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See also: last week's Commerce page.
Caldera Systems' initial public offering (IPO) is scheduled to
happen this Friday, March 17. One publication printed that the price
of the offering had been raised from the initial $7-9 level, but that
appears not to be the case. Many people are looking to this IPO as an
indicator of whether Linux stocks are still interesting to investors or
not. There is never any way to really know what will happen until it goes
Caldera has filed an
updated S-1 describing the IPO. There's not much new in the amended
S-1, they have mostly just updated some of the financial numbers and added
a couple of forms. There is an interesting note, however, about an
increase in their reserves due to slower sales of OpenLinux 2.3 than they
had been expecting.
separate filing Caldera disclosed much of its corporate documentation,
including its articles of incorporation and bylaws. There is also the
interesting tidbit that the IPO will cost Caldera $2 million beyond
the underwriting fees. The largest line item is $600,000 for insurance
Caldera has also announced
a partnership with SCO to sell SCO's professional services to Caldera's
STFB's bogus open source license. Bernhard Reiter noticed this
announcement from STFB, Inc. that was mentioned in last week's LWN commerce page. They
claim: "STFB Inc. plans to change the open source market for Windows
application software by offering open source licensing on all of its
current and on all of its future accounting and ERP products."
Mr. Reiter went through, however, and actually read STFB's licence agreement,
which includes phrases like: "There are no limitations on the number of
times the package may be customized and resold. The only restriction is
that only the executable program and documentation, and not the source code
itself, may be distributed."
In other words, the "open source" claim is bogus. Since the term is not
trademarked (or trademarkable), there is nothing stopping STFB from making
this claim, other than public pressure. Concerned folks may want to drop a
polite note to the given contact address for STFB: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amazon.com calls for patent law reform Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos has
put up this
page with a call for reform of software and business model patents.
His suggestions include a review period prior to the issuance of patents,
and a much shorter period of protection (3-5 years). Not perfect, but a
step in the right direction.
Tim O'Reilly has put up a
response to Bezos' latest. "While Jeff hasn't done what I
originally asked for--to rescind his patent claims--he has most definitely
engaged with the problems I was raising, thought seriously about them, and
proposed an answer that works for him and his business. That being said, I
don't want to let Jeff entirely off the hook. One thing about a call for
action in Washington is that it could be seen as just a way of shifting the
focus away from Amazon and onto the PTO."
Industry leaders launch Embedded Linux Consortium. The Embedded
Linux Consortium has announced
its existence. Its goal is "to amplify the depth, breadth, and speed
of Linux adoption in the enormous embedded computer market;" the initial
leader will be Rick Lehrbaum, the guy behind LinuxDevices.com, among other things.
Italy's Prime Minister on Linux. We just got a pointer to a
contribution by Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema to the "The action
plan for the development of the information society: a project for Italy"
conference which was held in January. Linux is held out as an example of
how things can be done. "I find it amazing that an operating system
... has been developed by young volunteers - not tied by a contract or
monetary remuneration, outside of a business organization - and that this
system is able to compete with that elaborate system from a large
multinational corporation, which is the richest company in the world"
(Editor's translation). The full text
(in Italian) is available from the Prime Minister's web site; Babelfish
translations are available for the
full text as well. (Grazie a Roberto Bagnara).
Alan Cox on a Chip. For those of you looking for the latest in
processing technology, check out Alan Cox on a Chip. It has many
interesting features, including an "optional 5C00B1 D00 multimedia
coprocessor." (Thanks to Lenz Grimmer)
VA Linux Systems to acquire TruSolutions and NetAttach. VA Linux
Systems has announced
the acquisition of two more companies. The first is TruSolutions, a maker
of rack-mount server systems; the second is NetAttach, which is in the
network storage appliance business. TruSolutions went for 1.8M shares of
VA stock plus $10 million in cash; NetAttach got 286,000 shares plus
Applix Announces growth strategy. Applix has put out an
announcement describing its future growth strategy. Among other
things, this strategy includes spinning off its Linux division as a
Lineo gets new director, investments. Lineo has announced
that John Egan has joined its board of directors, and that it has received
equity investments (amounts undisclosed) from Egan Managed Capital and
Lineo to acquire USE, Inc. Lineo has announced
the acquisition of United System Engineers, a Japanese engineering firm.
