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BountyQuest Awards $40,000 for Information
Challenging Patent Validity.
It's an interesting business model, but will it pay the bills? BountyQuest will reward people
to show evidence of a prior art that will invalidate a patent. So
far four people have
won a total of $40,000. BountyQuest investor Tim O'Reilly is quoted:
"Patented ideas can command an entire marketplace. As consumers,
it is in our best interest to use powerful tools like the Internet
to ensure that only true innovation is rewarded."
O'Reilly launches ONLamp.com. O'Reilly has
announced the launch of its ONLamp.com site. "LAMP" stands for
the combination of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and
Perl, PHP or Python; the new site will cover
web site development using those tools.
Adaptec Embraces Open Source/Linux Community. Adaptec has put out a
press release proclaiming its support for the Linux community. The
company will be releasing more drivers and has set up a new linux.adaptec.com web site with
information and the latest source.
Linux management products. A big theme at LinuxWorld this time around would appear to be system
and network management products. Here are a few press releases:
Aduva has announced "Aduva Director," a system update and
Caldera Systems has put out this press release claiming
that its "Volution" system management package defeats threats
like the "Ramen" worm. It does so, of course, by insuring
that the security updates have been installed on all of the
systems it manages.
Computer Associates has announced "Unicenter TNG
Performance Neugents" for Linux, which includes its "patented
Neugents technology" to detect trouble on Linux systems.
Hewlett-Packard will offer the "Process Resource Manager"
and "Service Control Manager" management tools later this year.
The company also now offers Linux support for "more than 40" HP
Mission Critical Linux announced the "LifeGuard" management
Red Hat has issued a press release on how the Red Hat
Network got the bind fix out so quickly. Of course, most of
the other distributors got fixes out quickly as well...
- Trustix has announced the addition of
several modules to its "XPloy" management utility.
On the free software front Ganymede 1.0p1, a
directory management system, has been released.
Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein announces
openadaptor. Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) is the investment
banking division of Dresdner Bank AG. DrKW developed 'openadaptor(TM)',
which is both a toolkit and a platform that allows system administrators
to integrate applications across disparate systems, and has used the
software in over 40 projects since 1998. Now DrKW is
releasing the source code. openadapter is written in Java and it has
been used by DrKW to deploy its global equities derivative trading
system. openadpator's source code license is modelled after the MIT X
license and the project, openadaptor.org, will be hosted by
CollabNet. Here's CollabNet's press
release on the subject.
IBM's LinuxWorld announcement.
Here's IBM's big press release describing what
the company is announcing at LinuxWorld. It includes investing
$300 million in new Linux services, which include "Linux e-business
enablement and migration services," open source consulting, and high
availability cluster services. Also in the announcement is the "IBM
eServer x430," a Linux-powered, 64-way server box. There's a bunch of
other stuff in there as well.
Covalent gets $13 million investment, launches
Covalent Technologies, a company which is working at making money
with products and services for the apache web server, has
announced the receipt of $13 million in venture
investments, with Sequoia Capital leading the pack.
Covalent has also
announced the launch of a new set of products, including the
"Covalent Secure Server" (an SSL add-on with intrusion detection and
other security features); "Covalent Commerce Server" (a credit card
handling package); and "Covalent Managed Server" (an installation
and monitoring product).
NuSphere contributes transactional capability
to MySQL. NuSphere has
announced that it has contributed a chunk of code to the MySQL
project that adds transactions, row-level locking, and automatic
crash recovery to the popular relational database system. This
contribution fills in a major gap in MySQL functionality and should
be welcome to those trying to place MySQL in corporate settings.
NuSphere, of course, is trying to do exactly that...
Oracle debuts MySQL-to-Oracle data migration
software. For all of you looking to move from free to
proprietary software: Oracle has
announced the availability of a utility that facilitates the
move from MySQL to Oracle's products.
IDC predicts big growth in the Linux support
market. IDC has recently published a report on the Linux support
services market. You can't actually see it without paying a lot of
money, of course, so most of us will have to content ourselves with IDC's
press release on the topic. The claim is that the market will grow
from $28 million in 2000 to $285 million in 2004 - a factor of
The Real Time Linux Foundation. An
announcement has gone out regarding the creation of the Real Time Linux
Foundation. Its purpose, of course, is to help promote and
standardize Real Time Linux implementations. Some help will be
useful - real time Linux is currently a highly fragmented area.
