Designed for small- and medium-sized businesses, Shopping Cart 2002 is a complete e-commerce shopping cart that requires no custom coding and features a web administrator interface, affiliate tracking and on-line credit-card authorization. User-defined product data fields, the StoreBuilder template, support for Boolean searches, multitiered pricing, IP tracking, on-screen help and real-time price calculation are among the new additions to the 2002 version. Security measures include SSL compatibility for 128-bit encryption, GPG encryption and the ability to exclude payment data from the order log and e-mail notifications. A free 30-day evaluation of Shopping Cart 2002 is available on the PDG Software web site.
Contact: PDG Software, Inc., 1751 Montréal Circle, Suite B, Tucker, Georgia 30084, 770-270-0062, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pdgsoft.com.
PitBull LX, application security software from Argus Systems Group, is now available for many popular Linux distributions (SuSE, Red Hat, Debian/GNU, etc.) as well as the 2.4 kernel. PitBull LX protects against security flaws by isolating applications in separate security compartments, thereby containing bugs to a single compartment rather than allowing system-wide access. Other features include domain-based access control for user, file, process and network; root restrictions; protection against known and unknown bugs and worms; and a 30-minute installation process.
Contact: Argus Systems Group, Inc., 1809 Woodfield Drive, Savoy, Illinois 61874, 217-355-6308, email@example.com, www.argussystems.com.
Network Security Services (NSS) is a set of libraries and tools designed to support cross-platform development of cryptographic applications and security-enabled network applications. The NSS libraries export a C API that C or C++ applications can invoke to perform crypto operations, handle certificates, send and receive S/MIME messages, and communicate securely over the network using SSL and/or TLS. NSS supports SSL v.2 and v.3; TLS; PKCS numbers 5, 7, 11 and 12; x. 509 v.3 certificates; and other security standards, as well as hardware crypto accelerators and smart cards. Source code and binary distributions are available for download.
Contact: Network Security Services, The Mozilla Organization, www.mozilla.org/projects/security/pki/ns.
Zend Technologies announces version 2.0 of Accelerator, its server-side caching program designed to improve the response time of PHP dynamic scripts. Accelerator 2.0 features a module that enables system administrators to measure real-time site acceleration, multipass optimization with the CGI functionality of PHP 4 and a quick installation. As a result of code parallelization, Accelerator increases the number of requests handled per second by a factor of three. Latency time is also trimmed to near zero. In addition, memory-intensive scripts rarely visited can be excluded.
Contact: Zend Technologies, Inc., 11 Penn Plaza, 5th floor, Suite 5013, New York, New York 10001, 877-936-3872 (toll-free), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zend.com.
HP has made available Linux-based versions of its x2000 and x4000 workstations. Workstation x2000 is based on Intel's 850 chipset Pentium 4 processor and clocks up to 1.7GHz, while workstation x4000 is based on the 860 chipset and can include one or two Xeon processors. Both systems provide a range of 2-D and 3-D applications with guaranteed ISV certification. The x2000 and x4000 workstations are geared toward graphics and memory-intensive technical applications, such as digital content creation and animation. Both systems ship with Red Hat 7.1, and full technical support is provided. Full features and optional components of both can be viewed at www.hp.com/workstations/products/linux.
Contact: Hewlett-Packard, 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, California 94304, 800-752-0900 (toll-free), www.hp.com.
Tarantella, Inc. released Tarantella Enterprise 3 Starter, network infrastructure software designed for small enterprise or departmental use. It can be used for a range of tasks, from remote system administration, server support and application access, to integration with servers running on other platforms for access to all corporate applications. Other uses include integration of web-based applications into an existing network and a drop-in wireless gateway. Tarantella Enterprise 3 Starter is available for a variety of distributions, and an evaluation copy can be downloaded from their site.
Contact: Tarantella, Inc., 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, California 95061, 888-831-9700 (toll-free), www.tarantella.com.
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