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USENIX Announces Program For Technical Conference

The USENIX Association has announced the program for its 21st annual Technical Conference to be held at the Anaheim Marriott, January 6-10, 1997. USELINUX, the first Linux Applications Development and Deployment Conference co-sponsored by Linux International, will take place concurrently. Attendees will be able to pay one fee and attend both conferences.

USENIX will offer 20 day-long tutorials on January 6-7. New topics will include secure Java programming, Java applets and the AWT, Windows NT and Windows 95, Inside the Linux Kernel, System and Network Performance Tuning, Web Security, Administering a Web Server, How to Write Code that Withstands Hostile Environments, and Solaris Administration. Other tutorial topics will include system administration, UNIX security tools, CGI and WWW programming, IPv6, Kerberos, perl, and introduction to Java.

The Technical Program will take place January 8-10, beginning with a keynote address by James Gosling, a creator of Java. Mr. Gosling of Sun Microsystems will talk on "Developing on Internet Time." A second track of invited talks cover topics including cryptography, Inktomi and AltaVista Research Engines, IPv6, benchmarks, and a new networked operating system from Bell Labs. Also 23 refereed papers will present up-to-the-minute research.

USELINUX, which will be held concurrently with the USENIX conference, will offer tutorials, technical presentations, and case studies devoted to Linux development issues and how to develop a Linux business. Featured at the conference will be Linus Torvalds, the lead developer of Linux. Mr. Torvalds will be speaking on the future of Linux. A vendor display on January 8 and 9 will offer demonstrations of the latest hardware, software, and networking products.

For more program and registration information about the USENIX and USELINUX conferences, contact the USENIX Conference Office, 22672 Lambert St., Suite 613, Lake Forest, CA 92630, (714) 588-8649; WWW:

MMB Offers Web Applications for UNIX

MMB Development Corporation has begun offering their TEAMate server software with nine Web Applications for UNIX. The Web Applications are available as a package for Intranet and Internet use and support Sun, IBM, HP, DEC, BSDI, and Linux.

The nine out-of-the-box Web Applications include: Chat - with two scrolling Windows, HTML and Ads in the script; Forums - three different types of discussion forums; Classified Ads - users can place ads if desired; Mail - integrates server mail with Web, VT100 and GUI access; Catalogs-put catalogs online; Map - locations are handled; Event Calendars - by user or community; User Home Pages - users can create their own if desired; and Server Content Indexing - server content (forums, ads, chat, etc.) is indexed dynamically so all indexes are up to date. MMB includes Web, VT100, and GUI interfaces, and distribution of the GUI client is unlimited. All applications are complete; HTML, Perl, or CGI scripts are included. Applications can also be customized by modifying the template file.

The nine Web Applications for UNIX are priced at $895 for BSDI and Linux and $1495 for all other supported platforms. The Web Applications without Chat for BSDI and Linux is priced at $495. An example program is available on the company's Web site. For more information, contact MMB Development Corporation, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; (800) 832-6022 or (310) 318-1322; Fax: (310) 318-2162; Internet:; WWW:

FacetCorp Ships FacetWin

FacetCorp has begun shipping FacetWin, Windows to UNIX connectivity software. FacetWin includes an all-in-one feature set that lets users of Windows 95 and Windows NT clients transparently access and use UNIX-based network resources such as files, disks, applications, and printers. Features of FacetWin include transparent file and print service, terminal emulation, and the ability to automatically back up network PCs to a UNIX tape drive. Other FacetWin features include networked modem access for PC users, an email POP3 server, and remote computing support that provides network functionality to users connected via modem.

FacetWin's transparent file and print services are based upon Microsoft's SMB technology for transferring data. FacetWin provides a UNIX SMB server for system administration, which requires no additional software to be loaded on the PC. SMB technology was chosen for FacetWin because of its high throughput for file and print services, and because it is easy to install and administer. The only part of FacetWin to run on the PC is the terminal emulator, which was designed as a native Windows 95 32-bit application. FacetWin uses FacetTerm as its terminal emulation software.

A single-user license for FacetWin is priced at $195 with discounts for multi-user licenses. FacetCorp is offering free 30 day evaluation copies. For more information, contact FacetCorp, 4031 W. Plano Pkwy., Plano, TX 75093; (214) 985-9901; Fax: (241) 612-2035; WWW:

OSM Announced COS/Relay

Open Systems Management Inc. has announced COS/Relay, an automated software distribution and installation package. COS/Relay automates the process of software installation across a distributed network. COS/Relay lets the administrator distribute software to a number of systems on the network from one console, the master system. As part of the installation process, COS/Relay can execute operation on the target system; this can include such thing as rebooting or restarting daemons. If the software requires user input, the responses can be recorded at the master system, distributed to the target systems and replayed during the installation.