Freshmeat II launches. The Open Source Developer Network (otherwise known as VA Linux Systems)
has announced the launch of Freshmeat II, a complete rework
of the Freshmeat site.
Eazel and Red Hat form alliance. Eazel and Red Hat have
announced a deal to integrate their software services. Red Hat
will put Nautilus in future releases, and Eazel's services will be
integrated with the Red Hat Network.
SGI's latest Linux announcements. SGI has issued an
omnibus press release describing its many announcements for
LinuxWorld. They include the new 1100 server, the "Internet Server for
E-Commerce" (a 1U box with Linux installed), the "SGI Internet Server
Environment" (a management and monitoring package), and "Kasenna Mediabase"
(a distributed streaming media server package).
There are also seperate press releases for:
Another Cluster of Announcements. Here are some of the announcements about clustering that didn't make
it onto the front page.
The view from MontaVista. MontaVista has created a PR pile of its own this morning. Perhaps most
interesting is this
retrospective on the company's first full year of operation. The
company received $30 million in funding, "captured over 80
customer design wins," grew from 12 to 160 employees (without any
acquisitions), and increased its revenue by a factor of ten - evidently
15% above what their plan had called for. One assumes that they are
reasonably well pleased with life at the moment.
Other announcements from MontaVista include:
ADS cranks down the power on StrongARM
This article on LinuxDevices looks at Applied
Data Systems' "true sleep mode" support for Embedded Linux on
Intel's StrongARM SA-1110 processor. "The new support, which
reduces the SA-1110's power drain from half a watt (full on) to less
than ten milliwatts, is of major potential significance to battery
operated systems and handheld devices." ADS will be
demonstrating this at LinuxWorld. See also this press release from ADS and this one about the ADS Tandem product, a
two-headed single board computer system, available with embedded
Coventive supplies Linux for handheld systems
in China. Conventive Technologies has
announced that it will deliver "a total embedded Linux software
solution" for a StrongARM-based handheld system produced by Legend
Computers in China. They'll be demonstrating the system at
Announcements from Dell. Naturally Dell had to
get in on the action with its own sprinkling of press releases.
Borland's PR storm.
Awash in press releases. They just keep rolling in. Naturally there are plenty more in the
press release section below. This is just a small sampling of a few
of the more interesting ones that we've found (and reported on so
AMD will be showcasing its "VirtuHammer" simulator at
LinuxWorld and Linux Expo Paris.
API Networks has announced deals with several companies to
promote Linux on the Alpha processor. The partners are Scyld
Computing Corporation, intraDAT international, Digital Factory
USA (which makes the Kondara MNU/Linux distribution), Dolphin
Interconnect and Ovrimos S.A.
- Red Hat has announced a new set
of e-commerce offerings; in particular, they will now be
offering Akopia's Interchange platform.
- Also announced by Red Hat is an
alliance with Daiei in Japan to offer solutions there.
Secant Technologies has a new "Linux computing farm"
solution that it will be demonstrating at LinuxWorld.
Sun Microsystems has announced the availability of
Java 2 Platform Micro Edition for Linux.
Sun has also announced the availability of its Grid
Engine 5.2 for Linux.
- SuSE has signed a "worldwide
support agreement" with IBM wherein SuSE will help IBM's
support organization with the toughest problems.
Trolltech, IBM, and the KDE project will be demonstrating
IBM's ViaVoice speech recognition system at LinuxWorld.
VA Linux Systems will be promoting Akamai's network
services to its customers. In return, of course, Akamai will
continue to buy lots of VA servers.
VA Linux has also announced a deal with Oracle to showcase
Oracle's software on VA servers.
Zelerate has announced "AllCommerce 1.2," the latest
version of its e-commerce platform.
- Zelerate has also
announced a bundling deal with SuSE which will get
AllCommerce put in with SuSE's professional distributions.
Zelerate also will be deploying its software to run the
ThinkGeek e-commerce site.
LPI begins Level 2 exam development process. The Linux Professional Institute has
announced the availability of its "Job Analysis Survey" for its
Level 2 exam. By filling out the survey, Linux administrators
can help the LPI work out a set of requirements for Level 2
MandrakeSoft acquires Coursemetric, launches
new sites. MandrakeSoft has
announced the acquisition of Coursemetric Corp, "an
ASP-software and information services company specializing in the
provision of Web-based evaluation tools for education and training
organizations." There is evidently a plan to deploy an open
source version of Coursemetric's web-based evaluation system.
