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JavaOne and Collab.net.
Sun Microsystems Inc. has
been hosting the fifth annual JavaOne developer conference this
week (June 6 to June 9, 2000). This has led to a large number of
Java related announcements this week, and probably next week as
well. A sample of these announcements can be found below under
Press Releases - Java Products. Java is a Sun product, released
Community Source License. It's not an Open Source license, but
its not strictly proprietary either.
Enter Collab.Net. Here's an
excerpt from Collab's web site, "Collab.Net is distilling the
essential process and values of the Open Source community into
tools and services that facilitate predictable, well-organized,
high value open source development."
This week, Collab.Net has
announced that it will be hosting Sun Microsystems' netbeans.org site - the source
repository for Sun's open source Java development projects. We
look forward to seeing some truly open-source products come out of
Collab.Net has also
announced the receipt of $35 million in funding. The
venture capital firm Bowman Capital led this round, but Collab.Net
also got investments from Dell, HP, Novell, Oracle,
Sun, and TurboLinux. Marc Andreessen (who joined Collab.Net's
board of directors last March) also made a personal investment
in the company.
More Open Source News.
BASCOM Global Internet Services has
announced the launch of its Open Source Equipment Exchange.
Essentially, this exchange exists to link up those who seek to
donate equipment with open source projects in need of the same.
Global Software Consultants has put out
a press release on its open source strategy, centered around
PostgreSQL and Apache.
Franz, Inc., longtime providers of LISP implementations, has
announced the release of its AllegroServe web server under the
LGPL. "AllegroServe Uses Common Lisp technology to make it more
powerful and scalable than other webservers, opening up new areas
of opportunity for website developers." Note that the URL for
the AllegroServe open source page in the press release is
incorrect; here is a
Here is IBM's
announcement of its donation of its SOAP implementation to the
Apache Software Project.
The Openlaw project has filed a friend
of the court brief in the 2600 DVD case. "A purchased DVD
is a mixture of programs and encrypted data formats. The formats
have been reverse engineered to enable the licensed data contained
therein to be passed between programs, allowing a purchaser to play
the program he licensed by his purchase on the operating system of
his choice. The distribution of DeCSS fits well under the law, when
the legislative history is taken into account."
Openlaw briefs are developed in an "open source" mode, taking input
from all who are interested - see the Openlaw DVD
page for more information.
People with new jobs.
announced the appointment of Kyle Spencer, formerly of EDS, as
general manager of worldwide professional services.
Penguin Computing has
announced the hiring of Brett Person, one of the co-founders of
the Slackware distribution, as a senior member of the technical
The Linux Journal has
announced the appointment of Don Marti as the magazine's senior
announced that Paul Thomas is now the CEO of the company,
replacing founder Cliff Miller.
announced that Chuck Mead, of Moongroup Consulting and the
Linux Professional Institute, has been brought in as chief
Conectiva (Curitiba) hired
Australian Andrew Clausen with the objective of aiding in
the development of the GNU Parted project. The project can be seen
at the site:
Atipa Linux Solutions
announced that Jeffrey Keenan, currently President of the
company, has been appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief
Executive Officer of Atipa.
C2Net announces new Stronghold 3 secure web server.
announced a new version of its "Stronghold" web server.
Stronghold is a version of Apache with SSL encryption and support added.
API collaborates with Quadrics on Linux supercomputers.
Alpha Processor Inc. has
announced a deal with Quadrics to build a new line of high-end
API has also
announced the new "UP1100" motherboard, "a complete,
cost-efficient, entry-level Alpha board for Beowulf clusters, Web
servers, development systems and rendering solutions."
Lineo ships Embedix SDK.
Lineo has announced the first customer
shipments of its "Embedix Software Development Kit."
Helius to develop Lineo-based satellite routers.
announced that it will develop a line of satellite routers based
on Lineo's Embedix distribution.
For those who are interested, here is the text of the final
judgement from the Microsoft antitrust case. As expected, it
involves splitting the company into two businesses. (Thanks to William
Open Source Products.
CynApps (LOS ANGELES) announced the integration of Cadence
TestBuilder technology with the CynApps Open-Source Cynlib class
SRI International (MENLO PARK, Calif.) announced GeoVRML
1.0, a new web-based three-dimensional viewing technology.
Commercial Products for Linux.
3Com Corporation released Linux network drivers for use
with its latest EtherLink 10/100 PCI Network Interface Card (NIC)
Cybernet Systems launched its latest NetMAX product line, the
NetMAX Firewall ProSuite and NetMAX Internet Server ProSuite.
