LinuxWorld set to roll

InfoWorld |  Development

WITH THE FRESHLY-MINTED 2.4 version of the Linux kernel now in their hands, dozens of vendors will be showing it off with their products at next week's LinuxWorld Expo in New York.

Few will be displaying the kernel as part of a finished product, as the vast majority still have ample testing and certification to do.

One major Linux distributor, however, that will not just show it off but announce a Feb. 12 ship date is SUSE Linux. The company will deliver version 7.1 for Intel processors that will be bundled with the new kernel, glibc 2.2, and the KDE graphical environment.

Hardware vendors at Linux World will demonstrate improvements in system management, clustering, and the versatility of Linux on Intel's upcoming IA-64 Itanium processor.

Dell Computer will use the trade show to introduce pre-configured PowerEdge servers for service providers. Officials said the offering will provide customers with faster time to market by giving them the choice of three pre-configured Linux-based PowerEdge servers already loaded with messaging software from Emeryville, Calif.-based Sendmail.

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell will also demonstrate an Intel IA-64 stack running a data-intensive banking application on Linux, which will include Java running on 64-bit Itanium. The demonstration is in conjunction with Austin, Texas-based Tower Technology, a maker of high performance Java solutions.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) will be on hand demonstrating the company's recently released ultra-thin Netserver appliance servers running Linux.

Two new Linux software solutions will also be unveiled by Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP. The first, Service Control Manager, is a formerly Unix-based management tool that HP officials said will offer a five-fold increase in performance in Linux network management. The second, Process Resource Manager for Linux, will allow users to allocate and distribute processing power across as many as eight CPUs, depending on application requirements.

HP will also demonstrate the binary compatibility of applications running on HP-UX and Linux on IA-64. With twin IA-64 computers running side-by-side, HP will attempt to show how developers working on Linux can easily scale out their finished applications to what HP officials called "the more robust" HP-UX.

Officials for Houston, Texas-based Compaq plan to demonstrate the stability of Linux running on a cluster of its ProLiant servers.

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