Red Hat boosts e-commerce platform

Red Hat Inc. beefed up its line of Internet-based infrastructure solutions Wednesday at LinuxWorld Expo, announcing it would add Aktopia's Interchange e-commerce platform to its lineup.

With Aktopia's product, users looking to piece together an integrated infrastructure for e-commerce applications have more flexibility to do so and at a lower cost, according to Red Hat officials. The product joins the Stronghold Secure Web Server and CCVS' e-commerce payment system in Red Hat's solutions portfolio.

Like those two offerings, Interchange will be tightly tied together through the Red Hat Network, which is an Internet-based service for delivering open-source products, upgrades, security features, and user support.

Red Hat earlier this week announced it would partner with Eazel to deliver solutions that combine Red Hat Network with Eazel's suite of Internet-based services aimed at individual users.

As part of the agreement, Red hat will integrate Eazel's Nautilus software into upcoming versions of Red Hat's Linux. Nautilus includes Eazel's graphical desktop interface and a number of Internet-based services.

Also as part of the deal, Eazel will feature Red Hat Linux packages in its Software Catalog service. Users can access these programs through the Nautilus interface.

In a third announcement this week, Red Hat announced that Daiei Information System (DIS) has chosen Red Hat to supply a series of end-to-end open-source solutions for the company and its customers.

As reported last year, DIS plans to install more than 15,000 Red Hat Linux-based systems inside the Lawson convenience store chain, which numbers about 8,000 stores across the country.

Red Hat 7J, which is the Japanese-language version of the company's operating system, will replace Microsoft's Windows in Lawson's stores.

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