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Transmeta files for IPO.
Transmeta has put in its IPO filing. The
full S-1 filing is available for those who wish to slog through
it. Unfortunately we don't have a summary available yet. Hopefully
by next week we'll have one ready for publication. In the meantime
here are a few highlights:
The company plans to trade as TMTA; price and such still
undetermined. They have managed to lose almost $120 million so
far. Revenue in the first half of this year was all of $358,000.
Nonetheless, they have over $100 million in the bank.
Linus Torvalds' name appears twice in the filing, as a way of
showing the expertise Transmeta employs.
Some more information may be found in this
News.com article. "Hypersecretive Transmeta has not released
its chips to the public yet or even revealed a complete set of
performance benchmarks. As a result, most analysts admit that they
have not been able to evaluate the overall performance of the Crusoe
VA Linux and Caldera reported financial results.
VA Linux Systems has
reported its results for its fiscal 2000 year. The company
brought in $120 million over the year, a nice increase over
1999's $18 million. The company is still losing money, of
course, but less so than before.
Also in the announcement: "VA Linux estimates that SourceForge now
hosts over 76 percent of the world's known Open Source software, with
8,000 software projects and over 53,000 registered users."
Caldera Systems has
announced its third-quarter results. Revenue for the quarter
was $1.2 million, up 9% from the year before. They turned in a
net loss of $7.5 million in that time.
KDE Desktop is Show Favorite At Linuxworld Expo.
The KDE Project has put out
a press release proclaiming its election as "show favorite" in
the desktop category. The PR also states that the fourth beta of
KDE 2.0 comes out tomorrow.
SuSE has joined VA Linux Systems and Red Hat in announcing the availability of a free Itanium "compile farm"
that may be used to port applications. There is also an IA-64
version of SuSE Linux 7.0 which is available for download.
Red Hat has also
announced a new service called the "IA-64 JumpStart Program"
which is aimed at helping developers get software working on the
IA-64 processor. It includes training, support services, and an
IA-64 compile farm which can be used to test things out.
announced the release of its "Abria SQL Standard" product, which
is a boxed distribution of MySQL. Apache, PHP, Perl, and some
others have been thrown in for good measure, as has the O'Reilly
MySQL book. It even comes with technical support. Price is $59.
announced the availability of a porting kit which can be used to
make Linux device drivers work on Solaris (Intel) systems.
announced the 2.0 release of its "Win4Lin" product, which allows
running Windows applications under Linux.
Surveys and Studies.
Here's the results (in
German) of a study that examined every www.* host in the
.de domain, trying to identify what system is running
behind each. The result: Linux wins, with 44% of the systems
identified. English text is available via
babelfish. (Thanks to Lenz Grimmer).
Red Hat has put out a
press release publicizing the latest IDC report, which finds
that Red Hat had 52% of Linux server shipments worldwide.
Caldera and SCO announce 'Linux and UNIX Marriage'.
Caldera and SCO's Server division have put out an
announcement on some new initiatives which are presented as "the
first steps along the path to a Linux and Unix marriage." These include
the "Linux Kernel Personality" for UnixWare which appears to be an
enhanced compatibility layer and which also got its
own announcement. There is also a new set of service offerings.
Newtella Inc. formed around music sharing network software .
A company called Newtella, which somehow plans to make money by
supporting the use of Gnutella to share music files, has
announced its existence.
Open Source Products.
Unless specified, license is unverified.
- Sybase has
announced its intent to release its "Watcom" C, C++, and Fortran
compilers under a (still unspecified) open source license.
X.Org (MENLO PARK, CA) announced the release of X11R6.5.1,
available for download on August 25.
Commercial Products for Linux.
AbleSolutions Corporation (VANCOUVER, Wash.) announced the release
of Linux and Solaris compatible editions of AuctionBuilder 1.0.
Dialogic, a subsidiary of Intel, announced the availability
of its Linux application development kit.
Digi International (MINNEAPOLIS) announced that Linux
drivers are now available for its EtherLite line of network
Enhanced Software Technologies, Inc. (MILPITAS, Calif.) announced
that its Backup and Restore Utility, BRU 16.0, supports Panasonic's
4.7GB DVD-RAM drive in Linux environments.
