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SuSE Launches SuSE Linux 6.3

SuSE has announced plans for SuSE Linux 6.3 to launch on Dec. 1, 1999. SuSE Linux 6.3 provides a new graphic installation program and comes with more than 1500 application programs included on 6 CDs or a single DVD. This release includes a revision of YaST, SuSE's installation and administration tool. The automatic hardware detection for PCI components and the menu-driven graphical interface enable a user to set up a complete SuSE Linux, including KDE (desktop environment), within 20 minutes. The 1500+ applications packaged with SuSE Linux 6.3 include Apache, Samba, Sendmail, GIMP, and RealPlayer 5.0. StarOffice 5.1a is included, and it can now be used commercially, license-free.

SuSE Linux 6.3 provides the current KDE 1.1.2, including the revised KDE Mail Client (kmail) and kfm. KDE 1.1.2 also includes the KDE theme manager, which lets users modify the appearance of the entire desktop with a single click. SuSE also includes GNOME 1.0.5. With the current Xfree86 3.3.5, SuSE Linux 6.3 will support graphics cards such as Savage3D, Savage4, and Trio 3D/2X. Other features include the XFCom servers, written by SuSE, which increase support for Intel i810 and ATI 128 chips. The new release also contains PPPoE (PPP over Ethernet), which allows it to support ADSL technology for Internet access. There is also experimental code supporting the IrDA log and the appropriate infrared interface.

SuSE Linux 6.3 offers improved LDAP support for Linux and server-related services such as WWW, ftp, and proxy. New firewall scripts and the kernel module, secumod, improve security. A logical volume manager is integrated for the first time. With the SuSE Proxy Suite, a free firewall tool, SuSE provides an open-source ftp proxy.

SuSE Linux 6.3 includes six CDs or one DVD, a 480-page updated manual, and 60 days of installation support by telephone, fax, and email. SuSE Linux is priced at $49.95. For more information, contact: SuSE, Inc., 580 Second Street, Suite 210, Oakland, CA 94607; (888) 875-4689; Fax: (510) 628-3381; Internet:; WWW:

Essential Announces Linux Driver for HIPPI 800

Essential Communications (an ODS Networks company) has announced a Linux driver for its PCI host bus adapter based on the High Performance Parallel Interface (HIPPI 800) standard. The new software driver allows Linux platforms to be included in HIPPI networks. The driver extends the HIPPI 800 network advantages (800Mbs) data file transfer, and low CPU utilization to Linux platforms.

Essential offers device drivers for operating systems including Linux, UNIX, and NT. For more information, contact: ODS Networks, Inc.;

Electronic Software Publishing Introduces LinkScan 6.0

Electronic Software Publishing Corporation (Elsop) has introduced LinkScan v6.0. LinkScan is a link checking and Web site management tool for UNIX, Linux, Windows 98 and NT operating systems. According to the company, “It is the most accurate, fastest and most scaleable product available.” LinkScan also does HTML validation and creates publishable site maps.

Enhancements to the UNIX version of LinkScan include the following features. Web sites are now scanned via multi-tasking http navigation, and the memory requirements are significantly reduced when validating external links with multiple processes. Enhancements to the Windows version of LinkScan include the following. Multi-tasking validation of external links is supported. Users can specify the number of slave processes to be used in the scan in the graphical windows interface. The time-out/retry logic has been improved when checking slow or hung links. These changes eliminate prior restrictions due to limitation of the Perl implementation for Windows and improve performance.

LinkScan checks Web sites through either the file system or the Web server. The file system process is ten times faster than the Web server process, and it enables LinkScan to identify orphan files. Checking links through the Web server enables LinkScan to check active elements such as CGIs, image maps, external links, and server-side includes. According to the company, LinkScan v6.0 can check more than 40,000 links per hour, and can check Web sites with 50,000 or more external links, and sites with more than 250,000 pages. Multi-threaded processing can check more than 60 links concurrently.

LinkScan operates on UNIX servers (including AIX, BSDI, FreeBSD, Digital Unix, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, and SunOS/Solaris), Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 98 with Perl 5. Fully functional evaluation copies are available for download from the company's Web site. LinkScan v6.0 is a free upgrade to owners of any version from 4.0 to 5.5. For more information, contact: Electronic Software Publishing Corporation (Elsop); 6214 Meridian Avenue, San Jose, CA 95120-4915;WWW:

Trend Micro Ships InterScan VirusWall for Linux 6.0

Trend Micro, Inc. has shipped InterScan VirusWall 3.01, its Internet gateway virus scanning software for the Red Hat 6.0 version of Linux. Trend Micro's InterScan VirusWall supports a broad range of platforms, including Linux, Solaris, NT, Alpha NT, and HP-UX. Trend Micro is also making available to the Linux community a free Linux file scanner for performing manual and prescheduled virus scanning on Linux servers.

InterScan VirusWall centrally monitors, detects, and deletes Internet and email-borne viruses and malicious code in real time at the Internet gateway. Trend Micro is also making a file scanner freely available to end-users for non-commercial purposes. Trend FileScan for Linux supports scanning of files on a Linux system for viruses and known malicious code. On-demand and pre-scheduled scanning are provided through a Web interface. To download Trend FileScan, go to:

InterScan VirusWall checks inbound and outbound SMTP mail and attachments, ftp, and http traffic in real-time. InterScan also detects and blocks potentially harmful ActiveX and Java code. Management is supported via a central management console or a Web browser. Web-based virus pattern updates are provided for the system. An activity log is maintained to track infected files. InterScan VirusWall is compatible with Check Point's FireWall-1, Cisco's Pix Firewall, and other firewalls.

An evaluation copy of InterScan VirusWall 3.01 for Linux (English Version) is available for download. InterScan VirusWall pricing starts at $725 for a 25-seat user license. For more information, contact: Trend Micro, Inc., 0101 N. De Anza Blvd., Suite 200, Cupertino, CA 95014; (800) 228-5651; Fax: (408) 257-2003; WWW:

Syntax Systems Announces Open Enterprise Services for Compaq Tru64 UNIX

Syntax Systems, Inc. has announced Open Enterprise Services for Compaq's Tru64 UNIX operating system. Open Enterprise Services integrates the TotalNET Advanced Server (TAS) software with a compilation of services to build an enterprise network solution. This combination offers Open Authentication Services, Open Administration Services, Open Directory Services, Open Enterprise File Services, Output Services, and Transport Services. These services shield both administrators and users from differing protocols, transports, and file systems. Open Enterprise Services enables customers' Tru64 UNIX servers to interoperate with Windows NT domains, providing file, print, and application access services to NetWare and Macintosh PCs.

TAS allows customers to use any number of network server authentication choices simultaneously. TAS can also replace NFS products for PCs allowing Tru64 UNIX access without additional software. TAS supports interoperability for heterogeneous networks including UNIX, Macintosh, NetWare, and Windows components by providing a common file system shared by UNIX, NetWare, Macintosh, and Windows NT processes. TAS supports UNIX platforms including Compaq Tru64 UNIX, Sun Solaris (SPARC and Intel versions), IBM AIX, SGI IRIX, and HP-UX.

For more information, contact: Syntax Systems, Inc., 840 South 333rd Street, Federal Way, WA 98003; (253) 838-2626; Fax: (253) 838-9836; WWW:

NEON System's Expands Shadow Product Family

NEON Systems, Inc. has announced its Shadow Product Family v4.5. The Shadow Product Family includes NEON Systems' enterprise access and integration products: Shadow Direct and Shadow OS/390 Web Server. The Shadow products have undergone enhancements focused on support for client/server and Web application servers, such as Ardent DataStage, BEA Tuxedo, BEA WebLogic, Forte, and SilverStream Application Server. Additional functionality includes a Shadow Web interface for Internet access to the Shadow ISPF facility and expanded support for tools such as PowerBuilder and Visual Basic. NEON Systems' Shadow products support sharing of mainframe-based data and transactions with client/server and Web applications, providing access to IMS, CICS, VSAM, ADABAS, or DB2 data.

Shadow Direct v4.5 adds the following features: a JDBC driver to support NEON Systems' client platforms; support for Linux and SCO platforms; two-phase commit support with the Shadow Enterprise Transactions capability for e-commerce applications; extended OS/390 client platform support to include OS/390 UNIX System Services; enhanced CICS support to enable incorporation of terminal-attached transactions without modifications to the transactions; and expanded support for VSAM and ADABAS data.

Shadow OS/390 Web Server v4.5 supports Hierarchical File System (HFS). The new release extends support for Web authoring tools, such as MS FrontPage and Adobe PageMill, and provides server-side scripting for building dynamic Web pages accessing System/390 data and transactions. Other new features include: rule-based load balancing mechanisms and the ability to trigger application portal rules for application level sign-on and implementation of terms of usage pages.

For more information, contact: NEON Systems, Inc., 4100 Southwest Fwy., Suite 500; Sugar Land, TX 77478; (800) 505- 6366; Fax: (281) 242-3880; Internet:; WWW:

VSI Announces VSI-FAX 4.0

VSI (V-Systems, Inc.) has announced VSI-FAX 4.0. The new release extends capabilities to Linux and Windows NT. VSI-FAX integrates across UNIX, Linux, or Windows NT platforms to fax-enable applications and workflow processes.

VSI Web Fax Client 2.0 provides a new user interface for sending or receiving faces via a Web browser without the need for email access. The client supports both public and private phonebooks, Print-to-Fax from any application, and support for local and server-side file attachments. VSI Outlook Fax Client 2.0 provides new send capabilities, including a fax message, which allows users to set custom fax options and improved fax status monitoring.

Integrator's Toolkit is an SDK composed of an XML-based API with code sample, COM Status Control, and the VSI-FAX print driver. The toolkit also provides a command-line interface, autosend directory, XML-F DTD, and fax-to-email integration tools. VSI-FAX's administration tools include a snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console, supporting management of multiple NT, UNIX, and Linux servers. VSI-FAX 4.0 also includes improved Fax Merge and Print-to-Fax support for popular office suites including StarOffice, Lotus SmartSuite, WordPerfect Office, and Microsoft Office.

For additional information, contact: VSI (V-Systems, Inc.), 2232 Paseo Adelanto, Suite 100, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; (800) 556-4874; Fax: (949) 489-2486; Internet:;

Z-World Releases EM1000

Z-World has released the EM1000, an industrial-grade Ethernet modem that connects RS-232 devices to Ethernet networks. The EM1000 provides a point-to-point logical connection between two devices with a common software protocol on an Ethernet network regardless of how many devices with varying protocols share the network.

Features of the EM1000 include remote configuration via telnet, multi-slave networking ability that allows on-the-fly changes to target addresses, status LEDs, 9-32 VDC power input, and a restricted security-access mechanism. The EM1000 also includes the following ports: RS-232 data/configuration port, RS-232 configuration port, and a 10BaseT Ethernet port. The EM1000 supports program downloads and information exchanges between PCs, RS-232 devices, or other mechanisms like bar code readers and serial operation interfaces via Ethernet connections.

The EM1000 is priced at $299. For more information, contact: Z-World, 2900 Spafford St., Davis, CA 95616; (530) 757-3737; Fax: (530) 753-5141; WWW:

Easy Software Releases ESP Print Pro

Easy Software Products has released ESP Print Pro. Based on the company's Common UNIX Printing System technology, ESP Print Pro supports Digital UNIX, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, and Solaris. ESP Print Pro is a printing tool that prints international text, Adobe PostScript, PDF, HP-GL/2, GIF, TIFF, PNG, JPEG/JFIF, SGI RGB, Sun Raster, PhotoCD, PBM, PGM, and PPM files transparently to printers via serial, parallel, and network connections. ESP Print Pro also provides PostScript and image file RIPs to support non-PostScript printers.

For pricing and other information about the ESP Print Pro, contact: Easy Software Products, Hollywood, MD; WWW:

Datametrics Adds Symmetrix Support

Datametrics Systems Corp. has added EMC Symmetrix support to ViewPoint, its e-business performance management tool. Viewpoint provides a single point of monitoring, analysis, and troubleshooting for many application workloads, server, databases, and EMC Symmetrix storage systems. EMC Symmetrix support in the Viewpoint software is enabled through the use of the Symmetrix API, which EMC provides to Datametrics Systems as part of the EMC E-Infostructure Developer's Program. By adding Symmetrix support, ViewPoint can analyze the performance of the storage array, providing performance management for multi-tier application environments that consist of multiple servers attached to common storage, no matter what operating system runs those servers.

Pricing for the ViewPoint Metrics Module for EMC Symmetrix starts at $4,995. For more information, contact: Datametrics Systems Corporation, Fairfax, VA; (703) 385-7700; WWW:

OMNIS Releases OMNIS Studio for Linux

OMNIS Technology Corp. has released OMNIS Studio for Linux. OMNIS Studio and the OMNIS Web Client Technology provide cross-platform development and cross-server deployment of both Client Server and Web-based solutions across the Linux, Windows, and Macintosh operating systems. OMNIS Studio also includes native database support for many DBMS, including native support for IBM's DB2 Universal Database for Linux.

OMNIS Studio for Linux is freely available for download at both and For more information, contact: OMNIS Technology Corporation, 981 Industrial Rd., Bldg. B., San Carlos, CA 94070; (650) 632-7100; Fax: (650) 632-7130; WWW:

Unicore Announces NAServer

Unicore Technologies Corp. has announced the NAServer Series, a family of embedded, Ultra SCSI, network-attached (NAS) departments storage solutions. The NAServer Series is a family of multi-function, heterogeneous, high-performance NAS systems. Features of NAServer include built-in tape backup support, open hardware, and real-time operating system Web browser configuration and management. The H-A Series includes RAID 5 via built-in SCSI to SCSI controller and redundant power supplies. NAServer is platform and operating system independent and Axis ThinServer Certified. NAServer supports heterogeneous network access via UNIX, Novell, Windows. Future support is planned for MAC clients.

For pricing and other information, contact: Unicore Technologies Corporation, 55 Middlesex St., Suite 218, North Chelmsford, MA 01863, (800) 227-9901 or (978) 251-3344; Fax; (978) 251-3015; WWW:

Rainbow Introduces SentinelLM 7.0

Rainbow Technologies, Inc. has introduced SentinelLM version 7.0, its software-based license manager. SentinelLM lets administrators manage software license use over the Internet. Features of SentinelLM 7.0 include a redundant license server, commuter licenses, and multi-feature licenses. The redundant license server lets a pool of licenses be distributed across active servers and includes intelligent license balancing. Commuter licenses lets users working with a laptop “check out” a license authorization from a network-served license pool and “check it in” when they are done. Multi-feature licenses are single license codes that represent a range of features names (2-digit numeric only). Other features include license queuing and log file encryption.

Additionally, SentinelLM lets developers integrate license protection into their software. Using an intuitive interface, SentinelLM lets developers add security into their programs without coding. Developers can also add license enforcement capabilities to UNIX or Windows applications, on a standalone or network basis. Through its integration with SentinelExpress, SentinelLM 7.0 also includes an Internet activation option.

