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Turbolinux to sell IBM Linux-based software. IBM continues to cooperate with the Linux community and expand its
own business in the process, as in this
agreement with Turbolinux. Under the agreement the companies
will market, distribute and support IBM's DB2 database, WebSphere,
Lotus Domino, Tivoli Framework and IBM's small business suites for
Linux. This enhances Turbolinux' total business package and should
increase sales of its hardware and its support packages to customers
who want a total business solution. IBM is in the same business and
might have gone after these same sales but if they can't sell the
complete package, at least they can sell software. Also those
customers who get the IBM software products through Turbolinux may
turn to IBM for future projects.
For the Desktop, SlickEdit, Opera and more. MicroEdge, Inc. announced
the availability of Visual SlickEdit v6.0 for UNIX. Supported
UNIX platforms include Linux, Solaris (Sparc and x86), Sun OS, AIX,
HP-UX, IRIX and SCO.
The Opera Communications Manager, Pal Hvistendahl, wrote to let us
know that the latest beta
release of Opera for Linux, V4 Beta 5, has been released.
Debian and RPM based packages are available for both Intel x86 and
Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor 2.2 has just been released by Runtime
Revolution Ltd, with new multi-user network capabilities and support
for the Linux platform added to the existing support for Macintosh
and Windows operating systems.
Metro Link, Inc. demonstrated residential gateway and appliance connectivity software that
supports the Universal Plug 'n Play (UPnP) standard at the Consumer
Electronics Show (CES).
VistaSource, Inc., a subsidiary of Applix, announced
the release of Anyware 2.0, which includes the seperate Anyware
Desktop (formerly Applixware Office) and the Anyware Application
While not desktop software, the new Apple Darwin-based Mac
OS X operating system was
announced at MacWorld this week. The new desktop OS will
officially ship on March 24th, and will be offered at a suggested
retail price of $129.
Loki to publish Rune, Heavy Metal. Loki Software announced an agreement with videogame publisher
Gathering of Developers to bring the PC games Rune and Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.2 to Linux early this year.
theKompany.com Releases BlackAdder. theKompany.com announced the release
of BlackAdder, its Windows/Linux GUI development environment for
Hitachi, Xybernaut, others to cooperate for
WIA. Hitachi, Shimadzu Corporation, Colorado MicroDisplay,
Inc. and Xybernaut Corporation announced that they will cooperate
to explore business opportunities in the field of Wearable Internet
NSA Releases Prototype Security-Enhanced Linux
System. The NSA has released an
ultra-secure version of Linux. "'If successful in our strategy,
the Linux community would assume ownership of this technology and we
would continue our involvement with the community that will maintain it,'
an NSA spokesperson said." The new release is not based on the newly
released 2.4 kernel, but work is being done to bring the security
enhancements to the more current kernel.
Lineo and Tao Announce Multimedia Networked
Client Devices Platform for Embedded Linux. Lineo, Inc. announced
a partnership with the Tao Group that will allow Lineo to
include high-performance, compact embedded Java solutions for
multimedia platforms with Lineo Embedix SDK developer tools.
Legend Computer, Cyrus InterSoft Deploy
Linux-based Internet Appliances in China.
Legend Computer and Cyrus InterSoft, Inc. have announced a formal
technology alliance to
design and build network appliances using Legend's Happy Linux
embedded operating system and Cyrus InterSoft's Internet Operating
SourceForge.net Supports 100,000 Developers in
First Year of Service. Open Source Development Network, a
division of VA Linux Systems, Inc. announced that SourceForge.net now supports
over 100,000 registered users and over 13,000 projects.
Linux Stock Index for January 4 to January 10, 2001.
LSI at closing on January 04, 2001 36.45
LSI at closing on January 10, 2001 37.19
The high for the week was 37.19
The low for the week was 34.52
Open Source Products
Unless specified, license is unverified.
Jabber (DENVER), the extensible, open source instant messaging
(IM) and presence technology, is a strong candidate to become a de
facto industry standard over the next several years, according to
a new report from The Burton Group's (TBG) Network Strategy Service
("New Developments in Instant Messaging -- December 28, 2000").