- Guardian Digital has
announced the availability of its "Linux Lockbox." The Lockbox is
an "e-business server" system with an emphasis on high security.
Guardian Digital has created a new distribution called "EnGarde" for
this purpose; they also bundle AllCommerce from OpenSales.
Isogon (NEW YORK) announced its support for IBM's pricing policy
for the S/390 Integrated Facility for Linux.
LightWork Design Ltd (SHEFFIELD, UK) announced that its
photorealistic rendering product, LightWorks, is now available
on the Linux operating system.
Matrox Graphics Inc. (MONTREAL, CANADA) announced Linux support
for its single-slot DualHead cards. The beta Linux XFree86
driver is now available for download from the Matrox
Mentor Graphics Corporation (WILSONVILLE, Ore.) announced the
availability and immediate release of the entire IC Station
suite of products on the Red Hat Linux platform.
Oasis Technology (TORONTO, Ontario) announced that it will now
offer its ePayment technology on the Linux operating system.
OpenHardware.net announced availability of design data for a
SIMM-sized 10BaseT Ethernet board. The tiny Ethernet interface
board is meant to be used with the EZ328SIMM, a SIMM-sized
single-board computer that contains a Motorola MC68EZ328 CPU and is
supported by the current uClinux embedded Linux distribution.
Software, Inc. announced the release of a new Inventory and
Point of Sale module for Proven CHOICE Accounting, business
accounting software for Linux.
Sanchez Computer Associates Inc. (MALVERN, Pa.) announced the
company has completed a port of its PROFILE/Anyware enterprise
banking system to Linux.
Products Using Linux.
Dialtone Internet, Inc. (FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.), provider of Linux
hosting solutions, announced the addition of Cobalt Networks'
Intershop Commerce RaQ to its product line.
Extended Systems (BOISE, Idaho) announced that the Bluetooth
Special Interest Group (SIG) has placed Version 1.1 of Linux-based
XTNDAccess Blue SDK on the Bluetooth Qualified Product List
Products with Linux Versions.
Aestiva has a piece about its Aestiva HTML/OS platform.
Alliance Systems, Inc. (PLANO, Texas) introduced the I-Series
5000 open communications platform.
American ANKO (SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif.) announced the
availability of a sound-based vibration mouse, AVB's VMouse.
BiTMICRO NETWORKS (FREMONT, Calif.) introduced the E-Disk
ATE25, 4.3 GBytes of flash storage devices in a 2.5-inch form
Cleanscape Software International (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced an
upgrade to Cleanscape XTC-1750A, a C programming language
cross-development environment for embedded systems using the
Expertcity.com (SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) announced the launch of
Expertcity2.0, which will enable live global support solutions.
GoAhead Software (BELLEVUE, Wash.) announced its second-generation
product, GoAhead SelfReliant, a cross-platform solution.
ICS Advent (SAN DIEGO) introduced Aviant, a new family of
advanced single board computers (SBCs) based on Intel processors and
Micromuse Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced the availability of
Netcool/Firewall version 2.0.
Net Technologies, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced the release of
DoTell Interactive version 2.0, a platform for voice-content
creation, management, and distribution.
Phobos Corporation (SALT LAKE CITY) announced shipment of the
IN-Boost SSL, a network interface card that completely offloads
the burden of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption/decryption
processing from secure web servers.
Strategic Concepts, Inc. (BENTONVILLE, Ark.) announced that its
Strategy5 Transportation Software now interfaces with
talentsoft, Inc. (MINNEAPOLIS) announced that its Web+ and
Web+Shop software will be bundled with Compaq's 1U rack
mountable Proliant server and the Alpha workgroup server DS10 and
Technauts (CARY, N.C.) announced the availability of its
eServer software for Intel's next-generation Communications
Appliance Platforms. OEMs can run it pre-packaged with Red Hat Linux
or install an operating system of their choice.
WebManage Technologies, Inc. (CHELMSFORD, Mass.) announced
Service Level Reporter software, for Web management.
