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Embedded Linux. Linux training has been big
business for some time now, but it is mostly aimed at Linux on the
desktop and Linux system administration. Until now there has been
little or no training for those interested in embedded Linux. Now
both Lineo, Inc. and MontaVista Software are gearing up to fill that
Lineo's Lineo Academix is a
scholastic program designed to prepare students for the field of
embedded Linux programming. MontaVista, instead, will
launch MontaVista University on January 15, 2001 to train
developers working in the open source embedded Linux domain. Next,
of course, will come the certification exams.
In other embedded news, EMBLIX, the Japan Embedded Linux Consortium,
announced their first
elected officer corps, the results of an election process that
was initiated at MST 2000 last month. The consortium also
established three working groups designed to initiate discussion
within the embedded Linux community about platform and
Red Hat third quarter revenue grows to
$22.4 million. Red Hat, Inc. reported
revenue of $22.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2001,
ended November 30, 2000. That's an increase of 112% over the $10.5
million reported for the third quarter of fiscal 2000 and an
increase of 21% over the second quarter of fiscal 2001. Gross
margin was 60% for the third quarter fiscal 2001, versus 58%
reported in the second quarter fiscal 2001 and 41.5% in the third
quarter fiscal 2000. The Company reported an adjusted net loss of
$900,000, or $0.01 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2001,
compared to an adjusted net loss of $5.4 million, or $0.04 per
share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2000. They are still not
making a profit, but they getting closer.
Linux is hard at work in many fields. Linux NetworX, Inc. announced that Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory, Berkeley Calif., has selected a Linux NetworX cluster computer system for its Drosophila Genome
Project. The Linux cluster of 40 processors will be used by
the Berkeley Lab to analyze and sequence the Drosophila (fruit fly)
Linbox has announced (in French) that it has
sold 950 Linux-installed servers to the French Direction Générale
des Impôts - which administers taxation. An English translation is
RSS 1.0 Released by International Working Group. RDF Site Summary (RSS, also referred
to as Rich Site Summary format) 1.0, an XML-based application
enabling Web sites to describe and syndicate site content and
metadata, has been released.. RSS is used by many sites, including
LWN.net, to post headlines from their sites for external use. This
is the first update to RSS since Netscape released version 0.91 in
Eazel Announces Sun to Adopt Nautilus Software
for Solaris Operating Environment. Eazel has
announced that its Nautilus environment will be shipped with
Solaris by Sun, along with GNOME 2.0. Sun will also contribute
some development help to Nautilus.
Open Source Products
Unless specified, license is unverified.
- DevelopOnline (TEMPE, Ariz.) announced
that Motorola is making its newest telecommunications PowerPC-based
hardware platform available online to DevelopOnline's community of
DevelopOnline (TEMPE, Ariz.) announced that IBM Microelectronics
is making its PowerPC Platform with the new 405GP processor
available on DevelopOnline's collaborative development Web site.
Lutris Technologies Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced that
Lutris Enhydra 3.5, an application server capable of supporting
wireless protocols, has been released to manufacturing and may now be
Metaflow Technologies Inc. (GRENOBLES, France) introduced
Implosion, a system on chip (SoC) design platform that uses
Open Source IP for its key hardware and software components.
Progress Software Corporation (BEDFORD, Mass.) announced that its
new open source site, www.possenet.org, is up and running and
offering collaborative access to the latest release, Version 9.1, of
its Application Development Environment (ADE) source code. CollabNet
is providing its SourceCast environment as the infrastructure for the
VeriSign, Inc. and Telcordia Technologies, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW,
Calif.) announced the opening of the first public trial, part of the
ENUM World project, for testing services and applications using
the ENUM standard. Participants in the trial will have free access to
an open source software development kit and use of the trial registry.
Proprietary Products for Linux
Aladdin Knowledge Systems (CHICAGO) announced plans to offer a
beta version of HASP for Itanium, a comprehensive software
Mission Critical Linux, Inc. (LOWELL, Mass.) announced the
immediate availability of Convolo Cluster Version 1.2, with
full support for Network File System (NFS) failover.