COS/Relay checks each step of the installation process and the entire operation can be rolled back if a network error occurs. Distribution can be continued to all systems that have not failed. COS/Relay also automatically collects audit information, recording details on the software installation. COS/Relay also includes built-in security that restricts users to accessing only the facilities for which they have authorization. Distribution to secure target is also possible by use of configurable communications methods, allowing the maintenance of different levels of security across a network.

COS/Relay is available for a wide range of UNIX systems and is part of the COSMOS suite of applications. For pricing and other information, contact Open Systems Management Inc., 1111 Third Ave., Suite 2500, Seattle, WA 98101; (206) 583-8373; Fax: (206) 292-4965.

Windward Releases Two Products

Windward Technologies Inc. has released LookOut V1.4.2 and na.LookOut. LookOut V1.4.2 is a hardware failure prediction application for UNIX platforms. LookOut functions as a background daemon or intelligent agent, monitoring the node for potential hardware problems and delivering early warnings that identify the device, subsystem or node, the severity of the error, and the evidence that led LookOut to its conclusion. Primary notification is via email to a node-specific distribution list and may include any valid email address reachable from the node. A shell script is included to notify alphanumeric pagers or other specialized applications or interfaces.

Features of LookOut 1.4.2 include realtime notification across an enterprise network to either the LookOut GUI or the Solstice proxy agent, na.LookOut. Other features of LookOut include a summary report generator, a command-line interface, and an optional GUI. LookOut's background daemon, running on each node being monitored, communicates with its companion application via a registered ONCRPC protocol. LookOut is certified Solaris Compatible and supports on SunOS, Solaris, SolarisX86, AIX on RS/6000 and PowerPC, HP-UX on PA-RISC (HPUX 9.xx), and DEC-Unix on Alpha.

The second product, na.LookOut, is a proxy agent that integrates LookOut with Suns' Solstice Enterprise Management portfolio. With na.LookOut, early warnings of potential hardware problems can be delivered three ways: email to system and network administrator, console notification on the Solstice topology map; and traps sent to other management applications that are integrated with Solstice. na.LookOut is certified Solaris Compatible and supports SunOS, Solaris and SolarisX86.

Per-node pricing for LookOut V1.4.2 ranges from $200 for a workstation license to $9,000 for an enterprise server license. The optional GUI is priced at $2,000. na.LookOut is priced at $2,000. For more information, contact Windward Technologies Inc., Marlboro, MA; Internet:; Internet:

AXENT Releases OmniGuard/EAC For UNIX

AXENT Technologies, Inc. has released OmniGuard/Enterprise Access Control for UNIX (EAC/UNIX) release 3.0, its user management and access control software for UNIX systems. EAC/UNIX provides a GUI for the central site management of user accounts and restricts access control across homogeneous or heterogeneous UNIX environments. OmniGuard/EAC 3.0 uses a client/server architecture to manage security in a distributed environment without relying on NFS or NIS. The client/server architecture lets the EAC/UNIX master database be automatically mirrored on multiple backup repository systems. EAC backup repositories function as secondary master databases in the event the master system is unavailable, providing a fault-tolerant access control system.

Features of OmniGuard/EAC 3.0 include manager-agent architecture that allows for secure communications of account information between servers, NIS+ support, fault-tolerant global updates through a retry mechanism, an improved command-line interface, and HP-UX 10.x trusted mode support. Also included in OmniGuard/EAC 3.0 is SecureHosts. SecureHosts restricts changes to the file of EAC agent systems so that unauthorized system additions or changes cannot be made. In addition, SecureHosts ensures the EAC system can perform updates to the EAC users database only where authorized. Other features of OmniGuard/EAC include the ability to define user accounts for heterogeneous UNIX environments through one central console and the fault-tolerant repository systems automatically propagates account and password changes to all EAC/UNIX systems.

For pricing and other information about Omni/Guard/EAC 3.0, contact AXENT Technologies, Inc., Rockville, MD; (301) 670-3653; Fax: (301) 670-3586; Internet:

ISS Ships SAFEsuite

Internet Security Systems has begun shipping its SAFEsuite family of network security tools. SAFEsuite finds vulnerabilities and controls and manages security risks. By supporting the UNIX and NT operating systems, SAFEsuite offers security auditing, correction, and monitoring capabilities covering a range of devices. Each member of SAFEsuite is based on Internet Scanner technology. SAFEsuite includes Web Security Scanner 4.0, Firewall Scanner 4.0, and Internet Scanner 4.0. All three scanners include a GUI and generate HTML-based reports with links to CERT advisories and patch sites on the Internet.

The first scanner, Web Scanner 4.0, runs vulnerability checks for Web applications, Web server, and the operating system running under the Web server. Web Scanner checks for default CGI scripts with known vulnerabilities and exploits for custom easy-to-guess private Web passwords. Web Scanner generates reports with lists of specific vulnerabilities for each Web server and application, as well as lists of service running on each Web server.

