New Products

by Ellen Dahl

Cobalt Qube 2

Cobalt Networks, Inc. unveiled the Cobalt Qube 2, a simple, low-cost server appliance running Linux that provides Internet connectivity, e-mail, web publishing and other network file services for small to medium-sized businesses and schools. The Qube 2 offers a high-speed 250MHz processor and up to 10.2 gigabytes of disk space for increased performance, functionality and storage. Other important features include e-mail filtering, aliases, IP Firewall security, file sharing and dialup on demand. The product can be purchased for as little as $999 US, depending on configuration options.

Contact: Cobalt Networks, Inc., 555 Ellis Street, Mountain View, CA 94043, Phone: 650-930-2500, Fax: 650-930-2501, URL:

Power Boot 3.0

BlueSky Innovations LLC announced the availability of Power Boot 3.0, a cost-effective and easy-to-use boot manager for PC operating systems. Power Boot allows one to boot multiple operating systems on a PC. Version 3.0 is as easy to use as 1.0 while adding more flexibility. It does not require a FAT partition. Power Boot 3.0 is available for purchase and download via the Internet. Single-user licenses cost $25 US and include free software upgrades.

Contact: BlueSky Innovations LLC, 2530 Berryessa Road, Suite 321, San Jose, CA 95132, Phone: 800-414-4268, Fax: 910-350-2937, E-mail:, URL:

CyberCop Scanner on Linux

Network Associates announced their new version of CyberCop Scanner now supports Linux. CyberCop Scanner is one of the leading network vulnerability scanners on the market and is designed to provide a high level of integrity assurance in settings where network security is a serious concern. It reliably and accurately allows a network administrator to perform vulnerability assessment. Please call for licensing and/or purchasing information.

Contact: Network Associates, Inc., 3965 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95054, Phone: 408-988-3832, Fax: 408-970-9727, URL:

e-smith Server & Gateway

e-smith, Inc. introduced its e-smith Server & Gateway. This open-source Internet server software transforms a PC (P133 or higher) into a Linux-based server with routing, firewall, e-mail and web servers. It is priced at $400 US and includes CD-ROM, documentation and one year of e-mail and phone support. (e-smith, Inc. was formerly known as Powerframe Internetworking.)

Contact: e-smith, Inc., 173 James Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 5M6, Canada, Phone: 613-236-0743, Fax: 613-276-0065, E-mail:, URL:

Lotus Notes and Domino

Lotus Development Corp. announced their latest version of Lotus Notes shipped in February. A Linux version of Domino, the server software that powers Notes, is on the way. The new Notes version resembles an Internet browser, so that many advanced Notes features can be used by simply pointing and clicking. The Notes client can be used for all types of e-mail, not just mail from a Lotus server, and features an instant messaging component. List price is $29 US. The new version of the Domino server has been upgraded for easier control by system administrators and migration to Notes from other messaging programs.

Contact: Lotus Development Corporation, 400 Riverpark Drive, North Reading, MA 01864, Phone: 800-343-5414 (outside US, 617-577-8500), Fax: 800-859-8369, URL:

MIMER DBMS for Linux

Sysdeco Mimer AB in Uppsala, Sweden, released its MIMER DBMS for Linux. MIMER 8.1 is a complete release of the MIMER database management system. Based on the efficient and extremely easy-to-use MIMER database server, it is a scalable and portable solution for database applications. The final product release, which is a complete developer version, is available for free download from Sysdeco's web site. Full support agreements are available.

Contact: Sysdeco Mimer AB, Box 1713, SE-751 47 Uppsala, Sweden, Phone: +46-18-18-50-00, Fax: +46-18-18-51-00, E-mail:, URL:

PGI Workstation 3.0

The Portland Group, Inc. (PGI) announced the availability of PGI Workstation 3.0, its newly updated suite of parallel FORTRAN, C and C++ compilers and tools. All users with a current software subscription can receive release 3.0 at no additional charge. PGI Workstation 3.0 is supported on Intel-based workstations, servers and clusters running Linux and other operating systems. PGI Workstation 3.0 pricing starts at $299 US for F77-only or C/C++-only packages, and $499 US for full F90/HPF packages.

