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Red Hat second quarter results.
Red Hat has
announced its second-quarter results (fiscal 2001). Revenue was
$18.5 million, up from $10.5 million a year ago. The
adjusted net loss was reported to be $1.9 million, compared to
an adjusted net loss of $4.3 million at this time last year.
The company seems well on its way to becoming profitable sometime
In other news, Red Hat and NetSilicon have
announced a partnership to deliver products and services
oriented toward Internet appliance systems. The first product is
"NET+Lx," an Internet appliance development platform, running a
version of uClinux which was ported by Red Hat to NetSilicon's
Intel delivers an open source language research platform.
announced the release of its "Open Runtime Platform" under an
open source license. The ORP is an optimized Java runtime
environment, which initially interoperates with GNU Classpath. GNU
Classpath is an open source library for Java. The basic system
incorporates a fast code generating Just-In-Time compiler (JIT) as
well as an optimizing JIT. It also includes several Garbage
Collection (GC) algorithms, ranging from a simple mark-sweep
algorithm to an advanced train algorithm.
MontaVista joins Intel ACPP.
The Intel Applied Computing Platform Provider (ACPP) program
consists of third-party board and software vendors who meet Intel's
strict criteria for quality assurance, design capability, tools,
support and in the case of the hardware vendors, manufacturing
MontaVista Software has
announced that it has joined Intel's "Applied Computer Program
Provider" program. Intel, too, has issued a
press release on this event.
RadiSys and LynuxWorks to develop high-availability Linux system.
RadiSys and LynuxWorks have
announced their intent to create a new, high-availability Linux
system targeted for telecom and embedded system applications which
require "five-nines" or better availability.
RadiSys and LynuxWorks are both active members of the ACPP as well
as charter members of the High Availability on Intel Architecture
Forum sponsored by Intel Corporation.
VA Linux Systems has issued a
press release on the latest IDC results, which show VA in the number
two position for Linux server shipments in the U.S. and third worldwide.
A company called Evans Data has
announced the results of a new survey: evidently they found a
large increase (50% in 6 months) in the number of developers who are
working on Linux wireless applications.
InterVideo launches Linux DVD player.
announced the availability of a Linux-based software DVD player
"with integrated CSS copy protection."
Yggdrasil ships Linux DVD9-ROM.
Yggdrasil has announced the availability of
what it claims is the first Linux DVD9-ROM. The DVD9-ROM format allows
them to put 8GB worth of Linux stuff (from Metalab and ftp.gnu.org) onto
a single disk.
MandrakeSoft issues response to Bill Gates.
MandrakeSoft has issued a response to recent
comments by Bill Gates about Linux. "What Mr. Gates calls 'hype'
is actually a worldwide, grass-roots, fundamental change in how computing
It's fragtime for the Dust Puppy.
UserFriendly.org is sponsoring the Loki
Software Quake III Arena Contest. Contestants will create and
modify "skins" and levels based on the cast of characters from the
UserFriendly.org episodic comic strip for use with Quake III Arena.
Lineo provides services for Embedded OEMs.
announced that its Professional Services Group will be expanding
into providing services for embedded Linux original equipment
Commercial Products for Linux
eSoftBank.com Inc. (SHENZHEN, China) announced the launch of
one of its newly conceived products: Strategy E*Linux,
including Linux Configuration Center (Linux CC) and Powermail.
Solsoft, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced Solsoft NP-Lite
4.0, its security management solution, now available for free
- Linux NetworX, Inc. introduced its
RapidFlow line of switches, which are fully managed,
wire-speed, non-blocking, stackable Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet
switches that are incorporated into every Linux NetworX cluster
- Linux NetworX has also announced the
availability of its Evolocity 1240s cluster, which is oriented
toward high availability web serving applications.
Motorola Computer Group (TEMPE, Ariz.) announced a plan to expand
its Advanced High Availability Software offerings, providing
"out-of-the-box" software solutions that support the high-availability
(HA) features and functions of Motorola's carrier-grade, Intel and
PowerPC processor-based platforms. HA Linux is scheduled for March
2001, with other platforms to follow.
SGI (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced that it will soon release
the source code for its SGI digital media software development
kit (dmSDK) for the Linux operating environment.
Products Using Linux
Axis Communications (CHELMSFORD, Mass.) introduced the AXIS
2120 Network Camera, the intelligent tool for remote monitoring
and web attraction based on live video.
