LJ Index, Earth-Shaking Harbingers and more.
LJ Index—August, 1999
  • Web pages containing the word “the”: 130,310,754

  • Web pages containing the word “a”: 118,829,051

  • Web pages containing the word “Microsoft”: 10,469,074

  • Web pages containing the word “Linux”: 628,828

  • Web pages containing the word “competitors”: 612,246

  • Web pages containing both “Microsoft” and “competitors”: 53,368

  • Web pages containing both “Bill Gates” and “our competitors”: 371

  • Web pages containing both “Linus Torvalds” and “world domination”: 239

  • Penguin species: 17

  • Penguin species native to areas north of the Galapagos Islands: 0

  • Number of web sites with the word “Antartica”: 5,080

  • Number of web sites with the word “Antarctica”: 65,180

  • Number of web pages with the word “penguin”: 435,110

  • Number of web pages with the words “penguin” and “antarctica”: 3,949

  • Number of web pages with the words “penguin” and “Linux”: 14,819

  • Number of web pages with the name “Linux Thorvalds”: 10

  • Number of web sites with the name “Linus Thorvald”: 27

  • Number of web sites with the name “Linux Torvalds”: 940

  • Number of web sites with the name “Linus Torvalds”: 17,580

  • Journalists among Linus' parents: 2

  • Maximum seating for the room Comdex Spring booked for Linus Torvalds' keynote: 75

  • Maximum seating for the room where Linus ended up giving his Spring keynote: 850

  • Estimated number of people who attended Linus' Comdex Spring keynote: 1,200

  • Pages Hotbot finds with “Anonymous Coward”: 81


Pete & Barb's Penguin Pages

  1. AltaVista, 5/11/99

  2. Hotbot, 5/21/99

  3. Linus Torvalds, speaking at Spring 99 LinuxWorld

  4. Maxiumum occupancy listings posted on the walls of those rooms, plus observations by Linux Journal personnel in attendance.

Earth-Shaking Harbingers

There are now Linux productivity applications that are sufficiently attractive that I am using them. This means I am finally learning to use a mouse. I am actually using GnomeCard to maintain my phone lists now. While regular users are learning Linux command lines, I'm learning to point and click. What makes GnomeCard interesting is that it has the characteristics of a good point-and-click Roll-O-Dex, but on the backend it uses a straight flat-text Vcard format. This means you're not locked in—you can use it with other tools. —Eric S. Raymond to Doc Searls, May 1999

Vendor News from Linux Expo

FairCom has a new release of their c-tree Plus file handler, which includes the Crystal Reports Driver to make ex-Windows users feel comfortable. File encryption is available using algorithms that can be decrypted only by FairCom's servers. The server includes an SDK (software development kit) to allow developers to customize the encryption process, resulting in an increased level of security. When talking to Winston Atkinson of FairCom, I learned that System Development Group, Inc. (SDG) is using FairCom's products for XLN, their Enterprise Management Software. XLN provides integrated system modules for a full range of functions necessary for planning and scheduling of work, such as production, manufacturing, distribution, data collection and accounting. XLN supports Linux and is Y2K-compliant.

Metrowerks is the manufacturer of CodeWarrior, a developer tool package that now supports Red Hat Linux. I talked to Jean Bélanger, Chairman and CEO, about why they chose to port to Linux, and he told me management had initially turned down project requests for the port. He said Metrowerks engineers did the port on their own and presented it to management as an accomplished fact. Metrowerks is so happy with this effort, they intend to port to other Linux distributions in the near future. Most of the work had already been done by the time they ported to Solaris over a year ago, but it was still not easy, as CodeWarrior uses many system-level services. Mr. Bélanger said Metrowerks hopes to become the de facto standard for developer tools on Linux.

SGI has just released their file system, XFS, to the Open Source community. Dave McAllister told me SGI is helping to fill the gaps in Linux technology by making products, such as XFS, GLX and OpenVault, Open Source. He feels that Linux fits nicely into their high-end product offerings and is a good match for clients who want innovative systems.

Rebel.com is the new name of Hardware Canada Computing, the company that bought the NetWinder from Corel Computing. They were at Linux Expo showing off the small and powerful NetWinder, with a new rack mount that holds two of the little servers. I knew the NetWinder was small, but didn't realize just how small until confronted with one—it's not much bigger than a notebook computer.

Zenguin is a new start-up company put together by Scott McNeil, Bodo Bauer and Eureka Endo, all formerly with SuSE. Zenguin is creating an installer for Linux applications to enable point-and-click installation of future Linux tools. The installer will include a knowledge database specific to the needs of the ISV's software and the variables of the Linux system. In other words, this product will act as an install-shield for Linux. This is something Linux has been needing—kudos to these guys for seeing the need and stepping up to bat.

Digital Creations introduced their Zope Portal Toolkit. I saw a demonstration and was quite impressed with its power and ease of use. It provides news, search, directory and membership services. Later, I was talking to Dan York about this product and discovered he is already using it, so I got him to agree to write a review for us.

3R Soft Co., Inc. has released their web-based e-mail server program, MailStudio 2000. Talk about ease of use—they advertise it as easy to install, easy to use, easy to manage and easy to customize. It is a slick application that supports multiple languages—a powerful mail engine.

AbiSource has shipped the preview release of AbiWord 0.7. We have a review in this issue by Craig Knudsen. I like their motto, “Show Me the Source!”, and their goal of open-source applications for the desktop.

X.org is now the steward of the X Window System. Their current release is X11R5.4 and is available for download at http://www.X.Org/.

Applied Information Systems, Inc. announced a partnership with Business Logic Corp. to provide applications for the Linux retail market. Their first product is the Standard Edition of the XESS Spreadsheet for the desktop. This impressive product is completely compatible with Excel and can even share files with it via Samba. I talked to Arthur Coston, President of AIS, who told me their first port to Linux was done five years ago by Michael Johnson—five years of support for Linux is a laudable accomplishment.

BEA announced the availability of BEA Tuxedo and BEA WebLogic Server for Linux running on Intel servers. These products provide enterprise middleware and Java application servers, allowing developers to write applications once, then deploy them without modification to any of the more than 50 platforms supported by BEA.

Collective Technologies, an IT consulting company based in Austin, Texas, is now providing Linux consulting services. They had the best t-shirt at the show, featuring a large picture of Einstein created by tiling multiple small copies of the same image.

JDH Technologies is now supporting Linux with its Web4M groupware solution that supports e-mail, news, phone, browsable library, slide show, audio conferencing and much more. All you need is a web browser and a network connection. See the “New Products” column.

Cyber Station of Canada is making Linux easy by providing products such as EZ Linux Command Card, EZ Linux Mouse Pad (containing the same information as the card) and EZ Linux Software.

International GNOME Support is a company formed to provide development and customization services for GNOME. The company will adapt GNOME to the needs of its clients, enabling it to be deployed in mission-critical settings.

TUCOWS has been acquired by B. Steinmetz Technology Holding International. TUCOWS (The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software) is now operating as TUCOWS.com Inc. and is one of the largest Internet distribution sites featuring Windows, Macintosh, Linux and PDA software. Find them at http://www.tucows.com/.

—Marjorie Richardson