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Linux training is turning into big business. This week we see
announcements of more classes, web-based training, expanded
curriculums all available in more locations than ever. Many of
these courses are aimed at getting students ready for Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
certification exams. The latest round of announcements shows LPI as
a front runner in Linux certification.
For example CyberStateU.com has
announced its web-based training course and Linuxcare, Inc. has
announced an expansion of Linuxcare University's course
offerings, along with a new training partner program. Both are geared towards
helping students pass LPI exams.
One of Linuxcare's partners is the Motorola Computer Group. They are
working with Linuxcare on
an initiative to deliver a set of Linux training courses, also
aimed at LPI certification. Locations where these courses will be
offered include Beijing, Munich, New York, Osaka, Shanghai, Tokyo,
and, of course, Tempe, AZ.
TurboLinux is also getting into the training arena. They have
announced a partnership with Wave Tech to develop a complete
Linux education curriculum that will track to the LPI certification
standards, and they also
announced a partnership with SmartForce to provide Linux
seminars via SmartForce's web site.
Red Hat and Dell, and Corel.
The Red Hat Linux distribution
will be installed on servers used at the Medical Center of
Boston International, Inc. and on servers at
every Toyota and Lexus dealer in the U.S.. The later
announcement also says Dell will supply the computers.
By the way, Dell is backing Linux in a big way, shown in
announcement that Linux is its third "strategic, global operating
system," along with Windows and NetWare.
And the distribution of Linux that Dell will install will be Red Hat
this announcement about the Dell/Red Hat "One Source Alliance."
Red Hat will buy computers from Dell for internal use, and Dell will
be running Red Hat internally. Red Hat will also be the default
support vendor for Dell's customers. Linuxcare support will be
available on request.
Look for a careers page on Red Hat's web site. Red Hat
announced a deal with techies.com to get that set up.
Red Hat has announced its first
quarter results. They brought in $16 million in this quarter,
with a loss of $2.5 million.
For Corel the second fiscal quarter has ended. Preliminary results
announced late last week, and final results
announced earlier this week. They reported revenues of $36.6
million, producing a net loss of $23.6 million.
Inferno source released - sort of.
Lucent and Vita Nuova have
announced that Vita Nuova will be distributing the Inferno
operating system from Lucent. The code will go out under "a
subscription license that is similar to the type used by open source
software." The dissimilarity, however, is that one must pay $300
($1000 for corporations) for a license, and further source
redistribution can only happen to others who have purchased
Vita Nuova seems to be hoping to create some sort of gated pseudo
open-source community. This scheme is actually somewhat reminiscent of
how Minix worked ten years ago - but Minix lost much of its community
once Linux hit the net. Inferno is said to have some interesting things
to show as an operating system, and getting the source out there is a
step in the right direction. It is, however, still not free software.
Better late than never: Caldera Systems has put out an
announcement on the preinstallation of OpenLinux on IBM ThinkPad
announced a new satellite Internet gateway - which is based on
Announcements from LynuxWorks.
LynuxWorks (once Lynx Real-time Systems) has put out a series of
announcements. They include
this one about the company's receipt of $35 million in
private financing, and
this one about a partnership with ZF Linux Devices to bundle
BlueCat Linux with ZF's "MachZ" development system.
Storm Linux 2000 bundles X-Win32.
Stormix Technology has
announced that it will bundle StarNet's X-Win32 PC X server
with the deluxe edition of Storm Linux 2000.
StarOffice 5.2 released.
Sun Microsystems has
announced the release of StarOffice 5.2, which has "over
200 new and enhanced features."
Open Source Products.
Unless specified, license is unverified.
- Intel has
announced the release of its "Universal Plug and Play" (UPnP)
software under an open source license. "UPnP is an industry
specification that allows networked devices to automatically identify
and configure themselves for instant communication with each other or
the Internet, while hiding the complexities of setup from the
IPHighway, Inc. (FRAMINGHAM, Mass.) announced an initiative to
make the COPS (Common Open Policy Service) technology freely
available to networking companies and equipment providers.
- Kaivo, Inc. (DENVER) performed the initial
launch of a vendor-neutral marketplace for Open Source products and
OnCore Systems Corporation (HALF MOON BAY, Calif.) released
Certifiable MicroC/OS-IIa, an open source operating system
product to meet the needs of digital avionics manufacturers requiring
RTCA / EUROCAE DO-178B certification.
Websprocket (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) released JEMIni, a free,
open-source Java programming language for embedded networked systems.
Commercial Products for Linux.
AccountiX, Inc. (SAN ANTONIO, TX) announce the availability of
AccountiX for LINUX, based on SBT VisionPoint 2000.
