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The Open Source Development Lab.
"Enable Open Source developers to build data center and telco
class capability into Linux, accelerating its growth into enterprise
e-Business deployment and development.", reads the mission
statement of the newly created
Open Source Development Lab. The OSDL is a collaboration
between HP, IBM, Intel and NEC, with additional support from
Caldera, Dell, Linuxcare, LynuxWorks, Red Hat, SGI, SuSE,
TurboLinux, and VA Linux Systems. This combination of companies
should ensure that the lab will be well-funded and have plenty of
technical expertise on hand. OSDL will be a non-profit development
group that will support high end projects by providing access to
The lab, expected to open at the end of the year according to
this announcement, will provide open source developers with a
centralized enterprise development environment for sharing
development ideas and innovations. It will be based near Portland,
Ore. Only Open Source projects using accepted Open Source licenses
such as those defined by
www.OpenSource.org will be supported by OSDL. OSDL will not
create new projects, instead it will help accelerate existing or new
projects developed by the open source community.
Open Source Initiative rejects defamation by DVDCCA.
The Open Source Initiative has issued a release taking exception to the DVDCCA's statements about the open source
movement ("...dedicated to the proposition that material, copyrighted
or not, should be made available over the Internet for free.") in its
trial brief. "We in the open source movement respect copyright; in
fact, we use copyright law to underpin the licenses that define the
social contract of our community."
The DeCSS art contest.
An announcement has gone out for the DeCSS art
contest. Prizes will be awarded for the best artistic submissions
involving DeCSS; co-author Jon Johansen will be one of the judges.
Two German Linux service firms get venture capital.
ID-PRO AG has
announced the receipt of "between 7 and 10 million euros" in
The firm innominate AG has
announced the receipt of DM 16.2 million in venture capital.
LinuxWorld award winners.
Atipa has put out a press release expressing its pleasure at having won three "Show Favorite" awards at
LinuxWorld. They were chosen in the Servers, Hardware, and Software
Here's an announcement from Loki Software,
winner of the "Best of Show" award at LinuxWorld. Briefly mentioned in
the press release is the PC-based motion simulator that probably had a
lot to do with this win. This motion simulator was a prototype designed
by independent inventor Ray Woodworth, utilizing a patented valve he
Conoco Builds Next-Generation Geophysical Supercomputer.
announced the deployment of a large, Linux-based cluster to be
used for seismic processing. There are few details, other than that
the cluster provides 0.5 teraflops of processing power, and has 10
terabytes of disk storage.
Lineo and Opersys release real time Linux Trace Toolkit.
Lineo and Opersys have announced the release
of the Linux Trace Toolkit, a powerful debugging tool, for real time
Sun releases internationalization framework.
Sun has announced the release of its "operating
environment internationalization framework" under the X11 license. This
code is intended to make life easier for programmers trying to support
multiple languages in graphical applications.
Corel's Linux plans from the new CEO.
Corel has posted a
message from Derek Burney, Corel's interim CEO, on what's going on
with the company. "Next year, we intend to release a server edition of
Corel LINUX OS, followed by an enterprise edition. The enterprise edition
will combine our Linux front-end with Rebel.com's OfficeServer software
and GraphOn Bridges[tm] and GO-Between[tm] solutions to allow small to
medium-sized enterprises to deploy Linux, Windows and UNIX®-based
applications throughout their organizations with ease." (Thanks to
John Alexander Yorke).
Commercial Products for Linux.
- Deskware has
announced the availability of the CobolScript Professional Edition
Etnus (FRAMINGHAM, Mass.) announced the rapid adoption of
TotalView, parallel debugger and analyzer.
HELIOS Software GmbH (SAN FRANCISCO) will demo PDF Handshake
Internet Printing, a feature of its forthcoming release of PDF
InnoLogic Systems Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced release 2.0 of
ESP-CV and ESP-XV. Key features are custom equivalence
checking, enhanced core algorithms and Linux support.
LinuxWizardry Systems, Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) launched three new
products, the Apprentice Router, Magic Passage VPN and
the Wizard Penguin series PCs.
NeTraverse, Inc. (AUSTIN, Texas) announced that the Win4Lin
Server 2.0 is now available for download from the NeTraverse
website www.NeTraverse.com under a
NuSpectra Multimedia, Inc. (ALAMEDA, Calif.) announced
SiteProxy version 1.0, designed to push Webcam video broadcasts
from a low-bandwidth origination and Webcast them to large numbers of
concurrent Internet viewers.
- Software Forge Inc announced
LinuxCAD software, a drafting program for Linux.
Products Using Linux.
Broadband Access Systems, Inc. (WESTBOROUGH, Mass.) announced that
it has adopted the Linux operating system for its Cuda 12000 IP
Intel Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif.) introduced the Intel
XScale microarchitecture chip for wireless Internet and networking
Shuffle Master, Inc. (LAS VEGAS) announced that it has received
Gaming Laboratories International, Inc. (GLI), approval for its
Press Your Luck video slot game and for its Linux- based gaming
device operating system.
Splash Technology, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) will demonstrate its T
Series color servers at Seybold San Francisco 2000. The Splash T
Series product line features a Splash-Linux architecture that
combines Splash's advanced compression and color technologies with the
Linux operating system and standard Intel processors.
VA Linux Systems, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced the
availability of the VA Linux 4450 server, offering fast
data-processing power in a rack-optimized 4U (7-inch-high) form
Products with Linux Versions.
- AbleCommerce announced the release
of Linux and Solaris compatible editions of AuctionBuilder 1.0.
Aether Systems, Inc. (OWINGS MILLS, Md.) announced availability of
ScoutSync and Scout IT v.3.5 for Unix. ScoutSync and
ScoutIT are the core components of the company's ScoutWare product
family, providing advanced synchronization and comprehensive data
management functionality for mobile and wireless applications.
