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Poland taxes free software as a donation.
Here's an article from the debian-devel list on
how a "local fiscal office" in Poland has levied a tax on a company which
is using Linux on its servers. Evidently the Linux software is supposed
to be recognized as a donation, with a value comparable to Microsoft
products. More information is available, for those who can read Polish,
ComputerWorld Poland article.
Bull and Penguin Computing sign deal.
Bull and Penguin Computing have announced
a deal where they will cooperate in the sales and support of Linux
systems in Europe. This cooperation will cover everything from
manufacturing to phone support. Bull is already an investor in Penguin,
so this deal just deepens their relationship. If it helps Penguin get a
foothold in Europe, it could prove to be a good thing indeed.
Red Hat appoints new CFO.
After several months, Red Hat has announced that it finally has a new chief financial officer. It's Kevin Thompson,
who joined the company way back in October as VP of operations.
Turbolinux EnFuzion cracks NT passwords in a minute at Comdex.
Here's a press
release from Turbolinux on its demonstration of its EnFuzion
clustering software at Comdex. To demonstrate what EnFuzion can do, the
company chose the task of cracking NT passwords - something that the
cluster evidently can do in one minute. "Turbolinux does not endorse
breaking passwords on Microsoft software or any other products."
Borland delivers free edition of JBuilder 4.
Inprise/Borland has announced
that the "JBuilder 4 Foundation" Java development environment is
available for free download.
FreeDevelopers.net on voting software.
FreeDevelopers.net (profiled in last week's LWN
Weekly Edition) has put out a press
release stating that it has an open source electronic voting system
which can prevent a repeat of the current electoral joy currently being
experienced here in the U.S.
Atipa Now Offering Free Online 'Test Drives' of Beowulf Clusters.
Atipa apparently has
two 4-node clusters, one AMD and one Intel, which it
has opened to customers for test drives. The systems, called Ascendance,
have been configured with Wulfkit, Myrinet, Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet
so the clusters can be tested with any of these options between nodes.
Guru.com and Red Hat launch Linux marketplace.
Guru.com has announced
the launch of a "Linux marketplace," in cooperation with Red Hat. It is
oriented around Guru.com's "gig matching" services for contractors.
Cyclades taps Hard Hat Linux for new access server.
Cyclades has announced
the availability of the TS2000 terminal server, which runs MontaVista's
Hard Hat Linux internally.
Commercial Products for Linux
Products and Services Using Linux
Inc. (NEW YORK) announced its Crusoe-based web pad, and a bunch of
Inc. (NEW YORK) has new service plans for its (Linux-based)
River Technical, Inc. (RICHMOND, Va.) launched "Availigence", a MSP
that helps small- to medium-size businesses monitor and manage their
(LAS VEGAS) announced that its DiskOnChip flash device is used in
Inter-Con/PC, Inc.'s Linux-based set-top box.
(LAS VEGAS) also announced that Chip PC is using DiskOnChip in its
Inc. (LAS VEGAS) had its processor used in Acer's Linux-based set-top
Networks (LAS VEGAS) released the second generation of its
Linux-based VNIA Internet appliance platform.
(LAS VEGAS) announced its "iaNetwork server infrastructure solution"
for the management of Internet appliances.
Products with Linux Versions
Monotype Corporation (LAS VEGAS) released its iType font scaling
(LAS VEGAS) released version 2.23e of its MagnaVault optical storage
(SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced its "Secure Wireless Access Technology."
Command (MEDINA, Ohio) announced AntiVirus eXpert, a virus
(SAN MATEO, Calif.) optimized Cult3D for Pentium 4 processors.
Corporation (TOKYO, and BOSTON) released a version of its iPEX XML
development platform that supports Java.
Corporation (ALIQUIPPA, Pa.) released BackupEDGE 01.01.08build6.
Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) released a beta of FlexSpeech, a speech
Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) also announced its "FlexVoice TTS Farm"
speech generation system.
Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) released Objectivity/DB 6.0.
Internet Software (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced its software
license management package.
Inc. (SAN RAMON, Calif.) released "Photo Edges," which adds edge
effects to digital photos.
Inc. (VANCOUVER, B.C.) released its web caching product for Linux.
- Teamware Group announced a 90-day evaluation
version of Teamware Office 5.3 for Linux-Mandrake 7.2.
Communication Inc. (LAS VEGAS, NV) released its "bViewer"
"knowledge management" product.
Micro (CUPERTINO, Calif.) announced InterScan eManager 3.5, a mail
filtering and virus scanning utility. Linux version due "later this year."
(LAS VEGAS) released its iaClient internet appliance software for Linux.
Software (WALTHAM, Mass.) announced Bean-test 3.1, a Java Bean
Corp. (CHICAGO) announced the availability of SL-GMS J/Net, a
graphical network management package.
Books and Training
Knowledge Systems (MONTREAL); their cryptographer Dr. Stefan
Brands has published an MIT Press book on public key infrastructures
and digital certificates.
Linux Software Corp. (LOS ANGELES) is partnering with Guangdong
Shijilong Holding Co. Ltd. to build Internet data centers.
Communications Corporation (ATLANTA) has an OEM agreement with
and PartnerAxis (LAS VEGAS) are launching an electronic
marketplace for Linux solutions.
Software (LAS VEGAS) has a new partner program called "Pure Magic."
(CHICAGO) is working with SecurityFocus.com to provide a managed
security service offering.
Inc. and Chilliware Inc. (GAITHERSBURG, Md.) announced that
Chilliware will be packing Networds with its desktop products.
Inc. and iRobot Corp. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) will build Proxim's
Symphony home networking technology into iRobot's home robot.
(TORONTO) is working with DY 4 Systems to develop a Linux-based
Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif.) is integrating its biometric
authentication software into Novell's Modular Authentication Service.
And Mercantec (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and NAPERVILLE, Ill.) will be
partnering to provide turnkey Linux- (and IRIX-) based e-commerce
Investments and Acquisitions
Systems, Inc. (BOCA RATON, Fla.) appointed W. J. Skelton as VP of
(BEDFORD, Mass.) announced the hiring of MySQL hacker Paul Dubois.
Systems (OREM, Utah) announced the availability of free Linux
training at Comdex.
Direct (NEW YORK) has a new e-commerce site built on the (Open
Source) ArsDigita Community System.
Corporation (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) is changing its name to
Borland Software Corporation.
Inc. (PALO ALTO, Calif.) won PC Magazine's Technical Excellence award.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
November 16, 2000