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Turbolinux to sell IBM Linux-based software. IBM continues to cooperate with the Linux community and expand its own business in the process, as in this agreement with Turbolinux. Under the agreement the companies will market, distribute and support IBM's DB2 database, WebSphere, Lotus Domino, Tivoli Framework and IBM's small business suites for Linux. This enhances Turbolinux' total business package and should increase sales of its hardware and its support packages to customers who want a total business solution. IBM is in the same business and might have gone after these same sales but if they can't sell the complete package, at least they can sell software. Also those customers who get the IBM software products through Turbolinux may turn to IBM for future projects.

For the Desktop, SlickEdit, Opera and more. MicroEdge, Inc. announced the availability of Visual SlickEdit v6.0 for UNIX. Supported UNIX platforms include Linux, Solaris (Sparc and x86), Sun OS, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX and SCO.

The Opera Communications Manager, Pal Hvistendahl, wrote to let us know that the latest beta release of Opera for Linux, V4 Beta 5, has been released. Debian and RPM based packages are available for both Intel x86 and PowerPC platforms.

The Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor 2.2 has just been released by Runtime Revolution Ltd, with new multi-user network capabilities and support for the Linux platform added to the existing support for Macintosh and Windows operating systems.

Metro Link, Inc. demonstrated residential gateway and appliance connectivity software that supports the Universal Plug 'n Play (UPnP) standard at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

VistaSource, Inc., a subsidiary of Applix, announced the release of Anyware 2.0, which includes the seperate Anyware Desktop (formerly Applixware Office) and the Anyware Application Server products.

While not desktop software, the new Apple Darwin-based Mac OS X operating system was announced at MacWorld this week. The new desktop OS will officially ship on March 24th, and will be offered at a suggested retail price of $129.

Loki to publish Rune, Heavy Metal. Loki Software announced an agreement with videogame publisher Gathering of Developers to bring the PC games Rune and Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.2 to Linux early this year.

theKompany.com Releases BlackAdder. theKompany.com announced the release of BlackAdder, its Windows/Linux GUI development environment for Python.

Hitachi, Xybernaut, others to cooperate for WIA. Hitachi, Shimadzu Corporation, Colorado MicroDisplay, Inc. and Xybernaut Corporation announced that they will cooperate to explore business opportunities in the field of Wearable Internet Appliances (WIA).

NSA Releases Prototype Security-Enhanced Linux System. The NSA has released an ultra-secure version of Linux. "'If successful in our strategy, the Linux community would assume ownership of this technology and we would continue our involvement with the community that will maintain it,' an NSA spokesperson said." The new release is not based on the newly released 2.4 kernel, but work is being done to bring the security enhancements to the more current kernel.

Lineo and Tao Announce Multimedia Networked Client Devices Platform for Embedded Linux. Lineo, Inc. announced a partnership with the Tao Group that will allow Lineo to include high-performance, compact embedded Java solutions for multimedia platforms with Lineo Embedix SDK developer tools.

Legend Computer, Cyrus InterSoft Deploy Linux-based Internet Appliances in China. Legend Computer and Cyrus InterSoft, Inc. have announced a formal technology alliance to design and build network appliances using Legend's Happy Linux embedded operating system and Cyrus InterSoft's Internet Operating System, Speiros.

SourceForge.net Supports 100,000 Developers in First Year of Service. Open Source Development Network, a division of VA Linux Systems, Inc. announced that SourceForge.net now supports over 100,000 registered users and over 13,000 projects.

Linux Stock Index for January 4 to January 10, 2001.

LSI at closing on January 04, 2001 36.45
LSI at closing on January 10, 2001 37.19

The high for the week was 37.19
The low for the week was 34.52

Press Releases:

Open Source Products

Unless specified, license is unverified.
  • Jabber (DENVER), the extensible, open source instant messaging (IM) and presence technology, is a strong candidate to become a de facto industry standard over the next several years, according to a new report from The Burton Group's (TBG) Network Strategy Service ("New Developments in Instant Messaging -- December 28, 2000").