Cyrusoft International, Inc. (PITTSBURGH) unveiled a new version
of the Mulberry email client for the Linux and Solaris
OnCore Systems Corporation (HALF MOON BAY, Calif.) announced two
additional embedded Linux usage models for system builders, Linux
OnDemand and Linux OnCall.
OnCore Systems Corporation (HALF MOON BAY, Calif.) announced two
related news events: OnCore Systems has demonstrated support for IBM's
high-performance PowerPC 750CX family of microprocessors, and
OnCore breaks sub 5-microsecond response time barrier for the time
required to switch between a random Linux application and a real-time
task using OnCore's embedded Linux running on the PowerPC 750CX.
OpenCon Systems (PISCATAWAY, N.J.) announced that its Billing
Mediation Platform (BMP), a comprehensive and flexible data and
protocol mediation solution for billing applications, now runs on
SmartDisk Corporation (NAPLES, Fla.) announced that support for
Linux has been integrated into its FlashPath for SmartMedia
floppy disk adapter for digital appliances. Linuxcare, Inc.
announced that it developed the Linux device driver.
Products Using Linux.
Axtar Limited (ATLANTA) announced OneSwitch, a
standards-based Central Office programmable telephony switch that uses
both the Red Hat Linux operating system and the compactPCI (cPCI) form
Sycamore Networks Inc. (ATLANTA, GA) is demonstrating an optical
network at the Supercomm trade show. "The big question is whether
Sycamore's emulated network is a true likeness of a real one. Sycamore
points out that its switch network operating system - now named
Broadleaf - runs on Linux. As the PCs in its demo are also running
Linux, the Broadleaf software in them is identical to the one used in
the vendor's real-life switches."
Products with Linux Versions.
Adax (BERKELEY, Calif.) debuted the High Density Channelized
(HDC) multi-protocol platform.
Advanced Digital Information Corporation (REDMOND, Wash.)
announced a new release of its CentraVision SAN file sharing
Brooktrout Technology (SUPERCOMM, ATLANTA) announced that its
TRxStream Series of media resource platforms are now available
in the CompactPCI (cPCI) form factor.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and SynTest Technologies, Inc. (SAN
JOSE and SUNNYVALE, Calif.) joined forces to provide a solution for
customers who need a one-pass DFT and synthesis solution for
multi-million gate system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
Deerfield.com (GAYLORD, Mich) announced the availability of
WinGate 4.0, a full-featured Internet sharing solution that
supports multiple users simultaneously through one Internet
Eurologic Systems (BOXBOROUGH, Mass.) announced that it has
expanded its Vision Storage Management Software to include
support for a wider range of operating systems on the Voyager 3100
network storage subsystem, including Linux.
Fire GL Professional Graphics (SAN JOSE, Calif.) has expanded its
product family to include two new graphics accelerators, the Fire
GL2 and the Fire GL3.
GraphOn Corporation (MORGAN HILL, Calif.) announced it has
released beta version 1.1 of GraphOn Bridges for UNIX and Linux
for use by approved beta test sites.
Greyware Automation Products (PLANO, TX) announced the release of
Domain Time II version 2.2, a major update to their Enterprise
time synchronization system.
Group 1 Software (LANHAM, Md.) announced that it has enhanced its
DOC1 product to address the growth in Electronic Bill
Presentation and Payment (EBPP) and Electronic Statement Presentation
Hummingbird Ltd. (TORONTO) launched Hummingbird EIP 1.5, an
enterprise portal solution.
Integrix, Inc. (NEWBURY PARK, Calif.) announced the Integrix
RS280 rackmount server. The Ultra AXi motherboard features an
upgradable UltraSPARC IIi microprocessor module with speeds up to
440Mhz, up to 1GB of memory, integrated dual channel Ultra-Wide SCSI,
two PCI slots and integrated 10/100 Mb Ethernet. Red Hat 6.1 is
available as an optional operating system.
LegacyJ Corp. (PLEASANTON, Calif.) announced PERCobol
Enterprise Version 2.5.
LinkUp Systems Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced its
L7205 system-on-chip solution.
M4 Data, Inc. (MELBOURNE, Fla.) announced the MagBak series
of scalable DLT autoloaders.
Macromedia, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced it is shipping
Macromedia Generator 2 Enterprise Edition.
SGI (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced a reduction in price in its
Silicon Graphics 230 visual workstations.
StereoGraphics Corp. (SAN RAFAEL, Calif.) introduced
CrystalEyes 3 wireless liquid crystal shuttering eyewear.
ACCESS Co., Ltd. (MILPITAS, Calif./TOKYO) announced that it has
gained Sun Authorized Virtual Machine status for its product,
JV-Lite2 Embedded Edition ver.1.0.
Bluestone Software, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced Bluestone
Total-e-Server, the next generation of Bluestone's Sapphire/Web
Application Server, and the Application Server edition of Bluestone's
comprehensive, standards-based Total-e-Business platform.
Compuware Corporation (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that it is
shipping NuMega DevPartner 2.0 Java Edition.
CyberTel, Inc. (MIDDLETOWN, N.J.) announced the latest release of
FreeCom3G, the company's next-generation, pure-JAVA messaging
Imperial Software Technology (SAN FRANCISCO) announced the
availability of DeltaStream, an Internet information
distribution platform for the dissemination of near real-time data.
Informix Corporation (SAN FRANCISCO) announced a significant
upgrade of Cloudscape 3.5, the company's Java-technology-based
database for embeddable systems and distributed e-Business
Inprise/Borland (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) announced the shipment and
immediate availability of JDataStore 3.5, a 100 percent Pure
Java Relational Database Management System (RDBMS).
Inprise/Borland (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) released a preview version
of JBuilder Handheld Express, an extension for the mobile
market to Inprise/Borland's JBuilder 3.5, a Java technology
Insignia Solutions (SAN FRANCISCO) announced its new Jeode
SlingShot technology, the company's latest dynamic adaptive
compilation (DAC) technology.
Intuitive Systems, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) unveiled Optimizeit
4.0, a Java technology-based language profiling tool.
O'Reilly (SEBASTOPOL, Calif.) announced Java and XML, The
Developer's Holy Grail.
OpenAvenue (SAN FRANCISCO) announced its support for Sun
Microsystems' Forte for Java Portal.
POET Software (SAN MATEO, Calif.) announced the release of its
Object Server Suite (OSS) version 6.1, an object database for
creating complex Java and C++ applications.
PowerTV (CUPERTINO, Calif.) has developed the PersonalJava
engine for interactive digital TV.
SilverStream Software, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced a new
version of the SilverStream Application Server 3.5, a Java2
Enterprise Edition application server.
Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (WARRENTON, Va.) released
SPECjbb2000, a new benchmark for evaluating the performance of
servers running typical Java business applications.
Zero G (SAN FRANCISCO) announced the release of InstallAnywhere
v3.5. The latest version is compatible with Java 2 platform v1.3
and adds full support for Linux.
Internet Security Systems (ATLANTA) will offer a Linux security
class in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco beginning the week of
June 12, 2000.
- Red Hat, Inc. (Research Triangle Park, N.C.) announced that over
4,000 engineers have completed Red Hat's Training and
Sair, Inc. (OXFORD, Miss.) will conduct a full track of seminars
at the Global Linux 2000 Exhibition and Conference, to be held
June 14-17 in Seoul, Korea.
Accelerated Technology, Inc. (MOBILE, Ala.) announced their
position as a founding member of the Embedded Linux Consortium.
Acrylis Inc. (N. CHELMSFORD, Mass.) announced a deal with
LinuxIT, a European distributor and reseller for Linux-based
products. LinuxIT will become Acrylis' premier UK reseller for their
new WhatifLinux.com service.
ANSYS, Inc. (SOUTHPOINTE, Pa.) and SGI announced they have formed
a strategic alliance to supply ANSYS, Inc.'s engineering simulation
software on the SGI Linux operating system using SGI's Intel IA-64
based server products.
- Conectiva (Curitiba) firmed up a distribution agreement with the
CCA Consulting & Administration, with the objective of
distributing the "SIAM Linux" package -Integrated System of
Corel Corporation (OTTAWA, CANADA) announced an agreement with
Runaware, an Evaluation Service Provider, to provide a better
way for customers to preview its products.
Equinox Systems Inc. (SUNRISE, Fla.) announced a marketing and
bundling agreement with TurboLinux, Inc.. Equinox customers
will receive a copy of TurboLinux Server, which automatically detects
and installs Equinox SuperSerial products.
Helius Inc. announced it has joined the Lineo Partner Connect
program as a Certified Embedix Partner. Through the program,
Helius will develop satellite routers based on embedded Linux.
IBM and Lucent Technologies (ARMONK, N.Y./MURRAY HILL, N.J.)
announced plans to form a strategic technology relationship that will
enable CyberCarriers, an emerging generation of service
providers that combine high-bandwidth networks and data centers. In
addition, IBM and Lucent plan to work together on open data center
solutions based on Linux.
Integrated Research (SYDNEY, Australia) announced the appointment
of Twinsoft Italy as a distributor of its PROGNOSIS systems
management solution for Compaq NonStop environments.