Also announced is the launch of MandrakeCampus.com, which will
start with a set of (open source) Linux courseware.
Finally, the company is also launching MandrakeExpert.com, a sort of
Linux Stock Index for January 25 to January 31, 2001.
LSI at closing on January 25, 2001 ... 41.17
LSI at closing on January 31, 2001 ... 43.65
The high for the week was 43.91
The low for the week was 40.77
Open Source Products
Unless specified, license is unverified.
Proprietary Products for Linux
- 3G is a service on the Web that
enables Linux users to access a full range of US stockmarket data and
analysis tools via the Internet.
Advanced Management Solutions (REDLANDS, Calif.) announced that
AMS REALTIME 5.2 has earned the IBM Netfinity ServerProven
certification. AMS tested AMS REALTIME with Red Hat Linux Version 6
operating system and Netfinity servers under IBM's ServerProven
- Argus Systems Group, Inc. (NEW
YORK) announced the availability of its PitBull intrusion
prevention security technology on Linux. PitBull LX for Linux is
available now on Red Hat Linux 6.2. Argus also announced the
availability of PitBull Secure Appliance Software for Red Hat Linux 6.2 and
Solaris 7 on x86.
(Germany) has a German tax program for Linux, t@x 2001 Linux.
This site is in German.
- Century Software Embedded Technologies(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) announced version 1.1 of its Operating
Environment and Development toolkit for embedded Linux.
Chilliware, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced the debut of xFAXtor,
an affordable ($49.95 SRP) new fax software package that makes faxing
from the Linux-based desktop a snap.
- Enhanced Software Technologies, Inc.(New York, NY) announced that it is sneak previewing its newest data
protection product for Linux-centric networks, BRU-Pro, at
LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.
- Kx Systems (Miami, Florida) announced
that it has built a multi-billion tick database application based on
the Kdb relational database.
LinuxWizardry Systems, Inc. unveiled its new Easy Config
Wizard at LinuxWorld.
M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd. (FREMONT, Calif.) participated
in LinuxWorld along with Lineo and Lynuxworks. M-Systems' DiskOnChip
is the data storage device in Embedded Linux Journal's development kit
that will be awarded to finalists of their "Hack Embedded Linux for
Fun and Prizes" contest. M-Systems also recently released a new
TrueFFS driver for DiskOnChip that includes support for Linux kernel
- Magic Software Enterprises (IRVINE, CA)
released Magic eContact Version 2. Magic eContact is an
integrated desktop application that provides contact center agents the
professional tools needed to manage customer interactions.
- Metro Link (Ft. Lauderdale) is now
shipping Metro Motif Complete! for Intel's new ItaniumT
NeTraverse Inc. (AUSTIN, Texas) released a 25-seat multi-user
Beta of Win4Lin software.
ViLLAGEEDOCS (TUSTIN, Calif.) announced a program for HP
OpenMail users to outsource their email-to-fax requirements. HP
Openmail users can now take advantage of the Internet document
delivery services provided by ViLLAGEEDOCS.
Products and Services Using Linux
- BigStorage Inc. (New York)
announced the rollout of K2 NAS, a network attached storage
device, at LinuxWorld.
- ImageStream Internet Solutions
(Plymouth, Indiana) announced that it will release its next-generation
Linux-based router product, the Carrier Pro. The Carrier Pro is
a carrier class router with PowerPC processors, dual CompactPCI buses,
hot-swap WAN cards, H.110 telephony bus, redundant power supplies, and
rear panel cabling. Carrier Pro was chosen
as a "Best of Show - Hardware" finalist at LinuxWorld Expo.
Servers & Hardware
Captus Networks (NEW ORLEANS) announced the CaptIO-G, a
high-throughput implementation of its CaptIO integrated network
security solution for the service provider and e-business markets.
The CaptIO-G uses a hardened Linux kernel for its operating system,
Celestix Networks, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif.) announced its new fully
integrated Network Server Appliance Aries, a wireless LAN
solution with a Linux-based micro server, which supports the IEEE
802.11b wireless standard.