Proprietary Products for Linux

  • Oracle (REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) announced support for the recently released Linux 2.4 operating system kernel in the Oracle9i Application Server and the Oracle8i Database.

  • Quicknet Technologies, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that its Linux Special Edition products have been awarded Product of the Year from TMC's Communications Solutions magazine.

  • Teamware Group announced the availability of Edition 3 of its groupware product, Teamware Office 5.3 for Linux, with customizable user interface and state-of-the-art communications features.

Products and Services Using Linux

  • DataNaut (BETHESDA, Md.) made available Poquito, a unified messaging client for the Palm Pilot. Poquito's backend architecture is based on Red Hat Linux.

  • Electronics for Imaging, Inc. announced the availability of its Linux-based Fiery X3 embedded controller for Konica's 7075 black-and-white printer/copier.

  • EnReach Technology, Inc. and Allwell Technology Corporation (SAN JOSE, Calif.) announced that they have formed a strategic alliance to deliver a Linux-based, turnkey broadband streaming and Interactive TV solution.

  • Nokia (LAS VEGAS) announced that the Media Terminal will be available by the end of the year. The Media Terminal is a home infotainment center using Linux, Mozilla and HTML.

  • Philips Components (CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS) unveiled Philips' Net Display Modules, in-panel, system-board integrated touch-screen liquid crystal display (LCD) modules with Transmeta's Crusoe chip. Software and drivers are available for embedded Linux and Mobile Linux.

  • PlaceLinks, Inc. (WELLESLEY, Mass.) has developed a 160-town yellow pages and promotions directory for TownOnline.com. PlaceLinks Linux and XML -based system allows users to search business listings and promotions by specific brands, products, services, activities and street names.

  • Rauch Medien (New York, USA) announced the release of its DB-Box product. The database software is constructed completely in PHP and MySQL running on Linux, and can handle up to 500 users.

  • Sigma Designs, Inc. (LAS VEGAS) announced that its REALmagic MPEG decoder silicon (EM8400) has been incorporated into DTVRo, Inc.'s latest (Linux-based) Set-Top Box (STB) designs, featuring Video-On-Demand (VOD), Video Streaming and DVD playback.

  • Ucentric Systems (LAS VEGAS) announced availability of the Ucentric Home Networking Platform, which creates a home area network that connects all existing computers, TVs, stereos and other appliances throughout the home to each other and to the Internet without the need for additional wiring. The platform includes a Linux-based operating system, applications server, home networking applications, and hardware reference design.

Products with Linux Versions

  • Agere Systems (LAS VEGAS) announced an Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) chip set offering for residential gateway, home networking and personal computer (PC) equipment.

  • Gatespace (LAS VEGAS) announced the new version of its development toolkit, SGADK (Service Gateway Application Developers Toolkit) 2.3.

  • MAPICS, Inc. (ATLANTA) announced that Point.Man has been certified by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

  • TeamQuest Corporation (CLEAR LAKE, Iowa) added support for the Red Hat Linux operating system for its TeamQuest Performance Software.

Java Products

  • Opus Solutions, Inc. (ATLANTA) announced Unity, the company's pure Java based web-enablement solution. The Unity product consists of Java Servlets designed to function under any Java-based Application Server, including WebSphere from IBM and Tomcat from Apache.

Books and Training


  • LinuxWizardry Systems, Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement with EBIZ Enterprises Inc. to market LinuxWizardry's Magic Passage line of products through TheLinuxStore, EBIZ's Linux B2B web resale company.

  • Lutris Technologies Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced a licensing agreement with Nokia to simplify and accelerate the creation and deployment of applications for Nokia's mobile handsets. Under the terms of the agreement, Lutris Enhydra 3.5, the company's Java/XML open source application server will ship with Nokia's suite of mobile development tools.

  • MERANT (ROCKVILLE, Md.) announced an agreement with Intel Corporation to extend support to Intel's new Itanium processor family, including 64-bit Linux.

  • Minoru Development SARL, CONECTA srl and Sistema (PARIS, FRANCE) announced that they have signed a contract with the European Commission's Fifth Framework Programme to implement an open source approach to accelerate the uptake and improvement of software for regional health care networks.

  • Motorola (SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.) announced an alliance with Borland, which plans to provide its JBuilder 4 Foundation development environment as part of the Motorola iDEN Subscriber Group's developers' toolkit.

  • NETSEC (HERNDON, Va.) announced the renewal of a joint marketing agreement with Network Security Wizards (NSW). NSW's Dragon Sensor is an intrusion detection monitor including a variety of alerting, analysis and presentation tools, and supports Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris and HP-UX.

  • Sigma Designs and EnReach Technology, Inc. (LAS VEGAS) announced their partnership to develop digital TV broadcast, Video-On-Demand (VOD) streaming, and DVD playback applications for advanced interactive set-top boxes. Both companies will work on National Geode SPlSC10 reference platform with Linux OS.

  • TeamLinux Corporation (DAYTON, OHIO) is expanding its relationship with Muze Inc. to provide hardware support and service for its existing and future customers of its Linux-based interactive kiosk.

  • Zelerate, Inc. and Jabber.com, Inc. (SAN MATEO, Calif. and DENVER) announced they have entered into a comprehensive strategic marketing and sales referral agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Zelerate will promote Jabber's products and services, and Jabber will offer its customers the e-commerce software and implementation services of Zelerate.

Investments and Acquisitions

  • EBIZ Enterprises Inc. (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) announced the completion of the JBSi (Jones Business Systems Inc.) acquisition announced in mid-November.

  • LinuxIT (UK), a European Linux Solution Provider, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 01Linux Solutions Ltd, a UK-based Linux Support and Consulting company.


  • Compaq Computer Corporation (HOUSTON) announced the promotion of Howard D. Elias to senior vice president and general manager of the company's Business Critical Server Group. The Business Critical Server Group includes the company's Alpha chip technology; AlphaServer systems running Tru64 UNIX, Linux and OpenVMS operating systems.

  • Endeavors Technology Inc. (IRVINE, Calif. & READING, England), developer of open-source, peer-to-peer (P2P) Web software for Internet-enabled devices, announced the appointment of Stephen Schwab as its chief security architect.

  • Great Bridge LLC (NORFOLK, Va.)announced that John Scott Hines has joined the company as vice president of knowledge engineering. Hines has more than 20 years of customer services and product development and design experience and he is responsible for building a world-class professional support organization for open source technologies.

  • Lineo, Inc. (LINDON, Utah) announced the appointment of Ishrat Hakim as vice president of Asia Pacific sales and corporate development.

  • VA Linux Systems, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif. and ACTON, Mass.) announced that it has named Richard French as senior vice president of its Open Source Development Network (OSDN) Division. Mr. French will report directly to VA Linux president and CEO Larry Augustin.

Linux At Work

  • BigStorage Inc. (San Francisco, CA) announced its successful installation of 10TB of its iRAID and nearline data storage at EMusic.com. The installation is the company's largest successful Linux storage network to date and sets a precedent for Linux's ability to power high-volume storage in an enterprise environment.

  • ComView Corporation (PLEASANTON, Calif.) reported the launch of its second generation Internet portal site for the transmission and storage of dynamic cardiac images. The site uses the latest Java Server Pages technology and Oracle's SQL database on the Linux platform.

  • DaimlerChrysler (AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) introduced a new concept car. The vehicle-internal computing architecture consists of four Single Board Computers that each run a certified standard Java Virtual Machine (JVM) on top of a Linux operation system.

  • IntelliCorp, Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced that it has been chosen by Penguin Computing, Inc. to implement their customer configuration management solution.

  • LinuxForce Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) announced its completion of the migration of The Franklin Institute Web site to a Linux-powered operating system.


  • Corel announced that it will unveil the company's new corporate growth strategy on Tuesday January 23, 2001. The executive team will roll out details of the company's plans to employees and media at a special event to be held at the Ottawa Congress Centre.

  • Stone-IT (Brussels) will officially open its second company, located in Brussels. Starting at January 15th 2001, the Belgian office will initially offer Linux Consultancy, Linux Solutions and Linux Support.

Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.

January 11, 2001


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