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Investing in Open Source. Here are a couple of companies that have found new investors. EBIZ,
Inc. has acquired an equity investment from the Canopy group. EBIZ
is the parent company of several Linux/open source related web
sites, including TheLinuxStore.com and the recently acquired
announcement states that the investment is for 2.5 million
shares of EBIZ and creates $2.5 million in cash for the company.
The investment will be used for debt reduction and future growth.
announced that they have received a $5 million strategic
investment from Livin' On The Edge (The Edge), a Japanese Internet
solutions provider. It seems The Edge uses FreeBSD extensively, and
the company intends to work closely with BSDi to ensure the ongoing
development and commercial viability of the BSD platform. BSDi will
use the proceeds from the investment to continue to develop and
market advanced BSD operating systems and its iXtreme Series line of
Internet server computing systems and to provide ongoing backing
for the FreeBSD Project.
OpenSales changes name, expands services. San Mateo-based OpenSales announced a
name change - to Zelerate. The Zelerate AllCommerce e-business
application suite is licensed under the GPL. Zelerate plans a
December launch of an open source warehouse management system, which
will also be licensed under the GPL. The company has also expanded
its consulting services.
JYACC releases Open Source POSSL. A company called JYACC, Inc. announced the
availability of the source code for its POSSL (Panther Open Source
Software for Linux) technology and the establishment of a new open
source online community at possl.org.
POSSL is an enterprise application development environment that
simplifies the building of transactional, component-based Web
applications. CollabNet is providing its SourceCast environment as
the infrastructure for the possl.org community site. POSSL's source
code license is modeled after the BSD license.
Caldera releases Volution to beta. Caldera Systems Inc.
announced Caldera Volution (Volution). Volution is a browser-
and directory-based management product for Linux systems that
utilizes the inherent strengths of LDAP directories. Formerly known
by its internal codename "Cosmos", Volution is currently in open beta.
EFI Announces Fiery X3 Server, Minolta copier
support. We noticed that EFI (Electronics for Imaging), a
fairly well known printer solutions company, has
released a new server for use with a large range of Minolta
copiers in a networked environment. While the announcement doesn't
stress the point, hidden inside is the part we wanted to hear:
"Regardless of the size of most files, the Linux-based Fiery X3
Pi5500 drives the Di550 and Di450 at their full-rated speeds for
greater overall throughput." Linux, it seems, does copiers
Indrema Offers Alternative to Hard-to-Find
PlayStation2. Indrema has put out
a humorous press release with ten reasons why people should buy
its game console instead of the competition. "#2: Xbox says: 'We
are Microsoft. Resistance is futile.' Indrema says: 'We are Open
Source. Viva la resistance!'"
Open Source Products
Unless specified, license is unverified.
Akopia (RESTON, Va.) announced the release of Interchange
4.6, "software that increases efficiency, improves productivity
and simplifies the management of e-commerce."
NuSphere (BEDFORD, Mass.) announced that it is partnering with the
MySQL open source database community to develop a row-level
locking capability for the MySQL database. Code-named "Gemini," this
project will be part of MySQL Version 4, targeted for release in the
spring of 2001.
Commercial Products for Linux
Axis Communications (LUND, Sweden) announced an embedded system
platform intended for running a native Linux environment. At the
heart of this platform is the ETRAX 100LX, a newly optimized
systems-on-a-chip processor appropriate for a wide range of networking
and embedded applications.
Computer Associates International, Inc. (ISLANDIA, N.Y.) announced
the availability of ARCserve 7 for Linux, an automated, native
data protection solution for Linux environments.
Force Computers (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced it will support the
Linux operating system on its DECtalk Text-To-Speech (TTS)
speech synthesis technology for StrongARM and Intel processor-based
Intel Corporation's Dialogic subsidiary (MIAMI) announced that its
broad range of CompactPCI (cPCI) building block products will
now include full support for the Linux operating system.
Linux2order.com (PROVO, UTAH) launched Priority Download,
designed to provide users with access to all of its software, at
download speeds up to 110Kbps.
- Macro 4 (Parsippany, NJ) launched its
UniQPrint solution for Linux on the S/390.
- Metro Link Inc. (FORT LAUDERDALE,
Fla.) is porting its X Window System products for use on
Intel's IA-64 Itanium processor. This software will be ported to the
IA-64 Linux and Monterey operating systems initially.