The main purpose of this acquisition seems to be to allow Lineo to support
its Embeddix distribution on a new set of hardware platforms.
SAS comes to Linux. SAS Institute has pre-announced a port
of SAS to Linux, scheduled to become available later this year.
"Based on positive customer feedback, as well as the increasing number
of Fortune 1000 companies looking seriously at Linux as a viable
operating-system choice for their enterprise-wide business applications, we
felt that the time was right for us to offer a Linux version of SAS
Inprise/Borland announces JBuilder 3.5. Inprise has announced
JBuilder 3.5 - the latest version of its Java development environment.
VA Linux Systems quarterly report. VA Linux Systems has filed an
SEC report for the quarter ending in January, 2000. In that quarter
they had just over $20 million in revenues, and lost
$11.5 million. There is also a copy of the consent letter signed by
Linus Torvalds allowing the use of "Linux" in the company name.
RealPlayer 7 beta for Linux. RealPlayer 7 beta for Linux is available for
download, all you have to do is fill out the forms. (Thanks to Robert
Open content encyclopedia launched. A project (called "Nupedia") to
create an open content encyclopedia has announced
its existence. The Nupedia web
site is up, but there does not yet appear to be much in the way of
content there. Some people have expressed concerns that Nupedia's license
agreement, which includes a strong attribution requirement, may make it
hard to use Nupedia's content in other settings.
InterBase 6 for Linux beta available. InterBase has put up the first beta
release of Interbase 6 for Linux. No source code as yet - they
hope to have something "real soon now"... (Thanks to Daniel Work).
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
Open Souce Products:
- Intel has
announced the release of an open source driver for its
ethernet adapter family.
Commercial Products for Linux:
Alias|Wavefront announced shipment of its Maya Batch
Renderer for the Linux platform.
- Chili!Soft has
announced the availability of its Active Server Pages
implementation for Linux. Linux users in general may not have much
interest in ASP, but it could well prove to be an indispensible
transition tool for those moving to Linux from other environments.
Connectix Corporation announced shipment of Connectix Virtual
PC with Red Hat Linux. Connectix Virtual PC gives you a
hassle-free way to run Linux on a Mac.
- Corel has
announced that Photo-Paint for Linux will be available for
free download. Nobody can accuse them of announcing too late, anyway
- it won't actually be downloadable until "early summer."
- DataLight has
announced that its "FlashFX" media manager, which makes
flash memory devices look like disk drives, will be supported for
embedded Linux applications.
- ILOG has
announced that its Parallel Solver system now is supported
Intelligent Computer Solutions, Inc. unveiled ICMail 4.2.
- Lynx Real-Time Systems has
announced that BlueCat Linux 1.0 will sell for $299.
- Novell has
announced the availability of NDS eDirectory and NDS Corporate
Edition for Linux.
- Rebel.com, vendors of the Linux-based Netwinder series,
has announced its shop.rebel.com site.
Sendmail, Inc. announced Sendmail Secure Switch, a next
generation Internet Mail routing solution.
VA Linux Systems, Inc. announced the availability of the VA
Linux Systems 1000 server, a high-performance, very high density
rackmount server in a 1U (1.75") format.
Products Using Linux:
- Last week our commerce page had
an article about a Swedish talking clock, apparently made by a
company called Framfab. A couple of readers wrote in to tell us that
Framfab was only responsible for about 10% of the system. The rest, we
are told, was made by Cendio Systems AB, Telia and Swedish National
Testing and Research Institute. Here is Cendio's press release
in Swedish. (Thanks to Jan Smith and Jerker Nyberg)
- Neoware and Csoft have
announced a partnership to develop and market Linux-based point
of sale and kiosk systems.
Red Hat, Inc. announced that its eCos (embedded configurable
operating system) is powering Brother International Corp.'s
HL-2400CeN & HL-3400CN laser printers.
VillageWorld.Com announced that it is in trial testing of its
Linux-based Set-top system.
Worldwide Online Corp. announced the launch of Phase I of the
application development for RegisterOnNet Technologies Inc., of
Mississauga, Ontario. RegisterOnNet has developed a Linux based
system, supported by an Oracle database application, providing a
dynamic, business to business, e-commerce application.
Products with Linux Versions:
Advantech Co., Ltd. announced the SPC-200, a compact thin
Aestiva LLC announced Aestiva HTML/OS, which allows anyone
to design advanced Web sites without CGI programming or the need for
complex integration tools.
Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), producer of the Satellite Tool
Kit (STK) software suite, announced that the next release, STK
4.1.1 and its add-on modules will run on any Linux release compatible
with Red Hat Linux version 6.0.
BulletProof Corporation released version 4.0 of
JDesignerPro, its Java Development and Deployment system.
Chronology Corporation announced the shipment of several new
advancements to its QuickBench Verification Suite. Linux
support is new with this version.
Compaq Computer Corporation announced SANworks Storage Resource
Manager, an Open SAN management tool.
Data Connection Limited announced that DC-Share for Linux
has entered external beta testing with full release scheduled for 2nd
quarter 2000. DC-Share is a NetMeeting-interoperable,
standards-based, H.323- and T.120-compliant VoIP conferencing
Egan Systems, Inc. introduced an enhanced COBOL runtime
environment. Available for an Apache HTTP Server running on Red
GoAhead Software announced the release of GoAhead FieldUpgrader
2.2, the latest version of the company's remote upgrading
Inference Corporation announced the availability of k-Commerce
Intergraph Corporation announced availability of the new version
of DiskAccess, the Network File System (NFS) interoperability
client software. This version has improved connectivity with Linux NFS
IONA Technologies announced Orbix 2000, an e-business
JNI Corporation announced it has released the PC Server
DriverSuite, the "world's first" integrated suite of software
drivers for Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs).
JNI also announced 'Novell Yes' Certification for the Fibre
- Network TeleSystems (NTS)
announced the release of the EnterNet Software Developers
Kit (SDK), a product designed to assist broadband service
providers, chipset vendors, and CPE suppliers who are developing,
testing, and demonstrating subscriber-oriented software and related
system-level applications. The Linux version of this product comes
with source code.
PentaSafe Security Technologies, Inc. announced VigilEnt
Security Management Solution for e- business.
PowerCerv Corporation released ERP Plus version 9.0. ERP
Plus is an integrated suite of Customer Relationship Management and
Enterprise Resource Planning solutions, and version 9.0 is the first
version to support Linux.
- Rave Computer Association introduced the Rave Systems
RackMount-1UAXe, for Solaris or Linux.
SoftBase Systems, Inc. announced the availability of NetLert
2.0 software in a version optimized for the corporate call center
SolutionsIQ announced the launch of CONNX 8.2, its latest
version of data access middleware, which will add support for IBM's
recent and current versions of DB2 database on several platforms,
Sonica Software Corporation announced the availability of
Sonictrack-ifs, a Warehouse Management System.
- One has to wonder what the DVDCC thinks of
this announcement from Ultera Systems and NewWave
Technologies. It's a hardware solution (supported under Linux) which
allows up to twelve copies of a DVD to be made at once - no
DeCSS software required.
Partnerships, Investments and Acquisitions:
the press release from BSDi describing the merger with Walnut
Creek CDROM. It contains more information on the merger, and
includes a mention that Yahoo will be taking an equity investment in
the new company.
Corel Corporation announced it has signed a Department Individual
Standing Offer, with Public Works and Government Services
Canada, for Corel business and graphics applications.
