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See also: last week's Commerce page.
Open Source corporate sponsers. Open Source activity has certainly been strong this week. As
was mentioned in this week's front
page, corporate sponsors play a large part in keeping the open
source community going. Who are these corporate sponsors and what
are they up to this week?
The Open Source Development Network (OSDN) is a division of VA
Linux. The old Andover.net is now incorporated into OSDN. Of
course the Andover.net site is
still there, but the OSDN site has all
the same departments, and lots more besides. Through OSDN, VA Linux
supports open source in many ways. Freshmeat.net and
SourceForge.net are just a couple of the many examples. OSDN has an
opportunity to support open source in other ways as well. The
recently announced Open Source Database Summit provides a different
type of forum for developers. (More info on the Summit can be found
in this week's announcements
Corporations make alliances to better support open source.
This alliance between OSDN and Jabber is a good example. Webb
Interactive is the corporate sponsor/developer of the open source
messaging system, Jabber (found at jabber.com). OSDN will soon
feature the Jabber system on both SourceForge.net and OSDN.com.
DevelopOnline.com is a collaborative, online development center for
programmers and engineers geared towards the embedded market.
Sponsors include Intel, Avnet, Lineo and, according to
this announcement, MontaVista. DevelopOnline
recently announced support for Linux developers wishing to work
on Compaq iPaq and StrongArm based handheld devices.
Smaller companies may not have the resources of VA Linux or Intel,
but ID-PRO has found another way to help. They are
holding an auction to raise money for
the Free Software Foundation Europe and KDE. They will be
auctioning the prototype version of PAUL, ID-PRO's communications
server, which has been signed by a number of Open Source luminaries
such as Linus Torvalds and Jon "maddog" Hall.
The Danish Parliament supports open source, showing us that
governments can also supply support. Danish MP Knud Erik Hansen had
a press release regarding a proposal in the Danish Parliament on
open source. "In the report the parties clearly express their
support for Open Source and for provision of a good framework for
development of Open Source by the state. This will be a part of the
state's IT policy in the future. The report recommends that the
state henceforward use Open Source in the development of its own
software, that the state provides possibilities for bids with Open
Source software, and that the state disseminates information about
experiences with Open Source." (Thanks to Peter Toft, via
More open source announcements can be found below in the press
European Commission to research software
patents. Here is a release from the
EuroLinux Alliance on a move by the European Commission to study
the economic and social effects of software patents in Europe. It
seems they are beginning to figure out that there could be some
trouble there. The EuroLinux Alliance is trying to help them out
with well-written input; they are looking for contributions from
people in Europe. This issue directly affects a lot of our readers;
consider helping them out if you can.
Axis announces 2120 network camera. Axis
Communications has announced the availability
of the 2120 network camera. This camera resembles the 2100 model,
reviewed by LWN last May, in that
it has a built-in Linux system and web server, and plugs directly
into the net. The new version has a number of new features,
including full motion JPEG output and motion detection capability.
Codemesh needs Beta testers. Codemesh is
porting its JunC++ion product to several *nix platforms,
including Linux. "The UNIX platforms that customers have
expressed the most interest in are Solaris, Linux, AIX, and
HP-UX. If you're interested in becoming a beta test site for one or
more of these UNIX platforms, e-mail Codemesh at
Open Source Products
Unless specified, license is unverified.
5NINE (MONTREAL) announced that WMLBrowser.org, an open
source development project for creating a Wireless Markup Language
(WML) Browser to work with all types of Linux environments, is
supporting RIM blackberry devices.
- ActiveState released ActivePython
2.0, a free binary distribution of Python for the Linux, Solaris and
American Coders, Limited (RALEIGH, NC) announced another release
of its product Open Business Objects For EDI (OBOE). OBOE
translates between several Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) document
formats and EDI/XML files. The base package for OBOE is available
with an open source license.
- Covalent Technologies has a set of product and service offerings
around the open source Apache web server.
