linus Torvalds busy at the formerly-oh-so-secretive Transmeta.
There are three different devices in the works, which will all use the
Netscape Gecko browser, described in this
press release dated April 5, 2000. "These next-generation
appliances will utilize the Netscape Gecko browser
technology. Gecko, Netscape's smaller, faster and more potent
browser engine technology, is a key component of the AOL Anywhere
strategy and is designed to power Internet devices across a range
of platforms and enable Web developers to create more compelling
Internet-based content and applications. All of these devices will
utilize the LINUX operating system."
No mention is made of Transmeta or the Crusoe processor in the
April 5 announcement, but, later in April, Gateway and AOL are separately
listed among several investors who collectively poured
$88 million into Transmeta Corporation.
The three designs vary in size and functionality, from a wireless Web
pad to a countertop appliance, and up to a desktop appliance. The latter
will be both smaller and cheaper than a PC, but it will have keyboard,
mouse and screen. Users will be able to get to AOL and the Internet
and send and receive e-mail. The wireless Web pad connects (wirelessly)
to a base station to offer portability with a limited range. It can be
used with either a touch pad screen, or a wireless keyboard. Naturally
all of these devices come with AOL Internet service.
Corel is still in the news.
As discussed in the May 18th edition of
LWN, Corel is reeling from the cancellation of its deal with
Inprise/Borland. It probably didn't help much that shortly after
two senior managers resigned from the company. However, Corel
has been working hard to stay in the game.
the initial press release announcing a "bought deal" between
Corel and Canaccord Capital Corporation, involving between $15
million to $30 million Canadian. Some
additional details are present in this Reuters article.
Both press releases heavily emphasize the next step, which will be
implementing a "cost-savings plan". While we might expect reports
of heavy lay-offs next, what we have seen this week are some
alliances designed to keep Corel Linux and Linux products around.
Other initiatives announced by Corel this week include:
a deal with Rebel.com wherein Corel will license Rebel.com's
"OfficeServer" software and build it into an "enterprise edition"
of Corel Linux.
strategic alliance with Linux Technology Ltd. will bundle
Corel's Word Perfect into Linux Tech.'s Linux-based Internet
- Also Corel
has signed a letter of intent with Spinway, Inc., to offer
Corel customers free Internet access on Linux, Windows or Macintosh
platforms. Corel LINUX OS will include a CD of the free ISP
service, specifically designed for Corel LINUX OS.
Announcements from Red Hat.
Red Hat has filed its
2000 annual report. Check it out for a complete description of
where the company is at. They are up to 435 employees now.
Announcements such as
this one from Gothic Corp. which says they will sell 269,511
shares of Red Hat stock have not seemed to have fazed Red Hat very
much. Red Hat went on to
announce the completion of its acquisition of Bluecurve, Inc.,
and there's this announcement telling
us that the Google search
engine runs on Red Hat. "Google, one of the fastest growing
search engines on the Web, operates its search engine and all of
its computing functions on a cluster of more than 4,000 PCs running
SourceXchange, FreeAgent.com to join up.
Opus360 and Collab.Net have
announced a deal where Collab.Net will be sponsoring an open
source development section on Opus360's FreeAgent.com site.
IBM S/390 RedBook.
IBM has posted
a "RedBook" for Linux on the S/390. RedBooks are detailed
documents aimed at IBM's serious customers - this one is 424 pages
long. (Thanks to Alexandre Dulaunoy).
Network Appliance, Oracle, VA Linux build NetLedger Data Center.
Network Appliance has
announced that it is working with Oracle and VA Linux Systems
to build the data center for NetLedger; this center involves
"several hundred VA Linux servers."
Linuxcare joins the IA-64 Linux project.
announced that it has joined the IA-64 Linux (don't call it
"Trillian" anymore) project.
Open Source Products
License will be mentioned if known.
CynApps Inc. (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) made Cynlib 1.2, the
latest version of its open-source EDA C++ hardware-design class
library, available for downloading at (www.cynapps.com).
Lutris Technologies, Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced Lutris
Enhydra Professional 3.0, the latest version of this open source
- The OpenSource Documentation Fund will be driven by sales from
OpenDocs Books is being implemented to help invigorate the Open
Source Documentation Community.
Commercial Products for Linux
- 101Communications has
announced the launch of Enterprise Linux Magazine, starting with
the August issue.
- theKompany.com announced the release of PowerPlant, a
powerful suite of developer tools and software for producing
integrated Linux software.
Products Using Linux
Get2Chip.com, Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) will demonstrate
VOLARE system-on-chip technology, developed under the Linux
operating system with a Java front-end.
Products with Linux Versions
4thpass (AUSTIN, Tex) announced the immediate availability of
KBrowser for Palm VII.
Cambex Corporation introduced the Centurion 2000 FF, a
"full-Fibre" Channel disk storage system.
ClioSoft, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif.) announced a new version of
SOS, its design data management system.
CoffeeCup Software, Inc. announced the planned launch of the
CoffeeCup HTML Editor SE.
DataCore Software Corporation (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) announced
the immediate availability of its SANsymphony storage domain
DataMirror Corporation (TORONTO, CANADA) announced the
introduction of its new XtremeCache technology for its
clustering and high availability Solutions.
Hypercosm (SAN JOSE, Calif.) now has a Linux version of
Hypercosm Studio, for interactive 3D graphics.
