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Linuxcare launches system administration
services. Linuxcare's new Managed Services program provides
subscribers with an array of services and support aimed at the ISP
market. No doubt Linuxcare will target other markets with similarly
comprehensive offerings in the future, if all goes well. Briefly, here's
a look at what an ISP can expect for its monthly subscription fee.
- A tailored Linux distribution along with installation,
configuration, optimization and tuning services.
- Systems monitoring.
- Remote systems administration.
- Remote software updates.
- Repair/Reprovisioning services to automate repairs and
Essentially, an ISP can offer Linux hosting services to its
customers while outsourcing the administration to Linuxcare. Our
experience in the support business suggests that there are quite a
few ISPs out there that could benefit from such a service.
This offering is similar to the Red Hat Network, but of course it is
different too. With Red Hat's offering each subscriber can chose a
level of administration support from simple notification when a
update or security patch is available to having the update or patch
installed remotely. Linuxcare's offering always includes the
latter. Red Hat Network also differs by taking a broader approach to
the set of potential subscribers. (See LWN for Sept. 28, 2000 for a
description of Red Hat Network.) Linuxcare's offering of a tailored
Linux distribution is what really sets it apart from similar
offerings, though. Linuxcare has the expertise to start with wide
array of Linux distribution's for those who want to start with
something other than Red Hat Linux. (See also:
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. LinuxWorld takes place January 30 - February 2, 2001, at the Jacob
Javits Convention Center in New York City. This is one event which
tends to be accompanied by a deluge of press releases. Here are
some of the press releases we've seen so far.
More announcements, concerning various events and talks can be found
on this week's
Linuxcare Labs Addresses Need for Independent
Linux Certifications. Linuxcare, Inc. unveiled a
suite of tiered testing services for enterprise Linux
More Linux certification news.
Linux Centers USA has opened 12 centers to prepare candidates
for Linux+ and Red Hat certification tests.
RedFlag Software joins GNOME Foundation. RedFlag, a Linux distribution in China, has
joined the Advisory Board of the GNOME Foundation. As part of
the membership, RedFlag will work to localize GNOME into Simplified
Bear River Associates Releases Open Source
Bear River's C++ framework provides UI components, streams,
TCP/IP and scanning features.
Bear River also
released Janx, a server-side Java application framework for
developing web sites and web-hosted software. Janx combines Java and
Apple Linux Technology Manager Joins Terra
Soft. Kevyn Shortell, the former Linux Technology Manager for
Apple Computer, has joined the Terra Soft
Solutions, maker of Yellow Dog Linux for the PowerPC.
Corel's new strategy. Here's
the press release from Corel on its new strategy. It's clear as mud...
"Corel will leverage its solid foundation as a global technology
leader with over 15 years of experience to enhance its relationships
with existing customers while targeting new customers in emerging
markets fueled by the rapid expansion of the Web and the increasing
demand for graphics-rich visual communication." It does say
that the Linux division will be sold off, eventually, and that Corel
will continue to sell Linux versions of its products.
Announcing....Linux Weekly?. A company called "SYS-CON Media" has put out an
announcement for a new publication called "Linux Weekly." It is to
be a print publication, and the first issue is due out in March. There
will be a version ("Linux Woche") for German-speaking Europe as well.
We do hope there will not be confusion with LWN.net (also known as "Linux
Weekly News") which has been using that name for three years.
Linux Stock Index for January 18 to January 24, 2001
LSI at closing on January 18, 2001 41.38
LSI at closing on January 24, 2001 42.08
The high for the week was 42.08
The low for the week was 41.38
Open Source Products
Unless specified, license is unverified.
Endeavors Technology Inc. (IRVINE, Calif. & READING, England)
announced open source peer-to-peer (P2P) infrastructure
software for Compaq's iPAQ Pocket PC.
Objectivity Inc. (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) announced the
availability of the Objectivity XML Interface Tool.
VelociGen Inc. (SAN DIEGO) announced plans to make its software
package, VeloMeter Pro!, available on a free open-source
basis. VeloMeter Pro! is used to test the capabilities of Web
applications such as e-commerce transaction performance.
Distributions and Servers
- SuSE Linux and Lotus (Nuremberg,
Germany) announced the SuSE Linux Groupware Server. The new
server combines the the Domino Messaging and Web Application Server
with SuSE Linux.
