Linux Product Insider

Welcome to the March 20th edition of the "Linux Product Insider", our weekly round-up of new products and services in Linux and open source.

Here is what's fresh out of the ovens this week:

SpectSoft's RaveHD Basic
SpectSoft LLC has long provided its high-end, uncompressed video solution RaveHD to the big Hollywood studios. Now the company aims to reach smaller studios with a number of lower-cost solutions in its new RaveHD Basic product line. RaveHD, says SpectSoft, a "solid deck replacement", i.e. a turnkey solution, that offers the storage and tools needed to "bridge the film, video and data gap", and is a Linux-based solution that releases its source code to its users for integration. Some key features include: uncompressed capture and playout of frame based sequences (DPX), native database and configurable metadata, configured for SAN support, batch capture and more.

CodeWeavers' CrossOver Games Beta 2
OK, game geeks, heads up because CodeWeavers is now shipping Beta 2 of CrossOver Games, an application that allows you to play loads of popular Windows-based games on either a Linux or Mac OS without the need for a Windows' license. Some of the games you can play include Team Fortress 2, World of Warcraft, Civilization 4, Guild Wars and Counterstrike Source. CodeWeavers is one of the leading sponsors of the Wine project, on which the company's products are based.

Astaro's Web Gateway
Astaro gave us advance notice of a new product to be released in April - their new line of all-in-one Web security appliances, dubbed Astaro Web Gateway. The products will provide integrated URL filtering, malware detection, instant messaging and peer-to-peer application control, as well as bandwidth optimization to completely secure and control Web access. They may also be deployed as either a hardware or virtualized appliance and managed through a single browser-based GUI. Target customers for the Astaro Web Gateway are small and mid-sized businesses seeking a comprehensive solution for securing Web traffic.

SlickEdit's Core v3.3 for Eclipse
We've been notified of SlickEdit updating its SlickEdit Core for Eclipse to Version 3.3. The product is a plug-in for Eclipse that allows developers to use the SlickEdit code editor as default within Eclipse. SlickEdit Core consists of the SlickEdit editor, 7 additional views, and the DIFFzilla differencing engine. The combined functionality is said to "offer greater editing power and better speed in navigating code, allowing even the most accomplished power programmers to be more productive." The new version is for Eclipse 3.3 and CDT 4.0.

Appcelerator RIA Developer Plug-in for Appcelerator
AJAXWorld is cause for many an announcement this week, including the upgraded Appcelerator RIA Developer, an Eclipse plug-in for the firm's open-source Appcelerator Platform, making it easier for developers who prefer an Eclipse environment to create Appcelerator projects. Appcelerator is a platform that enables developers to "quickly assemble rich interactive Web applications without the need for JavaScript or player-based plug-ins." Web applications created using Appcelerator are enabled with service endpoints provided for Java/J2EE, PHP, Ruby, .NET, Python and Perl. Appcelerator has also updated its Appcelerator SDK. The company claims that Appcelerator provides a comprehensive platform that takes the burden off of developers, who have typically had to find, integrate and version different pieces of their platform themselves.

XAware Open Source Data Integration Plug-in for
Illustrating how everyone can use a little open source, XAware announced its new plug-in for users, which allows for additional control over customer data and extension of capabilities of the popular SaaS platform. One can "migrate, manage, share and mashup data from various systems" says XAware. XAware also features an Eclipse-based design environment and offers an Eclipse plug-in to the many developers who use Eclipse as their standard development environment. The XAware plug-in is available at the company's Web site or from's AppExchange.

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