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VA Linux Systems VA Linux to Acquire Andover.Net in Most Significant Transaction in Linux History

NEW YORK, NY -- Feb. 3, 2000- VA Linux Systems, a leading Linux and Open Source solutions company, today announced the acquisition of Andover.Net, the leading Linux destination on the Internet, in a transaction that could revolutionize the Linux market space. VA Linux will own and operate the most popular Open Source developer network. This reinforces VA Linux's position as the only public company in the United States to offer exclusively Open Source systems, software, service and Web-based developer solutions.

``This acquisition moves VA Linux forward on the path to being the biggest name in Linux and Open Source,'' said Dr. Larry M. Augustin, founder, president and CEO of VA Linux Systems. ``With our purchase of Andover.Net, we can offer the developer community better infrastructure for Open Source development, and expand the range and effectiveness of solutions available to our customers.''

Editor's comment:- it's expensive for computer companies to advertise on the web, and owning the media in your industry is a well established tradition. Sun Microsystems for example sells advertising space on its own web sites. The reverse can also occur, with a web publisher becoming a significant investor in a software company, as we saw in another news story this week:- ZDNet invests in i-drive.

This publication SPARC Product Directory, is independent of any systems or software company, although we're happy to take advertising dollars from any company that has products which are closely aligned with our editorial focus.
Bell Microproducts Sun Microsystems Announces Agreement with Trademark Computers, a Division of Bell Microproducts, to Manufacture, Integrate and Supply Linux Solutions on SPARC Platform

NEW YORK, New York, February 2, 2000- Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that TradeMark Computers, a division of Bell Microproducts, will supply Linux systems running on Sun's UltraSPARC platform. TradeMark Computers offers four e-clipse solutions that integrate Sun's SPARCengine Ultra AX family motherboards and the Red Hat 6.1 Linux package. The UltraSPARC-driven e-clipse systems are produced in TradeMark's ISO-9002 facility using Sun-certified graphics boards, memory options, storage devices and case styles. Both hardware and software customer support services are provided through TradeMark's technical support program.

Editor's note:- Bell Microproducts joins a long list of SPARC OEM's, who have been offering Linux on SPARC for some years. The internet server market is creating huge demand for these types of systems.
Network Technologies Network Technologies' KEEMUX-P2U KVM Switch Connects to Computers with both USB and Legacy PS/2 Ports

AURORA, OH, February 2 - Network Technologies Inc today announced the immediate availability of its new KEEMUX-P2U Universal KVM Switch. At a suggested retail price of $355, this KVM switch provides users with the flexibility of controlling any two CPUs equipped with only USB ports, only PS/2 legacy keyboard and mouse ports, or a both, with just one monitor, PS/2 keyboard and mouse. CPU selection can be controlled from a front-panel selector, by remote or by typed commands from the attached keyboard. Since the USB connection is a high-speed connection, this switch allows USB users to minimize the USB bandwidth necessary to control the keyboard and mouse, maximizing the bandwidth available for other high-speed devices.

NTI units connect between computers and peripherals, are easy to use, and require no special tools or software for immediate operation. High-resolution video is supported up to 1900x1200.
Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems Expands Channels Organization to Encompass New Market Segments

PALO ALTO, Calif., - January 31, 2000 - Sun Microsystems Inc. today strengthened its North American channels organization, adding and enhancing programs to support the different business models of its evolving mix of channel partners. Together with its partners, Sun's Americas eSun Partner and Channel Sales organization will offer customers greater flexibility and speed in procuring the company's products and services by taking greater advantage of Internet efficiencies.

As part of the strengthened organization, Sun added a new channel category called eIntegration Partners, which represents the emerging class of companies focused on delivering e-commerce and Web-centric solutions. Sun named iXL, Inc., a leading Internet services company, as its inaugural eIntegration Partner. Sun expects to name additional eIntegration channel partners in the near future.

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