Inprise/Borland announced that it will port its Borland
JBuilder, Inprise Application Server, VisiBroker for Java and
JDataStore for platforms based on the Intel Itanium processor;
including the Red Hat Linux 64 bit operating system.
The NQL Internet division of AlphaServ.com (SANTA ANA, Calif.)
unveiled the development roadmap for its Network Query
Language, adding Linux support.
Books & Training.
- O'Reilly has announced the release of
the third edition of its classic Linux in a Nutshell. It
includes a great deal of new material, including discussions of KDE
and GNOME, and a section on the Debian package manager.
- SGI has announced
a course in building Beowulf clusters. It lasts three days, and
appears to cover a wide range of topics from interconnects through to
parallel programming. The one scheduled offering at this point is
September 11 to 13 in Maryland.
AdTools, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced that it is working with
SGI to enhance awareness of SGI and Linux in Europe.
eLinux (TORRANCE, Calif.) and TeamLinux Corporation announced the
launch of a joint initiative to provide professional services.
Enhanced Software Technologies, Inc. (PHOENIX) announced a broad
range of bundled backup solutions available exclusively through
Informix Corporation (MENLO PARK, Calif.) announced that the
Informix Dynamic Server.2000 (IDS.2000) database engine running
with SuSE Linux on Compaq Computer Corporation Alpha processor is now
available for customer shipments.
LinuxOne Korea will resell Dot Hill Systems Corp.'s SANnet
products as part of its line of complete Linux solutions.
- MSC Software, a provider of simulation software, has
announced a partnership with HP to start selling Linux cluster
systems built with HP workstations.
Natural MicroSystems (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced that it has
become a member of the LynuxWorks Synergy Partners Program and
that LynuxWorks has become an NMS Alliance Partner.
Red Hat, Inc. (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.) announced a strategic
agreement with CrosStor (SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J.) to port
CrosStor NAS and eCos, network-attached storage software, to Red Hat
SuSE Linux AG (HANOVER, Germany) and Tech Soft America (ALAMEDA,
Calif.) announced an agreement to freely distribute TSA's HOOPS
3D Application Framework (HOOPS/3dAF) with SuSE's Linux Operating
Investments and Acquisitions.
- CollabNet has
announced the acquisition of Alphanumerica, a web services firm.
Alphanumerica has been a participant in the Mozilla project, as well
as the sponsor of the first two Mozilla developer meetings.
- Lutrix Technologies has
announced the receipt of equity investments from Compaq, NEC, and
Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown. Lutris is the developer of the open source
Enhydra application server.
- UserFriendly has been
acquired by a company called Vast, according to
this announcement. The deal was done for about $4.6 million
Hewlett-Packard Company (PALO ALTO, Calif.) reported 15 percent
revenue growth in its third fiscal quarter, ended July 31, 2000.
Linux At Work.
IntraLinux, Inc. (SAN RAMON, Calif.) announced that it has been
awarded a Master Services Agreement (MSA) contract with the State of
California for systems integration, project management, system design
and engineering and project oversight services for information
- The Linux development community and open source community
elected David Sugar as their representative to participate on the
International Softswitch Consortium (ISC). Vovida Networks sponsored
the open election and has contributed the yearly ISC membership fee,
travel and lodging for a member of the Linux development/open source
community to participate on the ISC.
e-smith, inc. (BOSTON) announced that the e-smith Linux server
distribution earned the editor's choice award from Australian Personal
Lineo, Inc. (BRISBANE, Australia) announced the establishment of
Lineo Australia Pty Ltd in Brisbane. This office is the base for
Lineo's Integrated Products Group, formerly operated as Moreton Bay
Ventures, a company which Lineo acquired in May.
- Open Source pioneers Michael Tiemann and Miguel de Icaza
have made charitable contributions to the Bonobo Protection Fund,
a charity administered by the Georgia State University Foundation,
Inc., a 501 (c) 3 charity. Other major Open Source figures have also
committed to donate to the fund. The bonobo is a rare and endangered
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
August 24, 2000