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LinuxWorld wrap-up. LinuxWorld blew in on a
blizzard of press releases and went leaving a mound of them left to
plow through. Many were covered in last week's LWN on both the front page and on the commerce page. Of the remaining
mound, most have been sorted into various categories in the Press
Release section below. And here are the Award Winners for this year's
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo:
Lineo acquires Embedded Power Corporation. Lineo has announced the acquisition of
Embedded Power Corporation, a company which deals in real-time
operating systems for digital signal processors.
LynuxWorks launches SynergyWorks, gets
LynuxWorks has announced the launch of
SynergyWorks, its third-party partners program. The company has also
announced that Rappore Technologies has
ported its Bluetooth wireless networking implementation to BlueCat
Ximian GNOME to be HP standard desktop. HP has announced that it will adapt
Ximian (formerly Helix Code) GNOME as its standard HP-UX desktop for
the next major release after HP-UX-11i. Ximian will be helping out
by porting the whole system to HP-UX on both the PA-RISC and IA-64
Intel's PR on Will Swope's keynote. Intel has issued a
press release on the LinuxWorld keynote given by V.P. Will Swope.
"Swope outlined a series of steps that are necessary to move Linux
into the mid-tier of data centers, including the establishment of
industry-wide development projects that will ultimately enhance the OS
with enterprise features. He cited the project to enhance the Linux OS to
support 16 64-bit processors with near-linear performance improvement as
one such project."
The release also announces the "Intel Advanced Network Services" for
Linux - a load-balancing and failover system; they claim it's the first
such program for Linux, which is pretty clearly not true. See, for
example, the Linux Virtual
Server Project, which is hardly new.
Brian Paul wins the Free Software Foundation
announcement that Brian Paul was awarded the Free Software Foundation
Award for his work with the Mesa 3D graphics library.
Announcing the 'Whizzbee' web server. We just received an announcement for a new,
proprietary web server called "Whizzbee." It is built on top of Apache,
and is intended to operate in clustered environments. The web page
claims that Whizzbee is "free software," but a quick look at the
license agreement makes it clear that they are speaking in the "free
beer" sense only. The Apache license, of course, allows the release of
proprietary derived products.
January Netcraft web server survey. The January Netcraft web server
survey is out. Apache has dropped a little, to "only" 59% of the
servers on the net. More significant, however, is the constant increase
of Microsoft servers handling sites that do SSL encryption. Some serious
thought into why Apache is not dominant in that arena would be worth the
effort; SSL servers are an important component of World Domination.
(Thanks to Mike Prettejohn).
Linux Stock Index for February 02 to February 06, 2001:
LSI at closing on February 02, 2001 ... 41.03
LSI at closing on February 06, 2001 ... 41.68
The high for the week was 41.68
The low for the week was 40.97
Open Source Products
Unless specified, license is unverified.
- 3iNet (HOUSTON, TX) released its UIB
1-A, Universal Internet Box. UIB 1-A contains a full set of software
tools that accelerate time-to-market. They include the company's own
embedded version of Linux that fits into 8MB of flash memory, all
necessary device drivers and a powerful software toolkit.
The toolkit consists of a C++ class API that allows direct access to
the LCD, push buttons, LEDs, modem, etc. All the source code for the
device drivers and toolkit is provided under GPL public license.UIB 1-A contains a full set of
software tools, including the company's own embedded version of Linux
that fits into 8MB of flash memory, all necessary device drivers and a
software toolkit. The toolkit consists of a C++ class API that allows
direct access to the LCD, push buttons, LEDs, modem, etc. All the
source code for the device drivers and toolkit is provided under GPL
CYRANO announced the availability of version 1.0.0 beta 1 of
OpenSTA (Open System Testing Architecture) which includes a
re-designed User Interface.
Kargo, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced the release of Morphis,
its transcoding platform for wireless content.
- Sleepycat Software, Inc. (LINCOLN,
Massachusetts) released its latest version of the Open Source embedded
database Berkeley DB. The release includes a new port to the
QNX realtime platform, and supports all major UNIX and Linux systems,
Wind River's VxWorks and Windows.
SpeechWorks (BOSTON) announced the availability of an open source
VoiceXML Interpreter, known as Open VXI, as a reference
platform for developers.
Proprietary Products for Linux
CodeWeavers, Inc. and MusicMatch, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced the
general release of MusicMatch Jukebox for Linux 1.0.
Enhanced Software Technologies Inc. (NEW YORK) demonstrated
BRU-Pro, its newest data protection product for Linux-centric
- Linux Canada Inc. (ALBERTA, CANADA)
announced the beta release of its new accounting application for
Lotus Development Corporation (NEW YORK) announced the
availability of Domino Workflow on the Linux platform.