Proprietary Products for Linux
Oracle (REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) announced support for the recently
released Linux 2.4 operating system kernel in the Oracle9i
Application Server and the Oracle8i Database.
Quicknet Technologies, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that its
Linux Special Edition products have been awarded Product of the
Year from TMC's Communications Solutions magazine.
- Teamware Group announced the
availability of Edition 3 of its groupware product, Teamware Office
5.3 for Linux, with customizable user interface and
state-of-the-art communications features.
Products and Services Using Linux
DataNaut (BETHESDA, Md.) made available Poquito, a unified
messaging client for the Palm Pilot. Poquito's backend architecture
is based on Red Hat Linux.
Electronics for Imaging, Inc. announced the availability of its
Linux-based Fiery X3 embedded controller for Konica's 7075
EnReach Technology, Inc. and Allwell Technology Corporation (SAN
JOSE, Calif.) announced that they have formed a strategic alliance to
deliver a Linux-based, turnkey broadband streaming and Interactive
Nokia (LAS VEGAS) announced that the Media Terminal will be
available by the end of the year. The Media Terminal is a home
infotainment center using Linux, Mozilla and HTML.
Philips Components (CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS) unveiled
Philips' Net Display Modules, in-panel, system-board integrated
touch-screen liquid crystal display (LCD) modules with Transmeta's
Crusoe chip. Software and drivers are available for embedded Linux
and Mobile Linux.
PlaceLinks, Inc. (WELLESLEY, Mass.) has developed a 160-town
yellow pages and promotions directory for TownOnline.com.
PlaceLinks Linux and XML -based system allows users to search business
listings and promotions by specific brands, products, services,
activities and street names.
- Rauch Medien (New York, USA) announced
the release of its DB-Box product. The database software is
constructed completely in PHP and MySQL running on Linux, and can
handle up to 500 users.
Sigma Designs, Inc. (LAS VEGAS) announced that its REALmagic
MPEG decoder silicon (EM8400) has been incorporated into DTVRo,
Inc.'s latest (Linux-based) Set-Top Box (STB) designs, featuring
Video-On-Demand (VOD), Video Streaming and DVD playback.
Ucentric Systems (LAS VEGAS) announced availability of the
Ucentric Home Networking Platform, which creates a home area
network that connects all existing computers, TVs, stereos and other
appliances throughout the home to each other and to the Internet
without the need for additional wiring. The platform includes a
Linux-based operating system, applications server, home networking
applications, and hardware reference design.
Products with Linux Versions
Agere Systems (LAS VEGAS) announced an Asymmetrical Digital
Subscriber Line (ADSL) chip set offering for residential gateway,
home networking and personal computer (PC) equipment.
Gatespace (LAS VEGAS) announced the new version of its development
toolkit, SGADK (Service Gateway Application Developers Toolkit)
MAPICS, Inc. (ATLANTA) announced that Point.Man has been
certified by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and
TeamQuest Corporation (CLEAR LAKE, Iowa) added support for the Red
Hat Linux operating system for its TeamQuest Performance
Opus Solutions, Inc. (ATLANTA) announced Unity, the
company's pure Java based web-enablement solution. The Unity product
consists of Java Servlets designed to function under any Java-based
Application Server, including WebSphere from IBM and Tomcat from
Books and Training
LinuxWizardry Systems, Inc. announced that it has signed an
agreement with EBIZ Enterprises Inc. to market LinuxWizardry's
Magic Passage line of products through TheLinuxStore, EBIZ's Linux
B2B web resale company.
Lutris Technologies Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced a
licensing agreement with Nokia to simplify and accelerate the
creation and deployment of applications for Nokia's mobile handsets.
Under the terms of the agreement, Lutris Enhydra 3.5, the
company's Java/XML open source application server will ship with
Nokia's suite of mobile development tools.
MERANT (ROCKVILLE, Md.) announced an agreement with Intel
Corporation to extend support to Intel's new Itanium processor
family, including 64-bit Linux.
- Minoru Development SARL, CONECTA srl and
Sistema (PARIS, FRANCE) announced that they have signed a
contract with the European Commission's Fifth Framework
Programme to implement an open source approach to accelerate the
uptake and improvement of software for regional health care networks.
