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CompTIA, LPI and SAIR collaborate on Linux+ certification .
It was interesting to find both LPI and SAIR Linux, current
competitors in the Linux certification arena, in the
same press release. In this case, CompTIA, a not-for-profit trade
association, has chosen to work with both of them to develop
Linux+, a vendor-neutral Linux certification, to join its other
certification programs. "Partnering with the Linux
Professional Institute (LPI) and Sair, CompTIA will bring Caldera
and other major industry vendors and customers together to create a
globally accepted benchmark certification for Linux."
Open Source Projects.
This week we saw several announcements pertaining to Open Source
projects. There was Sun's announcement about releasing StarOffice
under the GPL (see this week's front
that Scyld Computing released a Linux driver for the CATC NetMate
USB-to-Ethernet Link under the GPL.
10 weeks after the Jabber instant messaging system was released
under the GPL, Jabber.com announced that
over 5,000 Jabber servers have been installed.
Lutris Technologies has announced enterprise support for the Enhydra Java/XML applications server.
Enhydra is an Open Source project. Lutris also sells Enhydra
The Free Standards Group released second test suite.
A second test suite of the LSB test program
has been announced by the Free Standards Group: LSB-VSX 1.0-1.
"The LSB-VSX test suite is a version of The Open Group's
VSX-PCTS, being used as part of the Linux Standard Base test
program. This version of the VSX-PCTS has been setup to
autoconfigure on Linux systems. A front end script
install_wrapper.sh is used to auto install, setup and run the test
Network Appliance Announces NFSv4 Grant.
Network Appliance has
announced the awarding of an (unspecified) grant to the
University of Michigan to support the development of version 4
Network File System code for Linux.
TurboLinux releases EnFuzion clustering system.
announced the release of "EnFuzion", its new clustering system.
Among other things, it claims to run most applications without
modification, which would be a big improvement over standard Beowulf
clusters. The price tag is $5000; more information on TurboLinux's
IDC on the client OS market.
IDC has issued a
pronouncement on the future of the client (desktop) operating system
market; they think that Microsoft will continue to dominate there.
"IDC believes Linux will continue to make inroads into the market, but
not enough to alter the market segmentation significantly. COE revenues
generated from Linux and other Open Source environments will increase
from $36.9 million in 1999 to $93.3 million in 2004."
Open Source Products.
Unless specified, license is unverified.
Akopia Inc. (RESTON, Va.) announced that it has released a
developers preview of the Akopia Interchange e-commerce
Invisible Worlds, Inc. (MONTEREY, Calif.) announced the launch of
BXXP.org, a community web
site for developers.
OpenAvenue (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) announced the release of the
Second Edition of OAsis(TM) (OpenAvenue Source Infrastructure
System). OAsis is a collaborative development infrastructure
delivered via the Web, using an "open-source process".
OpenSourceCRM.org (SAN DIEGO) announced that its outbound email
campaign system, KeyFactor, now supports hosting its datamart
on PostGreSQL, the open source object-relational data base.
Commercial Products for Linux.
Chilliware, Inc. (LOS ANGELES) announced five products designed
to support the growing base of Linux users. The Mohawk Server
Configurator is based on the Apache Server Application for Linux.
The Nexxus Contact Manager enables the user, at home or office,
to open the contact desktop and work from any application. There's
also Sculptor Desktop Publisher, Xtreme Ice Operating
System (a Linux distribution), and Mentor Developer's
IDEAS International Pty Limited. (SYDNEY, Australia) researched a
major new section for CPService that compares the Linux Support
Services offerings for a broad spectrum of companies.
PC-Doctor (EMERYVILLE, Calif.) announced PC-Doctor for
Linux, a Linux-based hardware diagnostic tool supporting most CPUs
including IA32, IA64, and RISC.
- Samco Software Inc. unveiled
back-2-basics (b2b) the newest member of the Samco product
family, designed to meet the basic sales and accounting needs of the
small retailer using a Linux server based system.
Products Using Linux.
InsynQ (TACOMA, Wash.) announced the availability of its
Linux-based InterLynQ Internet Appliance Server for commercial
distribution in conjunction with its Web-based computing services.
LinuxWizardry Systems, Inc. (BOCA RATON, Fla.) announced Magic
Passage, a new Virtual Private Network (VPN) Internet Appliance
which uses the Apprentice Command Center interface to configure
secure access through the Internet.
Macmillan (INDIANAPOLIS) announced Windows 7.1, the latest
update to their Linux for Windows product is currently available in
NetZero (WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.), a provider of advertising and
commerce-supported Internet access, today that it will be packaged
with the New Internet Computer, or NIC. The NIC uses NetZero's
Linux-based Z3 software.
- Portal PC is a "bare bones"
computer with Linux.
- Rebel.com has
announced the release of NetWinder OfficeServer 2.0, which
includes a new virtual private network (VPN) capability.
Shuffle Master, Inc. (LAS VEGAS) announced that its newest video
slot machine game, Press Your Luck, has been recommended for
approval by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The game runs on a PC
board using the Company's internally developed, Linux-based, slot
machine operating system.
VA Linux Systems, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced the
availability of the VA Linux 9008 2U (3.5") storage enclosure
Products with Linux Versions.
Chemical Computing Group Inc. (CCG) (MONTREAL) announced that
CCG's Molecular Operating Environment (MOE) has been ported to
all HP platforms, including Linux workstations.
- Cobalt Networks, Inc. introduced
the RaQ 4r, the fourth generation of the RaQ. The RaQ 4r
offers a full suite of Internet and application services.
- DALiM Software will soon launch the
Linux version of three of their products. TWiST is a workflow
automation and management application and LiTHO is a prepress
interactive software package. These will have PDF 1.3 and PDF/X
support. SWiNG is its new Linux-based Plug-and-Play workflow
face2face (SUMMIT, N.J.), a Lucent Technologies Venture, announced
that alterEGO is now available for immediate download on a
limited introductory basis. The company's software is designed for the
automated lip synchronization and facial animation of characters
within television and film production, electronic game and advanced
Internet animation applications.
JNI Corporation and Brocade Communications, Inc. (SAN DIEGO and
SAN JOSE, Calif.) will collaborate on product development, service and
support, and marketing and sales initiatives to advance the adoption
of open Storage Area Networks (SANs) in enterprise
Kaydara (MONTREAL, Quebec) announced that it has completed the
port of FiLMBOX, its real-time character animation system, to
Red Hat Linux V6.2.
PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) (WAKEFIELD,
Mass.) released its first software-focused specification, the
CompactPCI(R) Hot Swap Infrastructure Interface Specification,
denoted PICMG 2.12.
Plesk (CHANTILLY, Va.) announced its release of Plesk Server
Administrator 1.3 (PSA) software, a web-based server management
tool for UNIX- and Linux- based servers.
Tech Soft America (TSA) (ALAMEDA, Calif.) announced release 2.0 of
the free ParaHOOPS 3D Part Viewer.
Tracer Technologies, Inc. (BURLINGAME, Calif.) and Matsushita
Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. announced that Tracer's Magna
software for DVD-RAM stand-alone drives and MagnaVault
software for DVD jukeboxes will support the forthcoming release of
Panasonic's second-generation rewritable DVD drives.
ErgoTech Systems, Inc. (LOS ALAMOS, N.M.) announced the release of
its Java OPC (OLE for Process Control) Gateway.
- File Rogue is a new, free
Distributed File Sharing Application.
- No Starch Press announced THE
LINUX PROBLEM SOLVER by Brian Ward.
- O'Reilly announced that the
Computer Press Association (CPA) has awarded top honors to
"PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, 2nd Edition", by David Pogue, and "The
Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an
Accidental Revolutionary", by Eric S. Raymond.
- O'Reilly & Associates
announced the release of "CGI Programming with Perl" by Scott
Guelich, Shishir Gundavaram, and Gunther Birznieks.
- O'Reilly & Associates
announced Safari: O'Reilly Books Online, a "knowledge
interface" that provides search and navigation across O'Reilly titles.
Sair, Inc. (OXFORD, Miss.) announced that global publisher John
Wiley & Sons, Inc. will publish a second series of test
preparation guides for the Sair Linux and GNU Certification program.
Axis Communications (LUND, Sweden) announced that it has become
an Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group
(SIG). Axis released an open source Bluetooth driver for Linux,
under the GPL (Gnu Public License).
Caldera Systems Inc. and Tarantella Inc. (OREM, Utah & SANTA CRUZ,
Calif.) announced the first bundling of Tarantella Web-enabling
software with the Caldera OpenLinux Application Server.
Crossport Systems (BELLEVUE, Wash.) and Lineo, Inc. announced a
strategic partnership based on the Crossport Systems broadband
security software and the Lineo NETtel family of VPN Internet
routers. The resulting solutions will provide a simple, secure method
of accessing the Internet over DSL and cable modem connections.
