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RAID Controllers

ICP vortex began shipping 32-Bit PCI-wide/Ultra2 SCSI RAID controllers, offering higher performance levels for low-end controllers. The ICP GDT6118RS, GDT6128RS, GDT6518RS, GDT6528RS and GDT6538RS models offer one, two or three Ultra2 channels and support data transfer rates of 80MB/sec per channel, with up to 15 devices attached to each channel on cables up to 12 meters in length. The GDT-RS series controllers feature the fully integrated i960 RS processor from Intel running at 100MHz and an SDRAM interface. The controllers are PCI 2.2-compliant with full bus mastering capabilities. All ICP controllers support Linux, are I2O ready and fulfill all standards for CE and FCC.

Contact: ICP vortex Corporation, 4001 E. Broadway, B-20, Phoenix, AZ 85040, 602-414-0414, 602-414-0444 (fax), sales@icp-vortex.com, http://www.icp-vortex.com/.

Red Hat Linux 6.2 and eCos 1.3

Red Hat, Inc. introduced its complete open-source family of operating systems for e-commerce servers and Internet-enabled, hand-held and embedded devices. Version 6.2 is the latest edition of the Red Hat Linux distribution. eCos (embedded configurable operating system) 1.3 is the latest version of Red Hat's application-specific OS for embedded systems. The configurability of eCos 1.3 enables developers to create an embedded device, and it features a built-in TCP/IP stack that enables embedded devices to communicate with the Internet. In addition to the Professional Edition, Red Hat Linux 6.2 is also available in a standard and a deluxe edition.

Contact: Red Hat, Inc., ecos-info@redhat.com, http://www.redhat.com/services/ecos/.

smartNIC Linux Driver

smartBridges announced the release of its Linux software driver for the smartNIC USB networking adapter. The smartNIC adapter directly connects the hot-plug feature of the USB port into the Ethernet network, allowing the system to bring up networking support on the fly. The driver also automatically updates the network configuration, making the system network-enabled and ready to use. The adapter draws its power from the USB port itself. For mobile computer users, the adapter functions like a conventional PCMCIA network card. For desktop computer users, it functions like a conventional PCI networking card.

Contact: smartBridges Pte. Ltd., 21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, KRDL Bldg., Singapore 119613, Singapore, +65-773-9230, +65-774-1282 (fax), info@smartbridges.com, www.smartbridges.com/smartNIC/smartnic.html.

SuSE Linux version 6.4

SuSE announced the newest version of SuSE Linux. Features of version 6.4 include easier installation with enhancement to SuSE's graphical installation tool, YaST2; expanded and simplified hardware detection and configuration; a quick-start beginner's manual; support for memory to 3.5GB; SuSE Proxy Suite, SuSE's open source firewall tool and FTP proxy; and a journaling Reiser file system.

Contact: SuSE GmbH, Schanzaeckerstr. 10, D-90443 Nurnberg, Germany, +49-911-740-53-31, +49-911-741-77-55, suse@suse.de, http://www.suse.de/.

uClinux System Builder Kit

Rt-Control announced a new release of the uClinux system builder kit, version 2.0.38.1-pre5. The kit adds support for the ARM7TDMI and i960 microprocessors, providing multiple platform support for deeply embedded microprocessors. uClinux is a Linux-based distribution targeted at microprocessors that do not support memory management units (MMU). The latest uClinux system builder kit CD-ROM is available at the uClinux web site, https://www.uclinux.com/orderdesk.

Contact: Rt-Control Inc., 195 The West Mall Suite 608, Toronto, ON M9C 5K1, Canada, 416-241-2708, 416-243-1173 (fax), info@rt-control.com, http://www.rt-control.com/.

SuperAuk DSL MultiServer 6.1

WholeLinux, Inc. released its debut product, the SuperAuk DSL MultiServer 6.1. The full-blown network appliance software installs automatically in four minutes on almost any PC, and is the first desktop-based administration scheme allowing push-button maintenance of firewall, mail, web and file shares for local networks of Windows and Macintoshs. A Windows machine can become a secure DSL server which ties together Windows, Macintosh and Linux boxes on a local network, running Linux applications while the DSL server runs in the background. An HTML Wizard allows graphical network setup. The resulting SuperAuk desktop will also function as a standard Linux workstation.

Contact: WholeLinux, Inc., 2610 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95065, 831-462-4881, info@wholelinux.com, http://www.wholelinux.com/.

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