Oracle Corp. (REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) announced the availability
of Oracle Internet File System, designed for Internet-based
applications using Java and XML. The latest version is available
free-of-charge as part of Oracle8i, Release 3 for Linux platforms.
PolyServe (BERKELEY, CA) introduced LocalCluster
Enterprise, a new high-availability server clustering solution for
data replication of web- and IP-based services.
VMware, Inc. (PALO ALTO, Calif.) announced that its VMware
Express desktop software is now available directly from VMware on
its Web store ( http://www.vmware.com ) for $79. VMware Express
allows users to run either MS Windows 95/98 applications on a Linux
Products and Services Using Linux
e-smith (BOSTON) announced the latest upgrade of the Linux-based
e-smith Server and Gateway, version 4.1, with virtual private
networking and e-smith Web mail.
LinuxWizardry Systems, Inc. (BOCA RATON, Fla.) announced a new
product for the Magic Passage DSL/Cable Router product line. The new
model will be designated the Magic Passage 1400 and will be an
entry-level alternative to the current Magic Passage 2540.
Stream Machine (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced a reference design
that captures, stores, and streams digital media to computers and
entertainment products throughout the networked home. The Maestro
Reference Design, available in the first quarter of 2001, is based
upon the Stream Machine SM2210 codec, a market-leading MPEG2
compression / decompression chip now in full production. And Maestro
uses an embedded Linux operating system.
Servers, installed Linux optional
Dell (ROUND ROCK, Texas) announced that DellHost, Dell's
integrated Web hosting service, is offering expanded custom,
multi-tier solutions that include firewall and load balancing
servers. DellHost has a PowerEdge 2450 server featuring dual 1GHz
Intel Pentium III processors, 1GB RAM, three 9GB SCSI hard drives and
Red Hat Linux operating system for $799 per month, plus set-up fees.
IBM (ARMONK, N.Y.) announced that its new IBM eServer z900,
"the reinvented mainframe", began shipping to customers around the
- Rave Computer Association, Inc. (Sterling
Heights, Michigan) has added a redundant 4UAXmp rackmount to
its family line of Rave AXmp Systems.
SteelCloud (DULLES, Va.) announced the ultra high-performance
SteelCloud Model 1000.
Products with Linux Versions
Advanced Visual Systems (WALTHAM, Mass.) released version 5.1
of the AVS/Express data visualization platform. Features include
OpenGL rendering on Linux-based systems.
American Megatrends Inc. (ATLANTA) announced support for Red Hat
Linux, RAID 10 and multi-controllers to its MegaRAID IDE100 and
MegaRAID IDE66 hard drive accelerators. Linux drivers are
available for download on AMI's web site at www.ami.com.
Asante Technologies, Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced that the
company is now shipping GigaNIX, its new Gigabit Ethernet
adapters for Apple Mac OS, Windows and Linux systems.
ELSA (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced shipment of the GLoria
lll professional graphics accelerator optimized for mechanical
computer-aided design, professional game development and film
animation and effects.
ELSA (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced the shipping of the Synergy
III professional graphics accelerator with application specific
optimizations and dual monitor support.
Equator Technologies, Inc. (CAMPBELL, Calif.) announced the
availability of its Shark MAP-CA Development Board and the
iMMediaTools Software Toolkit, version 5.2. Red Hat Linux 6.2
- Hewlett-Packard Company and Sprint PCS (PALO ALTO, Calif. and
KANSAS CITY, Mo.) announced an agreement to jointly market and sell
the HP Openmail Anywhere solution as part of the Sprint PCS
Wireless Web for Business.
Marimba, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced the release of
Timbale version 1.2. With this latest release, Marimba
introduces a cache module and added platform support (including some
versions of Linux).
SteelEye Technology Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced an
extension of its LifeKeeper Next Generation Enterprise Reliability
Platform into MySQL database environments.
MAPICS, Inc. (ATLANTA) announced the delivery of the Spanish
translation of Point.Man 5.0, MAPICS' extended enterprise
Tarantella, Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) and Alternative
Technology, Inc. announced that they have signed an agreement for
Alternative Technology to distribute the Tarantella web-enabling
Wind River Systems, Inc. (ALAMEDA, Calif.) announced general
availability of the SNiFF+ 4.0 source code analysis environment
for advanced source code visualization and navigation.
