Vendors put weight behind Linux

Linux will be in the spotlight in March at the first-ever LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, in San Jose, California, with several vendors delivering key announcements at the show.

IBM will bundle Red Hat Linux with its servers and workstations, and the company will announce its intent to port the OS to its PowerPC chip.

Infoseek will announce it is porting two of its key search products to Linux, and GraphOn will showcase its remote-access technologies.

One vendor that will not be making any strategic announcements at LinuxWorld is Oracle, although the show will feature a keynote speech by Mark Jarvis, the company's senior vice president of worldwide marketing. The company announced in July 1998 that it would release its entire Oracle Applications enterprise resource planning suite on Linux.

One Oracle representative said the company is still "on track for applications on Linux", but said these applications would not be available for two months.

Database vendor Informix will announce new channel programs to distribute Linux solutions at the show, and will also make a joint announcement with a new hardware vendor, according to the company.

Infoseek will ship Linux versions of its Ultraseek Server 3.0 and Ultraseek Server Content Classification Engine (CCE) in March, according to the company. The Ultraseek Server port, which can index documents in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format and has Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, encryption, will run on Red Hat Linux 5.1 for PC and require a TCP/IP network.

The Ultraseek Server CCE is a server add-on that enables large corporate intranets and Web sites to categorise their content for faster and more relevant search results. The CCE port will support text files, HTML, PostScript, Adobe's Portable Document Format, and XML files, but unlike the Windows NT and Unix versions, it will not support Microsoft Office documents.

GraphOn will present a Linux Playpen at the show, in which attendees will be able to test various GraphOn products that enable companies to use Windows, Java, and multi-user NT systems to access Linux applications remotely.

The playpen will feature Go-Between, a thin-client PC X-Windows server; Go-Joe, a thin-client Java X-Windows server; and Go-Global, a thin-client PC X-Windows server designed for low-bandwidth connection over the Internet.

Fastlane Systems will be showing XniRT, a package featuring conversation-based network analysis, security and accounting. The product provides real-time viewing of network traffic flow with reporting and remote monitoring through a Web front end. XniRT works with Fastlane's existing Web-based reporting product, Xni.

Information on the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo can be found at http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/.

See Computerworld's Cover Story on Linux, out on Friday, February 26

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