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 February 2001 Linux Journal

The February issue of Linux Journal is on newsstands now. This issue focuses on Kernel Internals. Click here to view the table of contents, or here to subscribe. All articles through December 1999 are available for public reading at http://www.linuxjournal.com/lj-issues/mags.html. Recent articles are available on-line for subscribers only at http://interactive.linuxjournal.com/.

Distro News


OREM, UT-January 16, 2001- Caldera Systems, Inc., today announced the release of Caldera Volution, a Linux management solution that reduces the cost of implementing and managing Linux systems. With Caldera Volution, administrators can use policies and profiles to manage thousands of Linux systems, without having to individually manage or touch each. Volution is distribution-neutral - designed to work with all major Linux distributions, and provides broad management functions. Volution will significantly benefit anyone needing to manage multiple Linux servers and desktops.

Caldera Volution is a Web-based remote management solution that allows administrators to manage Linux systems from anywhere at anytime. It is directory-based utilizing the inherent strengths of LDAP directories. Directories provide two major benefits: They give administrators a place to not only store information, but a logical and intuitive way of managing network resources. Volution supports three major LDAP directories, Novell's eDirectory, OpenLDAP and iPlanet. OpenLDAP and eDirectory ship with the product. Volution will ship in nine additional languages including Chinese - simplified and traditional, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. The suggested list price for Caldera Volution is US $2995. Volution ships with the Volution software, Novell eDirectory and OpenLDAP, a secure Web server and licenses to manage up to 10 nodes. Additional nodes are sold separately.


Nuremberg, Germany - January 12, 2001 - Today, SuSE Linux presented the second generation of e-mail solutions for commerce, public administration, workgroups and all others needing professional e-mail communication.

The SuSE eMail Server II is an Open Source solution, based on reliable components consistent with Internet standards such as SMTP, IMAP4, POP3, and LDAP. In accordance with the IMAP standard (Internet Message Access Protocol), the SuSE eMail Server administrates mail on a central server. The server supports all common e-mail clients, including Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape Messenger, and Eudora or via the included Web-Mail Client IMP.

The SuSE eMail Server II can be obtained from SuSE or from software retailers from the beginning of February onwards. The suggested retail price for one server is 255 Euro and includes a manual, 60 days installation support and the server backup solution Arkeia from Knox Software.

Nuremberg, Germany - January 19, 2001 - SuSE Linux and Lotus announced the SuSE Linux Groupware Server. The new server combines the comprehensive functionality of the Domino Messaging and Web Application Server with the cost advantages and the reliability of the Linux operating system. This provides a basis for improved business processing and customer relations.

With more than 50 million users worldwide, the product-integrated Domino Server delivers efficient tools for groupware, workflow, messaging and scheduling. Domino also provides a flexible basis for fast web and messaging application development.

SuSE Linux Groupware Server can be purchased from SuSE or software retailers, beginning February 2001. The suggested retail price is Euro 2.555,00 + VAT.

For further information on SuSE Linux Groupware Server, please visit SuSE's Groupware web page Groupware web page.

News in General

 Upcoming conferences and events

Linux Expo, Amsterdam
January 23-24, 2001
Amsterdam, Netherlands

6th USENIX Conference on Object-Oriented Technologies and Systems
January 29 - February 2, 2001
San Antonio, TX

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
January 29 - February 2, 2001
New York, NY


Linux Expo, Paris
January 31 - February 2, 2001
Paris, France

Open Source and Free Software Developers' Meeting
February 3-4, 2001
Brussels, Belgium

Internet World Canada/ISPCON
February 5-8, 2001
Toronto, Canada

The O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference
February 14-16, 2001
San Francisco, CA

Internet Appliance Workshop
February 20-21, 2001
San Jose, CA

March 5-7, 2001
Bangalor, India

LINUX Business Expo
March 7-9, 2001
Sydney, Australia

March 10-11, 2001
Dayton, OH

Internet World Spring
March 12-16, 2001
Los Angeles, CA

COMDEX Canada West
March 13-15, 2001
Vancouver, B.C.

