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MerTech Credit Card Transaction Server

MerTech Software & Consulting has announced the MerTech Credit Card Transaction Server for Unix and Linux based systems. The MerTech Credit Card Transaction Server combines with the Visa POS-port device to provide high speed, low cost, online credit card authorization and processing. Credit card transactions can be sent to the server over a local area network, using TCP/IP sockets, or in a batch file. Typical response times are comparable to those provided with an expensive leased-line service. The server can be easily interfaced with most database front-ends, and CGI scripts (for use with a Secure Web Server). Client APIs are available on most platforms.

Contact: MerTech Software & Consulting, 456 North 50 East, Orem, UT 84057. Phone: 801-368-9212. E-mail: . URL:

Linux Installation and Beyond Video Available

Yggdrasil Computing has begun shipping its video seminar on installing Linux. Linux Installation and Beyond is a two and a half hour instructional video available on VHS in the NTSC format (the format used in the Americas and many industrialized Asian countries). A PAL version will be available soon.

Installing Linux for the first time can be intimidating, even for an experienced user. Seeing the installation of Linux first can save you time and help you better configure your system. If you already have Linux installed, you may find it informative to see the way someone else has configured their system or to quickly see the installation of a different Linux distribution without disrupting your existing system. Price: $24.95.

Contact: Yggdrasil Computing, 4880 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 205, San Jose, CA 95129-1024. Phone: 1-800-261-6630. E-mail: . URL:

THOUGHT Inc. Releases Nutmeg

THOUGHT Inc. has announced the release of Nutmeg, an extensible Collection Class library for list management in Java. This release of Nutmeg works with the Java Beta 2 API, and applications written with Nutmeg require a runtime environment such as Netscape 2.0 or the Java Developer's Kit. These two runtimes are available on various platforms, including Windows NT, Windows 95, Solaris, and Linux. The Nutmeg Library contains classes such as Bag, Dictionary, IndexedCollection, OrderedCollection, Set, and many others. Nutmeg stays true to the Smalltalk Class Structure and API while utilizing features of Java such as multi-threading and exceptions. Price: Student and Non-commercial developers, binary license only—$49.00. Commercial developers and corporations, binary only—$495.00, source and binary—$995.00.

Contact: THOUGHT Inc., 2222 Leavenworth St., Suite 304, San Francisco, CA 94133. E-mail: . URL:

Across Lite for Linux Released

Literate Software Systems has announced the release of version 1.0 of Across Lite for Linux. Across Lite is a multi-platform program for solving crossword puzzles online. Supported platforms include Linux, MS Windows, Mac and Solaris. Across Lite is part of LitSoft's Across product line. A complimentary copy of Across Lite is available for personal use from LitSoft's web site.

Contact: Literate Software Systems, P.O. Box 40, Morris Plains, NJ 07950-0040. URL:


One Click, Universal Protection: Implementing Centralized Security Policies on Linux Systems

As Linux continues to play an ever increasing role in corporate data centers and institutions, ensuring the integrity and protection of these systems must be a priority. With 60% of the world's websites and an increasing share of organization's mission-critical workloads running on Linux, failing to stop malware and other advanced threats on Linux can increasingly impact an organization's reputation and bottom line.

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Linux Backup and Recovery Webinar

Most companies incorporate backup procedures for critical data, which can be restored quickly if a loss occurs. However, fewer companies are prepared for catastrophic system failures, in which they lose all data, the entire operating system, applications, settings, patches and more, reducing their system(s) to “bare metal.” After all, before data can be restored to a system, there must be a system to restore it to.

In this one hour webinar, learn how to enhance your existing backup strategies for better disaster recovery preparedness using Storix System Backup Administrator (SBAdmin), a highly flexible bare-metal recovery solution for UNIX and Linux systems.

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