Motorola (SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) announced an
alliance with Borland, which plans to provide its JBuilder 4
Foundation development environment as part of the Motorola iDEN
Subscriber Group's developers' toolkit.
NETSEC (HERNDON, Va.) announced the renewal of a joint marketing
agreement with Network Security Wizards (NSW). NSW's Dragon
Sensor is an intrusion detection monitor including a variety of
alerting, analysis and presentation tools, and supports Linux,
FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris and HP-UX.
Sigma Designs and EnReach Technology, Inc. (LAS VEGAS) announced
their partnership to develop digital TV broadcast, Video-On-Demand
(VOD) streaming, and DVD playback applications for advanced
interactive set-top boxes. Both companies will work on
National Geode SPlSC10 reference platform with Linux OS.
TeamLinux Corporation (DAYTON, OHIO) is expanding its relationship
with Muze Inc. to provide hardware support and service for its
existing and future customers of its Linux-based interactive kiosk.
Zelerate, Inc. and Jabber.com, Inc. (SAN MATEO, Calif. and DENVER)
announced they have entered into a comprehensive strategic marketing
and sales referral agreement. Under the terms of the agreement,
Zelerate will promote Jabber's products and services, and Jabber will
offer its customers the e-commerce software and implementation
services of Zelerate.
Investments and Acquisitions
EBIZ Enterprises Inc. (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) announced the completion
of the JBSi (Jones Business Systems Inc.) acquisition announced
- LinuxIT (UK), a European Linux
Solution Provider, announced that it has signed an agreement to
acquire 01Linux Solutions Ltd, a UK-based Linux Support and
Compaq Computer Corporation (HOUSTON) announced the promotion of
Howard D. Elias to senior vice president and general manager of the
company's Business Critical Server Group. The Business Critical
Server Group includes the company's Alpha chip technology; AlphaServer
systems running Tru64 UNIX, Linux and OpenVMS operating systems.
Endeavors Technology Inc. (IRVINE, Calif. & READING, England),
developer of open-source, peer-to-peer (P2P) Web software for
Internet-enabled devices, announced the appointment of Stephen Schwab
as its chief security architect.
Great Bridge LLC (NORFOLK, Va.)announced that John Scott Hines has
joined the company as vice president of knowledge engineering. Hines
has more than 20 years of customer services and product development
and design experience and he is responsible for building a world-class
professional support organization for open source technologies.
- Lineo, Inc. (LINDON, Utah)
announced the appointment of Ishrat Hakim as vice president of Asia
Pacific sales and corporate development.
VA Linux Systems, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif. and ACTON, Mass.)
announced that it has named Richard French as senior vice president of
its Open Source Development Network (OSDN) Division. Mr. French will
report directly to VA Linux president and CEO Larry Augustin.
Linux At Work
BigStorage Inc. (San Francisco, CA) announced its successful
installation of 10TB of its iRAID and nearline data storage at
EMusic.com. The installation is the company's largest
successful Linux storage network to date and sets a precedent for
Linux's ability to power high-volume storage in an enterprise
ComView Corporation (PLEASANTON, Calif.) reported the launch of
its second generation Internet portal site for the transmission and
storage of dynamic cardiac images. The site uses the latest Java
Server Pages technology and Oracle's SQL database on the Linux
DaimlerChrysler (AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) introduced a new concept
car. The vehicle-internal computing architecture consists of four
Single Board Computers that each run a certified standard Java Virtual
Machine (JVM) on top of a Linux operation system.
IntelliCorp, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced that it has
been chosen by Penguin Computing, Inc. to implement their customer
configuration management solution.
- LinuxForce Inc. (Philadelphia, PA)
announced its completion of the migration of The Franklin Institute
Web site to a Linux-powered operating system.
Corel announced that it will unveil the company's new corporate
growth strategy on Tuesday January 23, 2001. The executive team
will roll out details of the company's plans to employees and media at
a special event to be held at the Ottawa Congress Centre.
- Stone-IT (Brussels) will officially
open its second company, located in Brussels. Starting at January
15th 2001, the Belgian office will initially offer Linux Consultancy,
Linux Solutions and Linux Support.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
January 11, 2001