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Stock page update.
The LWN Linux Stock Index has
been recently upgraded to include stocks traded in currencies other
than US dollars. The first non-US stock to be added is Axis
Communications, makers of a line of Linux-powered network cameras.
Axis is traded on the Stockholms Fondbörs where shares are priced in
Swedish Kronas. Shares are also traded on the Berlin and Munich
exchanges. Values for non-US currency will be converted to US
dollars using a recent currency exchange rate so they can be easily
compared to other stocks in our table.
IBM continues its Linux support. IBM made several interesting announcements this week. First they
announced one of the largest IBM Linux-based installations to
date. Lawson, Inc., a Japanese convenience store chain, will be
using IBM eServer xSeries systems to allow customers to download
music, movies and other Web content from multimedia terminals
throughout its stores. The systems are expected to be deployed next
Then IBM announced the release of the IBM
Small Business Suite for Linux. This suite includes IBM's DB2
Universal Database, WebSphere Application Server and Lotus Domino
and has a suggested retail price of $499 (US).
IBM is also working with Bluetooth specifications using Linux. The
announced it is making available commercial licenses for its
Linux-based mobile middleware product, BlueDrekar. Look for
BlueDrekar code on alphaWorks, IBM's online resource for emerging
We all know by now that IBM's line of eServer systems will run most
major Linux distributions. Now it seems that Sendmail
will provide the mail routing software as the default mail
software on the eServer.
European Commission study on software patents. Fred Mobach pointed out that
the European Commission is looking at software patents, with an
eye toward making such patents easier to get across Europe.
Opinions are being requested; now is the time to let them know, in a
well-reasoned manner, what you think on the issue - especially if
you are European.
Along with the consultation is
this study on the economic impact of software patents; it is
very favorable toward these patents. "The open-source community
considers patents a threat to the development of open-source
software and aims to ensure that patents do not affect such
development.... However this position on patents could well
change. Developers of open source software may find it advantageous
to file patents to obtain bargaining positions e.g. license money
from owners of proprietary platforms."
HP's open letter to the open source
community. HP has published a response to Eric Raymond's open letter. In
it, they detail what they have done for open source in the printing
arena and confirm their plans to continue supporting HP-UX for
customers needing an operating system that scales to 64 processors
and higher. "Going forward, some of our efforts will be open
source, but not all. For example, portions of HP-UX are licensed
from third parties, which makes it impossible to open source HP-UX
completely. We will continue to identify and make available HP
technologies that add to Linux's capabilities". (Thanks to
Eazel shows Nautilus, selects Linuxcare for support. Eazel
unveiled its Network User Environment services offering along
with an updated version of Nautilus. Termed the "Sneak Preview",
the tools are available for download from Eazel's web site. The first two of
these services are the Eazel Software Catalog and Eazel Online
Storage. The Software Catalog provides users with easy, one-click
installation of applications from a comprehensive Linux software
library. Online Storage makes Web storage transparent to the user
by integrating it with the user's local desktop allowing the user to
safely back-up files online and access them from any computer with a
browser. Eazel is offering each Nautilus user 25 MB of free online
disk space. Nautilus is an open source project being developed
under the GPL (GNU Public License) and is a core component of the
GNOME desktop project. Eazel is a member of the GNOME Foundation.
In a related announcement, Linuxcare and Eazel
announced a partnership to support Eazel's Network User
Environment. Under the agreement, Linuxcare will provide email
support services to customers of Eazel's Network User Environment
which includes the Nautilus client for Linux systems. Linuxcare
will also maintain a Linux knowledgebase support site at Eazel.com
by capturing documentation and software updates, as well as managing
and updating support FAQs.
Embedded Tracers. Two embedded code
tracers were released this week. MontaVista Software
released the Linux Trace Toolkit for PowerPC developers.
MontaVista's version builds on Karim Yaghmour's- open source
IA-32/x86 Linux Trace Toolkit by adding PowerPC support.
released SpyKer. "SpyKer is the only commercial trace tool
that traces kernel events without the need for instrumented kernel
and library events and without a special instrumented version of the
library. SpyKer can also trace user application events without
modification to the application source code, which can save time and
speed up time to market."
Indrema invites collaboration. Indrema Entertainment Systems is the creator of an open source game
console and home entertainment platform. Its Indrema Developer
Network, in collaboration with CollabNet, is covered on this week's Development page. Here are a
couple more partnerships made by the company this week.
Indrema and Metro Link have
announced they will collaborate on the development of key open
source technologies behind the Indrema Entertainment System (IES).
Part of Metro Link's job will be to bolster the IESDK feature set
through their work on the Xtrema and OpenStream technologies.
will be working with Indrema to produce CodeWarrior for the
Indrema Entertainment System (IES), which will be included for
little or no cost in the Indrema Entertainment Software Development
LynuxWorks completes merger. LynuxWorks has
merger with Integrated Software & Devices Corporation.