Check Point Software Technologies (REDWOOD CITY, Calif.) announced
the VPN-1/FireWall-1 SmallOffice software. The Intrusion.com
SecureCom PDS 2100 is an Ethernet-connectable security
appliance that comes pre-installed with Check Point's VPN-1/FireWall-1
SmallOffice software running on a hardened version of Red Hat's Linux.
DevelopOnline (TEMPE, Ariz.) will soon launch a website
DevelopOnline.com, a collaborative, online development center for
programmers, innovators and engineers to design new products or improve
upon existing products over the Web. The site is built on Linux and
several embedded Linux companies (such as Lineo, MontaVista and Red Hat)
Intershop Communications, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that
Intel has incorporated its e-commerce hosting software into the
Intel NetStructure Storefront Appliances, which operate on
RedHat Linux 6.2.
V-ONE Corporation (GERMANTOWN, Md.) released the latest version of
its SmartGuard Security Appliance, which now includes Secure
Multiple Unit Management over the Internet and IPSec for Site-to-Site
using IKE. SmartGuard is a pre-configured appliance, which uses a
security hardened Linux operating system joined with Intel's
high-speed computing platform.
Products with Linux Versions
American Megatrends Inc. (ATLANTA) announced the addition of
AMIEnterprise64 Firmware, a 64-bit server firmware solution, to
its line of products.
Dell (ROUND ROCK, Texas) is now offering its Dell PowerEdge
1400 server at prices starting under $1,700. These can be ordered
with Red Hat Linux 6.2 factory installed.
InfoValue Computing, Inc. (BOSTON) introduced the QuickVideo
Carrier Suite for DSL, a video streaming software solution for
video-on-demand, video multicast, and video distributed caching
services over a DSL network.
Kasenna, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced that its
Kasenna MediaBase software is available for shipment on
multiple platforms, including Linux.
Microware Systems Corporation (DES MOINES, Iowa) offered the
Microcode Solutions Library for the Intel IXP1200 network
Multi-User Solutions (ATLANTA) introduced Call Status, a
new service which allows its customers access to their account
information via the Internet.
Sanctum, Inc. (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) introduced AppScan 1.5,
the latest version of the company's web application audit tool, which now
features SSL encryption support.
TASKING (DEDHAM, Mass.) announced its latest release of the
C166 Tool Suite V7.0, introducing a higher-performance EDE,
complete with enhanced error checking for SAFER C and a faster, more
efficient C/C++ compiler.
Trilogic Systems (BOSTON) has a CompactPCI Communications
Platform, a rack mount CompactPCI development platform which can
be ordered with Red Hat Linux.
Wicom Communications (ESPOO, Finland) announced a software version
of its Wicom Enterprise/Wicom CSS (Communication Service
Solution) that uses Brooktrout Technology's TRxStream Series TR2001
IP Telephony platform.
Wright Technologies (TORONTO, ONTARIO) announced that they are
porting Wright's next generation visual communication software
to Intel's new IA-64 processor platform.
Young Minds, Inc. (REDLANDS, Calif.) announced that it is shipping
PowerDVD Studio, an automated DVD-Recording system.
- Zero G (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)
announced the immediate availability of version 3.5 of the
InstallAnywhere product line.
Continuus Software Corp. (IRVINE, Calif.) announced the release of
ChangeSynergy 3.5, an automated and integrated Java-based
change request management system.
Books and Training
AbriaSoft (FREMONT, CA) announced its release of the Abria
MySQL Admin Training CD-ROM, its first in a series of MySQL
education products. AbriaSoft commercially distributes MySQL into a
boxed package for online database solutions.
ArsDigita Corporation (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) announced that the
open-source ArsDigita Community System (ACS) suite of e-business
applications powers the online community for iDevelop2000,
Oracle's two-day event which provides hands-on training on the Oracle
Internet Platform, including Oracle8i.
Digital Creations and Kaivo (DENVER) announced that Kaivo will be
developing and delivering Zope training worldwide.
eWEEK (MEDFORD, Mass.) announced eSEMINARS, an online and
interactive seminar series. "Realistic Options for Deploying Linux in
the Enterprise" on Oct. 27 will probably be of most interest to LWN
- No Starch Press has announced (finally)
the availability of its new book: Linux Music & Sound by
Dave Phillips. "Phillips covers general Linux audio set-up,
describes basic and advanced use of the system, and profiles and
evaluates the broad range of Linux sound and music applications."
Novell Users International (OREM, Utah) continues their North
American Hands On Technical (HOT) Labs tour. There's a lab on NDS
for Linux with Caldera's e-Server and Novell's eDirectory.