Game Developers Conference
March 20-24, 2001
San Jose, CA

March 22-28, 2001
Hannover, Germany

3rd USENIX Symposium on Internet Technologies and Systems
March 26-28, 2001
San Francisco, CA

March 28-29, 2001
Prague, Czech Republic

Colorado Linux Info Quest Conference & Expo/CLIQ 2001

March 29-30, 2001
Denver, CO

Association of C/C++ Users (ACCU)
March 29-31, 2001
Oxford, England

LINUX Business Expo
April 2-5, 2001
Chicago, IL

Linux Expo, Madrid
April 4-5, 2001
Madrid, Spain

Linux Expo Road Show
April 23-27, 2001
Various Locations

Linux for Industrial Applications
3rd Braunschweiger Linux-Tage
May 4-6, 2001
Braunschweig, Germany

Linux@Work Europe 2001
May 8 - June 15, 2001
Various Locations

Linux Expo, Sao Paulo
May 9-10, 2001
Sao Paulo, Brazil

SANS 2001
May 13-20, 2001
Baltimore, MD

7th Annual Applied Computing Conference
May 14-17, 2001
Santa Clara, CA

Linux Expo, China
May 15-18, 2001
Shanghai, China

SITI International Information Technologies Week
OpenWorld Expo 2001
May 22-25, 2001
Montreal, Canada

Strictly e-Business Solutions Expo
May 23-24, 2001
Minneapolis, MN

Linux Expo, Milan
June 6-7, 2001
Milan, Italy

USENIX Annual Technical Conference
June 25-30, 2001
Boston, MA

PC Expo
June 26-29, 2001
New York, NY

Internet World Summer
July 10-12, 2001
Chicago, IL

O'Reilly Open Source Convention
July 23-26, 2001
San Diego, CA

10th USENIX Security Symposium
August 13-17, 2001
Washington, D.C.

HunTEC Technology Expo & Conference
Hosted by Hunstville IEEE
August 17-18, 2001
Huntsville, AL
URL unkown at present

August 25-26, 2001
Dayton, OH

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
August 27-30, 2001
San Francisco, CA


Linux Lunacy
Co-Produced by Linux Journal and Geek Cruises

October 21-28, 2001
Eastern Caribbean

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
October 30 - November 1, 2001
Frankfurt, Germany

5th Annual Linux Showcase & Conference
November 6-10, 2001
Oakland, CA

Strictly e-Business Solutions Expo
November 7-8, 2001
Houston, TX

LINUX Business Expo
Co-located with COMDEX
November 12-16, 2001
Las Vegas, NV

15th Systems Administration Conference/LISA 2001
December 2-7, 2001
San Diego, CA

 Linux Journal Competition

Come up with cover ideas for fun and prizes! The LJ crew's brains are growing fatigued after six years of coming up with ideas to put on the cover of Linux Journal, so they'd like to expand the thinking pool by soliciting cover ideas from LJ readers. They need cover ideas for the following issues and editorial foci:

Please submit printable cover concepts in text to Khris Goldberg khris@ssc.com. If your idea is selected you will be awarded a lifetime subscription to Linux Journal as well as a super swell Linux Journal jacket, manufactured by Land's End.


Linux4Chemistry claims to be the most up to date Linux software list (over 220 links) including the fields of: NMR, molecular modelling, visualization, graphics, molecular and quantum mechanics, dynamics, kinetics calculations and simulations, other computational (bio)chemistry software, drug discovery software and some tools for genetics too.

Nikodem Kuznik, the creator of the site, says that the goal of this web-site is to provide the most up-to-date links to chemical software running on Linux. As the field is still under an intensive development, the web-site will also be continuously under construction and you may even find some not-up-to-date URLs there for this same reason. In that case the author will be very glad of your feedback. Nikodem says that you are very welcome to send your comments, new URLs and so on.

