New Products

by Ellen M. Dahl
Heavy Gear II

The Heavy Gear II game has 3-D audio effects and joystick support and makes optimal use of the qualities of Linux in the network. Multi-player games based on rounds, or real time, are possible. A player is the captain of a batallion of robots, equipped with a battle suit called Gear. They have modern technology and high-performance weapons to use in defense.

Contact: Loki Entertainment Software, 250 El Camino Real, Suite #100, Tustin, CA 92780,,,,

Compaq Power Management Software

Compaq's Power Management Software Version 1.7, with LanSafe III, allows IT managers to configure and have control over the enterprise and e-business framework. The new additions help network administrators configure all the networked UPSs, in any environment. The software supports current versions of Red Hat and Turbo Laser Linux in both English and Japanese. Other Power Management Software features include PowerScope; load segmenting; automatic, unattended and prioritized shutdown; automatic alerts and statistical logs; on-the-fly configuration and password protection.

Contact: Compaq Computer Corporation, P.O. Box 692000, Houston, TX 77269-2000, 281-370-0670, 281-514-1740 (fax),

Open Motif Everywhere

Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc. issued the first upgrade to its Open Motif Everywhere distribution. This upgrade includes bug fixes generated by the Open Source community and SRPMs for building one's own version of Open Motif from source code. Open Motif Everywhere is the ICS distribution of Open Motif, built from the official Open Group 2.1.30 sources. The binaries and sources to Open Motif Everywhere are available for free download through ICS' Open Motif portal site. A CD-ROM distribution, containing binaries for most popular Linux and FreeBSD distributions, Open Motif source code, Adobe PDF versions of the official Motif 2.1 Manual set and e-mail installation support, is also available.

Contact: Integrated Computer Solutions, 201 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-621-0060, 617-621-9555 (fax),,,

VXA RakPak

The VXA RakPak is the first rack-mountable tape subsystem to use the tape technology innovation VXA. Ecrix has packaged two VXA-1 tape drives in a single rack unit (1u), creating a data-protection system for rack-optimized servers and storage. RakPak stores up to 132GB of data at a 12MB/s aggregate transfer rate (2:1 compression). The VXA RakPak guarantees data restore based on three complementary components: discrete packet format (DPF), variable speed operation (VSO) and OverScan Operation (OSO). VXA drives are compatible with all major OSes including Linux.

Contact: Ecrix Corporation, 5525 Central Ave., Boulder, CO 80301, 303-402-9262, 303.402.9266 (fax),,

Embedix SDK

The Embedix SDK for x86 is a software development kit that simplifies the development of embedded devices and systems. Embedix SDK is designed to reduce the system requirements, development time and overall cost of deploying embedded software solutions. Included is Embedix Target Wizard, a graphical configuration tool that allows OEMs to select Linux components, identify interdependencies and automate the configuration of a small, highly specialized software solution for embedded devices. Embedix SDK ships with a complete version of a Linux development host operating system. Multi-user licenses are available.

Contact: Lineo, Inc., 390 South 400 West, Lindon, UT 84042, 801-426-5001, 801-426-6166 (fax),,

Gaussian on Linux NetworX

Linux NetworX products are now available with Gaussian 98, the latest in the Gaussian series of electronic structure applications. Gaussian is used by chemists and chemical engineers for research. Users can model chemical systems and phenomena in order to predict their properties, study chemical reactions and apply the fundamental results to their own investigations. Operating on a Linux NetworX cluster system, Gaussian helps users predict energies, molecular structures, vibrational frequencies and other molecular properties in both the gas phase and in solution, and can study both ground state and excited state molecular systems.

Contact: Linux NetworX, Inc., 8689 South 700 West, Sandy, UT 84070, 877-505-LNXI or 801-562-1010, 801-568-1010 (fax),,

HELIOS EtherShare 2.6

Major features of EtherShare 2.6, UNIX-based server software, include implementation of AppleTalk networking, such as AppleShare IP, support for routing, advanced spooling and print support, and PostScript Type 1 and 3 font server for all printers and UNIX Text to PostScript printing. New to EtherShare 2.6 are Japanese Shift-JIS support; user- and password-protected print queues; HELIOS Mail support for MIME with file attachment formats including base64, binhex, uuencode and uuencode; improved memory management by HELIOS Mail, requiring only 1 MB memory regardless of attachment size; and support for Mac OS Navigation services. EtherShare 2.6 is available for a wide variety of UNIX-based systems including Linux Pentium-based servers.

Contact: HELIOS Software GmbH, Attn: Marketing, Steinriede 3, D-30827 Garbsen, Germany, +49-5131-709320, +49-5131-709325 (fax),,

Contact: European Mikrograf Corporation, 269 Mt. Hermon Road, Suite 100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, 831-461-6061, 831-461-6056 (fax),,

NUMA-Q E410 and Netfinity 3500 M20

IBM introduced its Intel-based server, the 64-processor NUMA-Q E410, along with a two-way server, the Netfinity 3500 M20. Powered by Intel's new 700 MHz Pentium III Xeon processors, the NUMA-Q E410 is a scalable server line for e-businesses running in Windows 2000 and Linux environments. Key features of the NUMA-Q E410 include high availability, performance and scalability; investment protection; and NUMACenter. The Netfinity 3500 M20 is a two-way SMP server supporting Pentium III 800 MHz processors and up to 2GB of memory. In addition to the new 800 MHz Pentium III processors featuring a 133MHz Front Side Bus processor architecture, the Netfinity 3500 M20 delivers high-speed I/O with the Ultra 160 SCSI interface and 64-bit PCI.

Contact: Shop IBM, Dept. YES98, PO Box 2690, Atlanta, GA 30301, 800-257-9044, 800-2IBM-FAX (fax), code YEF98,,

InstallShield Java Edition 3.5

InstallShield Software Corporation has released InstallShield Java Edition 3.5. Utilizing “Web Start” Wizard technology jointly developed by InstallShield and Sun Microsystems, Java Edition 3.5 expands InstallShield's installation-authoring solution by allowing the creation of a single installation for multiple platforms, including Red Hat Linux. It includes new Java Native Interface support; dynamic file refresh functionality; a silent install feature; one-step support for JVM Bundling; a powerful IDE; suite installation; default project templates; extensible JavaBean model; a new setup design model; and extended internationalization support. Both the full and upgrade versions are available.

Contact: InstallShield Software Corporation, 900 National Parkway, Suite 125, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5108, 847-240-9111, 847-240-9120 (fax),,

NetMAX IA Software

The NetMAX FireWall ProSuite and NetMAX Internet Server ProSuite allows users to secure, connect and share their networks through a variety of customizable features. Both ProSuites include and install a version of Linux based on the Red Hat distribution. The products feature 128-bit SSL and cache storage, and interface with the new NetMAX VPN Server software. The latest version of the NetMAX Professional Suite bundles the new FireWall ProSuite and Internet Server ProSuite with the current version of the NetMAX FileServer into one integrated package.

Contact: Cybernet Systems Corporation, 727 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1639, 734-668-2567, 734-668-8780 (fax),,,

Teamware Office 5.3 for Linux

The final version of Teamware Office 5.3 for the Linux platform is a ready-to-run groupware product with a customizable user interface and updated communication features. WebService tools as well as server tools are run from the server console. Teamware Office 5.3 for Linux also allows scheduling of meetings, allocating of resources and attaching documents to appointments. Mobile users can access their mail and other Teamware Office services using PDA browsers. Teamware Office 5.3 for Linux can be used on Linux distributions that use RPM for installing binary files.

Contact: Teamware Group Oy, P.O. Box 135, FIN-00381 Helsinki, Finland, +358-0-9-512811,,

TimeSys Linux/RT 1.0

The TimeSys Linux/RT 1.0 is a real-time version of the Linux OS and a distribution which includes subsystems that offer a scalable and innovative approach to meeting real-time and quality of service constraints. Developers can combine these subsystems to handle a variety of application requirements, from small footprint to full-featured architectures. The distribution is available for free download from the Web and in three different editions (Standard, Deluxe, Professional) for purchase, all of which come with limited installation support.

Contact: TimeSys Corporation, 4516 Henry St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, 888-432-TIME, 412-681-5522,,

Linux 1-2-3 Fundamentals CD

Linux 1-2-3 Fundamentals is the first disk of computer-based training in a series of open-source educational products. The interactive CBT is a tutorial designed to introduce one to the Linux OS. Topics range from file systems, shells and file security to command-line mail, GUI and KDE. The learning environment of Linux 1-2-3 Fundamentals does not assume the student is a Linux (or UNIX) expert. The CD comes with the Red Hat, Mandrake and SuSE distributions, provided by a partnership with LinuxCentral, an e-commerce web site.

Contact: OmniLinux, 39465 Paseo Padre Pkwy. #2900, Fremont, CA 94538, 510-249-1060 ext. 311, 520-563-1070 (fax),,

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