KrystalBox Technologies (HAMBURG, Germany), provider of integrated
open-source solutions, and German Web development firm For Sale
Digital combined technologies to deliver an integrated content and
Web management tool for the German electronic retailer Media
Markt's new Web platform.
NETsilicon Inc. (WALTHAM, Mass.) announced that it has become a
member of the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC).
Rackspace.com and Plesk Inc. (SAN ANTONIO and CHANTILLY, Va.)
announced Rackspace.com's purchase of licenses for the Plesk Server
Survey.com and O'Reilly & Associates (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced
the establishment of a strategic alliance to research the
fundamental technologies of the Internet and organizational
- Web-4M has become a member of the IBM Netfinity ServerProven
Investments and Acquisitions.
Corel Corporation (OTTAWA, CANADA) announced that its "bought
deal" agreement with Canaccord Capital Corporation has now been
fixed at Cdn $30 million, at an offering price of Cdn
$4.11 per share, resulting in a total of 7,299,270 common shares
to be issued.
- e-smith has
announced the receipt of $3 million in funding from Greylock
and Red Hat.
GameCom, Inc. (ARLINGTON, Texas) announced that it has entered
into a subscription agreement for a $15,000,000 sale of common
stock and warrants under a private equity line contract with
Swartz Private Equity, L.L.C., an institutional private equity fund.
InterLan Technologies (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.) announced
that it has received $1.5 million in equity financing from the
Canopy Group, of Orem, Utah.
- Linbox, the inventor of Linbox Network Architecture (LNA), has
announced (French version) the acceptance of a 2.5 million Euros (US$2.25M)
investment from Europ@Web, the Internet industrial arm of Group
MiddleSoft, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that it closed a
financing led by BPI Capital of New York. The proceeds from the
financing will be used for general corporate purposes. "Middlesoft
is building the necessary components to establish Linux as the de
facto standard operating system for non-PC devices."
- VA Linux Systems has
announced the completion of its acquisition of Andover.Net.
Inprise/Borland (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif) announced the appointment
of Keith E. Gottfried as Senior Vice President, General Counsel
and Corporate Secretary. Gottfried will oversee Inprise/Borland's
MontaVista, Software Inc. (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) announced that
Patrice Commune has joined the company as vice president of
Neoware Systems, Inc. (KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa) announced that
Edward F. Golderer has been named Vice President of Sales and
- The O'Reilly Network has expanded into the BSD (Berkeley Software
Distribution) arena by hiring open source editor Chris Coleman
and by adding a new BSD DevCenter.
Trend Micro Inc. (TOKYO) announced the appointment of Mahendra
Negi as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of
its wholly-owned subsidiary ipTrend, Inc. Negi will also serve on the
board of directors of ipTrend. ipTrend, Inc. is a Linux-based Internet
appliance development company which was formed by Trend Micro's
acquisition of Nippon Unisoft in February 2000.
Linux At Work.
Inprise/Borland (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) announced that Resource
Information Management Systems, Inc. (RIMS) has developed the next
generation of fully open and cross-platform automation tools for the
healthcare industry using Inprise/Borland's JBuilder 3 Enterprise on
Inprise/Borland (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif) announced that AOT, one of
the largest professional option trading companies on the Amsterdam
Option Exchange (AEX), is using Inprise technology to automate the
option and stock market trading process. AOT selected Linux as the
platform for integration.
ASP Kovair Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif. and BILLERICA, Mass.) has a
VIPCenter ASP service, powered by BullSoft's JOnAS application
server. JOnAS is an Open-source product, based on Enterprise Java
VA Linux Systems, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced that
1stUp.com, a provider of private label Internet access
solutions, has implemented over 50 high-density VA Linux servers to
power its application server infrastructure as well as its Oracle 8i
database, now supporting more than 3.5 million registered subscribers.
Corel Corporation (OTTAWA) announced WordPerfect Office 2000
Deluxe for Linux has been placed on Winmag.com's WinList.
- Conectiva S.A. (Curitiba) inaugurated another branch
office, this time in Brasilia - DF.
CynApps (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) launched the CynApps Academic
Usage Program (CynAP) to bring the industry's foremost tools and
technologies for C++ design to the hardware engineers of tomorrow.
Lumos Technologies Inc. (ATLANTA) announced its CORBA
Management Agent (CMA) initiative, which encourages network
equipment manufacturers to embed uniform object-oriented management in
their network equipment.
- Stormix Technologies (Vancouver, BC) announced that it has
established Stormix Professional Services (SPS).
Tripp Lite (CHICAGO) touts Linux certification for its UPS Systems
and PowerAlert Software, and expresses commitment to the Linux
platform and the open source movement.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
June 8, 2000