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Mostly Clusters - IBM, Linux NetworX and VA Linux
IBM eServer Software Drives Infrastructure Expansion. IBM
introduced IBM eServer cluster in Linux and UNIX flavors. These
systems can tie together a company's entire IT infrastructure, from
Web servers to vital back-end workloads like Enterprise Resource
Planning and Customer Relationship Management applications. But are
they as energy efficient as the z900?
IBM on the energy-saving advantage of z900 Linux. IBM has put out
a press release on how a single z900 mainframe, running Linux, uses
only 5% of the energy used by "a typical configuration of 750 Sun
servers" doing the same thing.
EBIZ to acquire Linux NetworX. EBIZ Enterprises has
announced that it will be acquiring Linux NetworX. EBIZ has
been on an acquisition spree for a while, picking up companies like
LinuxMall.com and Jones Business Systems; this latest move will give
it a presence in the cluster arena as well. Linux NetworX will
maintain its current research and development operation and sales
team in Salt Lake City and will broaden their manufacturing and
corporate functions with resources available in the EBIZ Technology
Center in Houston.
VA Linux Debuts Powerful Remote Management
Solution for Ultradense Servers; VA Linux 100 Manages 1U Server
Farms with VACM. VA Linux Systems, Inc.
introduced the VA Linux 100, a remote management solution for 1U
server farms. VACM, VA's cluster management software allows the VA
Linux 100 to turn racks of VA Linux 1120 and 1220 1U servers into
unified server arrays and enables systems administrators to manage
them securely from anywhere in the world.
More New Products
Metrowerks releases Playstation 2 Tools for Linux. Metrowerks unveiled new development tools technology this week for
game developers at the Game Developers Conference (GDC).
Metrowerks announced the availability of a new Analysis Tools Kit
(ATtaCK) and demonstrated a
version of its CodeWarrior for PlayStation2 tools.
Digital Creations Announces Zope-Based Content
Management Framework. Digital Creations
announced the release of its new Zope-based Content Management
Framework (CMF). CMF enables the secure distribution of content to
those responsible for maintenance and updates. Templates, role-based
permissions, version tracking and rollback features are also part of
FSMLabs releases RTLinux box set. RTLinux is now available in a box. FSMLabs has announced the availability of the RTLinux v3.0 CD, an i386
distribution based on Red Hat 6.2. It comes with printed
documentation and a set of example programs; it sells for $150.
LynuxWorks, Neomagic to provide Bluecat Linux
LynuxWorks, Inc. and NeoMagic Corporation announced they are using
LynuxWorks' embedded BlueCat Linux for the
NeoMagic System-on-Chip platform for smart handheld devices.
ATI bids $10 million for SONICblue's graphics
unit. Graphics chip maker ATI Technologies Inc. announced that
bid up to $10 million to buy SONICblue Inc.'s graphics
division. ATI said it will acquire the SONICblue's FGL Graphics
business, which develops Fire GL brand graphics accelerators for the
NT and Linux workstation markets.
FreeDevelopers.net 'The Company is the
The folks at FreeDevelopers.net have come out
proposed corporate structure, which, they think, will allow them to
put together a truly free, cooperatively-owned software development
LinuxWorld.com migrates content, forums to
ITworld.com. Here's an
impressive bit of spin. IDG's press release on the shutdown of LinuxWorld.com presents the
situation this way: "In a move reflecting the rapid adoption of Linux
across the enterprise, ITworld.com, the premier Web resource for
enterprise IT professionals, today announced it is migrating
LinuxWorld.com into ITworld.com beginning next month. This move enables
LinuxWorld.com visitors to take advantage of the unique navigation
structure of ITworld.com and access a broader base of related content,
and allows LinuxWorld.com to reach a wider audience of enterprise IT
More Linuxgruven. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has
more details on Linuxgruven, their training program and the impact
on people who paid for their classes.
This updated statement from
Linuxgruven confirms rumors of lay-offs. They are also offering
refunds for those in the middle of classes.
See last week's Commerce page
for additional Linuxgruven coverage.
LPI-News for the month of March 2001. Topics covered in this issue:
- New resource - http://www.lpicert.com
- NEC bulk purchases
- Sydney Australia - Comdex Show
- Chicago Volunteers
- Chicago Drawing
- International Issues
- CeBit in Hannover, Germany
Turbolinux, backed by Dell, Intel, pulls $60
mln IPO. Reuters
reports that Turbolinux has withdrawn its proposed initial
public offering. The
withdrawal letter is also available for those who are
interested. The reason, of course, is "current market conditions."