Eagle Wireless International, Inc. and etoolz, Inc. announced the
signing of a letter-of-intent for the acquisition of etoolz by
Hewlett-Packard Company announced that its WebQoS technology is
available for sale anywhere HP OpenView products are sold, and HP
WebQoS will be fully integrated into the OpenView Authorized
IBM formed a string of strategic partnerships with top wireless
and Internet names in Europe and the United States. IBM said it
and its partners aim to foster an "open source" community in wireless.
- The Linux Journal has announced that it will be cosponsoring the "Linux
University" events being run by SGI.
Merlin Software Technologies announced that IBM has awarded
Merlin's PerfectBACKUP+ network backup and crash recovery tool as an
IBM Netfinity Partner.
Microtest, Inc. announced an alliance with Enhanced Software
Technologies. Microtest will bundle EST's Backup and Restore
Utility (BRU) with FileZerver allowing users to schedule unsupervised
Platform Computing announced support for LSF 4.0, its new
application resource management suite, from Compaq Computer
Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Co., SGI and Synopsys.
Rogue Wave Software announced that the Intel 64 Fund has made an
investment in the company, for the development of optimized versions
of its cross platform and Stingray product lines for Intel's upcoming
IA-64 product family.
Sealcorp Computer Products announced that it is the sole
distributor of Silicon Graphics products in New Zealand.
Silicon Valley Research, Inc. announced the completion of a $1
million funding. The Company is also continuing to focus on the
sale of Linux versions of its software that run on Red Hat Linux 6.1.
SteelEye Technology, Inc. announced that it has completed the
strategic acquisition of LifeKeeper. "LifeKeeper will become
the centerpiece of SteelEye's strategic offering for the Linux
Technauts announced that it has entered into a joint
development arrangement with Tata Consultancy Services, a large
global consulting company, to open an engineering center in
India. Technauts makes a Linux-based eServer information appliance.
- Covalent Technologies has
announced the makeup of its Apache "dream team", which
includes a number of well-known Apache developers.
EBIZ Enterprises Inc. announced that Bill Blair has joined
their management team as vice president, marketing and vendor
iBIZ Technology Corporation announced that they have completed
employment agreements for new members of their Internet services
group. Brad Senff, Phil Senff and Mike Phillips will be managing
all technical aspects of equipment implementation, facilities
specification and operations. Brad's background indicates
significant expertise developing and maintaining Linux, BSD and
IDC announced Matthew Eastwood has joined the program as
Resonate, Inc. announced the appointment of Alan Button as vice
president of sales.
1mage Software, Inc. announced the installation of its first
Linux-based imaging system to Plastic Dress-Up Co., a manufacturer
of awards and recognition components.
Centromine, Inc. announced plans to upgrade to the Linux
Operating System with Allaire's ColdFusion 4.5 release.
- Computone Corporation has issued this
press release about Linux. "'Last year, we took part in more than a
dozen Linux industry events with Caldera as part of our ongoing commitment
to the Linux industry,' [Computone president Pickerign] said, noting that
drivers for Computone's Gold Card RS-232 serial PCI controllers and its
IntelliPort II family of high-speed serial communications products, are
incorporated in the Linux kernel source code base."
Cybernet Systems, provider of Linux-based software for Internet
appliances, posted this corporate profile.
EBIZ Enterprises Inc. announced an increase of 268% in unique
visitors to its Linux web sites, www.TheLinuxStore.com;
www.Linuxwired.net; and www.TheLinuxLab.com.
- Another company trying to broker Linux support services is
eLance, which has put up
this page where projects can be posted and consultants found.
They currently have several projects listed.
press release compares the web-sites of 5 presidential
hopefuls. Al Gore is listed as having the 2nd fastest site, and he
is running Apache/1.3.9 on Red Hat Linux.
Quicknet Technologies, Inc. reported the success of the IP
Telephony Demo Center at the Computer Telephony Expo Spring 2000.
It seems Linux was big hit.
TurboLinux, Inc. announced that judges at the IT 2000 Sydney
computer show had named TurboCluster Server as the Corporate IT
Best Product winner for enterprise-class customers and Finalist
Best Product honor at the Linux Open Source Expo & Conference.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
March 16, 2000