QLogic Corp. (ALISO VIEJO, Calif.) announced that its QLA2200
Series Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) will be used in Compaq
Computer Corporation's ProLiant Linux servers with connections
to Compaq StorageWorks systems.
VA Linux Systems (FREMONT, Calif.) introduced a new series of 1U
servers for deployment in large-scale web farms for applications such
as web serving, firewalls, DNS or load-balancing. The VA Linux
1120 server and the VA Linux 1220 server.
Proprietary Products for Linux
IBackup (WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.) released standards-based
Content Management Server IBCM 1.0, based on the IBackup
Merlin Software Technologies International Inc. (BURNABY, British
Columbia) announced the release of PerfectBACKUP+ 7.0.
- New Planet Software (Los
Angeles, Calif.) announced the beta release of its Code
Crusader and Code Medic developer's software. Code
Crusader is a Linux development environment with a graphical user
interface and Code Medic is a graphical debugger for Linux. These
beta versions are free for testing.
Plesk Inc. (CHANTILLY, Va.) announced its release of Plesk
Server Administrator 1.3.1 (PSA) software. Developed for RedHat
7.x and FreeBSD 4.x operating systems.
- PlugSys International (SAN LEANDRO,
CA) announced its new Max Server Pages (MSP) product, which
gives Xbase developers a reliable, economical way to migrate to
Linux. This product is in the final phase of beta testing.
Silicom Ltd. (KFAR SAVA, Israel) announced that it has developed
proprietary drivers for its USB Ethernet products, which target
the Broadband Internet Access, Multi-Tenant Unit, and Home Networking
markets. The new drivers support the 2.4 kernel.
Products and Services Using Linux
eOn Communications Corporation (ATLANTA) announced the
availability of browser-based Web chat for its eQueue and eNterprise
communications systems. The Linux-based Web chat software, Agent
WebSpace, is part of the WebCenter suite of customer interaction
management (CIM) solutions.
LAND-5 Corporation (SAN DIEGO, CA) announced that its Linux-based
iceNAS software is now available for OEM licensing. iceNAS
software provides a browser-based GUI for managing network attached
Linuxcare (SAN FRANCISCO) unveiled a set of professional services
that help accelerate development and deployment of Linux-based network
storage and printing appliances in Windows NT/mixed environments.
- Lineo, Inc. (Lindon, Utah) Embedix announcements:
- Lineo and Metrowerks announced plans to preview a total solution of Embedix SDK
integrated with CodeWarrior for Embedix, preflashed on
Motorola's MPC8260 processor board in a convenient and ready-to-run
- Embedix RM, industrial shared
memory software for Linux, is now available.
- Embedix SDK 1.2-J, the next
release of the Japanese software development kit for embedded
developers and device manufacturers, is now available.
- REDSonic, Inc. (Orange County, California) announcements:
- RED-Builder, a target system image
creator for embedded systems.
- RED-Kit, a software and hardware
platform for embedded system developers.
- Total Impact (CAMARILLO,
California) announced the briQ; a PowerPC based network
appliance computer running Linux.
- Robert Roebling
(Freiburg, Germany ) announced the release of wxDesigner 2.0, a
RAD tool for cross-platform, cross-language GUI development.
Virtual Access Networks, Inc. announced a strategic relationship
with SuSE to deliver a Windows to Linux migration tool known as The
VMware, Inc. (PALO ALTO, Calif.) announced that it has concluded
its GSX Server beta program and the product is now available
Products with Linux Versions
Adax (BERKELEY, Calif.) announces the addition of the Red Hat
Linux 6.2 operating system to its portfolio of supported platforms.
The product will be the MTP-2 Protocol Software which operates
with the APC7-cPCI/PCI, SS7 controller.
Ariel Corp. (CRANBURY, N.J.) announced a 48-port version of
the RS4200, a high-density 56K/ISDN PCI two-card solution for Windows
NT- and Linux-based network access systems.
ATG (Art Technology Group, Inc.) (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) announced the
availability of ATG Dynamo version 5.1. The new version of ATG
Dynamo offers expanded platform (including Linux), database and
Chinese language support.
