Linux in the news
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See also: last week's Commerce page.
LWN Linux Stocks Page upgrade.
A long-awaited upgrade to the LWN Linux Stocks
Page has been completed by LWN hacker Dennis Tenney. Much of the
work is behind the scenes, but we have finally added a much-requested charts page comparing the performance
of Linux stocks against other stock market indices.
IBM was covered on this week's front page,
but here are the press releases for
the WebSphere announcement (The new version is supported on the
Caldera and Red Hat distributions, and retails for $499) and
the release of SuSE Linux for the RS/6000.
Red Hat on the move.
addressed the "2000 World Congress on Information Technology" in
Taiwan on June 13.
Red Hat has announced that the
second version of its book Maximum RPM has been put up for
free download at www.rpm.org. The
second version is a work in progress - they seem to want help in
getting the job done. The first version is also available in
On the embedded front, the company announced the signing of a deal to acquire
WireSpeed Communications, a maker of communications software for embedded
systems. Red Hat also
released a distribution of the GNUPro tools for Altera's new
"Excalibur" embedded processor.
Embedded Linux company Lineo has been busy.
announced that its "Apprentice Router" system, set to hit the
shelves in August, will be manufactured by Lineo.
AMD and Lineo have
announced a deal where they will work together to provide
support for AMD's line of embedded processors.
Internally, Lineo has
announced the formation of its "industrial solutions group,"
which will handle industrial process control and military jobs.
"This group today released a common API for real-time Linux,
giving real-time Linux developers the ability to use the same API
whether they are developing on RTLinux or RTAI, the two most
widely-used distributions of real-time Linux."
More Embedded news.
Coollogic has announced that Acer
has licensed its "Coollinux" embedded distribution to use in a
series of Internet appliance products.
announced its "Embedded Linux Controller" development platform,
which runs MontaVista's Hardhat Linux.
Open Source Products.
Unless specified, license has not been verified.
eCALYX (MILPITAS, Calif.) offers eBtoolz, a suite of
expanding Rapid eBusiness development tools, currently
consisting of critical enterprise components like database and search
engine, ad server, auction server, chat server, registration server,
content management interface, job server, personal information
manager, eCatalog, etc. eBtoolz is integrated as a part of a fixed
price solution with no recurring "per click fees" and with open source
code rights for the client.
- Integrated Computer Solutions has announced a new OpenMotif release which contains the first
set of contributed patches after its pseudo-open source release.
Microstar Laboratories, Inc. (BELLEVUE, Wash.) announced a new
Linux driver for PCI DAP boards to complement its existing
Linux driver for ISA DAP boards.
PHT Clinical Networks (SAN DIEGO) announced the general market
introduction of the Esendant Clinical Network, an open
architecture system for the life science industry which provides
end-to-end clinical trial data collection and management.
Vovida Networks (SAN JOSE, Calif.) is augmenting their open source
implementations of developmental protocol stacks for Voice over IP
(VoIP) to include both the COPS (Common Open Policy Service) and
RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial In User Service) protocols.
Commercial Products for Linux.
Chili!Soft (BELLEVUE, Wash) announced that Chili!Soft ASP 3.5.2
for Linux and Chili!Soft SpicePack 1.0 for Linux are now available
- EnterLinux.com has
announced its existence. EnterLinux is aimed at the "business to
business" market in Linux systems, allowing buyers to enter requests
for quotes and get answers from multiple Linux vendors.
Exabyte Corporation (BOULDER, Colo.) announced that LAND-5 will
feature Mammoth-2 tape drives and libraries as its preferred
backup technology with the icebox, InstaNAS, UltraPod and iCEbox
StoragePod Plus universal Network Attached Storage (NAS) products.
- PolyServe has
announced the availability of Understudy 1.3, its
high-availability clustering software for the SuSE Linux
- Spiderweb Software and Boutell.com present Exile III: Ruined
World, an epic fantasy role-playing game for Linux.
Tripp Lite (CHICAGO) announced that its Tripp Lite UPS Systems
and PowerAlert Software are compatible and fully functional with
the Caldera Linux distribution.
Xi Graphics Inc. (DENVER) released v1.1 of its 3D graphics
product line for Linux.
Products Using Linux.
Connectix Corporation (SAN MATEO, Calif.) launched a promotion for
Virtual PC with Red Hat Linux, which runs Red Hat on a Mac
while maintaining the Mac's current configuration.
eOn Communications Corporation (MEMPHIS, Tenn.) announced its
Web Center software suite was named "Best of Show" at
Communications Solutions Expo Spring 2000.
Extended Systems (MONTE CARLO, MONACO) announced that it has begun
shipping Version 1.1 of XTNDAccess Blue SDK, a multi-purpose
software development kit (SDK) for implementing Bluetooth wireless
protocols in handheld devices.
Rackspace (SAN ANTONIO) a provider of Linux-based managed hosting
services, introduced its automated online ordering system.
