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It was a good week for Open Source announcements. Mission Critical Linux, Inc. announced the release of the source code for its high-availability Kimberlite cluster technology under the GPL.
Metro Link contributed a number of enhancements and bug fixes to Open Motif. "These changes were developed for Metro Link's commercial Motif products and are now being contributed back to Open Motif."
Lineo has announced a new website, http://opensource.lineo.com, "dedicated to open source projects funded or maintained by Lineo and its employees". The website may be intended to balance concerns about Lineo's business direction, based on bundling its Embedix Linux distribution with proprietary software and then licensing the result.
Finally, TCS announced the opening of a Linux Research and Development facility in Texas to develop "Linux-related technologies" for Dell Computer Corporation. "'TCS and Dell are making a commitment not only to help each other develop and support the latest Linux technologies, but also to provide those technologies to the Open Source community,' said [CEO of TCS.] Ramadorai".
Transmeta's Crusoe. Transmeta's Crusoe chip is apparently being demonstrated this week at PC Expo in Ultra-light laptops from Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM and NEC, according to this press release. Battery life and reduced noise were sited as the reasons for the high interest in the chip. Unfortunately, actual shipments of such Ultra-lights are still months away.
IBM has reported its plans to
use the Crusoe chip in ThinkPad notebooks by the end of the
year. " Transmeta says the Crusoe chip extends the battery life
of mobile computers by using a hybrid of software and hardware,
replacing millions of power-hungry transistors. Nichols said
IBM retrofitted a ThinkPad 240 with the chip so that it could
demonstrate the unit this week for customers at the PC Expo at the
Jacob Javitts Centre in Manhattan. He said IBM's notebook division
has been working with the chip the past six months.
Nichols said IBM retrofitted a ThinkPad 240 with the chip so that it could demonstrate the unit this week for customers at the PC Expo at the Jacob Javitts Centre in Manhattan. He said IBM's notebook division has been working with the chip the past six months."
Netwinder manufacturer Rebel.com also announced plans for using the Crusoe chip in upcoming versions of the Netwinder. "Rebel.com selected Crusoe based on a number of factors, including its ability to work in a small fanless enclosure, its low power consumption, its high performance and its compatibility with industry standards."
The news is also covered in this CNet article.
ZF Linux Devices, Inc. has a slew of announcements. New York company ZF Linux Devices made several announcements this week. Their new MachZ PC-on-a-Chip is "ultra-low power (less than 1/2W @ 133MHz)". It comes with a software suite that includes a PhoenixBIOS and a choice of Linux or WindRiver VxWorks. They also announced an alliance with Phoenix Technologies to bundle the PhoenixBIOS with the MachZ.
The FailSafe MachZ runs a family of products providing distributed network solutions for the Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), education and developing economy markets.
LynuxWorks, Inc., formerly Lynx Real-Time Systems, will bundle LynuxWorks BlueCat Linux and the LynuxWorks development tools with the MachZ Integrated Development System (IDS). WindRiver will supply VxWorks.
The device is financed, to the tune of $15 million, by Sands Brothers Venture Capital LLC of New York, and included additional investments from National Semiconductor, Samsung, TAT Capital Partners, and individual investors, and it will be distributed by Kanematsu Semiconductor Corporation, a Japanese distribution company.
Linux Stock for Sale. In the past two days, two announcements of large sales of VA Linux stock have gone out, the first from Small Cap World Fund, which will be selling 1.55 million shares and the second announced that Larry Augustin will be selling a more modest number, only 120,000 shares.
Larry isn't alone. Red Hat Inc. co-founder Marc Ewing has filed his intent to sell 1.5 million shares of Red Hat stock. "The shares have an estimated market value of $49 million, the filing said."
Corel successfully completed its sale of new common shares, guaranteeing it will stay afloat for at least some time longer. "In the event that all of the warrants are exercised, the Company will issue an additional 3,649,635 common shares resulting in gross proceeds of Cdn. $16,642,335.60."
Rackspace.com has amended it's prospectus and lowered its IPO terms according to this article from Reuters.
Award Winners. In the midst of other problems, Corel was pretty happy to pick up a couple of awards this week, for Corel Linux and the Corel Draw 9 Graphics Suite.
Enterprise Linux, a quarterly supplement inserted into several business magazines (ENT, MIDRANGE Systems, Enterprise Systems Journal, HP Professional and Application Development Trends), picked up an award at this year's American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE). In addition, the press release announces that Enterprise Linux will become a stand-alone monthly magazine beginning in August.
That brings us to three monthly print magazines for the Linux community so far, including Linux Journal and Linux Magazine. Enterprise Linux differs from the other two since it comes from the established business publishing arena, which has clearly decided the time is ripe for added Linux coverage to their current stock.
Linux Gets Game. The available games for Linux continue to multiple with the announcement that WarBirds III, a multi-player online World War II air combat game, has been enhanced with Linux compatibility.
Also, Terminus, a new epic space role-playing game, has been released for Linux (as well as Mac and Windows) after three and a half years of development. "Another exciting feature in Terminus is the ability of computer-controlled characters to express human emotions as they interact with other characters and react to events using advanced AI technology. Characters can become angry and impatient; they can even fall in love."
A demo of Terminus is available at www.vvisions.com.
Internet Partnership Group Tunes Into PenguinRadio. PenguinRadio, which is developing a stand-alone Linux-based Internet appliance for listening to radio stations broadcast on the Internet, announced the receipt of an equity investment from the Internet Partnership Group.
Michael Tiemann appointed to Embedded Linux Consortium board. Red Hat has announced that Michael Tiemann, Red Hat's CTO, has been appointed to the board of the Embedded Linux Consortium.
IDC: the impact of a Microsoft breakup on the Linux Market. IDC takes a gander at the impact of a potential breakup of Microsoft into two separate companies on Linux, foreseeing potential increased competition in personal productivity software and hardware sales. "IDC believes an independent Microsoft applications company could present a serious threat to desktop/personal productivity players in the Linux space -- including Corel, Applix, and even Sun Microsystems."
EuroLinux Congratulates British Telecom. The EuroLinux Alliance, promoters of the petition against software patents in Europe, has issued this release congratulating British Telecom "for demonstrating the absurdity of software patents." "BT was granted its patent nearly 15 years ago for a software concept which may have seemed new and inventive at the time. But such a patent, by being so abstract and general, has actually given BT the right to strangle the development of the World Wide Web and a lot of related technologies, which owe nothing to the inventive effort of BT."
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Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
June 29, 2000