BindView Corporation (HOUSTON) announced the bv-Control
Security Management Suite, an enterprise-class security and policy
enforcement solution. Unix versions include Sun Solaris and Red Hat
Hewlett-Packard Company (PALO ALTO, Calif.) announced storage
capacity-on-demand for service providers available through HP
IBM (ARMONK, NY) announced IBM Director, a
highly-integrated systems management software solution, which includes
an advanced self-healing computing feature called Software
Rejuvenation, which will automatically reduce server downtime by
predicting and repairing software failures before they happen.
The MathWorks, Inc. (NATICK, Mass.) announced the availability of
MATLAB Student Version Release 12 for U.S. and international
SupportWizard (REDWOOD CITY, CA) announced the release of
SupportWizard Enterprise Edition version 4.0, which fully
integrates all web-based, e-mail, fax, and telephone communications
with customers into a single system.
Sybase, Inc. (EMERYVILLE, Calif.) made available the beta version
of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), the e-Business
NewMonics, Inc. (LISLE, Ill.) is now shipping PERC 3.1.
The PERC software platform is a suite of development tools and
run-time modules built on a clean-room implementation of a Java
Books and Training
Computing and the RTC Group (Mountain View, CA) have teamed up to
provide hands-on Embedded Linux training. The training will be held
at the Silicon Valley Conference Center, in San Jose, California from
January 29 through February 1st (4 days).
- No Starch Press (San Francisco,
CA) announced THE BLENDER BOOK. Blender is a free 3D graphics
and animation tool. THE BLENDER BOOK offers clear, step-by-step
tutorials that teach users all aspects of this often tricky and
Linuxcare, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced strategic services deals
with Maxtor Corp., Network Appliance Inc. and Silicon Graphics,
Inc. to help each vendor bring innovative storage products to
NetSilicon, Inc. (WALTHAM, Mass.) announced a partnership with
Microtask, an Italian embedded solutions distributor. With the
agreement, Microtask becomes an authorized distributor of NetSilicon's
NET+Works product family throughout Italy. The NET+Works product line
includes NET+OS an integrated solution with real-time operating
system, and an open source offering, NET+Lx, running uClinux.
MontaVista Software, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif. & TOKYO) announced an
alliance with ACCESS, Co., Ltd., provider of embedded browsers,
to pursue joint development and marketing activities.
- SteelEye Technology, Inc.(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and SALT LAKE CITY) announced a strategic OEM
agreement with Linux NetworX, Inc.. Linux NetworX will offer
SteelEye's LifeKeeper for Linux Next Generation Enterprise Reliability
platform with its clustering products.
Technauts (CARY, N.C.) announced an agreement with Coventive
Technologies to develop application-hosting software solutions
integrating Technauts' eServer products and Coventive's embedded Linux
Zengine, Inc. (FREMONT, Calif.) announced it will join Intel's
e-Business Service Provider (eBSP) Program, a Web
integrator-focused channel initiative that provides corporations with
a source for standardized e-Business solutions.
Sun Microsystems, Inc. (PALO ALTO, Calif.) reported revenues for
the second quarter were $5.115 billion, up 44 percent compared with
the second quarter of fiscal 2000.
Transmeta reported 4th quarter revenues of $12.4 million for the
quarter and $16.2 million for the year, with a net loss of $97.7
million. While revenues tripled for the year, the net loss more than
Aduva Inc. (PALO ALTO, Calif.), provider of network-based
technology to automate administrative management of the Linux
operating system, announced the appointment of Azi Cohen as the
company's chief executive officer.
Lineo, Inc. (LINDON, Utah) announced the appointment of Ryan
Tibbitts as General Counsel for Lineo. He will be responsible Lineo's
legal department, part of the company's executive staff and will
report directly to company COO Matt Harris.
Merlin Software Technologies (BURNABY, British Columbia) named
Kevin O'Reilly to the position Vice President Marketing.
- Penguin Computing Inc. (San
Francisco, Calif.) announced that Agilent Technologies veteran John
P. Page has joined the company as chief financial officer.
- RidgeRun, Inc. (Boise, Idaho),
provider of embedded Linux software for products employing digital
signal processing (DSP) components, announced expansion into the
European market with the opening of offices in Dublin, Ireland
and the appointment of Mr. Tullio Venturini as Client Support Manager.
- More law firms participating in VA Linux lawsuit:
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
January 25, 2001