OnShare, LLC (ITHACA, N.Y.) launched its redesigned site.
OnShare technology, similar to Napster, allows anyone with
access to the Internet to share files with other users.
Rainfinity (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced the release of
Rainwall 1.5. Rainwall software solutions are designed to
ensure high availability of mission-critical Internet firewalls and
SynTest Technologies, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced that the
company has added support for the Linux platform for all of its
DFT, BIST and ATPG tools.
Vatical Entertainment (LATHAM, NY) announced the creation of a new
publishing arm. The new division, Alter Ego Studios, will
target a more mature gaming audience, while games appropriate for all
family members will continue to be published under the Vatical logo.
Zero G (SAN FRANCISCO) announced the introduction of
PowerUpdate, an Internet-based updating service for software
applications and data.
Cleo Software Development (PHOENIX, AZ) released Site Mapper
2000. This software is a Java application that makes interactive maps
of websites. A Linux version is expected soon.
Epic Data International Inc. (VANCOUVER, B.C.) and Symbol
Technologies, Inc. announced an agreement to jointly launch Epic
Data's eXpresso application development toolkit for Symbol
handheld computers at the Symbol Software Developers Conference.
IBM (SOMERS, N.Y.) announced WebSphere Application Server
Standard Edition for OS/390, a Java-based Web application server
- O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
announced the release of a significant remake of the popular book
"Exploring Java", now titled "Learning Java", by Patrick
Niemeyer & Jonathan Knudsen.
ParaSoft (MONROVIA, Calif.) will exhibit WebKing 2.0 at
JavaOne from June 6-9, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco,
- OmniLinux has announced "
Linux 1-2-3 Fundamentals", a CD containing a computer-based
tutorial for Linux.
SAP is now offering Linux and technology courses. (Thanks to Sivaraj D)
- Bluepoint Linux has announced
an agreement with Beijing Guoyan Information Technology Company
(Guoyan), a company owned by the China State Council and Beijing
Telecom. Bluepoint Linux will be providing its server edition, plus
configuration, optimization and design expertise, telephone and
on-site support and training.
eLance.com announced the launch of the eLance Marketplace
Network, which among other things will incorporat eLance's
projects and service providers into the redhat.com Marketplace.
Elfstone Software, LLC and MSC.Software (ROYAL OAK, Mich.)
announced that Elfstone RTX has been chosen as core graphical
interface technology to bring MSC.Patran, engineering modeling
and simulation analysis software, to Linux platforms.
Group 1 Software (LANHAM, Md.) announced that it has entered into
an agreement with IBM to provide IBM's WebSphere Application
Server as a component of Group 1's enterprise software solutions.
Integrated Software & Devices Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif.)
provider of embedded Linux, announced it has signed a strategic
agreement with ARM. ISDCorp will provide Royal Linux for ARM
- Knox Software (Carlsbad, CA) announced that it has expanded its
relationship with SuSE Inc. SuSE resells and supports Arkeia
Network Appliance, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) and Sendmail,
Inc. announced they are offering a combined Internet mail
- SuSE Linux has formed a partnership with Mailbox Internet,
Linux internet service provider in the UK, to co-promote desktop
penetration of Linux throughout Europe.
VistaSource, Inc. (WESTBORO, Mass.) announced that it will join
forces with Red Hat, Inc. to offer customers a substantial rebate
on the purchase of VistaSource and Red Hat Linux products.
Zapex Technologies (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced the formation
of strategic alliances with Daikin of Singapore and VideoPropulsion
of Slinger, Wisconsin, for the marketing of its Linux-based MPEG-2
Investments and Acquisitions
ArsDigita (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) announced it has completed the
acquisition of iAggregate. iAggregate software will be
integrated with the ArsDigita Community System (ACS), a suite of
open-source, enterprise-class applications.
Omnis Technology Corp. (SAN CARLOS, Calif.) announced the
acquisition of Metamorph, a Rapid Application Development (RAD)
standardization tool. Metamorph will be available later this year,
after the launch of Omnis Studio 3.0, and will incorporate all the
functionality of the new release, and it will be available in a Linux
101communications LLC (LOS ANGELES) announced that Gene
Pritchard has been named group publisher of HP Professional and
Enterprise Linux magazines.
- Rebel.com Inc. announced the addition of Chris Biber to the
executive management team as vice president of marketing.
theKompany.com (RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.) beefed up its core
development team by adding two open source programmers from existing
development projects, Phil Thompson, developer of PyQt and PyKDE, a
package for using the Python programming language with Qt and KDE
development; and Max Judin, developer of KDE Studio, an IDE tool for
developing KDE applications for Linux.
Linux At Work
- Partners in Commerce, Inc. (BOSTON, MA) introduced
ClubSelling.com and CorpSelling.com. Linux-based e-commerce
solutions built using Magic Enterprise Edition V.8.3 for Linux.
XOR Inc. (BOULDER, Colo.) announced the signing of a multi-million
dollar, multi-year agreement to manage eBusiness for
HealthCentral.com, including a Linux-Oracle platform.
Merlin Software Technologies International Inc. (ALTAMONTE
SPRINGS, Fla.) announced the opening of a sales office in Phoenix,
Arizona and the establishment of a telemarketing group.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
June 1, 2000