- LynuxWorks, Inc. (SAN JOSE,
Calif.) announced that FairCom Corporation's c-tree Plus File
Handler V6.10, embedded database technology, and the FairCom
database Server V6.10.34 will be supported on BlueCat Linux.
Metrowerks (NEW YORK) has enhanced its CodeWarrior software
development tools for Linux, with new functionality including full
Java support, native debugging, and concurrent and distributed
Oracle Corp. (REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) announced Oracle Business
Components for Java and
Oracle Internet File System.
Oracle Corp. (REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) announced a special
promotion to help developers get started on Linux using Oracle9i
Application Server and the latest version of the Oracle8i database by
downloading Oracle's Linux Fast Start Kit.
RidgeRun, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced its Open Multimedia
Interface (OMI), an API and multimedia plug-in for Linux.
Products and Services Using Linux
Cirrus Logic Inc., Austin (NEW YORK) announced that Maverick
microprocessors now support IBM's compact relational database, DB2
Everyplace on embedded Linux devices.
Lineo, Inc. (NEW YORK, LinuxWorld) launched the SecureEdge
hardware brand, the OEM development platform for Linux-based
appliances and devices.
Merlin Software Technologies International (NEW YORK) announced
Arcana, a family of Linux appliances for small business
Merlin (NEW YORK) also announced Brigade, a Linux appliance
that provides firewall services for both the home and small business.
PLX Technology, Inc. (SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced the PLX PCI
9056 I/O Accelerator, silicon that enables 32-bit, 66MHz PCI
operation in CompactPCI adapters, PCI adapters and embedded systems
that incorporate Motorola MPC 850/860 PowerQUICC processors or generic
32-bit, 66MHz local bus designs. Linux drivers are available with source code.
Red Hat Inc. and Wincor Nixdorf (PADERBORN, Germany) announced
that they have developed a Linux-based, JavaPOS solution
platform for retail point-of-sale (POS) systems.
Tuxia, Inc. (AUGSBURG, Germany and BLOOMFIELD, N.J.) announced
that its embedded system, TASTE, provides a Linux-based
operating system for National Semiconductor's Geode family of
high performance, low power consumption integrated processors.
VA Linux Systems, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced expanded technical
support and onsite service options as part of its "Total Linux
Coverage (TLC)" program. In addition, VA Linux has signed an
agreement with Logicon to deliver onsite installation and warranty
WARP Solutions Inc. (NEW YORK) announced the launch of its
Linux-based WARP Intelligent Content Distributor and WARP
Products with Linux Versions
Dirig (NASHUA, N.H.) announced that it has released a new
Specific Application Manager (SAM) for proactively managing
Empirix, Inc. (WALTHAM, Mass.) announced that its Bean-test
offering has been optimized for IBM WebSphere Application Server
ExperVision (FREMONT, Calif.) announced the availability of
Open RTK 6.0 for Unix/Linux, with over 50% improvement in
recognition accuracy and 100% improvement in speed over the previous version.
Hummingbird Ltd. (TORONTO) announced Exceed onDemand
version 3.0, a solution to facilitate remote and low-bandwidth
UNIX application connectivity.
IIT GmbH (BREMEN, Germany) announced the production release of
version 2.0.0 of its free JMS system SwiftMQ, which now contains
native I/O support for Linux and Solaris platforms.
Managed Objects (MCLEAN, Va.) announced that its Formula
software now includes adapters for NetIQ AppManager and Hewlett
Packard VantagePoint Operations, as well as support for the Linux
MPI Software Technology, Inc. (STARKVILLE, Miss.) announced the
official release of MPI/Pro Version 1.6.3. This version of
MPI/Pro supports Linux for TCP and VIA (Giganet only) networks and
PowerPC, x86, and Alpha processors.
SERENA Software (BURLINGAME, Calif.) announced that its eChange
Man solution supports all Hewlett-Packard Company server platforms
running Linux and other operating systems.
TASKING (DEDHAM, Mass.) announced the M16C Tool Suite V2.0,
with advanced compilation and error-checking capabilities.
Trinagy (TORRANCE, Calif.) has developed the VANTAGEwatch family
of agent products. The VANTAGEwatch suite -- TRENDwatch,
SYSwatch APPwatch and RMONwatch.
UniPress Software, Inc. (EDISON, N.J.) announced
FootPrints, the company's web-based issue tracking and help
XYZFind Corp. (SEATTLE) released XYZFind Server 1.0, its
new repository, search, and query engine for XML. Trial versions for
Solaris, Linux, and WinNT/2K are available for download on the
company's website, www.xyzfind.com.
YesSoftware (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) announced the release of
CodeCharge, a code generation application for database
publishing on the web.
appGate, Inc. (DURHAM, N.C.) announced the rollout of appGate
Connect, a new Java-based client software that will be bundled
with the latest release of their appGate software.