Books and Training
- LinuxCertified.com will offer
its next weekend System Administration bootcamp on January
20-21, 2001 in San Francisco bay area (south bay). This workshop is
designed for IT professionals and is designed to cover the most
important Linux administration areas.
- 2netFX and Zapex Technologies, Inc.announced an alliance to design and deliver innovative hardware and
software broadcast solutions to be used in the IP distance
learning market. The first system offered by the alliance is a
Linux-based server solution.
e-smith, inc. (BOSTON) announced the e-smith Authorized Partner
Program, an initiative designed to help solution providers deliver
network server solutions to small and mid-size businesses.
Lutris Technologies Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced a
licensing partnership with Pixo, Inc.. Under the terms of the
agreement, Pixo's Internet Microbrowser will be integrated with Lutris
Lutris Technologies (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced an agreement
with RadView Software Ltd. to integrate and distribute
RadView's WebLoad 4.5 with Lutris Enhydra 3.5.
- Metro Link, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale,
FL), a provider of graphics display software for embedded Linux,
announced that it has become a member of MIPS Technologies' MIPS
Alliance Program (MAP).
Netgem (PARIS) announced the integration of its Linux-based
technology by Gradiente Eletronica, a major TV and consumer
electronics manufacturer in Brazil.
Quicknet Technologies, Inc. and Arcom Control Systems (SAN
FRANCISCO and KANSAS CITY, Mo.) announced that they have joined forces
to deliver a Voice-over-IP (VoIP) solution to Williams
Communications. The APC-Industrial PC is the result of a combined
effort of integrating Arcom's APC Celeron (19" rack-mount PC),
Quicknet's OpenH323 (an H.323 protocal stack) and the Internet
PhoneJACK in a LINUX workstation as specified by Williams
Turbolinux, Inc. (TOKYO and SAN FRANCISCO) announced a global OEM
distribution agreement with Compaq Computer Corp. to provide
Turbolinux as a bundled or factory-installed option with certain
models of Compaq ProLiant industry-standard servers. The agreement
also permits Compaq to bundle and pre-install TurboLinux software on
AlphaServer and AlphaStation systems.
Turbolinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced it has signed a
contract with the Huasong Company, an affiliate of the Chinese
Ministry of Information Industries (MII), to provide Turbolinux
solutions for the ministry's Internet infrastructure and
telecommuncation centers in as many as 500 cities across China.
Investments and Acquisitions
Sendmail, Inc. announced the acquisition of Nascent
Technologies. Sendmail will take ownership of Nascent's
Mailspinner product line, renamed Sendmail Mobile Message Server, a
Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) or iMode enabled wireless email
offering. Sendmail will also take over support of Nascent
Technologies' customers, integrators and partners.
Progress Software Corporation (BEDFORD, Mass.) announced results
for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended November 30,
2000. Revenue for the quarter decreased 15 percent to $66.4 million,
down from $78.1 million in the same quarter last year.
Linux At Work
- BigStorage, Inc. (San Francisco,
CA) announced its successful installation of 10TB of its iRAID and
nearline data storage at EMusic.com, an e-commerce music company based
in Redwood City, CA that specializes in the distribution of MP3 audio
files over the World Wide Web. The press release did not say which
Linux distribution was used in the facility.
NetSilicon, Inc. (WALTHAM, Mass.) announced its plans for
continued market leadership in the intelligent, networked device
industry. The company outlined a product strategy focusing on
increased commitment to Linux and other open source
solutions. These include the addition of EL/IX applications
programming interface (API) to its NET+OS(TM) product, and the
availability of a Java-based product.
ServiceWare Technologies, Inc. (OAKMONT, Pa.) announced it has
expanded the Foundation Package of its leading IT knowledge portal,
RightAnswers.com, with content from ten new software titles
from Caldera, Corel, GNOME, McAfee, Norton, Oracle and Sun.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
December 21, 2000