The services announcement includes training courses and commercial
support options. On
the products side, they have the "SNMP Conductor," which is a
network management product; "Nettruss" - for Apache management; and a
set of security products.
- Microcross, Inc. announced the
availability of GNU X-Tools, a suite of 21 target microprocessor
software development tools.
NETDUMP (VIENNA, Austria), the project for the exchange of data
garbage (mainly of the artistic kind), which has won prizes such as
the Prix Ars Electronica 00, is being released as Open Source.
Stratabase (ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA) released a new
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software application.
The Software Group Limited (BARRIE, ONTARIO) released Linux
drivers and administration utilities for its SGP hardware adapter
to the public domain under the Free Software Foundation's General
Public License, version 2.
- Zero-Knowledge Systems
announced the release of the source for its "Freedom 2.0"
client, and plans to release its entire Freedom Privacy suite.
Commercial Products for Linux
Avnet Inc. (PHOENIX) announced that it will offer its extensive
design service technology to design engineers and Linux programming
developers through DevelopOnline, an online development center
designed to accelerate product time to market.
Concert (NEW YORK) introduced Concert IP Secure, extending
the capabilities of Concert IP Extra, the company's suite of Internet
security and VPN solutions.
- Informix has a couple of announcements related to the Linux
world. The first is the release of their
Red Brick Decision Server 6.1. The second covers the release of
Extended Parallel Server Developer's Edition for the Linux
- Keller Group announced the release of
PMfax for Linux, a full-featured fax and voice messaging
NetSilicon, Inc. (WALTHAM, Mass.) announced the availability of
NET+Lx, a complete environment for building embedded Linux
Overland Data, Inc. (SAN DIEGO and PHOENIX) and Enhanced Software
Technologies, Inc. (EST) announced that Overland's AIT
LibraryPro automated backup tape library is certified to run under
announced plans to release Joydesk 2.11 for the Cobalt Qube 3
server appliance. Joydesk 2.11 is an integrated web-based Intranet
Products Using Linux
Cyber Digital, Inc. (NEW YORK) created its GoCyberWeb.com
Division to provide sophisticated web hosting solutions for small
to medium size enterprise (SME) customers. Cyber Web Server (CWEB)
software technology is based on Cyber Digital Linux and Red Hat Linux.
Gateway Guardian Enterprise (VANCOUVER, BC) announced an advanced
version of Gateway Guardian, Linux-based technology that
protects computer networks from unwanted intruders.
IBM (ARMONK N.Y.) announced its new line of eServer
appliances. Many Linux distributions are well supported.
IBM (MILPITAS, Calif.) will be using Adaptec's Compatibility
Test Lab to ensure system compatibility between Adaptec's host bus
adapters and IBM's eServer xSeries servers.
InterVideo, Inc. announced its LinDVD Linux DVD
player/decoder will be used for the DVD video/audio playback in the
Siemens Medical Systems, Inc. (ISELIN, N.J.) introduced CATHCOR
LX Desktop, the newest member of the CATHCOR LX family of cath lab
information and recording systems. It's based on the Linux operating
Products with Linux Versions
Akamba Corporation (LOS GATOS, Calif.) announced the release of
its first product, the Velobahn Accelerator, an accelerator
specifically designed to enhance the performance of Web servers.
- Coyote Point Systems (Santa Clara, CA)
announced the release of Equalizer 5.0, a UDP-enabled version
of its load balancing appliance that will work with WAP devices and
serverless storage devices. Equalizer is based on FreeBSD.
Dell (ROUND ROCK, Texas) introduced the PowerEdge 300, a
new workgroup server.
The PowerEdge 300 can be ordered with Red Hat Linux 7.
Espial (OTTAWA) announced a new integrated business model to
enable the rapid growth of the Pervasive Internet.
FOCUS Enhancements, Inc. (WILMINGTON, Mass.) announced that the
Cocom Group has released a new addition to their set-top box lineup,
the Voyager 7.