Insignia Solutions, Fremont (NEW YORK) announced that it will
offer its accelerated, Java-compatible Jeode Embedded Virtual
Machine technologies to design engineers and Linux programming
developers on DevelopOnline.com.
PointBase (NEW YORK) announced that it is partnering with
DevelopOnline to offer the PointBase 100% Pure Java
object-relational database management software through
DevelopOnline's Web-based open platform development site.
Tower Technology (NEW YORK) announced the general availability of
its TowerJ Java deployment platform on Linux/Intel Itanium
Books and Training
CompTIA (LOMBARD, Ill.) announced that its Linux+
certification program has three new sponsers, Course Technology,
Intel Corporation and SuSE.
Learning Tree International (RESTON, Va.) announced the release of
a new Hands-On IT Course, UNIX and Linux Optimization and
- O'Reilly (Sebastopol, CA)
released "Learning XML", by Eric T. Ray.
Sair Linux and GNU Certification (OXFORD, Miss.) unveiled its
curriculum for Level II certification, a flexible educational program
that will produce a Sair Linux and GNU Certified Engineer
3ware, Inc. (LINUXWORLD, NEW YORK, NY ) announced strategic
partnerships with three providers of Linux solutions. eLinux,
TheLinuxStore.com and Linuxcare, have partnered with
3ware to deliver storage solutions to Linux users.
DevelopOnline Corp. (NEW YORK) announced that developers using the
STMicroelectronics' STPC platform online can soon take
advantage of the Lineo Embedix operating system.
Eazel, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced a partnership with WorkSpot
Inc., an Open Source Application Service Provider (ASP), to
demonstrate Eazel's Nautilus software.
eMonitoringSolutions.com and Zoran Corporation (SACRAMENTO,
Calif.) announced it has formed a strategic alliance with Zoran
Corporation to develop Linux drivers for Zoran's USB Vision II
Menta Software, Inc. (REDWOOD CITY, Calif.) announced a technology
partnership with the New Internet Computer Company. They demonstrated
the Linux-based NIC (New Internet Computer) with Menta's WinToNet
server-based software at LinuxWorld.
Pixo Inc. and OLOTEK (CUPERTINO, Calif.) announced an agreement
that will enable mobile device users to access rapidly changing
financial information via Pixo's Linux-based Internet
Microbrowser and the OLOStock
RidgeRun, Inc. (NEW YORK) announced that it is partnering with
DevelopOnline to offer RidgeRun's DSPLinux SDK, based on
Texas Instruments' TMS320DSC21 digital signal processor (DSP), through
DevelopOnline's Web-based open platform development site.
Corel Corporation (OTTAWA, CANADA) announced results for its
fourth quarter and fiscal year ended November 30, 2000. Revenues for
the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2000 were $40.4 million, producing a
net loss of $8.6 million.
Santa Cruz Operations, Inc. (SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) announced fiscal
first quarter financial results for the period ending December 31,
2000. Revenues for the first fiscal quarter of 2001 were $26,455,000
compared with $32,797,000 for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2000.
Caldera Systems, Inc. (OREM, Utah) announced the hiring of Julie
Thornton to work with Linux Internation and Linux Professional
- Magic Software Enterprises (OR YEHUDA,
ISRAEL) announced that it has named software veteran Menachem Hasfari
as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Merinta Inc. (AUSTIN, Texas) announced that Camillo Martino has
joined the company as chief executive officer. Merinta offers complete
Linux based end-to-end IA software solutions.
- SlashTCO (UK) announced that Richard
Morrell and Lawrence Manning, two of the leading figures in the UK
Linux movement, are joining the staff of SlashTCO Limited.
TimeSys Corporation (PITTSBURGH) announced the appointment of
Francis X. Dougherty as CEO.
Turbolinux, Inc. (SAN FRANCISCO) announced that Jerry Greenberg,
senior vice president of Marketing, has been elected to the board of
directors of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL).
Linux At Work
MODCOMP, Inc. (FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.) announced that Invensys ENE,
Inc. has selected MODCOMP's ScadaBase E-business System to
provide a real-time environment monitoring and reporting. ScadaBase
runs on Linux.
eWEEK (MEDFORD, Mass.) announced that an estimated 100,000 to
200,000 individual hackers failed to penetrate three platforms, Sun
Solaris 7, IBM AIX 4.3.3 and Red Hat Linux, each of which was
secured by Argus's proprietary PitBull intrusion-prevention system.
I-Logix Inc. (ANDOVER, Mass.) announced the
launch of its Center for
Pervasive Computing. I-Logic hopes the site will provide embedded
developers with a single source for all material that closely ties
pervasive computing and embedded development.
Sun Microsystems Inc. (PALO ALTO, Calif.) announced that the
NetBeans Open Source Project (http://www.netbeans.org) has
received a Crossroads 2001 A-List Award in the Open Source Java IDE
(integrated development environment) category.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
February 8, 2001