CERTUS Technology (SAN DIEGO, CA) announced the release of the
Split U 1200GX(SU1200GX), a powerful, compact and scalable
architecture (CSA), which contains two servers in a 1U rackmount
chassis with built-in remote system monitoring. Linux installed on
Compaq Computer Corporation (HOUSTON) announced enhancements to
some of its Intelligent Manageability tools. The SmartStart
Scripting Toolkit v1.1 now includes rapid deployment support for
Compaq ProLiant Servers running Linux and adds support for Norton
e-smith, inc. (BOSTON) announced that its flagship software
product, the Linux-based e-smith Server and Gateway, has won a
2001 Crossroads A-List Award.
NEC Computers Inc. (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) announced its enterprise
server platform, including the Express5800/180Rb-7 server, the
EMC CLARiiON FC4500 storage area network (SAN) array, a disk
expansion unit (DEU), and several rack and power options. And Red Hat
7 factory installed.
- OnCore Systems Corporation (HALF MOON
BAY, CA.) began shipping full support of IBM's PowerPC 405 embedded
processor, Revision D, the latest release of this high-power
embedded processor line. A full version of Linux that is fully
preemptable is available.
- Rave Computer Association, Inc. (Sterling
Heights, Michigan) announced a product improvement to its Rave
systems-2UAXi-C rackmount server. Comes with Linux or Solaris
installed. Rave also announced its Rave
Zeus Technology, Ltd. (CAMBRIDGE, England) announced that
benchmark tests performed by the IBM Linux Technology Center (Austin,
TX) demonstrated that Zeus Web Server performance can be
boosted by more than 85% running the Linux 2.4 kernel as compared to
Products with Linux Versions
Active Navigation (SAN FRANCISCO) announced the immediate
availability of Portal Maximizer 2, a new content management
and search solution.
Brooktrout Technology, Inc. (NEEDHAM, Mass.) announced that its RealComm
100 was honored with a Product of the Year Award from
Communications Solutions Magazine.
Chilliware, Inc. (NEW YORK) introduced Mambo, a new Samba
Computer Associates International, Inc. (ISLANDIA, N.Y.) announced
the general availability of Unicenter TNG Asset Management Option
(AMO) 3.1, an asset management solution that automates the
inventory and management of enterprise IT assets. This version
includes extended support of Linux devices.
Heroix Software (NEW YORK) announced that it is exhibiting
RoboMon software at LinuxWorld.
- IBM (Somers, NY) announced
WebSphere Personalization software for Linux.
Integrated Research Ltd (SYDNEY, Australia) announced new
auto-healing technology as part of its flagship product family,
LegacyJ, Corp. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced PERCobol Enterprise
NetIQ Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced that Chariot
4.0, a network testing tool, now supports Intel's Itanium
Processor. There is beta version available for Turbolinux.
Oracle Corp. (REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) claims that nearly one half
of the 370,000 Oracle9i Application Server downloads were for
the Linux version.
Piranha, Inc. (FREEHOLD, N.J.) announced the development of an
image archiving and search software solution that will utilize
Piranha's compression science. The new database product will include
search and retrieval software with a Java based interface. Pirana
also announced the release of
Piranha NetTM 1.2, the latest version of the company's software
architecture for creating and viewing graphic-intensive image files on
ScheduleOnline (SAN DIEGO) debuted ScheduleOnline Gold, the next
generation of its scheduling, resource planning, and collaboration Web
site. This is a subscription based service.
Seapine Software, Inc. (MASON, Ohio) is adding Extensible Markup
Language (XML) support to its forthcoming TestTrack Pro 3.1 for
Windows, Linux, and Solaris release.
- Steltor announced the immediate
availability of its CorporateTime solution for Linux.
TimesTen Performance Software (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced
the immediate availability of TimesTen 4.1, the flagship
product in its real-time data management software family.
TransEDA (LOS GATOS, Calif.) announced the release of the
VN-Check 2.0 Configurable HDL Checker.
VERITAS Software Corporation (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced
that VERITAS NetBackup now provides data protection for Linux
- Servertec (Kearny, NJ.) announced
the availability of a new release of Servertec Internet Server,
an Application/Web Server written entirely in Java.
Books and Training
- Eldritch Endeavours, Inc. (Amherst,
Massachusetts), a new Linux training company, announced that it
is open for business and is accepting registration for classes
LinuxCertified.com (Cupertino, California) is holding a weekend
Linux Bootcamp February 10 - 11, 2001. The cost is $1600,
which includes all class materials including a laptop for each
attendee. You also get a laptop with Linux for Beginners
February 17 - 18, 2001.
