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Corel starts linking up. In the modern world, it is no longer
sufficient just to have a distribution for sale - you also need agreements
with other companies to help develop, promote, and distribute the system.
Corel made a number of strides in that direction this week with
All together, it looks like an aggressive strategy of linking up to
position Corel Linux as strongly as possible. Corel appears to be
- Ebiz (operating as TheLinuxStore.com) will be
selling computers with Corel Linux preinstalled. This would appear to
be the first such arrangement that Corel has; expect them to pursue
more of them. Corel looks like it may come out with the easiest
installation yet, but the truth is that most people do not want to
install their own systems. Having hardware companies sell
preinstalled systems is important. (Announcement).
- A joint development and distribution agreement with Inprise was announced.
The partnership will work on the development of both Corel's and
Inprise's tools under Linux, and will also include joint marketing.
- Another partnership was announced
with Webb Interactive Services; this one will result in an instant
messaging service that becomes part of the Corel Linux desktop.
IBM's DeveloperWorks launches. IBM has moved its DeveloperWorks
page out of beta. The new, improved site includes an "Open
Source Zone" where Jikes and other goodies live, and a Linux
Zone with tutorial information on subjects like the GNOME libraries and
Magic software penguins fired. Magic Software has belatedly responded
to complaints about their use of live penguins at LinuxWorld. It seems
they will no longer use live penguins, and are making a donation to the
Wildlife Conservation Society as well. "[The penguins] are, in fact,
trained actors used to appearing before hot lights and cameras. Some of
their commercial credits include Batman (the movie), as well as several
frozen food ads. However, it would now appear that their career as the
Magic penguin (nicknamed 'MeL' by the Company) is at an end."
Microsoft's investment in Akamai drew some interest in Linux
circles. The reason, of course, is that Akamai's distributed web server
network is based on Linux. Might Microsoft's presence bring about a change
in technology? The truth of the matter is that Microsoft's share of the
company will only be 1%, meaning that its influence will not be that
great. Chances are that it will be business as usual at Akamai.
- Inprise has
announced a new developer
news site which will contain Linux-related (and other) articles.
the JBuilder Just-In-Time compiler (JIT) for the Linux operating
- and a high performance
Linux application development environment.
Apropos Retail Management Systems and St. John Knits announced
that Apropos has been selected to install new Retail Management
systems in all St. John Knits store locations in the United States and
Germany. The Apropos system will be deployed on the Linux operating
system at St. John Knits.
Idealab! unveiled its first Linux venture, OpenSales, Inc., to
offer an Open Source e-commerce software solution called OpenMerchant
in October 1999.
Innovative Electronics, Inc. introduced a new product for the
retail loss prevention sector, Interactive-EasC. Linux versions are
OpenSales announced that "OpenMerchant," an open source e-commerce
system, will be released in October.
Red Hat, Inc. announced that its on-site consulting services
worked with iCelebrate.com to integrate Red Hat Linux to power a new
holiday and seasonal e-commerce Web site.
www.i-gift.com puts shopping centers on the internet. The i-gift
engine is driven by a suite of i-commerce technology:
Linux, Java, Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) from Sybase, and the
Zope web publishing server from Digital Creations.
Quantum3D announced that leading coin-op amusement game
manufacturer Smart Industries has selected Quantum3D's Quicksilver II
systems to power their new Hollywood Photo line of photo
booths. Available with Linux.
- CoolKeyboards Corporation announced that LinuxMall will become the
'Worldwide Distribution Channel' for both their current and future
- Motorola Computer Group announced that its CompactPCI-based
telecommunications platforms have been selected as the foundation for
an IP gatekeeper solution from French IP telephony company NetCentrex.
M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd. announced the extension of its
DiskOnChip 2000 flash disk product line with new capacities now up to
288MB. DiskOnChip support is available with all major operating
system environments including Linux.
Siemens announced the Pocket Reader, a portable digital
highlighter. Software for Linux can be downloaded from the Pocket
Reader Web site at www.pocketreader.com.
Ziatech Corp. announced it is combining its CompactNET
multiprocessing technology with the recently announced LinuxPCI 1000
Development System, speeding the implementation of Linux-based,
multiprocessing CompactPCI systems.
Applix, Inc. announced the free availability of the Beta test
version of Applix WebInsight. WebInsight operates with the Apache web
server on Linux systems. The Beta-test version can be downloaded from
Associated Compiler Experts released its "CoSy" compiler
development system for Linux. Pricing starts at $250,000.
BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. announced the 2.2 release of
Internet Quick-Connect (IQ2) for Linux.
CoCreate Software Inc. announced ME10 software for 2-D CAD work
running on the Red Hat Linux operating system.
emWare, Inc. announced that its EMIT emGateway software will be
commercially available on the Linux platform in the 1st quarter of
FourFront announces V2.0 of Accounting Software with tools for
handling EMU, file auditing and Linux support.
Innovative Routines International announced the availability of
its flagship CoSORT 7 release for Linux and Solaris 2.7, for both
SPARC and Intel platforms.
InstaPass.com, Inc. announced that its Web-based graphics
optimization application, GIF Wizard ( http://www.gifwizard.com ), is
offering a low-cost alternative to obtaining a license from Unisys to
use their LZW technology for GIF graphic display and creation.
IntraACTIVE, Inc. announced the beta release of their Banter
MultiNetwork Instant Messenger. The Java-based Banter MultiNetwork
works with Windows, Macintosh, Unix, and Linux platforms, and it will
soon support six languages. IntraACTIVE, Inc. is beta testing Banter
MultiNetwork this week at http://www.bantu.com.
ParaSoft Corp. announced the release of CodeWizard for C++ v. 3.0,
the newest version of their automatic coding standards enforcement
Spatial Inc. announced the availability of version 5.3 of ACIS 3D
Toolkit. They list Red Hat Linux 5.2 among the supported operating
Vovida Networks announced its expanded suite of Voice over
Internet Protocol (VoIP) software products.
Caldera Systems and Macmillan teamed up to form "Caldera Press."
This new publishing operation will concentrate on business-oriented titles.
Caldera Systems also made a deal with Fujitsu. Fujitsu will be
installing OpenLinux on its servers; the effort seems to be aimed at
the Japanese market in the short term.
GraphOn Corporation announced the expansion of its international
sales and engineering operations with the opening of its European
headquarters in Reading, UK. GraphOn software allows remote use of
Linux applications over a network.
- KeyLabs Inc. announced that Motorola Computer Group's (MCG's)
SLX2020 network appliance has passed KeyLabs' network server
compatibility tests in support of major Linux operating system
- Linuxcare and Macmillan announced a deal wherein Linuxcare
provides support for Macmillan's (Mandrake-based) Linux distribution.
- LinuxForce Inc. has been selected by INTECH to provide service and
support for their entire network of Debian GNU/Linux based servers
including a 16 node Beowulf Super Computer and their Internet gateway.
- Linux Professional Institute sent us the news for September 22.
Mission Critical Linux LLC announced its existance. They plan to
specialize in placing Linux in critical enterprise applications.
- Here is
a press release regarding the new, $15 million Beowulf cluster
system being bought by the Forecast Systems Laboratory of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
RHI Consulting announced the results of a survey: 57% of the chief
information officers they polled see an increase in the use of Linux
in their organizations.
- Sun is offering
a "cyber seminar" in France on "Sun and Linux." The event is
aimed at France, and the page is in French (Babelfish translation
available here), but the actual event will evidently be in English.
(Thanks to Olivier Montanuy).
VA Linux Systems announced the formation of a professional
services (consulting) group.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
September 30, 1999