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MySQL and Sleepycat launch MaxSQL.
"All of the VA Linux and Andover.Net web sites-including
Slashdot.org, Freshmeat.net, SourceForge and Linux.com - have been
built on MySQL," said Dr. Larry M. Augustin, president and CEO
of VA Linux Systems, when MySQL was released under
the GNU General Public License (GPL) and made available to
developers on SourceForge.
Sleepycat Software builds,
distributes, and supports the Berkeley Database (Berkeley DB).
Berkeley DB is also an Open Source
Now the MySQL folks have joined up with Sleepycat Software to launch
a new system called MaxSQL; see
the announcement for details. Essentially, Sleepycat's Berkeley
DB transaction engine has been grafted into MySQL, giving the latter
the full transactional capability that it has lacked for so long.
The result has been released under the GPL, and is available from MaxSQL.com. (Or it will be - that
site still maps through to MySQL.com as of this writing).
Oracle Internet Application Server For Linux.
announced the availability of its Internet Application Server
(iAS) product on Linux. The company has also set up joint marketing
agreements with Caldera, SuSE, TurboLinux, and VA Linux Systems that
include iAS. TurboLinux has put out
an announcement of its own on its "TurboLinux DataServer
Optimized for Oracle8i" product.
In a separate
announcement, Oracle claims that Oracle's products for Linux are
being downloaded at four times the rate of the Windows versions.
Deja.com and NetLedger, among others, are listed as Linux Oracle
Email for Linux.
Bynari Inc. has "focused the
efforts of its resources on Linux, the Open Source paradigm and
support of Free Software as advocated by GNU", according to its
The company has been working on a Linux/Unix alternative to
Microsoft Exchange/Outlook, and they have
announced TradeServer, the latest addition to its
TradeSuite. TradeServer is a standards based suite of
mail, directory and collaboration services.
Hewlett Packard has
announced that its OpenMail product for Linux now has over
1 million users. They would appear to be counting downloads to
get a good part of that user count, but they also have deals with
ATT and PSI which account for part of the total as well.
Debian wins IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award.
IDG World Expo has
announced that it is awarding the IDG/linus Torvalds Community
Award to the Debian Project.
The Open Group launches Real-Time And Embedded Systems Forum.
The Open Group has
announced the creation of the "Real-time and Embedded Systems
Forum," evidently another industry group for embedded systems
providers. Founding members include Lineo, Montavista, and NASA.
Lineo has sent out its own announcement that
it is a founding member of this group.
Mass of Linux press releases.
The LinuxWorld flood of press releases appears to have begun a little
early this time around. Here's a selection:
AbriaSoft is partnering with O'Reilly & Associates to
put together a commercial packaged MySQL distribution.
- Atipa Corporation has launched
a new series of Linux-based firewall systems.
Candle Corporation is providing support for Linux users on
the IBM S/390 mainframe.
e-smith announces that its Server and Gateway product is in
use at Japan's Sagami University.
Linux Wizardry Systems has begun production of the "Wizard
Penguin Linux PC," a Red Hat-based Pentium system.
VA Linux Systems announces the Open Source Printing Summit,
recently held in California.
VA Linux Systems has also announced a new support offering;
they will now provide support for a number of applications,
including Apache, Squid, and the Linux Virtual Server system
eLinux debuts Compaq-compatible catalog and online store.
announced the publication of a 68-page catalog dedicated to
Compaq's Linux-compatible products; there is an online version as well.
DVD-Cracking Lawsuit Targets T-Shirt-Borne Code .
Newsbytes article about the addition of CopyLeft as a defendant in
the DVD case. "[CopyLeft founder Steve] Blood said $4 from every $15
T-shirt is donated to the EFF to help cover its costs in fighting the
lawsuits. So far, T-shirt sales have raised some $12,000 for the EFF, he
Redhat.com unveils affiliate program.
If you run a Linux web site, here's your chance to make it big: Red Hat
announced a new affiliate program where they will pay two cents
for every click-through that your site generates to redhat.com.
Open Source Products.
Unless specified, license is unverified.
OpenMind Publishing Group (DURHAM, N.C.) brings textbook
publishing to the web by incorporating an open source model.
SWsoft (SAN FRANCISCO) announced the beta release of ODBC
driver for Btrieve based on the MySQL database engine. SWsoft
will also develop OLEDB provider for MySQL to be distributed
under open-source GPL license.
Webb Interactive Services, Inc. (DENVER) unveiled plans for
Jabber, an XML-based instant messaging platform.
Commercial Products for Linux.
Apiva.com Web Corporation (VANCOUVER, British Columbia) announced
the release of ezTerm 2.0, the newest version of its Linux
terminal reference software.
Chilliware, Inc. (LOS ANGELES) announced Mentor, a Linux
application designed to speed up the process of creating help-file
Digital River, Inc. (MINNEAPOLIS) announced the launch of an
e-commerce site for Loki Software, Inc., a developer of
Linux-based PC games. As Loki's e-commerce partner, Digital River
hosts, manages and provides e-marketing services for Loki at http://store.lokigames.com.
Fonix Corporation (SALT LAKE CITY) announced the commercial
release of its FAAST (Fonix Accelerated Application Solutions
Technology) Text-To-Speech (TTS) Software Development Kit (SDK)
for Linux x86.
- Mission Critical Linux has announced
that its "Convolo" high-availability clustering solution is ready to
Overland Data Inc. (SAN DIEGO) announced that its AIT
LibraryPro enterprise tape library has been certified by Knox
Software as compatible with Knox's Arkeia network backup software for
Products Using Linux.
- Lineo, Inc. has a press release about
products that use uCLinux.