IBM (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC) announced enhancements to
WebSphere Transcoding Publisher Version 3.5, its software
designed to translate Web content to a variety of handheld devices.
ichat, inc. announced that the next generation of ROOMS,
a chat room tool, is
now in beta. ROOMS 5.0 will support Linux servers.
Information Management Research, Inc. (Denver) unveiled
AlchemyXML (AXML), a set of self-describing XML-based
components that acquire, index, store, retrieve and present
unstructured data for a complete e-business infrastructure.
Integrated Research Ltd (SYDNEY, Australia) announced PROGNOSIS
IP Telephony Manager, the latest addition to its systems and
application management solution, PROGNOSIS.
Macromedia, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced Macromedia Flash 5
Generator Studio, a complete solution for designing and automating
high-impact Web sites. It is available for Red Hat Linux.
MGI (NEW YORK, NY) introduced MGI ZOOM Image Server 4.0, a
new imaging server platform.
NEON Systems, Inc. (SUGAR LAND, Texas) announced that the NEON
iCopy product, a next generation IMS database management tool, is
now generally available.
NETWORK HARMONi Inc. (SAN DIEGO) announced the HARMONi
Suite, an all-in-one performance monitoring agent for
instrumenting enterprise IT infrastructures.
Professo (NEW YORK) introduced AppStreamer, an application
service management platform. It is available initially for Red Hat Linux
Strategic Concepts, Inc. (BENTONVILLE, Ark.) released
Strategy5, its new street-level mapping interface.
It is available for Red Hat servers with Windows clients.
webwasher.com AG announced the launch of a new server-based
enterprise version of its WebWasher intelligent Internet
management software. It will support Linux clients.
NetDIVE (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) announced the release of WeMessage
Portal 5.0, an instant messaging software based on a Java
worldweb.net, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced the launch of the beta
version of its next-generation content management software,
Expressroom I/O v2.0.
Books and Training
Caldera Systems Inc. (OREM, Utah) announced that the first three
courses for their OpenLinux Solution Series are complete.
"Linux Essentials," "NDS on OpenLinux," and "Samba on OpenLinux" will
be available by the end of October. Three additional courses will be
available before the end of the year.
Computer Associates International, Inc. (ISLANDIA, N.Y.) and
Caldera Systems, Inc. announced an agreement to create and deliver
instructor-led courses and computer-based and Web-enabled
content as part of Caldera's OpenLinux Solutions Series.
IDC (FRAMINGHAM, Mass.) says "Linux training in the United States
alone could be a $311 million market by 2004".
- O'Reilly announced the release of both Java
Performance Tuning, by Jack Shirazi, and Network
Printing, by Matthew Gast & Todd Radermacher.
- Sams Publishing (Indianapolis, IN)
announced several new Linux titles, including Red Hat Linux 7
Unleashed, Linux Programming Unleashed, Second
Edition, as well as the release of
Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days, Second Edition.
AOL Europe, S.A. (LONDON & MADRID, Spain) and Banco Santander
Central Hispano, S.A. announced a new joint venture to launch
AOL-branded interactive services in Spain, including AOL
Avant. AOL Avant is an appliance with 64 MB of RAM, 4Gb hard
drive and a wireless keyboard with five "smart keys" to take the user
directly to the web or content partners. The appliance will operate
on a customized version of the Linux operating system.
Baymountain, Inc. (RICHMOND, Va.) announced that eGrail, a
next-generation content management software provider, has selected
Baymountain as its first preferred hosting partner.
Dialtone Internet, Inc. and Chili!Soft, Inc. (FORT LAUDERDALE,
Fla., and BELLEVUE, Wash.) announced that henceforth, all new
dedicated Linux servers and Cobalt RaQ server appliances will include
Chili!Soft ASP as an integral part of Dialtone Internet's
bundled hosting solutions.