LWN examined LynuxWorks' S1 filing in this feature article.
SHYM's PKEnable adds certificates to CVS. SHYM Technology has
announced its "PKEnable" product, which adds digital certificate
capability to the CVS source management system. "Recently
publicized events have shown us once again that source code is a
viable target for corporate hackers. Unsophisticated password
technology built into CVS and other code management systems isn't
enough to adequately protect a company's intellectual property."
Hasbro launches new .com edition of
Monopoly. Hasbro has
announced a ".com edition" of the venerable game Monopoly. The
railroads have been replaced with telecom firms, which makes sense.
Amusingly, the utilities have been replaced with Sun Microsystems
and Linux. Perhaps Linux should have gone in as "Free Parking" instead?
Here's a picture of
the .com Monopoly board with Tux in the Utility spot. (Thanks
to Dave Whitinger).
Open Source Products
Unless specified, license is unverified.
ArsDigita Corporation (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) announced the general
availability of version 4.0 of the ArsDigita Community System,
available for download with documentation from
Great Bridge LLC (NORFOLK, Va.) launched GreatBridge.org, a
comprehensive online resource for software developers working on
Commercial Products for Linux
Advanced Computer & Network Corporation (PITTSBURGH) announced
that it has received SteelEye's LifeKeeper certification and is
now included on SteelEye's Hardware Compatibility List for RAID
storage systems. SteelEye's Hardware Compatibility Program provides
customers with assurances of compatibility and integration when
deploying LifeKeeper for Linux clustering solutions.
- Halcyon Software, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
announced that it is making its Instant ASP (iASP), available
for free to users of Intel-based Linux systems.
Inetcam Inc. (SAN DIEGO) announced the release of new iVISTA
personal webcasting software that will now run on a Linux-based
JBSi (HOUSTON) announced that JBSi has become a nationwide
distributor of Century's TinyTERM line of terminal emulation
products. Century Software's TinyTERM suite of host-connectivity
products delivers scalable, convenient access to UNIX and Linux
Lexmark announced the availability of Linux drivers for their
Lexmark Z52 Color Jetprinter and Lexmark Z32 Color Jetprinter.
The drivers are currently available at no charge.
- Linux2order.com (PROVO, UTAH)
launched Priority Download, designed to provide users with access to
all of its software, at download speeds up to 110Kbps.
- Linux NetworX, Inc. (SANDY, Utah)
announced the integration of BRU Backup & Restore Utility into its
Evolocity cluster solutions. BRU is a backup software solution
for Linux systems from Enhanced Software Technologies, Inc. (EST).
MSC.Software (COSTA MESA, Calif.) announced the release of
MSC.Marc 2000 on the Linux platform and ISO 9000 certification
from Underwriters Laboratory.
Prolific Inc. (NEWARK, Calif.) announces expanded support
for Intel-based workstations running Linux.
SGI and Informix Software (MENLO PARK, Calif., and MOUNTAIN VIEW,
Calif.) announced that the Informix database will be available on
SGI servers based on the Intel Itanium processor and the Linux OS.
V3 Semiconductor Inc. (SANTA CLARA, Calif. & TORONTO) announced
that it offers Linux operating system support for developers of
MIPS processor based embedded PCI applications.
Products Using Linux
Alpha Processor, Inc. (API), Dolphin Interconnect and Scali, SA
(Dallas) announced the availability of WulfKit for Alpha,
enabling the creation of powerful and scalable Linux Beowulf systems.
- API NetWorks, Inc. (DALLAS)
introduced the UP2000+ dual-processor motherboard to its line
of Ultimate Performance Series motherboards and the latest speed Alpha
833 MHz processor.
API also introduced the CS20, a
powerful server in a 1U package.
AXENT Technologies, Inc. (ROCKVILLE, Md. & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.)
and Cobalt Networks, Inc. unveiled the VelociRaptor firewall
and virtual private network (VPN) appliance. AXENT's solutions run on
a hardened Linux system, pre-configured and locked down within the
Filanet Corporation (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced the InterJak
100 Internet service appliance enabling small and medium
businesses to have the power of a big company network with one simple
- SuSE Linux announced the general
availability of SuSE Linux S/390.
Products with Linux Versions
- CrossKeys Systems Corporation (SAN
JOSE, Calif.) announced the release of CrossKeys Dyband
software for the Linux operating system.
iSpark Group (FORT WORTH, Texas) introduced BillMax Version
1.5.3. Not quite open source, "BillMax is one of the only turnkey
billing applications that offers UNIX platforms (Linux, Solaris,
FreeBSD, BSDI), 90% of the source code with a license purchase".
knowledgelinx Inc. (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) announced that
knowledgelinx 2000, a Web-based knowledge-sharing and
management software application, is available immediately.
Market Matrix, Inc. (SEATTLE) announced the release of ComUnion
2.0, a scalable ColdFusion Internet commerce engine designed in
the Fusebox methodology for web application developers.