Linux Stock Index for March 15 to March 21, 2001.
LSI at closing on March 15, 2001 ... 30.06
LSI at closing on March 21, 2001 ... 28.69
The high for the week was 30.19
The low for the week was 28.69
Open source products
Proprietary Products for Linux
- Check Point Software Technologies (REDWOOD CITY, Calif.):
Check Point Achieves Certification From Global Certification Organization.
Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 SmallOffice was certified on the Intrusion.com SecureCom PDS 2100 appliance, a Linux-based platform.
- Eicon Networks Corporation (MONTREAL):
Eicon Wins Top Award From SCO WORLD Magazine.
The magazine, which recently changed its name to LINUX SERVER COMPUTING, named the Eiconcard S94 as the leader in Linux connectivity.
- IBM (ARMONK, N.Y.):
IBM Unveils Linux-enabled Storage Portfolio to Power Open Storage Networking; From Disk to Tape, Linux Underscores Push for Openness.
- Legato Systems, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.):
Legato Expands Linux Solution With NetWorker Support for Turbolinux; Legato NetWorker Now Supports Four Leading Linux Operating Systems.
Legato NetWorker Module 3.1 for Oracle now supports Turbolinux 6.0.
- MigraTEC, Inc. (DALLAS):
MigraTEC Announces Solaris-to-Linux Migration DART That Gives Quick Overview of Porting Challenges.
- Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. (MINNEAPOLIS):
Multi-Tech Systems Announcing Red Hat Certified WAN Server Cards; Company's MultiModemISI Hybrid ISDN/Modem and Modem Cards Include RPMs.
- SWsoft (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.):
SWsoft Puts Full Focus On HSPcomplete.
HSPcomplete is a solution for hosting service providers and data centers.
Products and Services Using Linux
Products With Linux Versions
- AbriaSoft (FREMONT, Calif.):
Web Development and Production Platform for Windows and Linux Released by AbriaSoft.
AbriaSoft's Merlin Server integrates open source technologies such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Apache, SSL, Perl, PhP and WebDAV with development tools and templates.
- Alias|Wavefront (SAN JOSE, Calif.):
Alias/Wavefront's Maya Software A Top Choice for Next-Generation Game Development; Leading Developers Turning to Maya for Efficient Pipelines/Unparalleled Graphics.
- Ansoft Corporation (PITTSBURGH):
Ansoft Introduces Linux Version of Harmonica and Symphony.
Ansoft's Harmonica and Symphony products are now available for Intel-based Red Hat Linux versions 6.1 and 6.2.
- BindView Corporation (SALT LAKE CITY):
BindView Announces Industry's First Security and Configuration Management Solution for Novell's NDS eDirectory.
BindView's bv-Control for NDS eDirectory software
manages the NDS eDirectory across multiple platforms.
- Bynari Inc. (DALLAS):
Bynari Introduces New Linux and Sun Solaris Solution for the Microsoft Exchange Network.
TradeXCH 1.2 is immediately available for desktops/workstations running X86 processor versions of Linux.
- CommVault Systems (OCEANPORT, N.J.):
CommVault Systems Expands Enterprise Protection With Latest Release of CommVault Galaxy Data and Storage Management Software.
CommVault Galaxy Version 3.1 adds support for the HP/UX and Red Hat Linux operating systems.
- Data Connection Limited (LONDON):
Data Connection Announces Immediate Availability of DC-SCTP Portable Protocol Software.
- Discreet (SAN JOSE, Calif.):
Discreet Unveils reactor -- Advanced Physics for 3ds max.
reactor(TM) is the latest integrated extension for 3ds max(TM) 4, 3D animation and modeling software powered by Havok, Inc.
- DoubleClick TechSolutions (NEW YORK):
DoubleClick TechSolutions Unveils AdServer 4.1 to Extend Ad Serving Onto Emerging Media Platforms.
- GameSpy Industries, Inc. (IRVINE, Calif.):
GameSpy Industries Announces Official Launch of GameSpy.net - The Global Online Gaming Infrastructure for Game Developers and Publishers.
- IBM (SOMERS, NY):
IBM Continues To Deliver On e-Portal Strategy, Unveils Websphere Portal Server And Agreements With Leading Content Providers.
