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The Future of Linux in Europe

According to IDC, Western European Linux users are concentrating on what is actually available and are buying into the Web- and network-related offerings of the Linux industry at very cheap prices. Few are planning for more expensive, complex solutions in the near future while the industry awaits a demand pull before developing solutions and committing to the Linux environment. This has lead to a chicken and egg situation, in which the Linux industry may suffer lack of sufficient funding to continue the development of future solutions.

Users are attracted to Linux for its cost effectiveness and malleability for specific-purpose devices, both client and server. However, the lack of available applications and perceived lack of service and support offerings are major inhibitors to this markets growth. IDC believes the main question is whether users will buy into the Open Source development model with no future roadmap, economically unstable players, and a current lack of specific types of applications.

Linux Drivers and Inhibitors

The viability of Linux has been strengthened by the entrance of the major IT players with other likely supporters to be found in the telecommunications and media industries. The development model has been stabilized by the Linux Free Standards organization. Developmental efforts are concentrated on embedding Linux into a slew of client and server devices as well as devices outside the traditional IT user base, such as in cars and cable TV appliances. Linuxs' development continues to be, and is expected to remain, a no roadmap exercise.

Development on bringing Linux into the commercial server space is still a long way off in terms of scalability, reliability, and availability features. Other device platform manufacturers such as Microsoft, Sun Microsytems, and Symbian are heavily committed to the embedded device market. Taking account of these factors, it is believed that the major areas of deployment of Linux will be in the embedded or appliance space for both clients and servers during the forecast period. Growth of the Linux industry will be primarily driven from Germany and the Nordic countries. Clients will have many forms and shapes, and we believe smart handheld devices and cable TV devices will be the major areas of growth for Linux in Western Europe.

Teamware Office 5.3 for Linux

The final version of Teamware Office 5.3 for Linux is a ready-to-run groupware product with a customisable user interface and communications features, available as a single server package with 100 built-in user accounts for 1000.

The Solution does not need Windows clients to set up the server this can be performed using WebService tools as well as server tools run from the server console. Through the browser it is possible to create Groups, Libraries and Discussion Forums can be created. Teamware office 5.3 for Linux can be used on Linux distributions that use the RedHat Package Manager for installing binary files. This is currently supported on Caldera Open Linux, Red Hat Linux, SuSe Linux and Turbo Linux.

Beta Versions of Bridges for Windows 1.1 for UNIX, and Linux 1.1

GraphOn Corporation, has released beta version 1. 1 of GraphOn Bridges for Windows and Bridges for UNIX and Linux for use by approved beta test sites. These include many new enhancements and features. Independent software vendors (ISVS) are faced with high demand for web-enabled versions of their software from enterprises and Application Service Providers (ASPS) who rent applications over the Interact. GraphOn Bridges software is designed for developers who want to create cross-platform, web-enabled versions of their Windows, UNIX or Linux applications. Bridges allows ISYs web-enable their existing applications for access over both Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN or WAN), dial-up connections, or the Internet. ISYs can deliver server-based versions of applications with the same functionality as desktop versions across multiple platforms without modifying the application's code or requiring costly add-ons. First Software DVD Player for Linux

Cyberlink, is releasing its first software DVD player for Linux based information appliances (IA). PowerDVD-Linux will allow users to playback DVD titles on Linux based information appliances without the need for special hardware acceleration. Linux OS users will now be able to enjoy high quality features and benefits of DVD playback on the PC that Windows based users have enjoyed for years. PowerDVD-Linux also provides the best solution to IA manufacturers due to the fact that it is a pure software program that can playback DVD rifles at Full Frame rate, with minimal CPU requirements (only Celeron 333 or above needed). Launch of

A new acquisitions service,, finds and names companies that would he the best acquisition prospects in a chosen market. It then provides projections on how much hidden profit these prospects could achieve.

As an example, an acquisition prospect from the Computer Software industry was highlighted as a loss making under achiever with pre-tax losses of over 5 [pounds sterling] million. In's projection by reducing internal costs including stocks, debtors, and staffing levels the company posted a projected pre-tax profit of over 11 million [pounds sterling].
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Date:Oct 1, 2000
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