Novell, Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced availability of the
Novell Internet Messaging System 2.6, a wireless messaging
- Omnis Software announced the release of
Omnis Studio 3.0, the latest version of their 4GL rapid
application development (RAD) program.
The MathWorks, Inc. (NATICK, Mass.) announced the availability of
Release 12 to its product family. Release 12 includes MATLAB 6
and Simulink 4, new versions of The MathWorks flagship products, and
upgrades of 60 application-specific companion products.
VCIX (NEW YORK) introduced ObjectXplorer, a graphical user
interface (GUI) for its Cortra Site Studio software.
Intuitive Systems, Inc. (CUPERTINO, Calif.) announced availability
of Optimizeit 4.0 for Linux. Optimizeit is a Java-based
language profiling tool.
NQL Inc. (SANTA ANA, Calif.) announced the full release of a Java
Edition of its Network Query Language technology which it has
qualified for the Linux operating system.
Books and Training
Linux Professional Institute announced the completion of its
level 1 tests, now featuring instant results. The beta
period is finally over.
Cobalt Networks, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) launched the True
Blue 2.0 Partner Program, for its channel partners.
Lutris Technologies Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced the
formation of the Lutris Solution Partner Program.
PartnerAxis (OREM, Utah) announced it was selected by Appgen
Business Software Inc. to serve as its channel market maker. In
the newly created alliance and partnership, PartnerAxis will position
Appgen's newly released personal finance manager "Moneydance", a
product for Linux.
- Red Hat, Inc. (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK,
N.C.) announced the Certified Red Hat Service Provider Program
(RHCSP), a comprehensive, integrated service offering for service
providers and Web hosting providers.
SGI Global Services and ePeople (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) joined
forces to bring a new online technical support marketplace to
SteelEye Technology, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced a
strategic reseller agreement with CONNECT Computer Corp. in
which CONNECT will resell and market SteelEye's high availability (HA)
clustering software, LifeKeeper for Linux.
- Tech Soft and Hewlett Packard(Alameda, CA) announced a program to freely distribute the
HOOPS/3dAF libraries for personal use on all HP VISUALIZE
Workstations running the Linux OS.
Investments and Acquisitions
CNET Networks, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that it has acquired
AppWatch (www.appwatch.com), a directory of thousands of the
latest pre-tested Free Software and Open Source downloads, including
Linux distributions, drivers, utilities and applications.
SONICblue (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) formerly known as S3 Incorporated,
announced that it has completed its acquisition of U.K. digital audio
equipment manufacturer, empeg, makers of the embedded Linux
world's favorite toys: the empeg car audio player and the Diamond
- Magic Software Enterprises (OR YEHUDA,
ISRAEL) reported total revenues for the third quarter 2000 were $25.46
million as compared to $16.41 million for the comparable three-month
period in 1999.
VA Linux Systems, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif.) announced that revenue
for its first fiscal quarter, ended October 27, 2000, will be below
the Company's expectations, primarily due to slower-than-expected
sales growth from new customers in the "Dot-com" sector.
Personnel and New Offices
Caldera Systems Inc. (OREM, Utah) announced the appointment of
Robert Bench to the position of chief financial officer (CFO).
- Lineo (MUNICH, Germany) announced
the establishment of Lineo GmbH in Munich and appointed Werner Hartwig
and Ronan Gonidec as sales directors in the Lineo EMEA (Europe, Middle
East, Africa) sales division.
Mission Critical Linux, Inc. (LOWELL, Mass.) announced that Robert
Tumanic will join the organization as Chief Operating
Officer. Mr. Tumanic will replace Steve Ofsthun, who will assume the
new position of Senior Vice President of Engineering.
Turbolinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that Jerry Greenberg
has joined the company in the newly-created position of Senior Vice
President of Marketing. Greenberg, most recently the senior director
of marketing at Fujitsu's HAL Computer Systems subsidiary, is a
35-year veteran of the computing industry.
SGI (DALLAS) demonstrated Linux-based Intel Itanium processor
systems at SC2000. The systems ran with a version of Turbolinux using
SGI Pro64 compilers, SGI Advanced Cluster Environment (ACE) and system
TOP500 List released an independent study naming IBM the world
leader in supercomputing. "Today's list also marks the first time
that other IBM systems besides the SP have attained a TOP500
ranking. The company's "Blue Hammer" clusters featuring S80 UNIX
systems and Intel-based Linux cluster systems emerged today in record
numbers on the list, evidence that IBM's use of supercomputing
technology in these new products is paying off."
Zona Research announced the availability of a research report on
Linux deployment. "Though Microsoft Windows was the single OS
replaced most often with Linux, nearly 2/3 of respondents who were
replacing legacy applications with Linux indicated their organizations
were replacing UNIX operating systems." Dig out the credit card
if you want to see the whole thing, the "single user" version of the
report is $895.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
November 9, 2000