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Red Hat Center and 'Center Stage'.
The Red Hat Center is a
non-profit, private foundation endowed by Bob Young and Marc Ewing,
the founders of Red Hat, Inc. The purpose of the Center is to
support, promote, and engage in a wide range of initiatives to
advance the principles of transparent technology. What is
transparent technology? "Transparent technology is the general
term Red Hat Center uses to describe any type of technology where
the public is permitted to see, understand, and possibly improve on
what's being developed." This would naturally include Open
Source or Free Software. In order to increase public awareness of
open source, the Center has launched a series of public forums at Center Stage. Bob
Young kicked off Center Stage last Tuesday, September 12. Look for
the following people to host Center Stage in the coming months:
Paul Jones, Founder and Director of MetaLab ; Tim O'Reilly, Founder
and President of O'Reilly & Associates ; and Brian Behlendorf,
Founder and CTO of Collab.Net.
Intel releases computer vision software for Linux.
Intel Corporation has
announced the initial release of its "Open Source Computer
Vision Library." The library provides a wide range of functions,
including gesture recognition, object-tracking, face recognition and
camera calibration. Its written in C and released under
this open source license and can be downloaded at
The Open Source Computer Vision Library was first
announced at the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer
Vision and Pattern Recognition in June of this year. It has had two
alpha releases prior to this open source release.
More open source releases.
Network ICE has jumped into a growth market with
this announcement for "Altivore," an open source email
surveillance system. Now we all can watch how Big Brother watches
announced that its "TestBuilder" testbench library, used by
"designers, IP developers, and EDA vendors to develop
interoperable testbenches for chip or system design
verification," will be released under an open source license. A
quick glance at
the license text shows it to be roughly GPLish in form; it does
require a name change if any modifications are made, though.
News from Red Hat.
Red Hat has
announced the availability of a new set of training courses
covering topics like embedded systems, IA-64 engineering, Apache,
and secure web server administration.
Red Hat has
announced the completion of its acquisition of C2Net.
New at VA Linux.
VA Linux Systems has gotten into the network-attached storage market
this announcement of its "9205 NAS" system.
VA's Open Source Development Network has
announced the launch of its NewsForge site.
announced the opening of a "Linux Supercluster Briefing Center"
at the University of New Mexico. This center will " assist
customers in planning their Linux and Linux clusters plans with IBM,
and allow them to benchmark and 'test-drive' key applications"
Terra Soft has
announced the availability of a new, eight-node PowerPC cluster
product, running Black Lab Linux.
Sandia National Laboratory has put out this
announcement on the pending expansion of its "Antartica" Linux
cluster. It's growing from "only" 600 nodes to 1600; they expect it to
take the 20th spot on the list of the world's fastest computers.
MontaVista announces preemptable kernel.
MontaVista Software has
announced the availability of its preemptable version of the
Nokia's 'Media Terminal'.
announced the (future) availability of its Linux-based Media
Terminal, "a powerful infotainment center for the home." There is
a separate press release emphasizing the open source aspects of
the system. "Nokia's commitment to the open source community is
strong and Nokia therefore intends to make source code available in
order to maximize freedom to create applications for the Media
Acrylis Inc., launches WhatifLinux Personal Edition.
A company called Acrylis, Inc., has
announced the availability of "WhatifLinux Personal Edition,"
which appears to be a software update service. "WhatifLinux
Personal Edition provides users with immediate access to software
updates, security alerts, patches and the latest open source
software information right from their Web browser."
Pogolinux offers free Linux CDs.
Pogolinux has posted an offer of a free Linux
CD, sent through the mail, to anyone who asks. It even comes with a
month of email support. They don't say so, but the design of the entry
form suggests they are only prepared to ship within the U.S.
Open Source Products
Unless specified, license is unverified.
Akopia (RESTON, Va.) announced the launch of Akopia
Interchange, a widely distributed open-source (GPL) electronic
BioAPI Consortium (GAITHERSBURG, Md.) announced the public release
of Version 1.0 Beta of the BioAPI Reference Implementation.
CYRANO (PARIS and NEWBURYPORT, Mass.) disclosed its plans to
embrace the Open Source model of development. CYRANO plans to post
the source code for OpenSTA (Open System Testing Architecture)
beginning with the 0.9.0 developer release, expected by the end of
September 2000. OpenSTA will be licensed under the GNU GPL.
eTantrum (NEW YORK) released its non-commercial, open source
version of its music identification technology, the Music ID
Service, licensed under the GNU General Public License
Reyes Infografica (MADRID, Spain) launched ReyesWorks.com,
a middleware visual platform.