Rackspace also announced the launch of MyRackspace, a technical
support and customer service site within Rackspace.
Products with Linux Versions.
Bristol Technology Inc. (LAS VEGAS) announced the immediate
availability of eSleuth, the first major release of its
transaction analysis software.
Cirrus Logic Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced its system-on-chip
(SOC), the Maverick EP9312, that will allow consumer
electronics companies to create a variety of cost-effective home audio
jukeboxes and servers.
Discreet (MONTREAL) announced that it is now shipping version
2.1 of mental ray, the photorealistic, programmable, and scalable
interactive rendering software from mental images, and the mental ray
connection to 3D Studio MAX software.
Hypercosm (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced the Hypercosm 3D
IMPRESS SOFTWARE, Inc. (LAS VEGAS) has updated its
IMPRESS/OIS (Online Information System) software solution to
enable companies to leverage their existing back-end systems.
inChorus.com (NEW YORK) announced the availability of inChorus
Pro software, for rich-media email messages.
InterWorking Labs (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced SilverCreek
Starter, a quick-start version of the company's SilverCreek SNMP
standards conformance testing software for Internet developers.
MicroNet Technology, Inc. (IRVINE, Calif.) announced RAIDbank
2000, a high-performance, platform-independent 0/1/3/5/0+1 RAID
Mortice Kern Systems Inc (FAIRFAX, VA) announced the availability
of the MKS Toolkit 7.0 product family of interoperability and
application migration tools.
Netfish Technologies, Inc. (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) unveiled the
Netfish Technologies XDI Gateway, a B2B security product.
Omnis Technology Corporation (SAN CARLOS, Calif.) announced a drag
and drop WML (Wireless Markup Language) editor to simplify direct
connectivity between server-based data and remotely located WAP
(Wireless Application Protocol) phones in its forthcoming version of
Online Creations Inc. (METUCHEN, N.J.) announced the release of
CFX_ONCR_CyberCash 4.0, its custom tag for ColdFusion
Phoenix Resources Technologies, Inc. announced that it has now
officially renamed its software application, formerly code named
`DBPanacea', as XLiRAD (pronounced Acc-SELL-i-Rad).
- Samco Software Inc. (Surrey, B.C.) unveiled back-2-basics
(b2b) the newest member of the Samco product family. b2b is designed
to fully meet the basic sales and accounting needs of the small
retailer across a wide variety of computing platforms.
Sleepycat Software, Inc. (CARLISLE, Mass.) announced the release
of version 3.1 of its embedded database system, Berkeley DB.
WRQ Inc. unveiled its new suite of enterprise application
Berkeley Software Design Inc. (BSDi) (SAN FRANCISCO) announced
Java 2 Standard Edition version 1.2 for BSD platforms,
including BSDi Internet Server, BSD/OS, and FreeBSD.
Inprise/Borland (SCOTT VALLEY, Calif.) announced three
developments. They include an agreement to license Java 2 Enterprise
Edition (J2EE) from Sun Microsystems; joining the Executive Committee
(EC) of the Java Community Process (JCP); and winning the Java Pro's
Reader's Choice Award Best Java IDE, for Inprise/Borland's popular
American Power Conversion (WEST KINGSTON, R.I. and ANN ARBOR)
announced a partnership with Cybernet Systems Corporation, a
developer of Linux-based Internet appliance software, to integrate
APC's PowerChute plus into Cybernet's NetMAX product line in North
Apache Software Foundation and webdav.org (Web-based Distributed
Authoring and Versioning) introduced an add-on to the Apache HTTP
Server that will provide its users with more control of
information on the Web.
ClickHouse.com Online Inc. (VANCOUVER) announced that it has
entered into a strategic alliance with RapidTraffic.com Inc., a
"one stop for everything you need" (including Linux servers and
service) to get your Internet site together.
- Compaq will be providing support for TurboLinux on its platforms,
this announcement. TurboLinux will take charge of training
Compaq's support staff, and will stand by to handle the harder
GraphOn Corporation (BEIJING, China/MORGAN HILL, Calif.) and
Compaq China announced they have entered into an agreement to
promote and develop joint market opportunities for their technologies
Jabber.com, Inc. (DENVER) announced a partnership with
Collab.Net. Under the agreement, Collab.Net will use Jabber
XML technology as the instant messaging vehicle for sourceXchange, its
market place for financing and managing open source software
development over the Internet.
- LinuxMall.com and EBIZ have put out
a press release answering some questions about their upcoming
Macmillan USA and MandrakeSoft (INDIANAPOLIS) announced an
agreement whereby Macmillan will be the exclusive retail
distributor of the English version of the Linux-Mandrake operating
system in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, South
Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Australia and Indonesia.
- MacMillan also put out
their own press release announcing the availability of
Linux-Mandrake 7.1 (for the Intel platform).
