"Every month, Rawn Shah, our reviews editor, delivers a handful
of timely news and product briefs. This month he looks at Lineo's
uClinux platform, PolyServe's LocalCluster products, Mission
Critical's Convolo cluster, e-smith's Server and Gateway package,
and Archaeopteryx Software's Wing IDE."
"Lineo's latest announcements include product news in embedded
systems development. First, the company has ported the uClinux 2.4
platform -- with several, but not all, features of the new Linux
2.4 kernel -- to the Motorola DragonBall processor family.
DragonBall processors are commonly used in handheld computers like
the Palm and Visor. The new kernel typically fits into a footprint
of 512 KB and features support for USB, infrared transmission, and
quality of services in network communications...."
"Another clustering company, Mission Critical Linux, has
released version 1.2 of its Convolo cluster, featuring full support
for redundancy in NFS filesystems. The NFS feature, which handles
the access control and locking mechanisms between the clustered
servers, allows proper failover procedures to maintain the state of
all NFS connected volumes. Convolo 1.2 is available for $1,900 per
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