The second scanner, Firewall Scanner 4.0, provides security auditing for testing the configuration of firewall applications and the platform running under the firewall. Firewall Scanner includes tests for proxy-based and filter-based firewalls. Additional tests include Denial of Services stress tests and scanning for services such as sendmail or ftp enables through the firewall. The third scanner, Internet Scanner, is an upgraded version of ISS Internet Scanner. Internet Scanner 4.0 has added NT support and provides a feedback loop for assessing an organization's security practice.

SAFEsuite supports SunOS, Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Linux. Web Security Scanner 4.0 is priced at $495 per Web server. Firewall Scanner 4.0 is priced at $1,495 per firewall. Internet Scanner 4.0 is priced at $3,995 for a perpetual Class C network license and $1,494 for a Class C one-year subscription. For more information, contact Internet Security Systems, Atlanta, GA; (770) 395-0150 ; Internet:; WWW:

Vital Releases CRiSP v5

Vital Inc. has released version 5 of CRiSP, a cross-platform programming text editor for X Window, MS-Windows, and character-based environments. CRiSP v5, integrated with multiple source code control systems, provides interfaced check in/check out. Users can create and smart paste language-specified templates visually from within the editor. CRiSP's colorization mechanism adds colorizer definitions for specialized languages. Colorization and printing is supported for 50 languages including JAVA, HTML, ARC, VHDL, and Verilog. Also "Highway To Help" technology has been licensed so documentation is available online in hypertext format on UNIX and Windows platforms.

CRiSP users can perform searching/replacing and other advance arithmetic operation within columnar ranges. CRiSP v5 is encapsulated with HP Softbench 3.0/4.0/5.0, Centerline's CodeCenter, Microsoft Visual C/C++. CRiSP also include keyboard emulation for WordStar, BRIEF, Vi, and CUA.

CRiSP v5 supports native X Window, Windows, and character-based environments on the following platforms: Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM RS 6000, SGI, DEC, Linux, LynxOS, CRAY, DataGeneral, SCO UNIX, UNIXware, Windows NT, Windows 95, and Windows 3.1. CRiSP v5 is priced at $149.99 for Linux, $249.99 for Windows, and $349.99 for UNIX. An evaluation copy is available on request. For more information, contact Vital Inc., 4109 Candlewyck Dr., Plano, TX 75024; (214) 491-6907; Fax: (214) 491-6909; Internet: or; WWW:

TriTeal Announces TED 4.1 and NTED

TriTeal Corporation has announced TED 4.1, an upgraded version of the TriTeal Enterprise Desktop, and NTED, a Windows-on-UNIX interoperability product. TED 4.1 and NTED unite Microsoft Windows and UNIX data and applications under a single, common user and developer environment. TED 4.1 includes TEDSCAPE, which integrates Netscape Navigator into the desktop by providing drag-and-drop of URL, HTML, and images; and copy-and-paste between a Netscape Navigator client and the TED environment. TED 4.1 also includes DCE/Kerberos login authentication, which connects the CDE and DCE standards by providing a DCE login for single sign-on. Other features of TED 4.1 include GWM 2.0 and CDE maintenance release 1.0.10.

NTED provides UNIX users with access to Windows application via Windows icon directly from TED. Working with TED, NTED delivers Windows applications, running natively on a Windows NT server, to UNIX workstation users while providing application and file integration, and interoperability between the two environments. Additionally, applications and files from both environments can be organized and accessed from a common application manager and file manager. NTED also off-loads graphics to the desktop.

For pricing and other information about TED 4.1 and NTED, contact TriTeal Corporation, 2011 Palomar Airport Rd., Suite 200, Carlsbad, CA 92009; (619) 930-2077; Fax: (619) 930-2081; Internet:; Internet:

Nakamichi Introduces 4-Disc CD-ROM Changer

Nakamichi America Corporation has introduced the MJ-4.8s, an internal half-height 4-disc CD-ROM changer. Features of the MJ-4.8s include a "direct-loading" mechanism that draws the disc into one of four internal slots and only contacts the 2-mm rim edge of each disc. The changer mechanism does not require a re-scan of all four discs when a new disc is loaded. Aso, the loading slots and the load/eject buttons use seals that prevent dust particles from being drawn into the unit. The MJ-4.8s uses a trayless design that lets the unit operate in both the horizontal and vertical position.

Other features of the MJ-4.8s include the ability to mouse-click from disc to disc, a SCSI interface, Sound Blaster compatibility, and according to the company an 8X data transfer rate (1200 Kb/sec). The MJ-4.8s supports DOS, MAC, Novell, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 95, and UNIX platforms.

