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Ellen M. Dahl

Issue #79, November 2000

Oracle PL/SQL CD Bookshelf, EtherLite for Linux and more.

Oracle PL/SQL CD Bookshelf

This CD-ROM contains the complete text of seven books: Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Advanced PL/SQL Programming, Oracle Web Applications, Oracle Built-in Packages, Oracle PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference, Oracle Built-in Pocket Reference and Oracle PL/SQL Programming: A Guide to Oracle 8i Features. A bonus hard-copy book, Oracle PL/SQL Programming: A Guide to Oracle 8i Features, is also included. This CD-ROM is aimed at Oracle PL/SQL developers and is readable with a web browser. The books are fully searchable and cross-referenced.

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 101 Morris St., Sebastopol, CA 95472, 800-998-9938 (toll-free), 707-829-0104 (fax), order@oreilly.com, http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/oraclecdbs/.

EtherLite for Linux

Linux drivers are now available for Digi International's EtherLite line of network serial concentrators. Digi EtherLite serial concentrators simplify the process of adding RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485 serial ports to the network by combining the control and performance of local ports with the convenience of an Ethernet connection. Traffic from all 2, 8, 16 or 32 EtherLite ports is serviced by a single TCP/IP session. EtherLite serial ports appear as local TTYs under UNIX and as native COM ports under Windows NT. These locally administered, “hardware-style” ports allow greater control than standard serial concentrator ports. The Linux driver for EtherLite runs on kernel version 2.2 or higher and is supported on the following, or newer, distributions: Red Hat 6.0, Caldera OpenLinux 2.3 and SuSE Linux 6.3.

Contact: Digi International, Inc., 11001 Bren Road East, Minnetonka, MN 55343, 800-344-4273 (toll-free), 612-912-4952 (fax), info@digi.com, http://www.digi.com/.

SuSE Linux 7.0, Personal and Professional Versions

SuSE Linux 7.0 Personal comes on three CD-ROMs with the core OS and multiple applications; StarOffice 5.2; and three entry-level manuals. Installation is automatic with the YaST2 setup tool; peripheral devices and Internet access configuration via modem and ISDN are carried out with a few simple key entries. SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional is a comprehensive collection of over 1,500 updated Linux tools and software packages for home users as well as IT professionals. Six CD-ROMs or one DVD provide software packages. Features enhanced raw device support and 4GB main memory addressing. All tools necessary to enable the use of Web, proxy, mail and news servers under Linux are included, along with three manuals, plus the SuSE Linux manual.

Contact: SuSE, Schanzäckerstr. 10, D-90443 Nürnberg, Germany, +49-911-7405339, +49-911-74053479 (fax), info@suse.de, www.suse.de/en.

Storm Linux 2000 Starter Edition, Deluxe Edition and Storm Firewall

Bundled in the Starter Edition are the essentials to get users up and running in Linux: PartitionMagic Linux Prep Tool by Powerquest, Netscape Communicator 4.73 and Sun StarOffice 5.2 productivity suite. The Starter Edition is intended for people who want to access the power of Linux without an abundance of third-party software.

The Storm Linux 2000 Deluxe Edition is designed for customers who want a robust Linux system along with bundled third-party software. The Deluxe Edition is based on Stormix's high-performance operating system built around Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 “potato” release. The retail box includes five CDs containing over 4,000 Debian packages, as well as 60-day phone and 90-day e-mail installation support.

Storm Firewall is a flexible, scalable network security solution targeted at SOHO users. It is based on the Storm Linux 2000 operating system and has also been tested to work with the Red Hat 6.x series and Debian GNU/Linux 2.2.

Contact: Stormix Technologies Inc., 555 West Hastings Street, Suite 2040, Vancouver BC, V6B 4N6, Canada, 604-688-9137, 604-688-7317 (fax), http://www.stormix.com/.

HA Web Server Solution for Apache

The SteelEye High Availability (HA) Web Server solution for Apache combines SteelEye's LifeKeeper clustering software for Linux with web solutions. The bundled product enables service providers and IT professionals to create highly available web servers providing access to e-business systems. Features include active/active configuration; centralized Java GUI; support for both shared and local disk storage configurations; data consistency maintenance through an n-way data replication facility; multiple fault-detection mechanisms; shared disk access and seamless failover. The HA Web Server Solution for Apache includes LifeKeeper for Linux 3.0, Apache Web Server Application Recovery Kit, and 24 x 7 support for one year. It is available on Red Hat 6.1 and Caldera eServer 2.3.

Contact: SteelEye Technology Inc.,http://www.steeleye.com/.

Slam v2.2.6

Stabie-Soft released Slam v2.2.6, a family of integrated circuit layout tools. The latest version adds DRC and LVS options to the existing mask layout viewer, editor and delay integrator products. Slam interfaces include GDSII, Spice, Verilog and SDF. The Tcl/Tk-based system provides user extensibility and includes Tcl code to support major third-party verification packages. Contact: Stabie-Soft, 5828 Gentle Breeze Terr., Austin, TX 78731, 512-825-8914, sales@stabie-soft.com, http://www.stabie-soft.com/.