Nothing Real (VENICE, CA) announced the signing of three new
distribution agreements for all its current and future products,
including Shake compositing software (with a Linux version).
- Omnis Software announced the signing of a distribution
agreement with Tribeka, the producers of the SoftWide in-store
production system which is currently being deployed into WH Smith and
HMV stores all over the United Kingdom. Omnis Studio Rapid
Application Development tool for Linux will be available through this
Red Hat, Inc. (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C) announced it has
selected DSW Partners as its marketing agency.
VillageWorld.com, Inc. (BOHEMIA, N.Y.) announced an agreement with
Sun Microsystems, Inc. to distribute their StarOffice
office-suite product. That will include StarOffice software installed
in VillageWorld's Linux Set-Top Box product.
Willow Technology, Inc. (LAS VEGAS) announced that it has
concluded an agreement with IBM to produce MQSeries for Linux
on platforms other than Intel x86 architecture.
Investments and Acquisitions.
Berkeley Software Design, Inc. (BSDi) (COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.)
announced it has acquired Telenet System Solutions, Inc. of San
Jose, Calif., an Internet infrastructure server supplier.
Bynari, Inc. (HOUSTON) announced an equity investment from The
Sagemark Companies Ltd.. Bynari develops, markets and supports
Linux based applications for the enterprise and consumer marketplace.
eGrail Inc. (BETHESDA, Md.) announced that it has raised $5
million in its first round of venture financing. "[eGrail's]
products have been optimized for compatibility with the Open Source
infrastructure of the Internet, supporting standards such as Linux,
Apache, MySQL, PhP, and PERL."
HomePage.com (LOS ANGELES) announced that it has raised $48
million in a mezzanine financing round. HomePage.com's
proprietary "Powered by HomePage.com" system uses a combination of
FreeBSD and Linux operating systems.
- Mission Critical
Linux has announced the receipt of a
$20 million equity investment from General Atlantic Partners.
Ariel Corp. (CRANBURY, N.J.) announced that Gene Corrado
has joined the company as senior vice president of sales.
EBIZ Enterprises Inc (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) announced that Brian
Narducci and Chris Reinhard have joined its management team as
GameCom, Inc. announced that it has hired Steven M. Haag as
director of marketing.
HomePage.com (LOS ANGELES) announced the appointment of Ellis
Posner to the position of senior vice president of sales.
Inprise/Borland (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) announced the appointment
of Roger Barney to vice president of corporate services.
MontaVista, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced the appointment of
Kent McMullen as vice president of marketing.
SteelEye Technology Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced the
addition of two executives to its management team. Kevin Berry
joins SteelEye as vice president of finance and CFO. Boris
Geller and joins SteelEye as vice president of marketing.
Linux At Work.
eMD.com (ATLANTA) announced a system partnership with IBM. The
partnership with IBM will help them build a web site on System 390
with Linux. General availability of the new system is expected later
in the summer.
Loran Technologies (OTTAWA, Ontario) announced that Halifax-based
TARA (Telecom Applications Research Alliance) has chosen its Linux
and Java based Kinnetics management appliance as a primary
building block in TARA's network management infrastructure.
Netgem SA (PARIS) announced that they have signed a contract in
order to bring full Internet access to ONdigital TV services
subscribers. Netgem's technology operates on a Linux-based open
software platform and a thin-client access device.
Pervasive Software Inc. (AUSTIN, Texas) announced that its
Tango 2000 Web application development software is the power
behind a wireless Web portal developed for Davos (www.davos.ch),
a Swiss resort located in the Alps. The site is deployed on Tango 2000
Application Server software for Linux.
DigitalThink (SAN FRANCISCO) announced the opening of a London
office. They also announced they are developing Linux training
courseware, with Red Hat, which will be deployed through the
British e-learning company blueU.com.
Equinox Systems Inc. (SUNRISE, Fla.) announced that the company
will participate in Linux Expo shows in Shanghai, China and
London, England featuring remote access and serial connectivity
solutions for Linux servers.
Network Appliance will present "New Radical Architecture for
ISP/ASP businesses using Oracle(R) on Linux(R) and NetApp(R) storage,"
in conjunction with NetLedger. The presentation is being given on
June 22 from 11:00-11:45 a.m. at the European Oracle User Group (EOUG)
conference, in Madrid, Spain from June 21-23.
Omnis Technology Corporation (SAN CARLOS, Calif.) confirmed a
large increase in the number of developers evaluating and adopting
Omnis Studio, their Rapid Application Development program. The
company attributes this increased interest to several factors,
including the increasing adoption of the Linux operating system, a
reduction in Studio's price and the rising awareness of the power and
speed of this development tool.
Tricord Systems, Inc. (MINNEAPOLIS) announced that it has expanded
its operations with the opening of a facility in Westminster,
Colorado. Its products will be Linux-based server appliances.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
June 15, 2000