New Products

by Ellen M. Dahl

PCI-Fibre Channel RAID Controllers

ICP vortex announced their GDT7519RN (one FC port) and GDT7529RN (two FC ports) controllers which support RAID levels 0, 1, 4, 5 and 10. They feature 64-bit design for very high data transfer rates, including a primary 64-bit PCI interface clocked at 33 MHz, as well as an onboard 64-bit bus for maximum throughput and a 64-bit RISC CPU for heavy I/O operations. The hardware XOR engine is optimized for RAID 4/5 operations. ICP's 64-bit RAID Controllers can be run in either 32-bit or 64-bit PCI slots. Drivers are available for many operating systems including Linux. ICP is committed to supporting current and upcoming versions of Linux with all of its current and upcoming RAID controller lines. Please contact ICP vortex for pricing.

Contact: ICP vortex Corporation, 4857 West Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85043, Phone: 602-353-0303, Fax: 602-353-0051, E-mail:, URL:

Applix SHELF 1.3

Applix, Inc. launched its first Open Source initiative with SHELF, an embeddable, full-featured, graphical programming language. Both Applixware and Applix SHELF are available for all major distributions of Linux, as well as other platforms. Applix SHELF is released under the GNU Library Public License as defined by the Free Software Foundation. Version 1.3 and 1.1 are available for free download at Applix's web site.

Contact: Applix, Inc., 112 Turnpike Road, Westboro, MA 01581, Phone: 508-870-0300, E-mail:, URL:

HELIOS Products for Linux

HELIOS Software GmbH announced the availability of its EtherShare 2.5, EtherShare OPI 2.0, PDF Handshake and Print Preview products for the Linux operating system on computers based on Pentium processors. HELIOS products run on powerful and scalable servers from Apple Computer, Data General, Compaq (Digital), HP, IBM, Intel (Pentium), Motorola, SGI and Sun, providing reliable cross-platform support for Macintosh, DOS/Windows and UNIX-based clients. Prices in Euros are available on the HELIOS web site.

Contact: HELIOS Software GmbH, Steinriede 3, D-30827 Garbsen, Germany, Phone: +49-5131-709320, Fax: +49-5131-709325, E-mail:, URL:


Lutris Technologies announced its new Open Source Java application server development environment for Linux, suitable for building and deploying high-grade web applications. Features include the Enhydra Application Framework, a super-servlet run-time environment of common services for supporting N-tier Enhydra applications; Enhydra Multiserver, a servlet-running environment with graphical servlet management, monitoring and debugging; Enhydra XMLC, an XML compiler designed to support designer and Java developer co-development; Enhydra JDDI, a structured approach to using embedded Java for dynamic HTML; and Enhydra DODS, a graphical tool for object-to-relational database mapping. The product is free, with a FreeBSD-style license and Linux RPM installation support.

Contact: Lutris Technologies, 1200 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Phone: 831-471-9753, Fax: 831-471-9754, E-mail:, URL:

LDAP Proxy Server 2.0

Innosoft International, Inc. announced enhancements to its Innosoft LDAP Proxy Server (ILPS) to provide automatic load balancing among multiple LDAP servers and transparent failover for high-availability directory services. Innosoft Directory Service (IDS) products are available for Red Hat Linux 5.1 on Intel. Prices for the Innosoft LDAP Proxy Server begin at $4,800 US for up to 15 concurrent connections.

Contact: Innosoft International, Inc., 1050 Lakes Drive, West Covina, CA 91790, Phone: 626-919-3600, Fax: 626-919-3614, E-mail:, URL:

DeveloperX2 2.1

NetBeans introduced DeveloperX2 2.1, one of the first full-featured, cross-platform Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) to support and run on Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java 2 platform. It enables software developers to build sophisticated Java Foundation Classes (JFC) GUIs, compile and debug applications on the platform of their choice. NetBeans also launched a concurrent version, Developer 2.1, that supports Swing 1.1 and Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.1. The license for all versions of Developer 2. x is $145 US for one to four users. Developer runs on all platforms that support JDK 1.1 and 1.2, including Linux.

Contact: NetBeans, Inc., Pod Hajkem 1, 180 00 Prague 8, Czech Republic, Phone: +420-2-8300-7322, Fax: +420-2-8300-7399, E-mail:, URL:

System Manager in a Box

PegaSoft announced the beta release of their new Linux product, System Manager in a Box (SMiaB). This administration tool addresses the need for experienced system administrators to diagnose installation, configuration and run-time problems. Using artificial intelligence techniques, SMiaB performs more than 2000 system checks and reports not only which files have problems, but which systems are affected and why. SMiaB runs on all major flavors of Linux. Scheduled for release in late spring 1999, SMiaB 1.0 will include commercial editions geared especially to business. The beta is available for download from the PegaSoft web site.

