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THE LINUX REPORT InfoWorld.com January 26, 2000
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THE LATEST IN LINUX FROM INFOWORLD:

* S3, Transmeta team to deliver Net appliances
* PeopleSoft embraces XML in tools suite
* Too early to assess Crusoe's impact, analysts say
* SAP delivers R/3 for Linux

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S3, TRANSMETA TEAM TO DELIVER NET APPLIANCES

A day after Transmeta unveiled the long-awaited Crusoe processor series, S3 on Thursday stepped up to the plate and announced it will design and produce Crusoe-powered Internet appliances based on the open-source Linux operating system.

The appliances will be targeted at users looking for a Linux-based device for accessing the Internet and powered by an x86-compatible processor, S3 said in a statement.

For the full story: http://www.infoworld.com/articles/pi/xml/00/01/20/000120pis3trans.xml

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PEOPLESOFT EMBRACES XML IN TOOLS SUITE

PeopleSoft is looking to Extensible Markup Language (XML) as the way to move its applications to the Web for business-to-business transactions.

With the unveiling of the PeopleTools 8 suite on Wednesday, PeopleSoft is guiding users toward a less expensive and less difficult form of electronic data interchange, said Jim Littlefield, the Atlanta-based director of marketing for PeopleSoft.

For the full story: http://www.infoworld.com/articles/ec/xml/00/01/20/000120ecpeoplesoft.xml

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TOO EARLY TO ASSESS CRUSOE'S IMPACT, ANALYSTS SAY

The new Crusoe processors unveiled Wednesday by secretive start-up Transmeta could spawn a host of high-performance notebooks that weigh only a few pounds and offer battery life to die for. Then again, they might not. Analysts Wednesday said it's too early to be sure.

After keeping its operations secret for four and a half years, Transmeta officials this morning released the first two members in a family of microprocessors called Crusoe, which are designed to power notebook computers and smaller mobile devices that hook up to the Internet.

For the full story: http://www.infoworld.com/articles/pi/xml/00/01/20/000120picrusoe.xml

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SAP DELIVERS R/3 FOR LINUX

Enterprise resource planning software giant SAP has made SAP R/3 a major component of the company's mySAP.com site, available for the Linux operating system, the company announced Wednesday.

MySAP.com is the portal for the company's Internet-based software model. The service is based on a model of charging per user or per number of transactions conducted, leaning toward the application service provider method of pricing.

For the full story: http://www.infoworld.com/articles/ec/xml/00/01/19/000119ecsaplinux.xml

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THE LINUX REPORT InfoWorld.com February 2, 2000
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THE LATEST IN LINUX FROM INFOWORLD

* Transmeta, Sybase demonstrate Crusoe in action
* Linux vendors think small
* Linux presses forward
* OpenLinux eServer not yet a contender

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TRANSMETA, SYBASE DEMONSTRATE CRUSOE IN ACTION

NEW YORK -- Just two weeks after its introduction, Transmeta's Crusoe chip is on the road as Sybase is demonstrating a mobile solution based on the microprocessor at the LinuxWorld conference here.

Transmeta officials, at the chip's launch event two weeks ago, said that the processor will provide an attractive mobile platform due to its capability of offering increased power and battery life. The chip is intended to reduce complexity and expense through a reliance on software rather than silicon.

For the full story: http://www.infoworld.com/articles/ec/xml/00/02/01/000201ecsybchip.xml

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LINUX VENDORS THINK SMALL

WHILE THE LINUXWORLD expo in New York this week will showcase a raft of new technologies that spans the product spectrum, several major developers will be zeroing in on desktop clients as well as embedded and handheld devices.

Leading the march will be Red Hat Software, which is expected to roll out its first product for the embedded market. Called Red Hat for Embedded Developers, the new toolset is designed to let developers create a range of open-source applications for embedded or handheld devices that contain as little as 32KB of memory.

For the full story: http://www.infoworld.com/articles/hn/xml/00/01/31/000131hnlinux2.xml

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LINUX PRESSES FORWARD

DAMIAN IVEREIGH has been running Cisco's printing system worldwide using Linux for about four years. He runs all of Cisco's print operations from Sydney, Australia, and started using Linux because he had used it at home and decided it was a good bet for the company. Among other things, Linux was "screaming cheap" -- about $1,000 per low-volume server to install -- and at that time, Cisco was growing so fast that Ivereigh's boss couldn't micro-manage his decision to go the open-source route.

Now, the setting for this familiar tale -- a common plight for IT managers everywhere -- has changed. Recent surveys and market activity point to the fact that for many companies, upper management's resistance to Linux appears to be eroding. The story of how Ivereigh integrated the open-source system into his company sheds light on how Linux is shedding its cult status and going mainstream.

For the full story: http://www.infoworld.com/articles/hn/xml/00/01/31/000131hnlinux.xml

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OPENLINUX ESERVER NOT YET A CONTENDER

ATTRACTING LINUX converts in the corporate world is a tricky business. While Linux die-hards want all the free software and options they can get, corporate IT managers demand reliable servers that require minimal effort to install and manage. IT administrators want their Linux distributions to ask only those questions it must ask during installation, and they don't like being forced to do a lot of manual configuration just to get on the air after the installation.

In response, Caldera is aiming OpenLinux eServer 2.3 squarely at the no-nonsense, corporate IT market, trying to win over the e-business server market. OpenLinux eServer is tuned for thin, high-performance operation and easy remote administration. The graphical installer gathers the minimum necessary facts, sniffs out your server hardware, and installs one of five predefined configurations.

For the full story: http://www.infoworld.com/articles/pi/xml/00/01/31/000131picaldera.xml

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