Advanced Computer & Network Corporation (PITTSBURGH) announced
that it has received Red Hat Linux 6.2 certification and is now
included on Red Hat's Hardware Compatibility List for RAID storage
Algorithmics Incorporated (TORONTO/NEW YORK) announced the
availability of RiskWatch on platforms based on the Intel
architecture running Red Hat Linux. Algorithmics is working with Intel
Corporation to optimize products for IA-64.
Elastic Networks Inc. (ALPHARETTA, Ga.) announced its YesWare
3.0, the latest version of its visitor-based networking (VBN)
software applications. YesWare 3.0 runs on Elastic Networks'
Linux-based BitStorm Server.
- Informix has
announced that version 9.21 of its Foundation 2000 "data and
content management platform" and version 3.5 of the Cloudscape
embeddable Java database are available for Linux.
- Loki Software has announced an
agreement to port the game "MindRover: The Europa Project" to Linux;
availability will be in the (northern hemisphere) fall of 2000.
Macadamian Technologies Inc. (OTTAWA, ON), a provider of eBusiness
and Linux solutions, announced that the Syndeo Collaboration Suite
2.1 fully supports IBM's WebSphere Application Server and DB2
Oracle Corporation (REDWOOD SHORES, CA) announced the availability
of Linux versions of its Internet application development tools
Oracle Business Components for Java and Oracle Forms
- Titan Computer,
distributors of the new Linux titles being ported by Hyperion Software, announced
the expected release dates for Shogo:
Mobile Armor Division and Sin
will be August and September respectively. Tux Games has announced availability
of pre-order facilities for both.
Xi Graphics Inc. (DENVER) announced 3D Accelerated-X graphics
support software package for a Matrox graphics card.
Products Using Linux.
Axis Communications (CHELMSFORD, Mass.) announced the availability
of integrated systems-on-a-chip and embedded Linux solutions to
original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
ei Corporation (MILPITAS, Calif.) unveiled Thumbdrive, a
portable USB digital storage device that is about the size of a stick of
NetMaster (CHILLIWACK, British Columbia) introduced the Gateway
Guardian, a Linux-based firewall with a Java interface.
Rackspace (SAN ANTONIO) announced the opening of its data
center in London.
Products with Linux Versions.
Adobe Systems Incorporated (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced the
immediate availability of Adobe Acrobat Distiller Server
software, which provides users with a server-based mechanism for
creating Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
AFP Technology announced the release of FormScape v2.3,
with expanded support for e-commerce and B2B business communications.
Alliance Systems, Inc. (PLANO, Texas) introduced the I-Series
Communications Solutions Family of platforms.
Ariel Corp. (CRANBURY, N.J.) announced a PCI-based T1/E1/PRI
network interface card for designers of high-density network
Cohesion Systems, Inc. (WOODSIDE, Calif.) announced that
Cohesion's Hierarchy Design System (HDS) products are now
available for monthly subscription through EDAconnect.com's new
Equinox Systems Inc. (SUNRISE, Fla.) announced the introduction of
low priced SuperSerial 4- and 8-port PCI MultiModem products.
HELIOS Software GmbH (HANNOVER, Germany) announced it is now
shipping EtherShare 2.6, which is available for Linux Pentium
LSI Logic Corporation (MILPITAS, Calif.) announced the
SYM53C1010R PCI, Dual Channel Ultra160 SCSI controller which
provides pin compatibility with LSI Logic's next generation of PCI-X
Ultra320 SCSI controllers.
Matrox Graphics Inc. (MONTREAL, CANADA) announced the Matrox
Millennium G450 Series of graphics cards.
ParaSoft (MONROVIA, Calif.) announced the availability of
WebKing Lite, a free version of their Web site development and
Piranha, Inc. (DALLAS) announced the first sales of Piranha
Byte 1.0, a data compression tool for the imaging, publishing and
- Rave Computer Association (Sterling
Heights, Michigan) announced a new 6U Rackmount chassis for the
Ultra AXmp. Linux is offered as an optional OS.
RightNow Technologies (BOZEMAN, Mont.) announced RightNow Web
3.2, a major upgrade to the company's Web customer service suite.
RSA Security Inc. (BEDFORD, Mass.) announced it has begun shipping
RSA BSAFE WTLS-C software, a complete WTLS protocol-compliant
SERENA Software, Inc. (BURLINGAME, Calif.) announced an IBM
TeamConnection to SERENA eChange Man migration program.
Sun Microsystems, Inc. introduced the Sun StorEdge T3
family of network storage arrays. Linux on Intel is supported.
VERITAS Software Corporation (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) introduced
version 3.4 of VERITAS NetBackup DataCenter.
Data Broadcasting Corporation (HAYWARD, Calif.) announced the
official launch of My eSignal, a customizable Java-based quote
service in a browser-based format.
KL Group Inc. (TORONTO) announced that the next generation of
JProbe ServerSide Suite now supports the Linux operating
KL Group Inc. (TORONTO) announced that JProbe Profiler and
Memory Debugger received two Java Pro Reader's Choice Awards.
TimeSys Corp. (PITTSBURGH) announced that its implementation of
the Java virtual machine with real-time capability will soon be
available for the Timesys Linux/RT platform.
sangoma.com (TORONTO) announced that Zereau Limited of
Yorkshire, England, has selected sangoma.com's WANPIPE solution
as the internal router that enables its all-in-one Internet access
kit. Six out of every 10 Zereau installations of the WANPIPE card are
in Linux servers.
OmniLinux (FREMONT, CA) and Linux Central are joining forces to
market Linux 1-2-3 Fundamentals, a training CD-Rom.
Century Software, Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) has completed Ethernet
support for Applied Data Systems (ADS)' Graphics Client
embedded Linux single board computer systems on a StrongARM platform.
Dirig Software, Inc. (ORLANDO, Fla.) announced a technology
alliance with Hewlett-Packard Company that will allow HP OpenView
customers to manage mission critical eBusiness applications in the
emerging Linux marketplace.
EnterLinux (EMERYVILLE, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO) inked a deal
with Application Park, Inc. to provide private label highly
customizable browser-based business automation tools and integrated
applications to EnterLinux on its Linux Vortal site.
- GraphOn and RedFlag Software have
announced a deal to "jointly develop business and marketing
opportunities in China." It seems to primarily consist of bundling
GraphOn's Bridges with RedFlag's distribution.
Integrated Software & Devices Corporation (ISDCorp) (SAN JOSE,
Calif.) announced a strategic relationship with LinkUp Systems
Corporation, to provide VxWorks support to LinkUp Systems.
LinuxMall.com Inc. (DENVER) and 1mage Software Inc.
announced a strategic marketing partnership between the two companies.
LinuxWizardry Systems, Inc. (BOCA RATON, Fla.) announced that it
has been awarded a contract from the Personal Communication Sector
of Motorola to develop a Global Knowledge Base for internally
OmniLinux (FREMONT, CA) is teaming up with 3ware Inc. in Palo
Alto to support the growing Linux community. OmniLinux supports a
variety of Linux web sites such as DestinationLinux, and 3ware
supports the Open Source community with its line of Escalade RAID
Reasoning, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) became a founding member
of the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC).
Sendmail, Inc. (EMERYVILLE, Calif.) announced a new joint
technology agreement with SEEK Systems, Inc. of Bothell,
SolutionInc Limited (HALIFAX, Canada) announced strategic business
relationships with 3Com Corporation as well as a number of
service providers. The SolutionIP suite of Linux-based, server
software applications provides a solution for connecting and managing
mobile users of broadband and wireless networks.
VA Linux Systems, Inc. and SiteSmith, Inc. (SUNNYVALE and SANTA
CLARA, Calif.) announced that SiteSmith has joined the VA Linux
Service Provider Program.
VistaSource, Inc. (WESTBORO, Mass.) announced a new partnership
agreement with ACA Pacific Technology to distribute its
Applixware Office 5.0 for Linux in Asia.
Investments and Acquisitions.
Akopia Inc. (RESTON, Va.) announced its acquisition of
MiniVend, an "open source" e-commerce application.
Lineo, Inc. (LINDON, Utah) announced the appointments of Michael
Angelo and Dave Peters to strengthen Lineo in the areas of technical
services and product marketing.
Lineo, Inc. (LONDON) announced the opening of its London-based
European sales office and the appointment of Hamid Mirab as the
company's new vice president, European Sales and Services.
TurboLinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced the appointments of
Ly-Huong Pham as executive vice president of worldwide development and
of Michael Duffy as vice president global enterprise services.
Linux At Work.
PCTEL, Inc. (MILPITAS, Calif.) announced that its software-based
Linux-compatible modem solution has been selected for The New
Internet Computer Company's first Internet appliance.
- weather.com has put out
this announcement proclaiming its use of IBM Netfinity servers
running Linux to serve up its weather maps. They carefully do not
mention which distribution is being used.
Sendmail, Inc. (EMERYVILLE, Calif.) announced the opening of a
French subsidiary to be based in Paris, France.
- SuSE (NUREMBERG, GERMANY and CARACAS,
VENEZUELA) announced the opening of their new Latin America
headquarters office in Caracas, Venezuela.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
June 22, 2000