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Enterprise Linux Today: Caldera Adds Online Software Management Service to Volution With Acquisition

May 14, 2001, 13:14 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

Caldera has made a move into online software management with the acquisition of WhatifLinux from Acrylis. Much like the Red Hat Network's up2date and online software manager, WhatifLinux (to be renamed Volution Online) tracks software updates though it isn't tied to a specific distribution and supports a variety of RPM-based systems.

Caldera has added online software management to its services with the acquisition of WhatifLinux from Acrylis, Inc. The company says it plans to roll the site's software in to its Volution management tool as "Volution Online."

Similar in intent to products like the Red Hat Network, WhatifLinux provides Web-based software management in the form of a knowledgebase that tracks the latest software patches or security updates for RPM-based systems. The service includes an update script called "WhatifLinuxAgent" that periodically reports a system's software inventory and matches the results against available updates. The company said it plans to add Debian to the list of supported distributions in the near future.

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