Linux in the news
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See also: last week's Commerce page.
TiVo, Inc. has been added to the LWN Linux Stocks Page. TiVo just
went public last week, while we were not watching. Their product is a
"digital VCR," which makes it easy to record, manipulate, and play TV
programs. Their central server network which supports the product is based on VA Linux Systems
servers, and the set-top box also
runs Linux. TiVo may look like a consumer electronics vendor, but they
are in the business of selling Linux boxes. This is the face of Linux in
the embedded world.
Linux in French schools. Jean-Paul Smets writes to us about the deployment of a Linux-based network in a school
in Saint Diť, France. It is an interesting description of both the
adoption of Linux in a public institution and the network architecture put
together by the people at Linbox. Worth a read.
Selling Unix to suits Nicholas Carroll has written
up a speech he uses to sell Unix (and Linux) systems to business
customers. "You can try to sell them Linux right off, if you
want. However, suits aren't into 'cool' much. They like established,
accepted, winners. In the Internet, Unix is the winner. Linux is still a
flavor coming into its own. If you want to pitch Linux, I think it makes
more sense to make the Unix case first, and then pitch the Linux."
Siemens announces SAP R/3 benchmark record Siemens issued this
release proclaiming its benchmark results with SAP R/3 on a Linux
server. This claim has proved to be a bit controversial, since there is,
in fact, an existing benchmark that got faster results on NT. The point
seems to be this: the Siemens benchmark ran with R/3 4.0, while the NT
benchmark used an earlier version. Apparently R/3 4.0 is somewhat slower
than its predecessors, so lower benchmark results are to be expected. This
issue will not be resolved until benchmarks with identical systems have
Linux banned from "large corporation". Here's an amusing (and
disturbing) posting in the RISKS digest regarding "a large corporation"
that banned Linux systems after a misconfigured Samba server created
difficulties on their network. Of course, Linux has nothing to do with the
The Computer Underground dumps Intel
The Computer Underground, a vendor of Linux-installed systems, has announced that it will
henceforth sell no more Intel-based systems.
Blue Disc announced a new 40GB DLTtape storage drive. Should work
with a Linux system.
Hewlett-Packard Company announced a $50 rebate on its thin-client
systems, including the Linux-based model.
- IndyBox Systems announced they would be lowering the price of
their AMD Athlon based 500MHz ~ 700MHz KA Series by 25%. Pricing
begins at $1,000.00, with one of the many GNU/Linux distributions
pre-installed and optimized with the latest stable kernel and X
Sun Microsystems, Inc. has reduced the price of its Ultra 5
workstation. When coupled with the SunPCi PC co-processor card, the
Ultra 5 offers the flexibility of six different operating environments
in a single box, including Solaris, Windows*, and Linux.
Concentric Network Corp. unveiled ConcentricHost Managed Server
Linux, a new dedicated hosting solution utilizing Cobalt RaQ 2 server
appliances from Cobalt Networks, Inc.
Cybernet Systems Corporation put out four seperate announcements
describing its NetMAX software, which is meant to turn a Linux system
into a "network appliance."
The series includes
file and print serving.
SSE Telecom Inc. announced the iP3 satellite Internet gateway
product line. The iP3 gateway is built on a PC platform running the
Linux operating system.
Ariel Corp. released its "remote access driver" software for Linux
under an open source license.
- ARPHIC TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD. announced the release of 4 sets of True
Type Fonts as Free Software.
- CRYPTOCard and Red Hat, Inc. announced the shipping of
CRYPTOCard's CRYPTOAdmin 4.0 authentication server with the
application CD that ships with Red Hat Linux 6.1.
- CSV Technologies Inc. announced the release of EZTerm 1.3 for the
Linux Operating System Platform.
Dirig Software, Inc. introduced Proctor 1.5, Dirig's software for
managing client/server, distributed and Internet applications running
on Windows NT, Solaris and Linux Server Environments.
Enlighten Software Solutions, Inc. announced that EnlightenDSM
Version 3.4 is available for download and supports TurboLinux
Workstation Version 3.6. Downloads are available at
Entera, Inc. announced the availability of a streaming server for
(Red Hat) Linux which supports QuickTime 4.
- Hewlett-Packard Company announced availability of OpenMail for
Linux with a promotional discount bundle.
Informix Corporation presented Internet Foundation.2000 for Linux,
an XML data-driven Internet application.
Knox Software Arkeia software received the Editor's Choice Award
for file storage and recovery from "LinuxWorld Magazine" at LinuxWorld
on Aug. 10, 1999 in San Jose, Calif. For some reason they are just
getting around to making a press release about it now.
Lutris Technologies announced the inclusion of Enhydra 2.2, an
Open Source Java/XML Application Server, on the Red Hat 6.1
Macromedia, Inc. announced that it's Macromedia Generator 2 will
be available for Linux in November.
OfficeFree.Com, Inc. is offering the iConfigurator Suite of
Internet Sales Automation tools for small to medium sized businesses
who want to quickly create a Business-to-Business (B2B) e-commerce
site. iConfigurator v1.0 is available for Sun Solaris, Windows NT and
OpenNetwork Technologies announced the release of an extended
suite of companion products to DirectorySmart that provides solutions
for secure access control, PKI integration and communication
management. DirectorySmart 3.11 is available now and runs on Windows
NT 4.0, Solaris 2.6, Linux, Red Hat 6, and Caldera 2.2. It is
compatible with Netscape's Directory Server 3.0, 4.0 and IBM's
SecureWay Directory 3.1.