3Dlabs, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced that it has become a
permanent member of the OpenGL Architecture Review Board (ARB).
Dialtone Internet, Inc. (FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.) announced that
effective immediately, its "Wholesale 4 Success" program
partners will be able to add the Cobalt RaQ server line to their
product offerings. At this time, this offer includes the Cobalt RaQ
3 and the Cobalt RaQ 4i, with Chili!soft ASP technology.
GraphOn Corporation (MORGAN HILL, Calif.) announced that TIDAL
Software Inc. will sell a packaged, GraphOn-branded version of
IBM (SOMERS, N.Y. & BELLEVUE, Wash.) announced an expanded
agreement with Chili!Soft, Inc., a subsidiary of Cobalt
Networks, Inc., to deliver complete web hosting solutions to the
Macadamian Technologies Inc. (OTTAWA, ON) announced that the
Syndeo Collaboration Suite 2.1 is now IBM Netfinity
ServerProven, and now fully supports IBM's WebSphere Application
Server and DB2 Universal Database on the RS/6000 platform.
- VeriSign, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) has announced three
separate deals to integrate VeriSign's website digital
certificates into other products. This one with
CyberIQ Systems to integrate them into CyberIQ's HyperCommerce
system. This one with
Nuron LLC, and Penguin Computing Inc. to integrate into Penguin
Computing's Linux-based servers with Nuron's adaptive computing boards
(AcB) and this one with
Covalent Technologies, Inc. to integrate them with Covalent's
Apache server products.
Web.de and Tucows Inc. (Karlsruhe, Germany and NEW YORK) announced
a content syndication agreement that will bring co-branded,
localized versions of the Tucows software libraries to German users.
Investments and Acquisitions
IBM (WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.) announced that it will aggressively
expand the company's Web Integrator Initiative to Europe's
major Web Consulting firms by year-end. IBM plans to invest up to $65
million over the next 18 months.
Sun Microsystems, Inc. (PALO ALTO, Calif.) and Cobalt Networks,
Inc. announced that Sun will acquire Cobalt in a
Netgem (PARIS) reported revenues of 43 million euros.
e-smith, inc. (BOSTON) announced the appointment of Ross Laver as
Director of Online Community Development. In this new role, Laver is
responsible for developing content that creates value for e-smith's
three principal online communities: customers, systems integrators,
and open-source software developers.
Linux At Work
DashCenter, Inc. (CLARKSVILLE, Md.) announced that it has
selected network-attached storage (NAS) appliances from VA Linux
Systems, Inc. as the basis for DashCenter's new storage-for-rent
HostNYC, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced the integration and launch of
new Linux-powered hosting platforms featuring the Cobalt RaQ 4.
Olivesystems, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif.) is delivering a complete
end-to-end Operations Support System (OSS) to Koyote
Communications, Inc., in Commerce, TX. This specific
implementation of RAPID7, running on Linux, includes RAPID7 Billing
Engine, RAPID7 Order Management & Care, RAPID7 Partner Gateways to
Southwestern Bell and GTE, and RAPID7 Hardware Gateway to
CopperCom/DTI. RAPID7 is 100% based on open, proven foundations, such
as Java/J2EE, Oracle, XML. All applications are built in-house by
TurboLinux, Inc. announced that China's largest sports Web site,
Shawei.com, hosts the Sydney 2000 Olympics webcast and all of
its other content on a high availability Internet site built around
TurboLinux clustering, caching, and load balancing software solutions
powered by an Oracle database on Compaq Proliant servers.
Akopia Inc. (RESTON, Va.) welcomes the recommendations of a report
into open source software published yesterday by the President's
Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC).
Penguin Computing Inc. wants us to know that they are a
platinum sponsor of the Linux Business Expo in Atlanta.
Stalker Software (MILL VALLEY, Calif.) and VA Linux Systems,
Inc. announced that Stalker Software's CommuniGate Pro was awarded
first place in Network Computing magazine's recent "RFP: No-Fail
Email" challenge, based on the email solution that Stalker submitted
on a VA Linux 2200 2U server.
Synopsys, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced that its
Verilog Compiled Simulation (VCS) tool has enabled AMD to
achieve a major milestone in regression throughput. This performance
was attained by running Synopsys' VCS Verilog simulator on a
Linux-based server farm using the new AMD Athlon processors.
Topica Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced the launch of Topica
Direct, an email newsletter delivery solution for businesses. IBM
developerWorks has signed an agreement with Topica, for a newsletter
which will provide information on Java, Linux, XML, Open Source,
Startup and other web technologies.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
September 21, 2000