SentinelLM 7.0 supports Windows 95/98/NT. The SentinelLM Starter Kit for Windows is price at $395. For more information, contact: Rainbow Technologies, Inc., Irvine, CA; (800) 852-5269; WWW:

JSB Upgrades MultiView 2000

JSB Corp. has upgraded MultiView 2000, its PC-to-UNIX connectivity tool. MultiView 200 is a 32-bit suite for Windows 95/98 and NT that provides Windows look-and-feel terminal emulation, mouse support, and Web-enabling functionality to existing UNIX applications without re-programming. With host support for a range of UNIX servers, MultiView 2000 v 5.0 offers network resources to modem and serial users. The MultiView 2000 v5.0 Host Support Server Module provides multiple concurrent application access with a single connection. The Module also allows access to multiple server applications over a single UNIX login and up to six different application scan to be opened concurrently. A host support server extends printer sharing and file transfer capabilities to users with limited bandwidth, such as dial-in staff and telecommuters.

Additionally, MultiView 2000 v.5.0 includes a set of “face-lifting” tools that provide users with a mouse-driven GUI and control for UNIX applications, as well as task automation, Web-enabled connectivity, active URL links that automatically launch Web applications, and data sharing between systems. Other features include a Samba SMB file server for zero administration file sharing with UNIX; file transfer via a graphical ftp interface, Kermit, and Z-Modem; two-way print sharing via LPR/LPD, and connectivity testing with MultiPing.

MultiView 2000 v5.0 is available on Windows NT and Windows 95/98. Pricing starts at $199 for a single-user license. The Host Support Server Module is available separately. A free, 30-day demo copy is available for download at the company's Web site. For more information, contact: JSB Corporation, 100 Enterprise Way, Mod A-1, Scotts Valley, CA 95066; (831) 431-1600; Fax: (831) 431-1800; WWW: or

Philex Releases Philex Atomic Clock

Philex Enterprises has released the Philex Atomic Clock, a free program that matches the user's computer clock to the U.S. Government's atomic clock. The Philex Atomic Clock also includes a world time feature that lets users access the exact atomic time in different countries and time zones throughout the world.

By pushing a button, PC users can compare their clock's time to the U.S. government's atomic clock. If the user's clock is faster or slower, they push one button to update to the atomic time. The download can be set to automatically run every hour, every week, every day, or once per year. Philex Atomic Clock is available free of charge and can be downloaded at For more information, contact: Philex Enterprises, 8345 Reseda Blvd., Suite 102, Northridge, CA 91324; (888) 784-1664 or (818) 885-7119; Fax: (818) 885-5922.

Enlighten Ships EnlightenDSM 3.4

Enlighten Software Solutions, Inc. has begun shipping EnlightenDSM version 3.4, its multi-platform system administration product. EnlightenDSM provides a single graphical interface to simultaneously manage mixed environments comprised of multiple Linux, UNIX, NT, and Windows 95/98 machines. EnlightenDSM provides event monitoring and consolidates views across networked systems.

TurboLinux will begin bundling EnlightenDSM with their entire product line including TurboLinux Workstation, TurboLinux Server, and TurboCluster Server. The bundled products will let users monitor and manager their TurboLinux, UNIX, and Windows environments from the same single console.

EnlightenDSM 3.4 supports TurboLinux Workstation Version 3.6. Downloads are available at: For pricing and other information about EnlightenDSM version 3.4, contact: Enlighten Software Solutions, Inc., San Mateo, CA; WWW: For TurboLinux, contact: WWW:

Lone Star and Cactus announce AIR-BAG for SCO UnixWare 7.1

Lone Star Software Corporation has announced the release of Cactus International's System Crash AIR-BAG for UnixWare 7.1. The product is very similar to the AIR-BAG for SCO Openserver 5, with all of the same features along with a few new ones.

Specifically, the UW7 AIR-BAG allows an administrator to have full crash recovery of a UW system. When the system crashes, the system can be restored without a reload of the operating system. AIR-BAG remembers the previous configuration and can re-create it with proportionate expansion if necessary.

For more information, contact: Cactus International, 509 East Ridgeville Blvd., Mount Airy, MD 21771; (800) 525-8649, (301) 829-1622; Fax: (301) 829-1623; Internet: