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Va Linux Systems.
VA Linux Systems is working hard at becoming a one stop shop for all
your Linux and Open Source needs. They provide hardware, software,
service and information. Now they have
launched the Open Source Developer
Network site. OSDN looks a lot like a configurable front-end to
VA's other sites; future plans evidently include email hosting and
VA has also
announced a number of "charter members" of OSDN, including
Compaq, EMC, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Intel and Sun. eGrail
has jumped in and
announced its charter membership in OSDN.
There is a separate
announcement for its new online ordering system, which lets
customers pick out the operating system components they want
installed on their systems.
High Availability and Clustering.
A number of LinuxWorld announcements were about high availability
and/or clusters. Here are some examples:
announced a high-availability cluster product. It runs on
CompactPCI systems, and costs $2000 per CPU board.
PolyServe announced that its "Understudy" high availability
clustering and load balancing software will be shipped with SuSE
SteelEye Technology has announced a high availability solution for
servers running Apache and Sendmail.
Technauts has announced a high-availability solution for
SGI and SuSE have announced the release of SGI's FailSafe
high availability solution for Linux.
Mission Critical Linux announced the porting of its "Convolo"
cluster code to the IA-64 architecture.
- Linux NetworX, Inc. introduced
Evolocity, an integrated cluster system with a vertically
Bay Mountain announced a clustered Linux server product.
- Alpha Processor, Dolphin Interconnect, and Scali have
announced an Alpha-based clustered
HP expands commitment to Linux.
announced its increased interest in Linux. Included is the
designation of Linux as a "strategic operating system," the intent
to release MC/ServiceGuard - its high availability clustering system
- for Linux; the ability to run Linux binaries on IA-64 HP-UX
systems; a couple of its workstations will be made available with
TurboLinux installed; and there is a 64-bit PA-RISC port
Informix, Compaq and SuSE deliver Alpha Linux platform.
announced the availability of its Informix Dynamic Server 2000
database running on the Alpha platform with SuSE's distribution.
More certification news from LinuxWorld.
- The Linux Professional Institute has
announced that its Level 1 certification is being accepted
by IBM as a prerequisite to its "solution technologist" certification.
- Corel has
announced a deal with SAIR Linux; Corel will be using SAIR's
training program for its own Linux training offerings.
- SAIR is
partnering with Global Linux Network to provide training and
certification in Korea.
SAIR has also announced that Productivity Point International
has signed an agreement to provide SAIR Linux certification training.
TurboLinux announced the launch of a series of Linux training
courses aimed at LPI
TeamLinux has chimed in with an announcement that it is
partnering with TurboLinux to provide these courses.
- The Linux Professional Institute has
announced that its Linux certification exams will be translated
- SAIR, meanwhile,
announced that "more than 275" people signed up for its free
training and certification "boot camps" at LinuxWorld.
BSDI is getting into the hardware business with a line of
rackmount server systems. They can be had with either BSD or
Loki Software has announced an alliance
with BSDI to port games to FreeBSD.
Trolltech announced a collaboration with Lineo; Qt/Embedded
will be packaged with Embedix.
announced the preview release of Qt 2.2.
And Trolltech's Qt/Embedded GUI code has
come out of beta.
Linuxcare has announced a set of open source tools that
manufacturers can use to determine if their systems are compatible
with Linux. [Editor's note: Linux itself seems like a very good
tool for that purpose...]
Sun and Linuxcare announced the availability of Sun's StorEdge
disk array for Linux, with Linuxcare providing support.
certified a number of systems from HP.
Linuxcare has also
developed a configuration tool for HP's OpenMail.
TimeSys has announced its TimeWarp integrated development
environment for its real-time distribution. Also, in
a separate announcement, TimeSys talks about the cool features
of TimeSys Linux/RT, and
yet another PR announces the addition of multiprocessor
OpenSales unveils partnership program.
announced a new partnership program "designed to provide its
customers with a menu of services critical to conducting e-commerce
-- while ensuring that the OpenSales AllCommerce(TM) application
suite is freely available through multiple channels and
interoperable with leading-edge technologies." The plan itself
seems somewhat vaguely defined, but it has clearly drawn some
interest. Here are announcements from
CollabNet on their joining the program. OpenSales has also
announced that Guardian Digital will be bundling AllCommerce
with its business server system.
Red Hat, Inc. to acquire C2Net.
Red Hat has
announced that it is acquiring C2Net, providers of the
Apache-based Stronghold web server. The acquisition is happening
for just under 2 million shares of stock.
Blur Media releases 'Evolution of Linux' preview.
Blur Media has announced the release of a preview
of its "The Evolution of Linux" documentary. "'It's a
hyper-postmodern project,' said film director Curtis Lee Fulton, 'I take
the superfluous sounds and images I encounter around the different
environments of interview sights and rearrange them, distort them and
fold them into the context of my subject, creating a new meaning.'"
Michael Cowpland quits.
It's official: Corel has
announced the resignation of Michael Cowpland as the President,
CEO, and Chairman of the company. He plans "to dedicate his time
and resources to new start-up opportunities" - evidently in the
Open Source Products.
Unless specified, license is unverified.
ArsDigita Corporation (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) announced the general
availability of version 3.4 of the ArsDigita Community System
(ACS), which provides the core applications for building
collaborative Web services.
Commercial Products for Linux.
Atipa Corporation (KANSAS CITY) unveiled the new File
Server and File Server Plus as the latest additions to its
Product Solution Series of scalable products. Both feature a
pre-installed internal tape backup system powered by BRU.
Aurema Pty Limited (DUBLIN, CA) announced that its ARMTech
product will provide enterprise Linux users a complete solution for
the allocation and control of major system resources on servers and
- Chilliware, Inc. (Los Angeles, California) announced the
availability of its
"Mohawk" configuration tool for Apache; Mentor, a Linux application designed to speed
up the process of creating help-file documentation;
Sculptor, a desktop publishing
application for Linux; and Xtreme Ice
a new distribution of Linux operating system.
ei Corporation (MILPITAS, Calif.) introduced Aries, a
small, robust, dedicated Linux based microserver.
Embedded Planet (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced the availability of
Linux Planet 1.2, its next-generation application development
platform supporting embedded Linux.
Netword, Inc. (GAITHERSBURG, Md.) announced Networds,
Internet keywords that are used instead of complex and cumbersome
URLs. The software is free for Linux users.
Nothing Real showed Tremor Version 1.0, a front room,
client-based compositing solution engineered to handle the needs of
the HDTV, broadcast and video markets.
Perle Systems (WESTMONT, Ill.) announced the addition of a
Linux dial-out modem pooling client for its line of 833 Access
- Sanchez Computer Associates has
announced that its "enterprise banking system" PROFILE has been
ported to Linux.
SteelEye Technology Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced a
premium support program that gives LifeKeeper for Linux
customers 24x7 help desk support service.
- Stormix has
announced the release of its "Storm Firewall" product - an
application-level package which provides a graphical firewall
Products with Linux Versions.
Apogee Networks (ROCHELLE PARK, NJ) announced the
NetCountant line of Content Settlement and Billing products.
Group 1 (LANHAM, Md.) announced the release of MailStream Plus
6.2.4, its presort software solution.
Inprise/Borland (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) delivered the second
version of Inprise Application Server (IAS) and
VisiBroker object request broker (ORB) for CORBA.
ParaSoft (MONROVIA, Calif.) announced the integration of Java and
C/C++ tools into WebKing, a Web application development and
- Rave Computer Association, Inc.(Sterling Heights, Michigan) announced a new SCSI hard drive option
for its RackMount-1UAXe (RM1U-AXe).
Apogee Software and MontaVista announced that Apogee's "Aphelion"
Java tools are being ported to MontaVista's Hard Hat Linux.
Apogee also announced that Aphelion will be ported to LynuxWorks'
LynxOS and BlueCat Linux.
Inprise/Borland has announced that it will be licensing IBM's Java
Developer Kit to bundle with its products.
Sun Microsystems has announced distribution deals for Java 2
with SuSE and TurboLinux.
Books & Training.
- O'Reilly (Sebastopol, CA) announced
"HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition".
- Alpha Processor has also announced a
partnership with Stormix Technologies.
Bluepoint Linux Software signed a deal with Jiajun Keji Ltd. to
market Bluepoint Linux in Hong Kong.
HotDispatch (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) announced that
OpenAvenue (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) would use HotDispatch
technology to help service the community of source code developers
using OpenAvenue's collaborative development Web site.
Intrinsyc Software, Inc. (VANCOUVER, B.C.) announced a strategic
alliance with MontaVista Software Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.).
Look for new Internet devices from Intrinsyc running MontaVista's
Intrinsyc Software, Inc. (VANCOUVER, B.C.) announced a strategic
alliance with Lineo, Inc. (LINDON, UT), that will provide
Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs) with tools to create, link and
manage Linux-based Internet devices and Information Appliances.
Linksys (IRVINE, Calif.) announced a joint marketing agreement
with the Tzolkin Corporation (BOSTON). Under this agreement
Linksys will bundle a Free 30-Day trial CD-ROM of the TZO.COM Dynamic
DNS Windows and Linux client software and a 20% discount option in all
packages of popular selling Linksys Cable/DSL Routers, throughout
Mission Critical Linux will be offering support for SGI systems
NetMaster Networking Solutions Inc. (CHILLIWACK, BC) entered into
a licensing agreement with Psionic Software Inc. (AUSTIN, TX)
to include PortSentry and HostSentry technology into NetMaster's
Linux-based Gateway Guardian line of Firewall and VPN software
- SuSE has
announced a deal with VMware that will have SuSE distributing
VMware's software products in Europe.
TeamLinux (AUSTIN, Texas) entered into an alliance with Knox
Software Corporation, a Carlsbad, California-based data backup
software provider. The partnership features the integration of Arkeia
software with TeamLinux' strategic suite of professional services.
TheLinuxStore.com (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) announced it has signed an
agreement with 1mage Software Inc., a provider of electronic
document imaging systems for Linux and UNIX environments.
VERITAS Software Corporation and Cobalt Networks, Inc. (SAN JOSE,
CALIFORNIA) announced they are collaborating to bring VERITAS
Software's Linux backup solutions to Cobalt's Linux server appliance
WireX Communications, Inc. (PORTLAND, Ore.) announced an OEM
licensing agreement with Microbits (ADELAIDE, South
Australia). Under the terms of the license, Microbits will use
WireX's Immunix Linux server appliance software for their newest
Nitrosoft Linux (OTTAWA, ON) announced the appointment of Derik
Belair to the position of president. Prior to joining Nitrosoft, he
played a key management and consulting role in Corel Corporation's
Linux At Work.
Baymountain, Inc. announced that Getloaded.com's move to
Baymountain ASP has been successfully completed.
StoreBusters Inc. (SALT LAKE CITY) named Caldera Systems'
OpenLinux as its e-commerce operating system platform of choice.
More LinuxWorld Announcements.By press time LinuxWorld will be nearly over. For those who missed
it, or would like a recap, here are some press releases that came in
prior to or during the event.
- Here is
LinuxWorld's own summary of the news for August 15.
3ware, Inc.: Escalade, for building creative applications.
- 5NINE has
announced the launch of
WMLBrowser.org, which hosts an open source project to make a
Wireless Markup Language browser.
Agenda Computing Inc. (Irvine, Calif.): Agenda VR3, a new
Linux-based portable PC.
AMD seeks to publicize all of the Linux companies that are working
to support its new 64-bit processors.
- Applied Data Systems:
embedded Linux on golf carts; Internet browser for embedded systems.
- Arkeia has
announced a free version of its network backup software for Linux.
- Century Software Embedded Technologies(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah): a Linux-based windowing system and graphical
development environment for the new Compaq iPAQ handheld computer.
Cirrus Logic Inc.: Maverick processors running embedded Linux.
Cleanscape Software International: a new company that intends to
provide broad-based software tools for supporting Linux application
Compaq Computer Corporation: new Linux products and partner-based
Dell proclaims that a PowerEdge server was used to generate the
great SPECweb benchmark results back at the end of June.
Global Knowledge Network, Inc. (BURLINGTON, Mass.) introduced
updated training and certification curriculum for Red Hat Linux 6.2.
GraphOn released Bridges 1.1.
IBM announced a deal where Red Hat will be bundling IBM's
Linux-based software. The announcement also includes the donation of
over 100 printer drivers as open source.
IBM announced its new "NetVista" thin client systems.
IDG Books Worldwide, Inc. (FOSTER CITY, Calif.): showing more than
three dozen Linux titles.
InfoExpress announced a deal to package its virtual private
network solution with Rebel.com's systems.
Linuxcare, Inc. and Motive Communications, Inc.: an automated,
highly scalable e-service solution for Linux.
LynuxWorks has announced support for Motorola's MBX2000 board.
Maximum Linux Magazine announces a makeover as a more technical
Metro Link, Inc. (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) CTO Garry Paxinos and
Technical Director Stuart Anderson speaking on the advantages of using
the X Window System in embedded systems.
demoed 64Express at LinuxWorld. This product is apparently a
migration tool which helps in the porting of 32-bit applications to
MobileSys announced that its wireless messaging engine will be
supported on Linux.
- MontaVista Software has
released the Hard Hat Linux Cross Development Kit version 1.2.
MontaVista also announced a deal with IBM's Object Technology
International; OTI's "VisualAge Micro Edition" will be packaged with
announced the release of the NetMAX Professional Suite, a security
and file/print serving package.
Omnis Technology Corp. (SAN CARLOS, Calif.) in cooperation with
IDG and VA Linux, will sponsor the "Show Favorites" awards.
Penguin Computing has launched a new rackmount server system.
SGI and Enlighten Software announce that SGI will be providing
Enlighten's system management package on its Linux and IRIX-based
SGI has also announced the release of its "Open Inventor 3D"
graphics toolkit as open source.
StarNet Communications Corp.: X-Win32 Version 5.0,
Windows-to-Linux/Unix connectivity software.
SteelEye Technology Inc. announced a systems integrator
partnership with Sierra Associates.
SuSE Linux (OAKLAND, Calif.) demonstrated the flexibility of SuSE
Linux software and its cross-platform implementations from IBM S/390
through the Macintosh G4 down to WAP phones.
Tech Soft America is releasing HOOPS 3D v5.0 for free "personal
use" on Linux.
TurboLinux and NEC demonstrated 16-way Itanium system.
VistaSource announced the launch of the beta program for the
latest version of AnywareOffice. They also
announced that the ISP "Zoned In" will be providing AnywareOffice
as part of its service.
Computer Museum of America (LA MESA, Calif.) announced that
voting on the Hall of Fame
Web site has been extended until September 15. Currently among
the top 10: Linus Torvalds -- author of Linux operating system (1993);
Marc Andreesson -- lead developer of the NCSA Mosaic graphical browser
(1993), co-founder of Netscape; Larry Ellison -- founder of Oracle
database company (1977).
IBM (LAS VEGAS, NV) announced the WebSphere Developer
Domain, a new online resource that provides free software and
technical information for developers who want to build applications
based on IBM's WebSphere* software platform.
ibooks.com (AUSTIN, Texas) announced that ibooks.com's technology
will power IBM's developerWorks digital bookstore service.
- LinuxPPC Inc. has sent out this
press release describing how it intends to fix up its customer
service - which, evidently, has not been up to the level they would
like - in the near future.
announced that the Open Directory
Project has exceeded 2 million listings.
- Penguin Computing is
opening an office in Houston.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
August 17, 2000