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Industry Leaders Form TV Linux Alliance. Whether or not Linux is ready for the Desktop, Linux is ready for
the TV set-top box. Two dozen companies have joined the TV Linux Alliance to
define a standards-based Linux environment for the digital set-top
box market by defining a standard application programming interface
(API). Alliance members comprise hardware and software oriented
companies, many of which already have considerable set-top
technology. The alliance will use that existing technology when
creating the API.
Having a standard API for all Linux based set-top boxes benefits
everyone, from the broadband providers, to the authors of device
drivers, and of course the end user. TV watchers everywhere should
take note. If the alliance is successful in its efforts, the set-top
boxes of the near future will be better and cheaper, with
better compatibility between boxes from different manufacturers.
Linux Alliance press release contains additional information as
does this article from
LinuxDevices. Lineo also sent us a
copy of the release.
Non-allied set-top news. Century Embedded
Technologies announced it would act as
Technical Partner for open-source software technologies for the
National(R) Geode(tm) SP1SC10 set-top box reference platform.
"Century has developed WebMedia, a plugin-based application
framework that includes an integrated web browser, HTML-based menu
system, application manager, and a variety of plugins used to
control all facets of the set-top box. WebMedia, when combined with
open-source drivers from National, form a complete top-to-bottom
Linux software solution for next-generation set-top boxes."
'LPI Certification in a Nutshell' from O'Reilly. O'Reilly has announced the release of
LPI Certification In a Nutshell by Jeffrey Dean. This book
should be of interest to anyone looking at Linux Professional Institute
certification, particularly those who are preparing for the exams.
LPI plans to update certification Level 1. LPI announced plans to review and update its first certification. Some level 2 tasks will likely be moved
into level 1, also obsolete references will be deleted or modified.
Sounds like the book will need a revision soon.
CollabNet Selected by HP for Its Collaborative
Development Program. CollabNet announced that it is providing
the infrastructure and consulting services for Hewlett-Packard's
Collaborative Development Program (CDP). The CDP allows HP
employees to collaborate on projects internally and with external
Winnebago and NHL.com go with Linux. Linux powers a large variety of businesses. The numbers grow
daily. In this IBM announcement, we see that Winnebago
Industries, Inc. runs Linux on an IBM eServer mainframe. Winnebago
will be implementing the Bynari Insight Server for its messaging and
This IBM press release claims the
NHL has gone to the penguins. "The site was recently
enhanced using IBM Linux systems running Red Hat Linux version
7.0. The Linux system was easily integrated with existing IBM
database servers running AIX, providing the necessary functionality
to handle the large flow of data across all of NHL.com's servers.
The systems installed by NHL.com will include a Linux-cluster
consisting of five IBM Intel-based servers functioning as the Web
Linux Stock Index for June 07 to June 13, 2001.
LSI at closing on June 07, 2001 ... 32.81
LSI at closing on June 13, 2001 ... 31.27
The high for the week was 32.81
The low for the week was 31.27
Open source products
Distributions and bundled products
Proprietary Products for Linux
- Linux Center (HK) Ltd. (HELSINKI, HONG KONG):
New Content Manager available, Nadmin Studio 1.4.
- MicroEdge, Inc. (APEX, N.C.):
Visual SlickEdit Wins Programmer's Paradise ''Riding the Crest'' Award; Leading Development Tool Outsells All Other Programmer's Editors.
In 1999, Visual SlickEdit received the "Riding the Crest" award for the best selling Linux tool.
- National Semiconductor Corporation (SANTA CLARA, Calif.):
National Semiconductor Offers Linux Solutions for the Digital Set-Top Box Market.
- SWsoft (SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.):
SWsoft Launches a Profit Solution for the Hosting Market; 1-Net Singapore is first customer.
Based on SWsoft's Virtuozzo(TM) technology, HSPcomplete includes everything a company needs to become a hosting service provider immediately. HSPcomplete currently runs on Linux, with Solaris, BSD and Windows versions planned.
Hardware and bundled products
Products and Services Using Linux
Products With Linux Versions
- Allen Concepts, Inc. ():
The KEYKatcher is a 'hardware only' computer monitoring system.
- BRECIS Communications (SAN JOSE, Calif.):
BRECIS Communications Launches World's First Multi-Service Processor Family for the Last Mile.
- BRECIS Communications (SAN JOSE, Calif.):
BRECIS FastStart Developer's Program for New Multi-Service Processor Receives Strong Support.
- California Software Corp. (IRVINE, Calif.):
California Software Announces New Functionality for its AS/400 GUI Product.
- Co-Design Automation, Inc. (LOS ALTOS, Calif.):
Co-Design Automation Delivers SUPERLOG Verification Automation Algorithm Within System-level Simulator.
- Diveo Broadband Networks, Inc. (WASHINGTON):
Diveo Broadband Networks Named IBM Hosting Advantage Business Partner; Diveo is the First Latin American Dedicated Hosting Provider to Receive IBM Hosting Advantage Approval.
- Forte Design Systems, Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.):
Forte Design Systems Introduces Perspective Language Independent Verification Results Analysis.
- Get2Chip Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.):
Get2Chip Brings Timing Closure to Front-End IC Design; TOPOMO System Compiler Integrates Block Placement, Wire Planning Into Synthesis.
- Incentia Design Systems, Inc. (SANTA CLARA, Calif.):
Synthesis Player, Incentia, Improves Multi-million-gate Design Timing Sign-off and Consistency.
TimeCraft is a full-chip gate-level static timing analyzer for timing sign-off.
- Magma Design Automation, Inc. (CUPERTINO, Calif.):
Magma Announces Blast Plan for Complex Chip and SOC Design Planning; Data Reduction Methodology Allows Large Designs to be Handled Efficiently Without Sacrificing Accuracy.
Blast Plan is available for both the Solaris and Linux operating systems. It is currently in beta testing.
- Network Disk (BOSTON):
Network Disk Showcases the Ultimate in Portable Storage Software in an Industry-Leading Event.
- PatchLink Corporation (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.):
PatchLink Corporation Announces Availability of WebConsole IT Management Suite for UNIX/Linux.
- Quadratec (SANTA CLARA, Calif.):
Quadratec Joins EMC Corporation's E-Infostructure Developers Program.
Time Navigator 3.5 is immediately available on Linux and other platforms.
- Quintalinux Limited (HONG KONG):
Quintalinux Limited Releases Chinese Version of iOffice2000 Web-Enabling Groupware.
- RepliWeb, Inc. (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.):
RepliWeb Launches RepliWeb Deployment Suite(TM)(RDS) Version 2.0.
- SERENA Software (LAS VEGAS):
SERENA ChangeMan ALM Enhances Request Management and Enterprise Database Support.
- Serena Software (LAS VEGAS):
SERENA Announces First Integrated Multi-Platform Life Cycle Management Solution to Speed Delivery of Enterprise Applications.
- SERENA Software, Inc. (LAS VEGAS):
SERENA Software Teams With IBM to Provide Support for IBM's WebSphere Studio Workbench.
- StorageTek (MILPITAS, Calif.):
Super DLTtape Technology Now Shipping in StorageTek L-Series Libraries; Super DLTtape Technology Provides Maximum Capacity for StorageTek Library Customers.
- Tech Soft America (Oakland, CA):
HOOPS3D.edu Program offers FREE graphics, streaming and collaboration for education.
- TouchSystemsCorporation and eTurboTouch Technology (ROUND ROCK, Texas):
TouchSystems Introduces New Patented, Resistive Touchscreen Technology: Turbo Pen.
- Unibar, Inc. (ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.):
Unibar Offers e-BARZ Pro 2.0 for Web Bar Codes; UNIX, Linux, NT Web Server Software Offers CGI, HTML Support.
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Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
June 14, 2001