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New Products

Ellen M. Dahl

Issue #76, August 2000

Linux Office Solutions, CodeWizard 3.1, eEMU and more.

Linux Office Solutions

VistaSource, a new, wholly owned subsidiary of Applix, Inc., has released three cornerstone products, Applixware Words, Spreadsheets and Office for Linux v5.0, in conjunction with the launch of the new company. The suite, Office, includes an extensive filtering capability to allow document exchange with Microsoft Office 2000, Corel WordPerfect and other file formats. Words for Linux and Spreadsheets for Linux are now available as two separate products.

Contact: VistaSource Inc., 114 Turnpike Rd., Westboro, MA 01581, 508-870-0300, 508-366-4873 (fax), info@vistasource.com, http://www.vistasource.com/.

CodeWizard 3.1

Originally developed for C++ developers, CodeWizard is a static analysis tool which automatically enforces industry-respected coding standards. The latest version has additional rules for C developers and enhanced customization capabilities for the RuleWizard module and new metric rules in its rule set.

Contact: ParaSoft, 2031 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016, 888-305-0041, 626-305-3036 (fax), info@parasoft.com, http://www.parasoft.com/.


eEMU (enterprise Event Management Utility) is a simple yet powerful event-management framework. The commercial version features high-speed processing, low disk-space requirements, improved security and other useful enterprise environment features. It comes with an enhanced event browser and monitoring agent kits for various platforms. The server software is available for Linux, Solaris and Windows NT. Technical support is included.

Contact: Jarrix Systems Pty Ltd, PO Box 8, West Ryde 1685, NSW, Australia, +61-2-9809-1261 (fax), info@jarrix.com.au, http://www.jarrix.com.au/.

RIA Server

Rackmount Integrated Applications (RIA) server is the world's smallest rackmount server and a development platform for high-density Internet and telephony applications. For appliance-based needs, RIA can be pre-loaded with Linux, Apache, SendMail and Crystal's exclusive Web Utility, which allows browser control of systems settings, application settings, management of users and virtual sites, as well as faceplate LCD programming. Up to 52 individual units can be placed in a standard 7-foot rack.

Contact: Crystal Group Inc., 850 Kacena Road, Hiawatha, IA 52233-1204, 800-378-1636, 319-393-2338 (fax), http://www.crystalpc.com/.

Exile III: Ruined World

The Linux part of Exile III: Ruined World, an epic fantasy role-playing game, features an involving, intricate plot, an enormous, detailed and changing world, and an elegant, carefully designed game system and interface, with comprehensive on-line help. Exile III for Linux requires glibc 2.1 or later.

Contact: Spiderweb Software, PO Box 85659, Seattle, WA 98145, 206-789-4438, 206-789-6016 (fax), spidweb@spiderwebsoftware.com, www.spiderwebsoftware.com/exile3/linuxexile3.html.

User Management in MandrakeSoft 7.1

MandrakeSoft now bundles Enlighten's cross-platform User Management Tool with the MandrakeSoft 7.1 distribution, adding sophisticated system management capability to MandrakeSoft Linux, allowing customers to manage all their users simultaneously from a single graphical console. Enlighten User Management features account creation, configuration, and password management of network user accounts and group membership.

Contact: MandrakeSoft, Inc., 2400 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena, CA 91001, http://www.linux-mandrake.com/.

Contact: Enlighten Software Solutions, Inc., 999 Baker Way, Fifth Floor, San Mateo, CA 94404, 650-578-0700, 650-578-0118 (fax), info@sftw.com, http://www.enlightendsm.com/.

HostML and ViewML

The HostML Application Server captures and translates large and complex UNIX and IBM application data to XML format, which is then re-rendered using ViewML on a range of systems, including hand-helds and palmtops running Linux, Microsoft Windows CE, Palm, Java and ActiveX. ViewML is based on an open-source project known as Microwindows, which provides a small graphical windowing system for embedded Linux and other platforms.

Contact: Century Software, 5284 South Commerce Dr., Suite C-134, Salt Lake City, UT 84107, 801-268-3088, 801-268-2772 (fax), sales@centurysoftware.com, http://www.centurysoftware.com/.

