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Red Hat prepping formal release of EL/IXAt next month's LinuxWorld Expo in New York, Red Hat will formally unveil EL/IX, initiated by Cygnus last year, which is a series of embedded Linux APIs that gives developers a common set of APIs to create both server and desktop applications. The APIs can scale from high-end Linux servers down to handheld devices that have only 32KB of memory. "Right now we have about 200 open-source developers subscribing to [EL/IX] and who have given us a lot of feedback in creating this environment," said Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat.

IBM and SAS set for e-commerce alliance

IBM and the SAS institute this week will announce a consulting and software integration alliance, focused on business intelligence for e-commerce, at IBM's PartnerWorld 2000 trade show in San Diego. According to officials at both companies, the products involved will include IBM's DB2 database and SAS' core data-mining technologies.

Novell creates open-source developer kitNovell, taking aim at "proprietary thinking," will release an open-source Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Software Developer Kit (SDK) in early March, hoping to encourage development of more directory-enabled applications. Based on code from the OpenLDAP Foundation, the SDK provides access to LDAP-compliant directories, such as Novell's eDirectory. In keeping with open-source ideology, Novell will leave the code open for users to tweak and will not charge for SDK use. The SDK will also be returned, after enhancement by developers, to OpenLDAP for inclusion in the foundation's core reference LDAP implementation.

Candidate McCain pledges no Net taxes

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain last week used Internet taxes to issue a political salvo at rival George W. Bush. McCain declared formally that he will not "let the Internet become a tax collection machine for politicians."

McCain made much of the fact that he has signed -- and Bush has yet to -- a tax-free Internet proposal drawn up by the Citizens for a Sound Economy.

Novell taps Talarian for app integrationNovell has decided to embed the SmartSockets publish/subscribe middleware from Talarian into its NetWare OS, its Novell Directory Services (NDS), and its future applications, officials confirmed last week. Parts of the Talarian offerings are under way and will be available to approximately 65,000 Novell NetWare and NDS developers. Integrated products are expected by June, an industry source said. Novell will give future applications that run on top of NDS a new integration layer by melding SmartSockets into NDS, according to Talarian. The combination will allow NetWare and NDS developers to write and distribute applications allowing event-driven information to move in real time across the Web and across internal networks.

Oracle prioritizes e-business availabilityOracle this week will address downtime with new products and services it is rolling out under the Oracle E-business Continuity program. Anchoring Oracle's offering is the new Oracle Parallel Fail Safe, a configuration of the company's 8i database that allows hot fail-over and rapid recovery of failing applications. Oracle also announced new configurations of its Application Server, Integration Server, and Internet Directory aimed at boosting availability.

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