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LinuxWorld preview

March 1, 1999
Web posted at: 8:07 a.m. EST (1307 GMT)

by Jeff Walsh

From...
InfoWorld
linux

(IDG) -- Linux will be in the spotlight Monday at the first-ever LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, in San Jose, California, where several vendors will deliver key announcements.

IBM will announce its intent to port Red Hat Linux to its PowerPC chip. The company already said it will bundle the operating system with its servers.

Infoseek will announce it is porting two of its key search products to Linux, and GraphOn will showcase its remote access technologies.

Oracle does not plan any strategy announcements at LinuxWorld, but one keynote speaker is Mark Jarvis, Oracle's senior vice president of worldwide marketing. Oracle announced last summer that it will release its entire Oracle Applications enterprise resource planning suite on Linux.

One Oracle representative said the company is still "on track for applications on Linux," but that the applications will not be available for two months.

Corel, which announced in January that it plans to port many of its applications to Linux, is also supplying a keynote speaker. Michael Cowpland, Corel's president, will talk on the future of commercial software and hardware in the open source community.

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Database vendor Informix will announce new channel programs to distribute Linux solutions at the show, and will join with a hardware vendor for a joint announcement, according to company representatives.

Infoseek will ship Linux versions of its Ultraseek Server 3.0 and Ultraseek Server Content Classification Engine in March, Infoseek representatives say. The Ultraseek Server port, which can index documents in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format and has Secure Sockets Layer encryption, will run on Red Hat Linux 5.1 for PC.

GraphOn will unveil a Linux Playpen at the show for attendees to test GraphOn's products that provide remote access to Linux applications from Windows, Java, and multiuser NT systems.

The playpen will feature Go-Between, a thin-client PC X-Windows server; Go-Joe, a thin-client Java X-Windows server; and Go-Global, a thin-client PC X-Windows server designed for low-bandwidth connection over the Internet.

Fastlane Systems will show XniRT, a package featuring conversation-based network analysis, security and accounting.


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