Commercial Products for Linux
Archaeopteryx Software, Inc (Brookline, MA) announced that it has
released the first beta version of its Wing IDE product, an
integrated development environment for the Python programming
Dialtone Internet, Inc. (FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.) a provider of Linux
dedicated hosting and colocation solutions, announced "Wholesale 4
Success", a program offering prospective resellers dedicated
servers at wholesale price levels.
Essential Communications (ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) announced the
availability of a High Performance Parallel Interface (HIPPI)
networking package for Linux users.
- LinuxForce.net (Philadelphia, PA)
announced its newest product, AdminForce Remote, system
administration and monitoring tool.
- Loki Software has announced an agreement
to port the game Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns to Linux. It will be
released "near-simultaneously" with the Windows version in the first
quarter of 2001.
PolyServe (BERKELEY, CA.) announced the immediate availability of
LocalCluster, PolyServe's software-only solution offering high
availability (HA) and load balancing for web, file, email, and TCP/IP
SteelEye Technology Inc. (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced the release
of a High Availability (HA) Database Server Solution for Oracle 8i.
Combined with Oracle 8i, SteelEye's LifeKeeper for Linux
clustering software provides enterprises with a solution for ensuring
high availability of business-critical applications running on Oracle
8i database servers.
Products Using Linux
Blue Wave Systems Inc. (CARROLLTON, Texas) will demonstrate its
ComStruct high density Voice and Fax over IP solution with a
Linux-based system host single board computer.
Metro Link Inc. (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) announced its new
MATRIX technology for use with UPnP.
Myplay, inc. (PASADENA, Calif.) has a Myplay interface to an
MP3 car stereo that contains a 25GB hard drive, Ethernet
connection, and runs Linux.
- NEC has
announced its "Express5800/120Rc-2" server, which can be had with
(Red Hat) Linux preinstalled.
Visual Circuits (MINNEAPOLIS) introduced Firefly, a
Linux-based, compact, multichannel video player.
ZNYX Networks (ATLANTA) announced the new OpenArchitect
CompactPCI switch, which uses Linux for switch management.
Products with Linux Versions
Computer Associates International, Inc. (ISLANDIA, N.Y.) announced
the general availability of Unicenter TNG Software Delivery Option
(SDO) 3.0, an eBusiness solution that accelerates and automates
the delivery of software and other digital content to resources across
Dirig Software, Inc. and Bradmark Technologies, Inc. (PHILADEPHIA)
announced NORAD, a complete enterprise management solution
combining the systems and applications management functionality of
Proctor from Dirig and the database management capabilities of
Dirig Software, Inc. (NASHUA, N.H.) announced full integration of
its RelyENT enterprise applications management solution into
Aprisma Management Technologies' SPECTRUM v6.0 network
Evoke Communications (LOUISVILLE, Colo.) announced the
availability of Evoke Collaboration 4.2, a real-time, online
Gordano Ltd. (NEW YORK) announced the immediate availability of
NTMail 6.0, a major upgrade to the company's Internet mail
Mail.com, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced that it has partnered with
Net400 to provide its IP Fax services to IBM AS/400 customers.
Piranha, Inc. (FREEHOLD, N.J.) announced availability of
Piranha Net, a compression software solution.
Progress Software Corporation (BEDFORD, Mass.) announced
Progress SonicMQ 3.0, the next generation of its E-Business
Rackspace Managed Hosting (SAN ANTONIO) announced the launch of
its new security offerings and managed security services.
These dedicated security solutions can be applied to single servers or
server clusters that run on Linux, NT, Win2000, Solaris and other UNIX
Symantec Corp. (CUPERTINO, Calif.) announced Norton Ghost
2001, a utility designed for PC and small business users for
system upgrading, backup, and recovery. New with this version is
support for the Linux EXT2 file system.
UniBar, Inc. (ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.) demonstrated e-BARCODE
2000, that enables users to print the General Motors 1724 label
series from a web application via a browser.
Viewgraphics, Inc. (IBC, AMSTERDAM, Netherlands) announced the
availability of DTV:Net 2.0, the newest version of the
company's solution for streaming MPEG-2 over industry-standard
Vsoft Ltd. (AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands) announced the launch of
VideoClick@Home, a standards- based, open architecture software
for the delivery of video services to homes over broadband IP
Young Minds, Inc. (REDLANDS, Calif.) has begun shipping PowerCD
Studio, a new version of its controller-based CD-Recording (CD-R)
Ganjo (STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.) announced the release of Ganjo
Application Server Version 2.0, a tag-based, cross-platform web
application server written entirely in Java. The company is also
actively considering releasing the product as an open-source project.
Support and Service
BeOpen.com (SANTA CLARA, Calif.) announced today the launch of its
PythonLabs Professional Services Program.
Books and Training
- Linux Journal (SEATTLE, WA) announced
the publication of Embedded Linux Journal, a special
supplement to be released in October 2000.
- O'Reilly (Sebastopol, CA) just
released the second edition of "Database Programming with JDBC and
Java", which describes the Java interfaces that make portable
object-oriented access to relational databases possible.
OpenAvenue (ATLANTA) announced that they have joined a group of
sponsors to promote and host the CollabDev Seminars, examining
the issues and advantages for open standards and the collaborative
- SGI has
announced the availability of a set of Internet-based training
courses aimed at LPI certification.
AudioCodes Limited (ATLANTA) Performance Technologies, Inc. and
Motorola Computer Group recently demonstrated an integrated,
carrier-grade Signaling System 7/Internet protocol (SS7/IP) media
gateway which uses Motorola's high-availability, Linux-based,
Centura Software Corp. (REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) announced its
participation in EMBLIX, the Japan Embedded Linux Consortium.
EMBLIX was announced in the July 27, 2000 edition of
Merlin Software Technologies International Inc. (BURNABY, British
Columbia) announced that it has become a VA Linux Solutions
MIICRO, Inc. (CHICAGO) has agreed to purchase a parallel computing
cluster based on PowerPC microprocessors from Terra Soft Solutions,
Inc., Loveland, CO. MIICRO will use this Linux-based, high-speed
computing environment to advance the development of its
NETmachines, Inc. (PLEASANTON, Calif.) announced that it has
signed an agreement with Marketlink Technologies, to outsource
sales and marketing of its Linux-based server appliance solutions.
SteelEye Technology Inc. (MOUNTAIN View, Calif.) announced a new
systems integrator alliance with SoftNet Solutions. The
partnership enables SoftNet Solutions to incorporate SteelEye's high
availability clustering software for Linux with SoftNet's enterprise
systems integration and consulting services.
WireX (PORTLAND, Ore.) aims to move its Immunix (a Linux
distribution) family of products and technologies to Taiwan and
Mainland China through a partnership with TSC.
Investments and Acquisitions
Cirpack (SURESNES, France) announced its acquisition of
Netbricks (formerly Omnitel). This acquisition means that
Cirpack can integrate the technologies mastered by Netbricks into its
own product, such as the Cirpack Call Agent and Gateway which are open
platforms based on Compact-PCI standards that run under Linux.
Guru.com (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that it has secured
$44 million in its Series C round of financing. Red Hat
was one of the investors. It seems that Red Hat and Guru.com plan to
build a project marketplace for the open source Linux community.
NewMonics, Inc. (LISLE, Ill.) announced that it has secured
$8 million in its second round of venture capital led by
DynaFund Ventures. NewMonics is a telecommunications company using
real-time Java and embedded Linux technology.
Quicknet Technologies, Inc. (ATLANTA) announced the purchase of
Australia-based Equivalence Pty. Ltd., the creators of the
- Wasabi Systems, which offers support and services around NetBSD,
announced its first round of venture financing.
eOn Communications Corporation (MEMPHIS, Tenn.) reported fourth
quarter revenues of $10,772,000 compared to revenues of $15,201,000
for the fourth quarter of fiscal 1999.
EBIZ Enterprises Inc. (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) announced that Tim Jones
is joining the company as executive vice president of TheLinuxLab.com,
a division of EBIZ.
- Linbox (Paris) announced the appointment
of Jean-Pierre Laisné as its president and chief executive officer.
Here's the same announcement in French.
Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) (SCO) announced
that it has reduced its worldwide workforce by 19% or approximately
Linux At Work
BroadLogic Network Technologies (AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, IBC)
announced that TV FILES has chosen BroadLogic's Satellite Express PCI+
card for its horse racing coverage system for SNAI. TV FILES chose
BroadLogic's receiver boards, partly because of its support for the
Linux operating system.
- Linux NetworX, Inc. (SANDY, Utah)
announced that Rockwell Science Center will be using Linux
NetworX clustering technology for simulating aerodynamic fluid flow in
the analysis of aerospace systems.
- TurboLinux has
announced that TurboLinux Server is being used by First Credit
Bank of Los Angeles as "the underlying operating system of its
island of Taiwan is gearing up to support Linux users worldwide.
TheLinuxStore.com (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) announced it has doubled its
sales force over the past three months and plans to continue expansion
through the end of the year as it fills the growing demand for Linux
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
September 14, 2000