EdgeMatrix (HONG KONG) announced their partnership with Sun Wah
Linux (SW Linux) to bundle their mobile Internet solutions in Hong
- Experts Exchange Inc. (SAN MATEO,
Calif.) announced a new partnership with Zend Technologies, the
leader in PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) technology.
NEC Electronics Inc. (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) and Luxxon Corporation
have signed a strategic alliance agreement to develop streaming
multimedia solutions for wireless internet devices. Support for Linux
NeTraverse (AUSTIN, Texas) announced an authorized reseller
program as part of the rollout of Win4Lin Desktop Version
2.0. The CD box set will be available in November, followed by a
planned release of a server version in early 2001.
Investments and Acquisitions
IBM (SOMERS, N.Y.) announced that it has acquired OpenOrders
Inc., a provider of enterprise-scale order management and
fulfillment software for e-commerce. OpenOrders' software is
available in Linux versions. IBM will incorporate OpenOrders'
technology into its' WebSphere Commerce Suite software.
International Mercantile Corp. (BALTIMORE) has signed a Stock
Exchange/Merger agreement with LinuxOne, Inc.
Applix, Inc. reported third quarter growth over last year due in
part to increased customers and strategic partners, but still showed a
larger loss from the same period.
Ariel Corp. (CRANBURY, N.J.) reported net sales of $2,180,597 for
the third quarter ended September 30.
SCO (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced the net loss for the fourth fiscal
quarter was $10,162,000.
Webb Interactive Services Inc. (DENVER) developers of Jabber.com,
announced record financial results for the third quarter.
Caldera Systems Inc. (OREM, Utah) announced the appointment of
David Acheson as director of education. Acheson will be responsible
for the globalization of Caldera OpenLearning.
Covalent Technologies, Inc. (LONDON) announced three new additions
to its management team; Mark Losh, Jim Zemlin and Scott Albro.
Coventive Technologies (TAIPEI, Taiwan) a software company focused
on custom Linux solutions for systems and embedded information
appliance use, announced the appointment of Randy Tan to the position
of chief executive officer.
Eazel has hired Brian Croll, veteran Sun marketing directory, as
their new vice president of marketing.
PalmPalm Technology (Seoul, KOREA) opened an office in Japan. Key
activities of PalmPalm Japan include providing Embedded Linux support
services, and to deliver Embedded Linux solutions based on PalmPalm's
Tynux OS to Japanese Internet appliance manufacturers.
- SuSE Linux amplified its presence in
the French market by opening a sales and services office in the
Greater Paris area.
- Tim O'Reilly, has
joined the Board of Directors of Webb Interactive Services, Inc.,
owners of open source instant messaging provider Jabber.com.
Linux At Work
- Red Hat announced it was being
used on the server side of 3Com's new Kerbango Internet Radio
service. "'Our Web servers running on Red Hat Linux are currently
experiencing an uptime of 308 days with roughly 99.9 percent
availability worldwide,' said John Bryant, director of Internet
development for 3Com's Internet Audio Division. 'We selected Red Hat
because of its reliability and position in the Linux space. Its
pre-made Linux packages and overall support of Linux development made
it the obvious choice for us'."
SimpleDeal Inc. (BOZEMAN, Mont.) announced the roll-out of the
SimpleDeal Network, the automobile industry's first and only
full-service, dealer-to-dealer auction host operating totally online.
And its all on a Linux-based cluster system.
TurboLinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that Worldlingo,
Inc., a company doing foreign-language e-mail translation, is
using TurboLinux Cluster Server 6 and Dell Poweredge Servers as the
clustering infrastructure for its new Web business.
The World Bank (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) has selected ArsDigita
Corporation's open-source ArsDigita Community System (ACS)
suite of applications to power its new Global Development Gateway Web
- While it doesn't state the extent to which their Linux products
will be covered,
Corel has announced it is working to extend access to their
products for the disabled.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
October 26, 2000