- O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol,
CA) announced XML in a Nutshell by Elliotte Rusty Harold and
W. Scott Means.
American Megatrends Inc. (ATLANTA) announced it is shipping
MegaRAID Elite 1600 and Express 500 Ultra160 SCSI RAID
controllers to Penguin Computing Inc. for use in a number of its
Internet server products.
- Applied Data Systems (New York,
NY) announced its strategic partnership with Century Software
Embedded Technologies. Together, they will produce Century's
embedded Linux toolkit running on ADS' line of OEM Intel
Covalent Technologies, Inc. and Tripwire Inc. (NEW YORK) announced
a strategic technology alliance that will deliver enhanced data and
network integrity solutions tailored for the Apache Web Server.
Coventive Technologies and AXIS Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif.)
previewed a new Linux-based home TV-and-Web appliance at
Halcyon Software (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced that it has signed
an agreement to bundle its Instant ASP (iASP), with the
Turbolinux Linux distribution. iASP is a Java implementation of the
Microsoft Active Server Page (ASP) framework.
Hifn (LOS GATOS, Calif.) announced a partnership agreement with
Lineo, Inc. As part of the agreement, Hifn security processors
will accelerate the security functions in Lineo's SecureEdge VPN
- Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc.(LinuxWorld, New York City, NY) announced a partnership with
Sitraka Software that provides a powerful solution for
developers working on mission critical Motif applications.
LinuxWizardry Systems, Inc. (BOCA RATON, Fla.) announced that it
has signed an agreement with PC Connection, Inc. PC Connection
will be offering LinuxWizardry's Magic Passage line of
- Metro Link and BSDi (Ft. Lauderdale,
FL) announced that every eBSD operating system sold will
include Metro-X for host development and a demo of
Micro-X, scalable embedded X server.
NuSphere Corporation (BEDFORD, Mass.) announced its partnership
with OpenAir.com. OpenAir, a suite of Web-native Professional
Services Automation tools, will incorporate NuSphere MySQL as the
preferred solution for its recently launched data back-up service.
Investments and Acquisitions
Aduva, Inc. (PALO ALTO, Calif.), which offers a Linux update
service, announced it had received $7.8 million in venture financing
from The Capital Group, Cap Ventures and Evergreen Management,
Ltd. and others.
Cradle Technologies, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif.) announced strategic
investments from CIBC Capital Partners, Charter Ventures, Mingly
Ventures, Ltd, Red Hat, Inc., Signal Lake Ventures II LLP, and Smart
Technology Ventures. The current round of $20 million brings the
total invested in Cradle to date to $34 million. Additionally, Cradle
disclosed that it is working with Red Hat to launch an Open Source
Initiative for Real Time Embedded Processing based on Cradle's
"stream processing" silicon platform.
Borland Software Corporation (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) reported
revenues of $50.3 million, up from $45.5 million in the same period
one year ago.
- Applied Data Systems (Columbia,
Maryland) announced the appointment of Gregory Haerr, to the company's
Board of Directors.
- Penguin Computing (SAN FRANCISCO)
announced that Scott Weinbrandt has joined the company as vice
president of marketing.
Red Hat, Inc. (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.) announced the
appointment of F. Selby Wellman to the Red Hat Board of Directors.
Red Hat, Inc. (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.) announced the
appointment of CTO Michael Tiemann to the board of the Open Source
- TeamLinux (DAYTON, OHIO) recruited
former NCR attorney Paul M. Samson to serve as a senior consultant and
as its chief counsel.
Linux At Work
ArsDigita Corporation (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) announced that Boston
public radio station WGBH has recently re-launched their Web site, http://www.wgbh.org, powered by the
open source ArsDigita Community System (ACS) e-business platform.
Jabber.com, Inc. (DENVER) announced that the Jabber open source
project has been selected as one of two projects for early scalability
testing in the Open Source Development Lab.
- Lineo, Inc. (INDIAN WELLS,
Calif.) won the top two awards at the Upside Showcase conference this
week. Lineo was the recipient of the People's Choice award and the
winner of the Demo Til You're Dropped award given by conference
organizers for the company's demonstration of the Embedixä SDK 1.2
software development tool.
Motorola (TEMPE, Ariz.) announced its HA Linux was
recognized as one of the "TOP Software Products" for 2000 by the
Electronics Industry Yearbook, a Cahners publication.
- Nominum, Inc. (Redwood City,
California) announced plans to unveil a largely free secondary DNS
hosting service Secondary.com, at LinuxWorld.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
February 1, 2001