Flipper Graph Control 2.0

Flipper Graph Control version 2.0, a significant upgrade to ProWorks' ActiveX charting control, features enhanced compatibility with the Web, increased flexibility for scientific and financial charts, an improved look and feel and greater customizing capability. Flipper Graph Control can now download saved data over the Internet and integrate it into ASP or HTML web pages, enabling management and display of off-site data. New graphing functions were added for polynomial curve fitting, moving averages and setting axis data aspect ratios.

Contact: ProWorks LLC, 2371 NW Maser Dr., Corvallis, OR 97330, 541-752-9885, 541-752-9886 (fax), http://www.proworks.com/.

RTAI v1.3

RTAI version 1.3 provides enhanced capabilities and services, which simultaneously extend the ability of RTAI to meet the needs of complex real-time applications and make it easier for developers to write and debug them. Available under the LGPL, RTAI now includes dynamic memory allocation, a /proc interface, an enhanced LXRT-Informed (LinuX RT) module and Perl bindings for soft real-time task development.

Contact: RTAI, mantegazza@aero.polimi.it, http://www.rtai.org/.


Scalable eServer.group features application-level clustering and load balancing for enterprise mail and web servers and provides network managers with distributed cluster controllers for load balancing between servers. eServer.group is available as stand-alone software, as a plug-in for third-party applications such as the Apache web server or database engines, and as a complete hardware/software solution. Features include application-level failover/redundancy, distributed cluster controller and application-level monitoring and management.

Contact: Technauts Inc., 501 James Jackson Ave., Cary, NC 27513, 877-373-7837 (toll-free), 919-388-2060 (fax), info@technauts.com, http://www.technauts.com/.

VCOM on Linux

VCOM is a message-oriented middleware solution for enterprise-wide application integration projects undertaken in distributed and heterogeneous computing environments. Using VCOM, applications can exchange messages across platforms, providing application programmers with an industry-leading, easy-to-use, scalable and robust solution.

Contact: NetSys Software Group AB, N<\#228>mndemansgatan 3, S-431 85 Mölndal, Sweden, +46-31-720-60-00, +46-31-27-50-10 (fax), info@netsys.se, http://www.netsys.se/.

RM1U-AXe and RM2U-AXi-C

Rave Computer Association's RackMount 1U-AXe features an original Sun UltraAXe motherboard integrated into a 1U rackmount chassis. The RackMount 2U-AXi-C features an original Sun UltraAXi motherboard with upgradable UltraSPARC-IIi processor integrated into Rave's new 2U rackmount chassis. Storage capacity for the 2U is found in four front-exposed, removable 3.5-inch low-profile drive bays, plus one 3.5-inch and one 5.25-inch drive bay.

Contact: Rave Computer Association, Inc., 36960 Metro Court, Sterling Heights, MI 48312, 800-966-7283, 810-939-7431 (fax), info@rave.com, http://www.rave.com/.

TowerJ 3.5

TowerJ release 3.5 is the first high-performance Java 2 Java Virtual Machine for Intel-based Windows NT and Linux. The Java deployment solution provides an extra level of security for organizations deploying Java-based e-business applications. Tower offers a free 15-day evaluation with full technical support to qualified organizations.

Contact: Tower Technology Corporation, Centennial Towers, 505 E. Huntland Dr., Suite 530, Austin, TX 78752, 800-285-5124, 512-452-1721 (fax), tower@twr.com, http://www.towerj.com/.

X-Win32 v5.0

X-Win32 version 5.0 for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT/2000 computers offers a redesigned user interface and new features, including thin-client access to Linux/UNIX servers. The Multiple XDMCP Sessions feature allows users to connect to two or more Linux/UNIX systems simultaneously; run applications from those servers in different windows on their Windows desktop; and copy/paste data between the Windows and X applications. Windows Terminal Server Support allows administrators to install X-Win32 on a server.

Contact: StarNet Communications Corporation, 1270 Oakmead Pkwy. #301, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, 408-739-0881x18, 408-739-0936 (fax), sales@starnet.com, www.starnet.com/download.

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