 International Support for Linux Job Site

Mojolin has added international support to its full featured online Job/Resume database. Job listings and resumes can now be entered with full location specifics. This new ability is complemented by a feature that allows an individual to search by countries, and by states and provinces in the United States and Canada. In addition, links have been provided to BabelFish for translation of the site into five different languages: German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Other features include a nightly email agent which informs job seekers of the latest opportunities, and the ability for Webmasters to include Mojolin's job listings on their own sites.

 LinuxIT acquires 01linux Solutions

LinuxIT, a European Linux Solution Provider, has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the business interests of 01Linux Solutions Ltd, a UK-based Linux Support and Consulting company.

LinuxIT has a Linux portal that includes directories for software, hardware, documentation, job postings and user forums, offering services for Linux users and professionals.

This acquisition strengthens LinuxIT's position as one of the leading Vendor-neutral solution providers in Europe. 01Linux has marketed itself extensively as a solutions and services provider and has acquired a reputation for quality offerings based around excellent technical expertise.

Peter Dawes, Managing Director of LinuxIT commented, "The integration of 01Linux into LinuxIT will further add to our Support and Professional Services offerings. We are now offering Total Linux support for all types of customers ranging from one server through to corporates with hundreds of mission critical systems. Combined with our bespoke development, porting of applications to Linux and our educational offerings, this means that LinuxIT is in a unique position to service the growing demand for Linux and Open Source know-how."

 Books, Books, and More Books

First, AW Books have a couple of titles they asked us to highlight to you:

Writing GNOME Applications
by John R. Sheets
ISBN: 0-201-65791-0

Writing GNOME Applications will help Linux programmers learn the basics of GNOME and understand how to write real-world applications using this important programming environment. Focusing on the essentials, this book guides you through GNOME's fundamental elements and explains how and why these elements function as they do. Rather than serving as an exhaustive reference, the book offers detailed discussion on the most important function calls, demonstrating how to put them to work in application development. This book should appear soon under the OpenBook licence. Keep an eye on the OpenBooks website for updates on this and other titles.

PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts
by Bruce Momjian
ISBN: 0-201-70331-9

PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, written by a founding member of the PostgreSQL Global Development Team, provides a much-needed tutorial and real-world guide to understanding and working with this complex yet essential system. The book is also available on-line from the PostgreSQL website, at this location.

Manning Books have brought a new title: Data Munging with Perl to our attention. They say: "The transformation of data from one format to another, colloquially 'munging', is one of the most common programming tasks. The new Manning book, Data Munging with Perl, examines this important process in detail and shows how well suited Perl is for these tasks. The book is aimed at programmers using any programming language who carry out data munging as part of their daily routine. Programmers who are more experienced in Perl may learn a number of new Perl techniques to make their jobs easier."

For a closer look at Data Munging with Perl, Manning offers components of the book online: the table of contents, two sample chapters, the index and source code can be viewed at www.manning.com/cross/. As an added perk, the publisher runs an Author Online discussion forum for discussions between readers and the author, Dave Cross.

The book can be bought now, in PDF format at a discount to the paper version which will soon be for sale. Printed Edition - Softbound, 304 pages, $36.95 Ebook Edition - PDF format, 2 MB, $13.50

Finally, CMP Books have brought out a new title on programming for KDE 2.0

Programming KDE 2.0
By Lotzi Bölöni
ISBN: 1-929629-13-3, Price: US$39.95 Trade Paper with CD-ROM, 265 pp.

CMP say that this book aims to explain all aspects of developing applications to run on the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It describes KDE development from the ground up, starting with fundamentals of event-driven programming and object/component-oriented systems. It progresses through design and management of GUI widgets and dialogs, and ends with the details of font and text controls and picture display. The author shows how to use the Applications Programming Interface (API), manage multitasking applications and build embedded applications using object/component models and the new Kannosa shared library techniques.

 ZF Linux Devices

ZF Linux Devices has just created what they like to call the "littlest PC", the MachZ. The MachZ fits on an inch square chip, yet is a complete computer, loaded with Linux. More than 60 companies are designing products around the Mach Z, from medical devices and farm equipment to home appliances and vending machines.