Contact: The Portland Group, 9150 SW Pioneer Ct, Suite H, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Phone: 503-682-2806, Fax: 503-682-2637, E-mail:, URL:

DocFather Professional 2.2 and Siteforum Database Exchange

SFS Software announced the release of DocFather Professional 2.2, a fast, easy-to-navigate on-line and off-line search utility for any Internet web site or intranet web-based documentation. Site visitors can search DocFather-enhanced web sites by keyword or document site map. DocFather is able to run on any Java-supported operating system including Linux. The product can be ordered on-line from SFS Software or through its US-based partner, Proactive International. An Internet license is $349 US, an intranet license $990 US, and a CD-ROM publishing license for 10,000 CD-ROMs is $1,990 US.

SFS Software also announced the release of Siteforum Database Exchange, a 100% pure Java solution capable of importing and exporting existing data stored in any JDBC/ODBC-compatible database into another JDBC/ODBC-compatible database (i.e., Sybase to Oracle). The software allows one to create, delete and modify tables and columns. In addition, one is able to modify content, field types and attributes. Siteforum Database Exchange runs on Java-supported operating systems, including Linux. It is priced at $495 US for a single-user license and $1,990 US for a 5-user license.

Contact: SFS Software, Allende Strasse 68, 98574 Schmalkalden, Germany, Phone: 800-332-9966, +49-3683-798-170, Fax: 888-467-1806, E-mail:, URL:

Contact: Proactive International, LLC, 6107 SW Murray Blvd #151, Beaverton, OR 97008, Phone: 503-520-0191, Fax: 503-643-9877, E-mail:, URL:

Velocis Database Server v.2.1 for Linux

Raima Corporation has released Velocis Database Server version 2.1 for the Linux platform. Velocis is an embedded client/server database engine which now provides robust new interfaces for several popular development environments. Velocis 2.1 extends its SQL support with scrollable cursors and customized comparison functions and introduces a powerful new database utility, dbrepair. A free trial download is available from Raima's web site.

Contact: Raima Corporation, 4800 Columbia Center, 701 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone: 800-327-2462, 206-515-9477, Fax: 206-748-5200, E-mail:, URL:

Civilization: Call to Power for Linux

Under an agreement with Activision, Inc., Loki Entertainment Software announced it will port and market a Linux version of the strategy game, Civilization: Call to Power. Based on its agreement with Activision, Loki Entertainment Software is porting the game from the original source code so that the graphics, action and user interface will be the same as the PC version. Loki plans to ship the Linux version in early spring 1999. It will distribute the Linux version through retail outlets and over the Internet with pricing similar to the PC version.

Contact: Loki Entertainment Software, 17602 Seventeenth Street, Suite 102-245, Tustin, CA 92780, Phone: 888-522-5602, Fax: 714-505-3207, E-mail:, URL:

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Research Systems released the first commercial data modeling tool for terrain and river network analysis, RiverTools. It provides a valuable planning resource for use in fields such as civil engineering, insurance, construction, hydrology and land planning. RiverTools is designed to help hydrologists view and process digital elevation model (DEM) data. With pricing starting at $999 US, RiverTools is available for a wide variety of computers and operating systems, including Linux.

Contact: Research Systems, Inc., 2995 Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone: 303-786-9900, Fax: 303-786-9909, URL:


A Stanford University professor has built the world's smallest web server using new technology from Jumptec Industrial Computers. Professor Vaughan Pratt used the DIMM-PC/486 from JUMPTec, which measures 40 x 68 mm (1.57 x 2.68 inches). DIMM-PC/486 has the same capabilities as a standard 486 PC and is much faster than a Palm Pilot. Small enough to be worn in a shirt pocket, Pratt's DIMM-PC web server sports a 66 MHz CPU, 16MB of RAM and 16MB flash ROM—big enough to hold Red Hat 5.2 Linux and run the HTTP daemon. To learn more, visit

Contact: EMJ Embedded Systems, 1434 Farrington Road, Apex, NC 27502, Phone: 800-436-5872, Fax: 919-363-4425, URL:

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