Anacom Communications, Inc. (DALLAS) announced the release of
their new payment processing module for the latest version of the
Miva Merchant Storefront Development and Management System.
BIAP Systems, Inc. (LEESBURG, Va.) announced the release of the
go'trieve platform. Versions for Linux x86 and Linux PPC
Cohesion Systems, Inc. (WOODSIDE, Calif.) announced the release of
Cohesion System Designer product for system designers and
architects that face an increasing level of complexity in electronic
Computer Automation Systems Inc. (PLANO, Texas) announced its new
"off-the-shelf" NEBS-400 product line.
Essentus International Inc. (NEW YORK) announced that the
Essentus Supply Chain Management Suite now supports Linux.
- IngenieurbÅro Liebhart Interactive
Solutions (Switzerland) launched webfeedback, their debut
web decision support system, under their trade name Cyberware-neotek.
Lilly Software Associates (HAMPTON, N.H.) announced release 2.0 of
VISUAL DCMS, its advanced Radio Frequency-enabled Warehouse
LizardTech Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) launched its DjVu
technology and software.
Logitech (FREMONT, Calif.) announced that its two new racing
wheels, WingMan Formula Force GP and WingMan Formula GP,
are now available.
Pixami, Inc. (SAN RAMON, Calif.) announced it will now begin
offering its complete suite of online photo enhancement
technologies on the Linux operating system.
Rational Software (PHILADELPHIA) announced Rational
SiteLoad, a Web-based load testing product designed to help
e-businesses avoid costly and highly visible Web site failures.
- Rave Computer Association, Inc.introduced the redundant 5U-rackmount system integrated with
SPARCengine UltraAXmp which can be ordered with Linux.
Software AG Inc. (SAN RAMON, Calif.) is now shipping EntireX
5.3, a powerful message-oriented middleware for fast,
mission-critical application integration.
Evergreen Internet Inc. (CHANDLER, Ariz.) announced ECential
3.1 for the Open Commerce Framework (OCF). The Open Commerce
Framework is an open industry environment designed using Java
J2EE(TM), EJB(TM), and XML technologies. Evergreen's ECential
delivers pre-built B2C and B2B components that adhere to the Open
Imperial Software Technology (PALO ALTO, Calif.) announced the
availability of Visaj Personal Edition (Visaj PE), a freely
downloadable version of the visual application builder for the Java
Books & Training.
- No Starch Press (San Francisco, CA)
announced the release of "Steal This Computer Book", a book
about computer viruses, Trojan Horses, electronic con games and such.
- O'Reilly announced the release of the
"CVS Pocket Reference", a quick reference guide covering most
aspects of CVS setup and use.
- O'Reilly announced the release of
"Lotus Domino Administration in a Nutshell".
- Red Hat has
announced the availability of its first "e-Learning" courses,
which cover C, C++, Java, and Perl. The cost of the courses appears
to be in the $300-500 range.
Partnerships & Mergers.
Advanced Management Solutions (REDLANDS, Calif) announced that it
has joined the VA Linux Solution Partner Program. Advanced
Management Solutions develops and markets AMS REALTIME, enterprise
project management suite soon to be available on Linux.
Advants, Inc. (MINNEAPOLIS) announced that it has signed an
agreement to add the FreeDesk.com Virtual Office Suite, on-line
storage and PC Share to all Advants Internet terminals. Greg Johnson,
president and CEO of Advants, Inc. said, "No laptop required, and
no need to search for that Internet plug-in. This service will also
introduce Linux to Advants users, a systems operating platform we plan
to feature in the near future."
InfoNow Corporation (DENVER) announced that Red Hat, Inc.
has implemented InfoNow's iLeads solution, a closed-loop lead
management system that increases the conversion rate of Red Hat's
sales leads generated by their international system of partners,
distributors and resellers.
LinkUp Systems Corp. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) and PalmPalm
Technology announced that the LinkUp L7200 system development
board will support PalmPalm's Tynux (embedded Linux-based operating
National Semiconductor Corporation (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) announced
a worldwide strategic relationship to deliver the National Geode
WebPAD technology to power several of ViewSonic's new family of
Omnis Technology Corporation (SAN CARLOS, Calif.) and PickAx,
Inc., the parent company of PICK Systems, announced the signing of
a definitive merger agreement.
Penguin Computing Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) and Bramasol Inc.,
an SAP America, Inc. Certified Business Solution Provider, announced
that Penguin Computing has become one of the first Linux companies in
the U.S. to implement and use an SAP solution in production on Linux.
SpellCaster Telecommunications Inc. (TORONTO), developer of
connectivity and remote access technology for the Linux operating
system, announced that it had received an order from Cisco Systems
Inc. of San Jose, California for its TeleScope ASBA 1027 load
Tripwire Inc. (PORTLAND, Ore.) announced its partnership with
- Wacom Technology Corp. (Mountain
View, California) is partnering with Sensiva, Inc. to offer its
clients interactive symbol recognition functionality in all their
tablet products. Sensiva software is available for Linux.
Investments and Acquisitions.
VA Linux Systems, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced that Ali
Jenab has joined VA Linux as Senior Vice President and General Manager
of its Systems Division.
Linux At Work.
ArsDigita Corporation (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) announced that the
ArsDigita Community System (ACS) suite of open source,
collaborative commerce applications powers the leading comprehensive
cancer services company, Lifespire.
- SGI knows how to have fun...it has
announced that it is sponsoring the RoboCup Foundation through the
donation of Linux systems and technical support, beginning with the
Robot Soccer Championship in Melbourne, Australia. RoboCup has
recently decided to shift over to Linux in general.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
August 31, 2000