LinuxWorld preview: New products abound

Vendors are rolling out everything from new applications to beefed-up hardware for business users

Are IT vendors worried about the future of the Linux operating system amid the recent flurry of legal threats from The SCO Group Inc.?

Not if the number of Linux product and services announcements coming next week at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco is any indication.

A variety of companies, including IBM, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Sun Microsystems Inc., Red Hat Inc., SuSE Linux AG, Novell Inc., Intel Corp. and Computer Associates International Inc., are set to unveil new products and services. And dozens more are working to make Linux easier to use and more compelling for businesses.

Two weeks ago, Lindon, Utah-based Unix vendor SCO widened its legal barrage against Linux by offering special Unix licenses to business Linux users so those companies will comply with what SCO alleges are its copyrights -- the latest twist in an intellectual property fight that began in March.

Even as that fight simmers, Linux vendors and potential customers are heading for the Moscone Convention Center for a full schedule of hands-on labs, Linux tutorials, technical sessions and keynote speeches that will run through next Thursday.
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On the West Coast for the first time, the show will include a Linux Financial Summit on Tuesday to detail information on using Linux in financial services operations and data centers. The first such financial summit was held at LinuxWorld in New York City in January.
The expo floor, which will be open from Tuesday through Thursday, will showcase vendors offering a variety of the latest Linux wares and services, such as the following:

  • IBM will be pushing its new eServer 325, which uses AMD Opteron processors. The combination allows Linux to have 32- and 64-bit compatibility so customers can benefit from either processor technology. The new servers run on either Linux or Windows and are capable of running both 32- and 64-bit applications simultaneously. IBM also plans to unveil its DB2 Universal Database for Linux on the new eServer 325, as well as its DB2 Integrated Cluster Environment, which uses clusters of IBM eServer xSeries servers for affordable data center use.

  • The company will also discuss its plans to extend Linux support to its Lotus Notes e-mail client, its Lotus Domino Web Access server products, as well as to Lotus Domino for Linux on IBM eServer zSeries servers.
  • Software vendor Aduva Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif., will announce its OnStage 2.0 suite, which can help IT departments build, deploy and maintain applications running on Linux servers. OnStage could also be used, if SCO wins its legal fight, to help quickly identify any Linux code that needs to be replaced.

  • MySQL AB, a Seattle-based open-source database developer, will announce a strategic alliance with high-performance computing vendor Silicon Graphics Inc., a deal that will bring together the MySQL database with the SGI Altix 3000 family of servers and superclusters.

  • Computer Associates International Inc. will showcase new integration between the MySQL database and CA's BrightStor ARCserve Backup software.

  • Mountain View, Calif.-based Veritas Software Corp. will announce that its Veritas Foundation Suite is now available for Linux on IBM's eServer zSeries and that its clustering tools for IBM DB2, MySQL and Oracle databases are now available for Linux.

  • Houston-based BMC Software Inc. will announce that its Enterprise Performance Assurance products, including Patrol Perform and Patrol Predict, now support the Red Hat Advanced Server 2.1 and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 operating systems on Intel 32- and 64-bit architectures.
    BMC will also unveil its new Deployment Manager for Linux, which allows the remote deployment and management of thousands of dissimilar Linux systems from a central location, letting Linux IT staffers install, upgrade and apply maintenance patches to Linux applications on zSeries and Intel systems. New database management and service management applications will also be showcased.

  • Automated error-prevention software vendor Parasoft of Monrovia, Calif., will offer Linux products such as its SOAPtest 2.0 automated error-prevention tool for Web Services and enterprise applications built with SOAP. SOAPtest allows users to prevent errors by performing server functional testing, load testing and client testing with the click of a button.

  • San Francisco-based software vendor Linuxcare Inc. will introduce Levanta 2.0, the latest version of its enterprise configuration software for creating and changing virtual Linux servers on IBM zSeries mainframes. Levanta is capable of operating thousands of virtual Linux servers on one mainframe.

  • Santa Clara, Calif.-based Kerio Technologies Inc. will introduce Kerio MailServer 5 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, featuring integrated message-rating and probability technologies to fight spam. Also included in the latest edition of MailServer is directory harvest attack protection to prevent hackers from exploiting SMTP servers and collecting valid e-mail addresses by sending thousands of random address-verification requests.

  • VA Software Corp. in Fremont, Calif., will announce that IBM has chosen its SourceForge Enterprise Edition 3.3 collaborative software development platform for IBM's Linux Technology Center. More than 2,000 open-source developers are registered to participate in the technology center, which is used to further Linux development in business computing.

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