WorkGroup Solutions has announced the release of its WGS Linux Pro 3.0, one of the most advanced 32-bit, multi-user, multitasking, multimedia network operating systems available. Version 3.0 is a selection of the “best of Linux” enhanced with WGS's confidence/stability testing and bug fixes. It also features the new “EZinstall” for the fastest, easiest installation possible, and the user's manual has been revised to be more comprehensive and easier to understand. Price: $99.00; $49.00 upgrade for current Linux users.
Specialized Systems Consultants, Inc. (SSC) has announced the availability of its new CD-ROM, WEBnut. WEBnut includes all the software necessary to build a high-performance Web server—just add PC hardware (386 or better PC with 8MB of RAM) and an Internet connection. The CD include the Apache and NCSA servers; database and CGI facilities and examples; VRML browser, Web browser, sample Web site; HTML validation tools, graphic tools and conversion utilities; log analysis tools; and a complete copy of the Linux operating system. Also included with the WEBnut CD is one of SSC's HTML reference cards and a coupon for a free issue of WEBsmith magazine. Price: $13.95.
Interactive Software Engineering (ISE) has announced shipment and general availability of EiffelMath, a library of reusable object-oriented components for numerical computations in finance, banking and scientific applications. EiffelMath is fully supported on a wide variety of Unix platforms, including Linux, SunOS, Solaris 2.4, HP 9000, and IBM RS6000. EiffelMath applies the power of object-oriented concepts and Eiffel to facilitate the programming of numerically-intensive computations in such areas as probability, statistics, numerical integration, linear and non-linear equations, ordinary differential equations, eigenproblems, fitting and interpolation, orthogonal factorizations, linear least squares, optimization, special functions, Fast Fourier Transforms and time series analysis.
Executive Tools, Inc. has announced the upcoming release of ET Desktop, their port of the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) for Linux. CDE is a graphical user interface and application toolbox that is provided by major Unix system vendors, including DEC, IBM, HP, and Sun. It is an application framework that gives software developers the ability to create attractive, portable, machine-independent applications with ease.
Contact: Executive Tools, Inc., P.O. Box 215, Round Rock, TX 78680-0215. Phone: 800-864-5150. Fax: 512-255-9442. URL: www.etools.com.
UniTrends Software Corporation, developer of CTAR and CTAR:NET, has announced the availability of CTAR for Linux. CTAR (an abbreviation for “compressed tar”) is the fast, fully featured, menu driven, comprehensive floppy/tape/etc. archive system used by top companies around the world. CTAR compresses files as it backs them up with average compression rates of 40-60% and up to 95% on large database files. CTAR is fully compatible with all versions of tar and offers over 100 powerful features, allowing easy transfer of entire file systems between computers and across operating system platforms. The new CTAR for Linux is fully menu driven with color support, making it ideal for Web servers and networked systems.
Contact: UniTrends Software Corporation, 1601 Oak St., Suite 201, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Phone: 800-648-2827. Fax: 803-626-5202. E-mail: email@example.com
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