Applications for the MachZ PC-on-a-chip include:

 Linux Links

If you are looking for info on the new Kernel 2.4.0, you could take a look at the editorial on Linux Weekly News

With recent comments on this web-page on the subject of security, it would probably be worthwhile for anyone whose interest has been piqued to peruse the Linux Security FAQ (as pointed to by /.)

ShowMeLinux's January Issue Now Available with a mix of features, news and support.

The Duke of URL have a couple of items that may be of interest to you:

Finally, Slashdot have an article where you can read how Steve Ballmer says Linux is the top threat to MS.

Software Announcements

 Linux Server Pages Product for Xbase

January 8, 2001 SAN LEANDRO, CA, PlugSys International today announced its new Max Server Pages (MSP) product. This gives Xbase developers a reliable, economical way to migrate to Linux and perform server-side scripting. Using classic Xbase commands and functions, developers can access data stored in DBF files or ODBC databases and blend the results with HTML and Javascript. Max Server Pages development focuses on creation of HTML templates with embedded Xbase control structures, expressions, commands and functions. MSP Professional also allows developers to precompile source code for even faster loading libraries. The final phase of beta test is in progress. Beta testers are encouraged to apply. The company is particularly interested in Xbase developers with some web development experience and access to a web server machine running Red Hat 6.2.

 Try Linux Online with Runaware

Oakland, CA (January 10, 2000) - Runaware, the world's first Evaluation Service Provider for software vendors and consumers, today announced a partnership with SlashTCO, a U.K.-based open source services provider, to promote Linux awareness through online testing and supplementary resources.

Runaware will enable software purchasers to test Linux products through the web browser without downloads or installation. Support materials such as reviews and explanatory articles provided by SlashTCO will enhance the evaluation process.

 WordWalla Enters Linux Partnership

FREMONT, Calif. (January 17, 2001) WordWalla, Inc., a leading global language software provider, has joined three key industry organizations to participate in the development and understanding of new, emerging technologies and markets the Embedded Linux Consortium, LISA and the Unicode Consortium

As members of these three leading organizations, WordWalla will help contribute to the latest developments in Linux applications and Unicode standards as it relates to the use and proliferation of new font technologies, and will support and evangelize globalization initiatives.

 VMware Release GSX Server

PALO ALTO, Calif., January 23, 2001 - VMware, Inc. today announced that it has concluded its GSX Server beta program with more than 300 companies worldwide participating. The company also announced that the product is available for sale today at www.vmware.com

Based on VMware's patent pending MultipleWorlds technology, GSX Server gives information technology (IT) organizations mainframe-class control on Intel based servers. The software helps IT professionals leverage resources in responding to the growing demand for new applications and services by cutting down on the number of servers required, taking the pain out of staging and testing server applications and automating server installation and management.

VMware GSX Server for Linux systems is priced at $2,499 for a single license purchase and is available today via electronic distribution directly from VMware. Premium support at the Silver, Gold and Platinum levels is available on a per incident basis or via subscription. Packaged versions of GSX Server will be available from VMware and from selected resellers and distributors within imminently.

 Internet Cafe Management Software

ISP Daemon, or ISPd, addresses two issues for ISP's. As a product, it offers a solution for user maintenance and billing. Currently ISPd features: More information at the ISPd website

 OTG Announces DiskXtender for Linux and Support for Red Hat

BETHESDA, MD, January 3, 2001 - OTG Software, a software developer of online storage, data access and email management solutions, today announced DiskXtender for Linux, new storage software that supports the Red Hat Linux platform. This new product aims to enable true heterogeneous and centralized storage management. OTG is now further extending its expertise in Windows 2000/NT storage systems to Linux, building on its recent announcement of DiskXtender for UNIX.

Copyright © 2000, Michael Conry and the Editors of Linux Gazette.
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Published in Issue 62 of Linux Gazette, February 2001
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