Contact: PegaSoft Canada, 2631 Honsberger Avenue, Jordan Station, ON L0R 1S0, Canada, E-mail:, URL:

ResQ!Net and ResQ!Net for IBM's Host-On-Demand, Inc. announced complete Linux support with its flagship products, ResQ!Net and ResQ!Net for IBM's Host-On-Demand 99. The ResQ!Net products provide graphical 3270/5250 host connectivity for Linux workstation and server applications by instantly transforming old-fashioned mainframe and IBM AS/400 screens into modern graphical interfaces with an easy-to-use Windows look and feel. It is available as both a stand-alone application and as an add-on to IBM's eNetwork Host-On-Demand. ResQ!Net is usable out of the box with existing Linux applications. A free trial version may be requested via the web site.

Contact:, Inc.,130 Cedar Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: 212-537-4800, Fax: 212-294-8822, URL:

SNAPIX 3.1.18

ADNT announced a new version of SNAPIX Special Edition for Linux (SEL), an X11/Motif Interface and application generator. It provides an object-oriented, event-driven language, allowing easy use of X11 and Motif libraries under UNIX. SNAPIX SEL is downloadable for free from ADNT's web site, complete with statically linked Motif libraries, so no royalties are due OSF. Commercial versions of SNAPIX are available for Linux and other platforms for those users with a Motif license.

Contact: ADNT, 4 rue Louis Massotte, 78530 Buc, France, Phone: +33-0-1-3920-1010, Fax: +33-0-1-3956-5592, E-mail:, URL:

Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux

Sophos Inc., a developer of network-oriented anti-virus software, announced the release of Sophos Anti-Virus for six versions of UNIX, including Linux. The UNIX implementation of Sophos Anti-Virus includes Sophos' unique SAVI API, enabling third-party developers to integrate with the Sophos Anti-Virus interface. An evaluation copy is free; visit the web site for downloading and pricing of the full product.

Contact: Sophos Inc., 18 Commerce Way, Woburn, MA 01801, Phone: 888-SOPHOS-9, 781-932-0222, Fax: 781-932-0251, E-mail:, URL:


Information Builders announced Linux support for the web-enabled enterprise analysis and reporting solution, WebFOCUS. The WebFOCUS Managed Reporting Environment lets users with little or no database experience create sophisticated reports using objects that have been preconstructed by a database administrator. The WebFOCUS Suite includes Report Broker, an intelligent, Java-based engine that centralizes the scheduling and distribution of reports over the Web, e-mail, printers and faxes. WebFOCUS is available to channel partners through Information Builders' InfoElite Partners Program. Pricing is to be determined at country of origin.

Contact: Information Builders, Two Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10121-2898, Phone: 212-736-4433, Fax: 212-967-6406, E-mail:, URL:

PC ParaChute

UniTrends Software Corporation announced PC ParaChute, a complete crash recovery product for Intel-based PCs. PC ParaChute backs up each PC on the network to the central server through a TCP/IP connection. PC ParaChute can create customized bootable diskettes either centrally or remotely for each PC. It offers such technology as bit-level verification of the backup, software compression (to reduce network traffic), DynaScan-backup verification weeks to months later and a free-space optimizer. PC ParaChute requires Backup Professional, also available for Linux. The cost of PC ParaChute is $35 US per PC.

Contact: UniTrends Software Corporation, 1601 Oak Street, Suite 201, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, Phone: 800-648-2827, Fax: 843-626-5202, E-mail:, URL:

Web+ 4.0

TalentSoft announced its newest version of Web+, a development tool dedicated to creating web-based client/server applications without writing CGI programs. Web+ enables the creation of highly functional web pages that integrate with databases, file systems, e-mail, Java applets, legacy applications and other TCP/IP applications using socket technology. In addition to supporting ODBC database connectivity, Web+ 4.0 now has built-in native API connectivity with mySQL, miniSQL and PostgreSQL databases. Prices and licensing begin at $100 US for the Developer's Edition with two concurrent connections.

Contact: TalentSoft/Talent Information Management, LLC, 900 Nicollet Mall, Suite 700, Minneapolis, MN 55402, Phone: 612-338-8900, Fax: 612-904-0010, E-mail:, URL:

Helius Satellite Router

Helius, Inc. released the Helius Satellite Router, the first solution for small- to medium-sized businesses and K-12 schools needing high-speed Internet access and support from any location. The Satellite Router is an all-in-one box that includes Virtual Technician and Helius Optimized software. The Helius Satellite Router is a thin server network appliance that works with any local area network, including Linux. System capabilities include interactive Internet, IP Multicasting, e-mail, news, Web, AppleTalk and SMB servers, and caching and proxy services. Installation, setup and support are easy and worry-free with Helius Virtual Technician. Prices start at $2,499 US for up to 30 concurrent users.

Contact: Helius, Inc., 240 West Center, Orem, UT 84057, Phone: 888-764-9020, 801-764-9020, Fax: 801-764-9022, E-mail:, URL:

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