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Five new products hit the Linux arena
(IDG) -- First on today's menu is Ogg Vorbis, a free format for streaming and recorded audio. Although conceptually similar to MP3, it is totally royalty free and patent free, and it comes with open source code. The project, sponsored by iCast, can provide professional audio-encoding technology that beats the 3D environmental sound capabilities of 5.1 audio systems, while offering bit-rate scaling from 16 Kbps on upward (theoretically with no limit). It produces files of similar quality but smaller sizes than MP3.
On the front of new distributions is Kondara MNU/Linux from Digital Factory USA Kondara's innovation enables you to use multiple languages at the same time without requiring a reboot to switch your Linux OS to a different language version. Currently supporting English and Japanese, the company is promising Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, German, and a number other languages by the end of the year, with an eventual goal of offering capabilities in 40 languages.
eGrail is working on a content management product for large Websites. The open source and commercial project is built around Apache, PHP, and Perl. It offers content asset management to upload and distribute files to servers; page management for organizing content hierarchy; template management for dynamic content control; and a number of utilities like help systems, knowledge base systems, forums, site search engines, and site auto-mapping.
Alpha Processor Inc. (API), the joint company owned by Samsung and Compaq that produces Alpha processors, has partnered with Dolphin Interconnect Solutions and Scali to port WulfKit scientific clustering systems to Linux/Alpha servers. Those fill the demand of organizations that build Beowulf clusters using Alphas running Linux with high-bandwidth, low-latency Scalable Cluster Interconnects (SCI). PCI-based SCI cards have been available for Linux/Intel for a while, but with the 64-bit computing system of the Alphas, they enable even faster parallel computation. Another prospect for API is a new business group called API-Networks, which will focus on bringing the high-memory I/O switching capabilities used in multiprocessor Alpha systems to networking equipment.
More on clustering: Linux NetworX, which was once Alta Technologies, was demonstrating a new cluster management tool called ClusterWorx, for Beowulf systems. It can organize nodes into clusters and then into domains of clusters; it monitors, manages, and updates the nodes from one location. The company plans to release ClusterWorx in November.
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