MigraTEC, Inc. (DALLAS & AUSTIN, Texas) announced that the company
has established the MigraTEC Migration Center to assist
enterprises in porting applications to Intel's 64-bit Itanium
PartnerAxis (OREM, Utah), a wholly owned subsidiary of EBIZ
Enterprises Inc., announced the availability of channel consulting
services that are designed to help manufacturers and solutions
providers take their products and services into the Linux channel.
PortalSphere Inc. (OTTAWA) showcased its eSolutions at Linux Expo
Toronto, including MyGOLFportal.com, a reservation system and
MyCRMportal.com a suite of e-business products.
- Professo (New York) announced the
release of AppStreamer, an application service management
platform for ISPs and other businesses offering Internet and ecommerce
services. AppStreamer runs on Red Hat Linux version 6.2 and Solaris
2.5.1 operating systems.
Products Using Linux
- Applied Data Systems (Columbia,
Maryland) introduced the Tandem*, a two-headed single board
computer system designed for multi-user applications and it runs Linux.
Lineo, Inc. and IDT, Inc. (LINDON, Utah) announced the
availability of Lineo's Embedix on IDT's RC32334 integrated
processor, featuring a 32-bit MIPS instruction set architecture
Products with Linux Versions
Applied Information Systems (CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) announced that it
has released version 5.0 of the XESS spreadsheet products. This
includes the XESS spreadsheet, the xsBasic Macro Option, and the XESS
Software Developers Kit (SDK).
Bristol Technology, Inc. (DANBURY, Conn.) announced a new release
of their cross-platform software, Wind/U.
Command Software Systems Inc. (JUPITER, Fla.) introduced
"Command On Demand," an online instant virus scanning and
disinfection service for ISPs, ASPs and Web portals.
ELSA GLADIAC has begun shipping the GLADIAC Ultra card.
Based on the GeForce2 Ultra from NVIDIA and packing 64MB of DDR
memory, it apparently will come with Linux drivers in the retail
Inovie Software (SAN DIEGO) announced the availability of
TeamCenter 4.0, an e-Workplace for managing complex,
collaborative business endeavors.
The iSpark Group (FORT WORTH, Texas) introduced BillMax Version
1.5.3, a turnkey billing application.
- Loki Software, Inc. and
QERadiant.com released GtkRadiant 1.1 beta for Linux and
Win32. GtkRadiant is a cross-platform version of the Quake III Arena
level editor Q3Radiant.
NetObjects, Inc. (REDWOOD CITY, Calif.) announced NetObjects
Matrix, an integrated suite of online services for small
Rainfinity (SAN JOSE, Calif.) introduced the first in a family of
software modules for its RainFront multifunction platform:
RainWall 2.0 for firewall high availability, and RainSLB
2.0 for server load balancing.
Stonesoft Corporation (HELSINKI, Finland and ATLANTA) announced its
vision for the Highly Available Enterprise and its strategic
corporate initiatives designed to focus on emerging customer trends in
the global eBusiness market.
Swedish Xpedio and Japanese Access (STOCKHOLM, Sweden) formed a
partnership to develop and market solutions for mobile Internet
based on the cHTML format.
TGS (SAN DIEGO, CA) announces the release and immediate
availability of Amira Standard Edition and Amira Developer
Edition version 2.2. Amira is an end-user visualization software
tool for dynamic data.
WARP Solutions, Inc. (NEW YORK) launched the WARP Performance
Suite, initially consisting of WARP Intelligent Content
Distributor, WARP Global Load Balancer and WARP Load Balancer.
NetDIVE (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) announced WeMessage Portal 5.0,
an instant messaging software based on a Java client/server
worldweb.net, Inc. (NEW YORK, NY) announced the launch of the beta
version of its next-generation content management software,
Expressroom I/O v2.0.
Books and Training
NuSphere (BEDFORD, Mass.) announced that it will host Polycon's
MySQL open source database training seminar from November 13- 17
at the NuSphere corporate office in Bedford, Mass.
1mage Software, Inc. (ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) and Omaha, Neb.-based
Custom Computing Corporation jointly announced the formation of
a strategic alliance to provide integrated document management (IDM)
software to the insurance claims management industry. CCC will
operate 1MAGE on a Linux platform.