For pricing and other information, contact Nakamichi America Corporation, 955 Francisco St., Torrance, CA 90502; (310) 538-8150; Fax: (310) 243-1160; WWW:

BGS Upgrades BEST/1

BGS Systems has upgraded BEST/1 for UNIX, which provides continuous performance and capacity management across multiple UNIX variants and integrates RDBMS metrics from Oracle and Sybase. Best/1 for UNIX supports MVS, VM, AS/400, OS/2, OpenVMS, and UNIX environments and NT, NetWare, and LANs networks.

BEST/1 for UNIX release 4.3 includes support for DEC 64-bit Digital UNIX operating systems and the NCR MP-RAS environment. Also BEST/1 releases 4.3 supports Work Characterization for Oracle and Sybase. Using workload characterization, database processes and sessions can be grouped into workloads that represent various aspects of the database work. Workload characterization options include grouping by application, database, username, and user class, either singly or in combination. Another feature, "Rolling Software Upgrade," has also been added to Best/1 release 4.3, so users can install and operate the data collection and monitoring agent in parallel with existing BEST/1 4.2 releases.

For pricing and other information about BEST/1 release 4.3, contact BGS Systems, 128 Technology Center, Waltham, MA 02254; (617) 891-0000; Fax: (617) 890-0000; Internet:

Insignia Announces NTRIGUE Internet Clients

Insignia Solutions Inc. has announced two NTRIGUE Internet Clients, NTRIGUE Net Client for Macintosh and NTRIGUE Net Client for UNIX. The Net Clients let Mac and UNIX desktops access Windows applications remotely over the corporate intranet and the Internet. Using an NTRIGUE Net Client as a helper application, users can run Windows applications by clicking on a Web page in which a reference to a Windows application has been embedded.

The NTRIGUE Net Clients, which are based on the ICA protocol used in Citrix Systems' WinFrame clients, support low-bandwidth dial-up, WAN, and ISDN communication lines. The NTRIGUE Net Clients require minimal RAM requirements. Pricing for both NTRIGUE Net Clients begins at $199. Pricing for NTRIGUE Global customers is $69. Beta versions of the NTRIGUE Net Clients are available and can be tested on Insignia's Web page. For more information, contact Insignia Solutions Inc., Santa Clara, CA; (800) 848-7677 or (408) 327-6197; WWW:

CAI Releases CAI-Net Version 2

Century Analysis Inc. has released CAI-Net Version 2, a Windows single sign-on security tool. CAI-Net consists of (a) UNIX-based or Windows NT-based security broker(s), which administer application access and security by Access IS; (b) icon-based multi-session workplaces from which end users gain access to authorized applications; and (c) a scripting language used to administer session sign-on rules, application traversal rules, and other site-specific rules. With CAI-Net, users can access to mainframes, minicomputers, or LAN-based applications, without knowledge of where the individual applications reside, passwords, login scripts, or detail navigation rules.

CAI-Net consists of eight components including a number of software servers that manage: authentication using Kerberos; encryption of network traffic using DES to centralize end user profile management; encrypted variables used to gain access to individual sessions; and a logging subsystem that keeps track of end user activities. CAI-Net also includes a distributed computing environment broker and dovetails into CL/7, a CAI application integration tool.

For pricing and other information about CAI-Net Version 2, contact Century Analysis Incorporated, 114 Center Ave., Pacheco, CA 94553; (510) 680-7800; Fax: (510) 676-6857.

Banyan Announces BeyondMail

Banyan Systems Inc. has announced UNIX and Macintosh client versions of its BeyondMail email and workflow automation software. BeyondMail 2.1 for UNIX - SMTP Version provides a UNIX email messaging environment with MIME support. BeyondMail 2.1 for UNIX uses SMTP as the mail transport agent over TCP/IP and uses a Motif-based GUI. BeyondMail 2.1 for UNIX supports HP-UX and Sun SPARC UNIX operating systems. BeyondMail for Macintosh uses Banyan's Intelligent Messaging III messaging service with an enterprise client/server mail transport and message store. BeyondMail for Macintosh also uses StreetTalk global directory service. The company plans to make BeyondMail for Macintosh available for NetWare MHS networks.

Features of both BeyondMail clients include: MailMinders, a set of user agents that automate mail-handling functions; and BeyondRules, a scripting language that lets users create a message-based workflow system involving routing and notification. Other features of both BeyondMail clients include: Serial Routing Slip workflow applications, security measures that include encryption of mailboxes and transmitted messages, and customization.

BeyondMail 2.1 for UNIX and BeyondMail for Macintosh are priced at $995 for a 10-user version, $1,895 for a 20-user version, and $8,500 for a 100-user version. For more information, contact Banyan Systems Incorporated, Westboro, MA; (508) 898-1000; WWW: