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Sony releases Linux for the PlayStation 2. Thanks to Maya Tamiya we got the
scoop on Sony's announcement of a Beta Release 1 of its
PlayStation 2 Linux Kit. The kit includes a DVD with software (some
open source and some proprietary), a 40GB hard drive, keyboard and
mouse. The open source software includes a Red Hat based OS using a
2.2 kernel. It's also Ethernet ready. The Sony kit should be
available in Japan in June.
Priced at 25,000 Yen (just over $200 USD at current exchange rates),
this package isn't exactly cheap as beta products go, but it might
well be worth the price to developers and people looking for a low
end way to learn Linux. This machine is not just for playing games on,
though it certainly can be used for that.
It could, potentially be turned into a TV
recorder, web browser or movie player, just for starters. Some of
that will be limited by the proprietary software, but my guess is
that Sony is counting on developers taking it apart and turning it
into other things, with just enough proprietary bits that they'll
get a piece of the pie when some Sony PlayStation-based
must-have-toy sweeps the market.
TurboGenomics releases TurboBLAST. TurboGenomics has announced
the release of TurboBLAST, a genetic sequencing tool. This product may
be one of the first commercial packages for Beowulf clusters: "Initial
benchmarks of TurboBLAST on a network of 11 commodity PCs running Linux
reduced a month-long BLAST run to just two days. Greater speed-up of
BLAST is achieved simply by adding more machines to the TurboBLAST
BlackCluster-2 for high speed web service. BankHacker.com, a Spanish Linux company,
announced BlackCluster-2, a Linux cluster system for high
performance HTTP servers. The cluster uses AMD Duron and AMD Athlon
processors, and runs Red Hat Linux.
NuSphere introduces NuSphere MySQL Advantage 2.0. NuSphere has
announced the availability of "NuSphere MySQL Advantage 2.0," a
MySQL-based web development package "for small- and medium-sized
New version of 'DNS and BIND' from O'Reilly. O'Reilly has announced a new edition (the
fourth) of DNS and BIND. This edition covers BIND 9, various
new DNS standards, and more. The security
chapter has been made available online.
Also out from O'Reilly is Oracle &Open
Source: Tools and Applications.
FreePM Adds 3000 Drug Objects to Formulary. FreePM is a template driven
system that utilizes open-source software to provide physicians with
an easy to use, easy to modify medical record management solution.
announced that it now has 3000 drug objects available for
April issue of LPI-News. Here's the latest issue of the Linux Professional Institute
(LPI) Newsletter. This month includes:
- Linux Jobsite webpage.
- Comdex Chicago.
- IBM and NEC purchase bulk blocks of vouchers.
- Level 2 - Progress
- LPIC-1 Graduates as of March 31st 2001; 430
- IBM Press release.
Linux Stock Index for April 26 to May 02, 2001.
LSI at closing on April 26, 2001 ... 30.99
LSI at closing on May 02, 2001 ... 33.58
The high for the week was 33.58
The low for the week was 30.99
Open source products
- Global Software Consultants (ORLANDO, Fla.):
Open-Source Software Opens Door for Web Entrepreneurs.
GSC is creating open-source applications specially
designed for small to mid-size businesses and offering additional products and services.
- SAP AG ():
SAP DB; open source database.
SAP DB is an open, SQL-based, relational database management system. The database kernel is released under the GNU General Public License and the GNU Lesser General Public License is used for clients and programming interfaces.
Distributions and bundled products
Proprietary Products for Linux
Servers and Desktop Systems
Products and Services Using Linux
Products With Linux Versions
- Aladdin Systems, Inc. (Watsonville, CA):
Aladdin Expands StuffIt Development with Linux and Solaris Betas.
- Corel Corporation (OTTAWA):
WordPerfect Office 2002 Now on Store Shelves: Corel's New Office Suite Delivers Added Power, Control and Precision to Customers.
- Dirig Software (NASHUA, N.H.):
Dirig Software Debuts First Complete Ebusiness Infrastructure Management Solution.
- Extended Systems (BOISE, Idaho):
Extended Systems' Advantage Database Server to Support Linux.
- Fresher Information Corp. (SAN FRANCISCO):
Fresher Announces Availability Of MATISSE 5.0; New Developer Web Site Launched -- Free Developer Version!.
MATISSE 5.0 is an SQL-Object database platform. It supports Linux, FreeBSD and other platforms and has language binding for SQL, Java, C++, C, Python, Perl, PHP, and Eiffel. Most of the language bindings are being offered as open source software.
- Heroix Corporation (NEWTON, Mass.):
Heroix Announces the Heroix eQ Software Suite: Unifies Management of Windows 2000, Windows NT, Unix, and Linux Systems.
- IMA ():
IMA To Provide Free Copies of Internet Exchange Messaging Server 5.
- InterNetShare Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.):
InterNetShare Releases Advanced Edge Router Product Family; First to provide advanced translation and security for IPv4 to IPv6 transition.
The Source Code is available for Linux, embedded Linux or other popular embedded operating systems.
- Kurant Corporation (SAN FRANCISCO):
Kurant Extends Global Reach With International Version of StoreSense.
- Lexmark International (LEXINGTON, Ky.):
Lexmark leadership in breakthrough performance, high-value inkjets continues with 2001 Z-line.
- Magic Software Enterprises (IRVINE, CA):
Magic eService Solution wins award.
- MINOLTA-QMS (MOBILE, Ala.):
MINOLTA-QMS Adds PageScope for Convenient Printer Management; Network Printer Management Utility Offers Easy Access to Printers.
- Parabon Computation, Inc. (FAIRFAX, Va.):
Distributed Computing Software Now Available for Linux.
Parabon's Pioneer(TM) compute engine is now available for Red Hat, Mandrake and SuSE Linux.
- REBOL Technologies (Ukiah, CA):
Interesting X-Internet Story? REBOL.
REBOL Technologies announced the release of REBOL/View, an Internet software technology that launches the next generation platform for distributed Internet applications.
- Silicon Graphics, Inc. (LILLE, France, ITEC 2001, Booth 420):
SGI Revolutionizes Low-Cost Immersive Visualization.
The SGI Graphics Cluster series offers several models. The series supports both Linux(R) and Windows NT(R) as well as off-the-shelf graphics subsystems, API, and accelerators. Product deliveries are planned for summer 2001.
- Trend Micro Inc. (CUPERTINO, Calif.):
Trend Micro's InterScan VirusWall and eManager Receive 'Highly Commended' Accolade At Secure Computing Academy Awards 2001.
- Tripwire Inc. (PORTLAND, Ore.):
Tripwire Allows Managed Service Providers to Offer High Integrity Hosting Environments.
- Xythos Software Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO):
Xythos Launches Version 3.0 of WebDAV Software to Fortune 500 IT Managers, HSPs, OEMs.
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Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
May 3, 2001