- Lutris Technologies Inc. (CTIA WIRELESS 2001/LAS VEGAS):
Lutris Accelerates Wireless Internet Application Deployment.
In partnership with HP and Compaq, the Lutris Enhydra 3.5 Java/XML application server now supports an increased range of enterprise server platforms, including HP Linux and the enterprise capable Linux 2.4 Kernel (SuSE 7.1).
- Natural MicroSystems (FRAMINGHAM, Mass.):
Natural MicroSystems' Fusion 4.2 Packs New Features for Building Core Network Gateways.
- OTG Software (BETHESDA, Md.):
OTG Software's DiskXtender 2000 Certified With IBM's Linear Tape Open (LTO).
- Paul Nolan Software (SAN DIEGO):
Paul Nolan Software Launches Photogenics 5.0 for Linux and Windows Using Beyond.com's eStore Technology.
- QSound Labs, Inc. (CALGARY, Alberta):
QSound Labs Launches MUSICMATCH Co-Branded Version of Its QMax Audio Enhancement Software.
- TASKING (DEDHAM, Mass.):
TASKING XA Tool Suite Integrates Safer C to Promote Robust Coding; Tool Suite Provides Seamless Path for 8051-to-XA Migration.
- VirtualSellers.com Inc. (CHICAGO):
VirtualSellers.com Releases an Alternative to Java; VirtualSellers Releases Version Five Of Its Proprietary TAME Pure Scripting Language.
Books & Training
- BakBone Software and FalconStor (MELVILLE, N.Y. AND SAN DIEGO):
BakBone, FalconStor Align To Optimize Backup, Restore Across Ip-Based Storage Networks.
Among other things they plan to "actively pursue cooperative marketing programs to increase industry awareness of Linux-based solutions in data storage networking environments".
- bayMountain (RICHMOND, Va.):
bayMountain Joins Exodus Alliance Partner Program - Expanding Global Reach and Customer Hosting Options.
Under the agreement, bayMountain, a provider of Linux-based managed hosting services, will refer customers to Exodus for Internet hosting services and Linux-based Exodus customers have the option of subscribing to bayMountain's managed hosting services.
- Jungo Software Technologies, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.):
Jungo Software Technologies Joins With Conexant to Provide a Complete Reference Design for Broadband IADs / Residential Gateways.
The reference design combines Conexant's AccessRunner multi-function ADSL chipset with Jungo's OpenRG residential gateway software platform which includes a small footprint, Linux based operating system.
- Lineo, Inc. (Lindon, UT):
Lineo and Opersys announce the release of LTT 0.9.4.
Linux Trace Toolkit 0.9.4 is the first complete version of LTT to support the PowerPC processor family running Linux and RTAI.
- Metro Link Inc. (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla..):
Metro Link and DY 4 Systems to Offer 3D Graphic Solutions for Military/Aerospace Market.
Under the strategic partnership agreement, Metro Link will merge DY 4's OpenGL code with their own OpenGL code that was written for Linux and proprietary real-time systems from LynuxWorks and Concurrent Computer Corporation.
- Nemein Solutions and Hong Kong Linux Center (Helsinki, Hong Kong):
Nemein to resell HKLC's Nadmin Content Management System.
Nadmin is an user-friendly interface to the Open Source Midgard Content Management Engine.
- REDSonic, Inc. (ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.):
REDSonic partners with Tri-M Systems.
REDSonic has ported REDICE-Linux to Tri-M Systems' MZ104.
- Sharp Corp. (HANNOVER, Germany):
Sharp and PacketVideo Team to Deliver Mobile Devices With Wireless Multimedia Capabilities.
They plan to integrate PacketVideo's wireless multimedia delivery technology into Sharp's recently developed Linux-based wireless devices.
- Tarantella Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.):
Tarantella Partner Launches Canadian Web-Enabling Initiative.
Tarantella announced an agreement with systems integrator Gold-Tech to offer Tarantella Enterprise 3 web-enabling software to Canadian enterprise customers. (Available in Linux versions.)
- Zuma Networks Inc. and StoneSoft Corp. (WEST HILLS, Calif.& ATLANTA):
Zuma Networks and StoneSoft Partner to Provide Roadmap for Next Level of Security and Clustering Firewall/VPN Solutions.
StoneSoft's StoneGate Firewall and VPN software is a fully scalable enterprise-level security solution that will be ported into the modular Linux application processors within the LightReef platform using Zuma's Zumix Application Programming Interface (API).
Linux At Work
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
March 22, 2001