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Linux.com: Linux Expo North America Report: Part 2

Apr 12, 2000, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Alami)

"I caught up with Ted Cook, CEO of Enhanced Software Technologies, the developers of the BRU software package for Linux and Unix systems. About EST's presence at the event, he said that the company was "looking to getting additional exposure in Canada." EST's never been to a Linux show in Canada, so they wanted to find out the interest from local resellers and clients for their backup application...."

"One of the most exciting announcements of the event was the creation of a new service for software management called WhatIfLinux.com. Created by Acrylis, WhatIfLinux.com offers systems administrators the ability to monitor their systems and the software running on them, determine if updates are needed, and test updates, installations, and uninstallations before actually going ahead with them. I spoke to Reg Broughton, President of Acrylis, Allan Cantos, VP of Engineering, and Keith Erskine, Product Manager."

"How does WhatIfLinux.com work? Acrylis' Product Manager explains. The sysadmin runs an Java-based server agent on the server that needs to be monitored. This agent will investigate the system and determine what software is installed and how it's configured, and securely report this back to the WhatIfLinux.com servers. On the desktop side, the client uses a Java application which shows the server's configuration and provides for testing new software implementations."

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