M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd. (FREMONT, Calif.) announced
that its DiskOnChip 2000 is currently being used as the local storage
device in Acer's Linux-based Altos SA50 server appliance.
Rackspace Managed Hosting (SAN ANTONIO) has developed a new
proprietary online configurator for multiple servers.
Wann Connection Devices Inc. (OTTAWA, Ontario) announced the release of
its CD62, a Serial to TCP/IP conversion device that
internet-enables legacy serial based products.
Products with Linux Versions.
Computer Systems Group (CSG) of Toshiba America Information Systems
Inc. (TAIS) (IRVINE, Calif.) announced new SCSI hot-swap
models for the company's M500D entry-level server series. Red Hat
Dirig Software (NASHUA, N.H.) announced RelyENT, an
intelligent, real-time monitoring and proactive application management
I-Link, Inc. (DRAPER, Utah) announced the GateLink open-API
programming and testing platform.
Inprise/Borland (SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) announced the shipment and
immediate availability of the Inprise Application Server 4.1.
InterVideo (MILPITAS, Calif.) and Panasonic announced that
InterVideo's complete product line of DVD and MPEG-2 video editing,
production and playback solutions support Panasonic 4.7GB
DVD-RAM drives and media.
Real-Time Innovations, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) introduced the
ControlShell version 7.0 application development environment.
RightNow Technologies (BOZEMAN, Mont.) announced RightNow
Metrics 2.0, a new survey tool for Web customer service.
SafeStone Technologies (PRINCETON, N.J.) announced the release of
SuperCypher, a 1024-bit encryption tool for use on multiple
applications across multiple platforms.
SiS (TAIPEI, Taiwan) announced the SiS730S, a 3C integrated
single chip which optimizes the performance of AMD Athlon and AMD
Vertical Computer Systems Inc. (LOS ANGELES) announced the
official beta release of two of its MLE (Markup Language Executive)
Solutions Suite products: the XML Catalog Enabler Agent and the
XML Database Agent.
- Vicarious Visions is
shipping Terminus, a space RPG game.
Coming to LinuxWorld Expo (Aug. 15 - 17).
eOneGroup (OMAHA, Neb.) announced the release of jCommerce,
version 2.1, its 100% Java web development software.
SilverStream Software, Inc. (BILLERICA, Mass.) announced the
general availability of SilverStream Application Server 3.5,
the latest version of its Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application
server. Now with Linux support.
Books & Training.
- REBOL Press and Osborne/McGraw-Hill,
announced the publication of REBOL: The Official Guide,
the first and only official book about the REBOL Internet
Wave Technologies International, Inc. (ST. LOUIS) has partnered
with Information Quarry Systems (IQS) in Tokyo to provide Linux
training to the IT industry in Japanese.
eOn Communications Corporation (MEMPHIS, Tenn.) announced an
expanded partnership with Johnston Communications, Inc. (NORTH
ARLINGTON, N.J.) Effective immediately, Johnston Communications will
market, install and service eOn's Linux-based eNterprise line of
communications servers and software, including the eOn Web Center
- Linux NetworX, Inc. announced an
agreement to utilize API's (Alpha Processor, Inc.) high memory
and I/O bandwidth Alpha technology to deliver high-performance,
Linux-based clustered solutions.
Pogo Linux (UNION CITY, Calif.) announced that it has finalized an
agreement with VMware, Inc. to bundle and preconfigure VMware's
desktop software with a Pogo Linux desktop system.
ProLogiX Distribution and Enhanced Software Technologies,
Inc. (EST) (PHOENIX) announced that ProLogiX will distribute EST's
line of BRU backup and recovery solutions in Germany and the
Schneider Electric's Automation Business and Control.com announced
a web services based partnership that will focus on a technical and
marketing collaboration in online community services. Control.com is
driving the creation of an open source PLC to run under the Linux
SolutionInc Limited and inter-touch Pty Ltd (HALIFAX, Canada &
SYDNEY, Australia) have executed a Commercial Agreement that will see
inter-touch purchase a number of Linux-based SolutionIP VBN Server
Software products from SolutionInc over the next two years.
- Trolltech, too, will be working with Ericsson on its wireless
"Screen Phone," according to
this announcement. Troll will be providing the embedded version
of the Qt toolkit for this application.
Investments and Mergers.
- EBIZ and LinuxMall.com have
announced the finalization of their merger agreement. The balance
of power would appear to have moved a little toward EBIZ during the
negotiations: the headquarters of the company is now in Scottsdale,
AZ, and LinuxMall's founder Mark Bolzern now has the role of "open
source community evangelist."
MediaQ, Inc. (SANTA CLARA) completed its third round of venture
capital financing, securing $23.4 million. MediaQ plans to use
the capital to fund the development of integrated circuits (ICs) for
Web terminals/pads, handheld PDAs and communicators, and smart phones.
The products will be available for Linux.
Ariel Corp. (CRANBURY, N.J.) reported net sales of $1,097,211 for
the three months ended June 30, 2000.
Cybernet Systems (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) announced the appointment of
Gena Lodolo as chief executive officer of Cybernet's NetMAX Division.
- MandrakeSoft has
announced that Henri Poole, former CEO of Vivid Studios, has been
brought in as MandrakeSoft's CEO, replacing founder Jacques Le Marois.
Metro Link Inc. (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) is hiring "the best X
Window System programmers" in the industry.
Red Hat, Inc. (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.) announced that Gene
McDonald, "a seasoned executive with broad experience in finance and
investment management", has joined its board of directors.
Lineo, Inc. (LINDON, Utah) announced that USE, the 100 percent
Lineo-owned Japanese engineering subsidiary, has been reincorporated
as Lineo Japan, Inc.
- Linux NetworX announced the
opening of its Houston office.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
August 10, 2000