Planet-Intra.Com announced that its Instant Intranet Portal is now
available in 10 languages. The Planet-Intra software package runs on
the NT and Unix -- including Linux and Solaris -- operating systems
and is available through the company's website.
Quantified Systems, Inc. announced the genesis of Return On
Investment Reporting (ROIR) with e-Urchin, a built-in module in
the Urchin 2.2 software. Urchin is available for most UNIX platforms
- SuperAnt announced the Expert
Linux CD which contains a live Linux filesystem that autoboots into a full
version of Linux without using a harddisk. For more information and
Tripp Lite says the Linux communitity has responded favorably to
their decision to make it's PowerAlert Universal UPS Management
Software available to Linux developers in an open source environment.
VSI (V-Systems, Inc.) announced the latest version of VSI-FAX 4.0,
now available for Linux.
WebTrends Corporation announced a trial version of WebTrends
Enterprise Reporting Server for Linux will be included on the upcoming
server edition of Red Hat's Linux Applications CD (LACD).
Aceweb Internet announced the launch of GameArchives.com
(http://www.gamearchives.com), a computer gaming site featuring free
downloads of the best games available for PC. All major platforms,
including Linux, are supported.
Computer Associates International, Inc. announced the availability
of MasterIT for Content Management, CA's Web site and server
management product. MasterIT for Content Management supports Web
applications running on the Windows NT server platform, as well as all
client and authoring tool platforms supporting Java II specifications
-- including UNIX, Linux and MacOS.
HiTecSoft Corp. announced that their Patchlink.com Portal Service
has won the final round of Novell Developer Contest in Best Custom
Internet/Intranet Services Category. Patchlink has all the commonly
used patches for every popular operating system, including Linux.
Jintek announced ScheduleOnline Intranet, a productized version of
its group collaboration Web site, ScheduleOnline
(www.scheduleonline.com). There is a beta version available for
NetAid Web Site was launched in the Philippines. The project will
hopefully benefit poverty-stricken countries. The web site is powered
by Red Hat Linux.
Number Nine Visual Technology Corp. unveiled its new NINE.com
online store. The new NINE.com website runs under Linux.
ProVillage, Inc. introduced its business community portal solution
at Fall Internet World '99. ProVillage runs under Linux.
Up!Lot, Inc. announced today the launch of uplot.com, a virtual PC for users to
store, edit, and share their files in a secure location on the
Web. Up!Lot is designed on the Linux system.
VServers announced the release of a free Web hosting and domain
name parking service called DomainValet. VServers offers a range of
Unix, NT, and Linux virtual servers as an alternative to buying and
maintaining a dedicated server and Internet connections.
WebLine Communications Corp. unveiled WebLine Media Router.
Platforms supported include Windows NT, Sun Solaris and Linux.
- Linux application software maker
Applix, Inc. announced that it has chosen Frontline Now! to expand
the Applixware presence in the retail, catalog, e-tail, corporate
reseller and academic markets.
BeLinked and X and Mail announced that they have entered into a
marketing and product development alliance. BeLinked's web calendar,
integrated with X and Mail's Xwebmail web-based client, platform is
easily customized to fit specific business models, and supports Open
Source systems including LDAP, Linux and Apache.
Caldera Systems announced that OpenLinux 2.3 is the company's best
selling product ever.
DigitalThink announced the immediate availability of "Linux/UNIX
Network Administration I," the latest course in the Linux/UNIX System
and Network Administration Series.
eSoft, a Linux thin server company, announced the completion of
another round of financing.
Linuxcare signs a deal with Inter Space Planning Corporation. ISP
sells servers in Japan, and Linuxcare will now be supporting them.
- Magic Software announced a partnership with Red Hat which will
include the release of the "Magic Enterprise Server" for Red Hat 6.1.
- National Semiconductor Corporation has appointed INFOMATEC AG /
IGEL Technology Labs to serve National's Asia Pacific customers of its
information appliance platforms.
Oracle Corp. announced that with the immediate availability of
Oracle Application Server 4.0.8., it is also launching a sales
promotion aimed at former NetDynamics, Netscape and Forte application
server customers. They say that the Oracle Application Server is one
of the most popular products on OTN, amassing some 64,000 downloads in
the past six months, and of those, 42,000 have been for the Linux
operating system. This promotion will be available through Oracle's
online store at oraclestore.oracle.com or
from any Oracle sales representative.
- O'Reilly and Associates published
"Learning Red Hat Linux," by Bill McCarty, a new beginner's book,
and 'Practical Internet Groupware' by Jon Udell.
Pinacor, Inc. recently signed new Apple-complementary suppliers to
its list of partners. These new suppliers include Yellow Dog Linux by
Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.
Rare Medium Inc. announced it has opened a Java competency
center in San Antonio.
Survey.com and ENT magazine announced the "Linux and Open Source
Software Research Initiative." They say they plan to produce a
comprehensive set of reports on open source software. ENT, of course,
is a Windows NT magazine... "The open source software market is
currently experiencing tremendous growth, accompanied by a degree of
zealotry and hype that is obscuring the real impact of this software
licensing model on corporate IT."
Tzolkin Corporation announced that it has joined Red Hat's
developer partner program, and that its dynamic DNS implementation
will be available for the Red Hat distribution.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
October 7, 1999