Chilliware, Inc. introduced Sculptor, the first Linux desktop publishing program. Designed to be easier to use than comparable Windows software, Sculptor includes a comprehensive feature set with the latest options in demand by desktop publishing users for creating banners, cards, flyers and more.

Contact: Chilliware, Inc., 3550 Wilshire Blvd., 18th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010, 213-365-8700, 213-365-1150 (fax), info@Chilliware.net, http://www.chilliware.net/.

Dial-out Modem Pooling Client

Perle Systems added a Dial-out Client for Linux to its line of 833 Access Servers. The new client allows Linux-based users to share modems with other Linux, Windows 95/98, NT and 2000 workstations on their network by re-routing data traffic from Linux applications normally destined for the COM port to the server modem pool. With this software, Perle 833 Access Servers eliminate the need to attach individual modems on each Linux workstation in the office where dial-out facilities are needed. This reduces the number of PBX ports used for modem dial-out. The new Dial-out client for Linux is supported on Perle 833 v5.64 and newer; Perle 833IS v6.06, 7.0 and newer; and Perle 833AS v6.15 and newer. It is available as a free software upgrade from Perle's web site.

Contact: Perle Systems Inc., 800-337-3753 (toll-free), info@perle.com, http://www.perle.com/.

LinuxMagic VPN Firewall

LinuxMagic VPN Firewall software allows professionals to log in to their office computers from home or connect two offices via the latest encryption technologies. It has built-in 128-bit encryption, IPSEC-compatible VPN standards and LinuxMagic's own NO-WRITE design.

Contact: Wizard Internet Services Ltd., 13595 King George Hwy., Surrey, BC, V3T 2V1, Canada, 604-589-0037, 604-584-0010 (fax), sales@wizard.ca, http://www.linuxmagic.com/, http://www.wizard.ca/.

IRIS-Planning v4.2

Bitbybit Information Systems introduced version 4.2 of its comprehensive timetabling and reservation system, IRIS-Planning. Enhancements include extensions to the workload module and new topology and e-mail modules. It supports reservations by means of the Web, and can generate timetables in HTML format.

Contact: Bitbybit Information Systems, Kluyverweg 2a, 2629 HT Delft, The Netherlands, +31-15-2682569, +31-15-2682530 (fax), info@bitbybit-is.com, www.IRIS-Planning.com.

Immunix Workgroup Server Appliance

WireX announced its latest configuration: Immunix Workgroup Server Appliance. This easy-to-administer, inexpensive, all-in-one software integrates web, e-mail, file and print server functionality, as well as the ability to protect servers from hacker attacks. The Immunix Workgroup Server Appliance includes web-based remote network administration, increasing productivity by providing an intuitive, menu-driven interface that scales to technical and non-technical server administrators. Other features include a remote network user interface; scalable user interface and built-in localization engine. It runs on most off-the-shelf PC hardware. The Immunix Workgroup Server Appliance is based on Immunix OS, a standard Linux distribution which includes integrated server components developed by WireX.

Contact: WireX Communications, Inc., 920 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204, 503-222-9660, 503-241-5682 (fax), info@wirex.com, http://www.wirex.com/.

ATI2.5-Inch IDE

BiTMICRO Networks introduced its 2.5-inch IDE entry-level E-Disk ATI25. The solid state flash disk has sustained read/write transfer rates of 4.5MB per second and burst read/write transfer rates of 5MB per second. It features storage capacities ranging from 128MB up to 4.3GB. The ATI25 can operate within the temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees Centigrade and withstand 1,000 Gs of shock and 16.5 Gs (rms) of vibration. The new ATI25 is a drop-in replacement for any standard IDE 2.5-inch hard disk drives, flash disks or solid state disk drives.

Contact: BiTMICRO NETWORKS, Inc., 45550 Northport Loop East, Fremont, CA 94538-6481, 510-623-2341, 510-623-2342 (fax), info@bitmicro.com, http://www.bitmicro.com/.

Atipa Firewall and Firewall Plus

The high-performance Atipa Firewall Plus is a commercial-grade ICSA-rated product that leverages the benefits of Progressive Systems' Phoenix Adaptive Firewall Technology (AFT) and Secure Management System (SMS) and includes additional anti-attack features, such as a De-Militarized Zone (DMZ). The new Atipa Firewall and Firewall Plus are platform-neutral and fully upgradeable. Both feature an Intel x86-based processor with 64MB RAM, 10.2GB HD; 1U rackmount or mid-tower; a web-based software interface and remote administration; DHCP server; IP-masquerading; and an easy-to-use GUI.

Contact: Atipa Linux Solutions, 4700 Belleview, Suite 300, Kansas City, MO 64112, 800-360-4346 (toll-free), 816-595-3001, sales@atipa.com, http://www.atipa.com/.

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