Vendors spotlight Linux kernel

With the freshly minted Version 2.4 of the Linux kernel now in their hands, both software and hardware vendors will show off their latest Linux offerings at this week's LinuxWorld Expo in New York.

Open-source heavyweight SuSE Linux will announce a Feb. 12 ship date for its Version 7.1. The Intel-based software will be bundled with the new kernel, glibc 2.2, and KDE graphical environment.

Caldera Systems Inc. and the Santa Cruz Operation Inc. (SCO) will formally launch a new company, announced late last year. The new entity will meld Caldera and SCO's server software and professional services division to address clustering and cluster management centered around its recent Volution systems management software, which weaves existing Unix and Linux systems together.

Dell Computer Corp. will use the trade show to introduce preconfigured, Linux-based PowerEdge servers already loaded with messaging software from Emeryville, Calif.-based Sendmail Inc.

Dell will also demonstrate an IA-64 stack running a data-intensive banking application on Linux, which will include Java running on 64-bit Itanium.

Hewlett-Packard Co. will be on hand demonstrating recently released ultrathin Linux appliance servers, called Netservers, running Linux. Two new Linux software solutions will also be unveiled by HP. The first, Service Control Manager, is a formerly Unix-based management tool that HP officials said will offer a fivefold increase in performance to Linux network management. The second, Process Resource Manager for Linux, will allow users to allocate and distribute processing power across as many as eight CPUs.

Using twin IA-64 computers running side-by-side, HP will show how developers working on Linux can easily scale out their finished applications to what HP officials called "the more robust" HP-UX.

Compaq Computer will demonstrate the stability of Linux running on a cluster of its ProLiant servers.

IBM Corp. will roll out software that will allow users to configure and maintain a Linux cluster such as installing commercial software from a CD.

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