Linux Product Insider
Welcome to the March 13th edition of the "Linux Product Insider", our weekly round-up of new products and services in Linux and open source.
Here is what is new and interesting this week.
AXIGEN's Mail Server 6.0
Our friends at AXIGEN continue to drive development of their flagship Mail Server, now at v6.0. The new AXIGEN Mail Server is designed to effectively address the requirements of both collaborative enterprises and service providers offering hosting with additional collaboration services. The product primarily features groupware and collaboration functionalities that enable users to share their emails, tasks and appointments by granting colleagues permissions to read, write, delete or perform other actions on the content of mailbox folders of choice, to view others' free/busy status or to delegate the right to
send messages in their name to co-workers. AXIGEN Mail Server runs on several Linux and BSD distributions, as well as on Solaris, PowerPC and SPARC architectures.
Comodo's Trustix Enterprise Firewall 4.8
The idea behind Comodo's new Trustix Enterprise Firewall 4.8 (TEF) is to offer an out-of-the-box firewall that "monitors network traffic and protects the network against unauthenticated traffic or login attempts which could inject Trojans, worms, or infected files into the network." The new version 4.8 also adds features such as a anti-SPAM filter, content filtering, load balancing via Linux virtual server intrusion detection. Comodo touts TEF's existing features such as its WYSIWYG functionality, as well as its remaining free for use with no license, subscription, or renewal fees. In addition, one can visualize and edit firewall policies and manage traffic individually for up to 24 security zones.
Mainsoft for UNIX and Linux 5.2
Mainsoft told us this week that its C++ application porting platform, Mainsoft for UNIX and Linux Version 5.2, now supports five new platforms. These include HP-UX 11i v2 and HP-UX 11i v3 on HP Integrity servers with Intel Itanium 64-bit processors; and HP-UX 11i v3 on HP 9000 servers with PA-RISC processors; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for x86_64 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for x86. The new additions allow ISVs to port Visual Studio applications to 21 different UNIX and Linux platforms. Mainsoft says that it aims to "allow its customers to build smart-client, Windows-based applications, Web applications, and solutions for mobile devices and deploy them on multiple UNIX and Linux platforms, in addition to Windows."
Intalio and Alfresco to Integrate BPM Suite with Enterprise Content Management
Intalio and Alfresco will merge their respective offerings of Business Process Management (BPM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) applications to form a new animal - the so-called "Business Process Platform", or BPP. A BPP will provide a powerful way to automate business communications, allowing documents to be transmitted to the right people based on complex rules. For example, an insurance company could use workflow processes to handle end-to-end policy management processes and provide better visibility to customers regarding the processing of claims. Intalio and Alfresco see today's announcement as only the first step towards building a BPP.
YouTube's Expanded APIs and Tools
With today's announcement about its APIs and tools, YouTube hopes to show its desire to move beyond the Internet browser and enable users to share video content from anywhere. YouTube says that it now provides wholesale access to its extensive video library, worldwide audience, and the underlying video hosting and streaming infrastructure that powers the service. The latest API offerings offer the following features: allow anyone building a Web site or software application that is connected to the Internet to upload videos straight to YouTube; let users comment, rate and favorite the videos; and customize and control the Flash player in which the videos are played. YouTube also asserts that its APIs and tools are free and user-friendly.
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