Enlighten Software Solutions, Inc. (SAN MATEO, Calif.) announced
an alliance with TeamLinux Corporation. The partnership
features the integration of Enlighten's EnlightenDSM with the
TeamLinux strategic suite of professional services.
RSA Security Inc. (BEDFORD, Mass.) announced that Covalent
Technologies, Inc., a provider of Apache Web server e-commerce
solutions, has licensed RSA BSAFE(R) SSL-C software for
inclusion in its Raven SSL security module for the open-source Apache
Web server platform.
- SuSE Linux (NUREMBERG, GERMANY)
announced it is expanding its Business Partner Program,
offering worldwide co-marketing and support programs specifically
targeting resellers and ISVs.
VMware, Inc. (PALO ALTO, Calif.) announced that Wind River
Systems, Inc. has deployed VMware software to its development
teams worldwide, to facilitate the port of the Tornado development
environment to Linux.
Web Force Unlimited (HONG KONG, CHINA) announced an alliance
with Linuxcare to provide consultancy services for Linix and
other open source software.
Mergers and Acquisitions.
Cobalt Networks, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced that it
has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Progressive Systems,
Inc., a privately held company that makes Linux-based network
firewall solutions and appliances.
Net2Phone Inc. (HACKENSACK, N.J.) announced that it has acquired
Aplio, S.A., which uses embedded Linux as its technology platform.
Omnis Technology Corporation (SAN CARLOS, Calif.) announced a
preliminary agreement to merge with Irvine, Calif.-based PICK
Systems, Inc., a private company and the owner of the PICK
multi-dimensional database technology.
PICK Systems, Inc. (IRVINE, Calif.) put out their own press
release on the merger with Omnis.
Netgem (NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE) announced second quarter 2000
revenues of EU 24.4 million, a progression of 30.5% compared to
first quarter revenues of EU 18.7 million. Netgem's technology
operates on a Linux-based open software platform and a thin-client
- "Linux Evangelist" Dave McAllister
joins 3ware, Inc.
Sair Linux, Inc. (MONTEREY, Calif.) introduced its newest
Advisory Board members and charged the group with the
responsibility of leading the continued growth of its training and
Splash Technology, supplier of Linux-based color print servers,
announced that [Red Hat CFO] Harold Covert has been appointed to the
Company's board of directors.
Linux/Open Source At Work.
Etnus (FRAMINGHAM, Mass.) announced the use of the TotalView
Parallel Debugger by the Ohio state-wide network of computers,
sponsored by OSC (Ohio Supercomputer Center). OSC had been a beta
test site for TotalView 4.0 on Linux. After seeing the capabilities of
the debugger and having received numerous requests for its use, they
purchased TotalView for their state-wide network.
- OpenSales, purveyors of leading open source e-commerce
announced their gain of a contract with Nutripeak, Inc., to
integrate their fulfillment, physical storefront and e-commerce
offerings. "'We chose OpenSales because of the vendor's ability
to implement a complete solution at a fraction of the cost and time of
proprietary offerings," said Barry D. Blake, CEO of Nutripeak,
Inc. "Plus, the open source approach allowed us to freely evaluate the
OpenSales AllCommerce source code before we made our decision,
something that Oracle and other vendors were unable to offer'".
TurboLinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that the MIT Sloan
School of Management's annual Sloan Challenge business contest is
powered by TurboLinux on IBM Netfinity hardware.
TurboLinux Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that J.P. Morgan &
Co. Incorporated has deployed TurboLinux's EnFuzion software to
help power the firm's worldwide risk management system for fixed
CUseeMe Networks (NASHUA, N.H.) has been awarded an Innovation
award from TMC labs, publisher of Internet Telephony magazine.
"TMC recognized CUseeMe Networks' suite of technologies for voice
and visual communications, with special attention to its MeetingPoint
server software and its CUseeMe World Web site. As stated by TMC's
editor's, 'MeetingPoint's large feature set is commendable, and it
works with virtually any conferencing system. MeetingPoint's use of
the Linux operating system makes the product that much more
impressive. It is this type of ingenuity that is required in this
industry, and we award CUseeMe Networks for that reason.'"
- ITsquare.com is an online B2B
resource for custom software development solutions by providing
clients with the means to connect and work with qualified software
development firms (vendors) worldwide and offers more specialized
software development in the following areas: Linux, Embedded, and
Globalization software development.
- SuSE Linux is extending its
support services 24/7 x 365.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
July 20, 2000