- Coventive Technologies(SAN JOSE, Calif.) and Metro Link announced the formation of a
strategic partnership that will combine Coventive's embedded Linux
operating system kernel and Metro Link's graphic display technology to
create a complete embedded Linux solution for Information Appliance
Infoteria Corporation (BOSTON, and TOKYO) partnered with
Digital Design Inc. to deliver an appliance available for
accessing business-to-business (B2B) electronic
marketplaces/exchanges. Infoteria provided XML software and Digital
Design provided Linux-based hardware.
Lutris Technologies Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif. & TOKYO) announced an
agreement with NECSoft Ltd. to distribute Lutris Enhydra, a
commercially-supported Open Source Application Server, to the Japanese
and Asian markets.
MaximumLinux.com (BRISBANE, Calif.) has signed gaming Website
Evil3D.net to become part of its growing affiliate network.
MMC Networks (WASHINGTON) and MontaVista Software, Inc.
announced a joint public demonstration of a high-speed Internet
Protocol (IP) router reference design based completely on
off-the-shelf network processing hardware and Linux-based software.
- OEone Corporation (Toronto, ON)
and Tatung Co. of Canada Inc. announced that they have entered
into a joint agreement to bring fully-integrated, Linux-based Internet
Computer solutions to leading OEM customers.
Point of Sale Limited (RA'ANANA, Israel) announced that it has
finalized an agreement to provide TESCO PLC with key components
of the web-based application software that powers Point of Sale's
recent global Application Service Provider (ASP) initiative. The
agreement also includes a corporate license for Point of Sale's soon
to-be-released checkout system that runs on the Linux operating
- Red Hat (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK,
N.C.) announced that it is working with Square D Company to
design next generation, Internet-based power management solutions
built on Red Hat Embedded Linux.
Sendmail, Inc. (EMERYVILLE, Calif.) announced a global alliance
agreement with EDS. Through the partnership, EDS will
integrate its consulting services with Sendmail, Inc.'s Internet
message routing and hosting technology.
TurboLinux and VERITAS are partnering to include the VERITAS
NetBackup Client with TurboLinux Workstation 6.1.
internet.com (NEW YORK) reported record results for the quarter
ended September 30, 2000.
TimeSys Corporation (PITTSBURGH) launched TimeSys India Private
Limited in the southern city of Coimbatore. TimeSys's
technologies include TimeSys Linux/RT.
Tucows Inc. (NEW YORK) announced that Robert F. Young, Co-Founder
and Chairman of Red Hat, has been appointed to its board of
directors. Tucows is LWN's parent company.
Linux At Work
Blackstone Technology Group (WORCESTER, Mass.) announced that it
will build a large-scale, Linux on Intel based, distributed computing
solution for Biogen.
- Demon Server Hosting (UK) is using Linux
on Cobalt RaQ 3i servers.
MSC.Software Corporation (LOS ANGELES & COSTA MESA, Calif.)
announced the delivery of a Linux cluster system to Dana
Corporation's Spicer Light Vehicle Axle Group. The MSC.Software
turnkey solution was based on Intel processors in Hewlett-Packard
systems and included the company's simulation software.
Oingo Inc. (LOS ANGELES) launched the second version of its domain
name suggestion product, DomainSense 2.0, which uses
Linux-clustered server farms to deliver millions of domain search
results per day.
Turbolinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that
Birkenstock.com is using Turbolinux Cluster Server 6 to cluster
the Web application and database servers for its booming online store.
- Viata Online (HONOLULU, HI) is
developing Linux-based internet solutions for the travel industry.
Virtual Press Office, Inc. (SAN DIEGO) has selected BakBone
Software's NetVault storage management software for Linux.
iMimic Networking Inc. (HOUSTON) announced that its DataReactor
Core technology delivered the best combination of price/
performance, in the 3rd Web Cache-off. iMimic DataReactor Core
supports both FreeBSD and Linux operating systems and runs on Intel
x86 and Compaq Alpha.
- The Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
released LPI News for October 24th, 2000.
- The Object
Management Group (Needham, MA) announced that LogOn Technology
Transfer GmbH has an expanded role as international representative
to include all of continental Europe. LogOn produces trade shows,
including the Linux@work European Days.
Zona Research, Inc. (REDWOOD CITY, Calif.) announced its latest
Zona Market Report, The New Religion: Linux and Open Source.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
November 2, 2000