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Tadpole-RDI Tadpole Wins $1.5 Million Orders From US Marine Corps
Cambridge, UK, March 16, 2000 - M-business computing specialist Tadpole Technology plc of Cambridge today announced that its Tadpole-RDI hardware computing business unit has won its first portable Unix orders valued at over $1.5 million from the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The orders were secured by Government Technology Services Inc. one of Tadpole-RDI's principal resellers for the US Federal Market, and include a $700,000 contract to supply its Sun-Solaris range of portable servers VoyagerIIi for use in C41 systems of the Marine Corps.

Bernard Hulme, group chief executive of Tadpole Technology plc, comments: "Federal agencies are now focused on the use of commercially-available computing solutions in operational command centres, and the small footprint and lightweight features of VoyagerIIi servers are proving winning features."
Tadpole Wins $1.5 Million Orders From US Marine Corps

VA Linux To Acquire TruSolutions

Sun Tops IDC Report on Midrange Unix Server Market...Again

Egan Managed Capital and Motorola Invest in Lineo

Lineo™ to Acquire USE, Inc. & other good brands available

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Squeak! - Why are Most Analysts Wrong About Solid State Disks?
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Most analysts and editors of other computer publications don't really understand the solid state disk market. They show their ignorance and naivete by prefacing every discussion of SSDs with a superficial analysis which compares the cost per byte of storage between flash and hard disk drives. That's the wrong answer to the wrong question. And it's far removed from why the SSD market is racing to become a multi billion dollar market seemingly in blithe ignorance of the cost per byte proposition.

This article tells you what's important to users and the main applications in which SSDs are already being used and new applications where they will be used in the next 3 years. the article, Solid State Disks
VA Linux Systems VA Linux Systems To Acquire rackmount SPARC manufacturer TruSolutions

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 15, 2000 - VA Linux Systems, Inc. today announced definitive agreements to acquire two privately held companies: TruSolutions of San Diego, California and NetAttach of Santa Clara, California. The two acquisitions will help to move VA Linux's systems product line into the forefront of the Internet infrastructure server and storage markets in both price/performance and quality.

"The acquisitions of TruSolutions and NetAttach reinforce our leadership position in the Linux market by broadening our current product offerings and giving us access to tremendous engineering talent for future generation products," said Dr. Larry M. Augustin, president and CEO of VA Linux Systems.

"These acquisitions will help us to better meet the demands of our customers for complete, competitive solutions to their Internet infrastructure needs: systems, software, services and Web." TruSolutions has engineering expertise in the design of Linux-based high-density rackmount servers. As a result of the acquisition of TruSolutions, VA Linux will gain additional design expertise and product line breadth that includes an entry-level 1U server to complement the high-performance 1U server announced by VA Linux in a separate press release earlier today.

Editor's note:- I said earlier that changes in the rackmount systems market and Linux market were going to change the SPARC systems market to a much broader base. You can expect Sun to keep quoting those mid range server market share statistics while Sun's share in the operating systems side of the rackmount market goes into free fall. Sun does supply motherboards to many rackmount SPARC oem's, so they will gain from that, but there are many manufacturers which make their own SPARC CPU cards for this market as well as you can see in this directory.
Sun Microsystems Sun Tops IDC Report on Midrange Unix Server Market...Again
Solaris-based Server Shipments Outpace IBM by 202 percent, HP by 18 percent in Q4

PALO ALTO, CA.- March 16, 2000 - For the fifth straight quarter, Sun Microsystems, Inc. easily outpaced both IBM and HP in shipments of midrange UNIX® servers, according to International Data Corp.'s quarterly report on the server market. Per the IDC report, Sun shipped 8,053 midrange UNIX units during the fourth quarter of 1999 -- 18 percent more than runner-up HP, which logged 6,842 midrange UNIX shipments. Finishing a distant third, IBM registered 2,669 shipments, or one-third the number of Sun -- and reflective of the decline in RS/6000 demand that IBM noted in its earnings release last January.

The IDC report -- the industry's standard yardstick for measuring the server market -- classifies midrange servers as those costing between $100,000 and $1 million. The top-selling Sun Enterprise[tm] 4500, 5500 and 6500 servers, which seamlessly scale up to 30 CPUs and run the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment, fall in this class. Competitors' midrange systems include the RS/6000 S80 "Condor" and the HP 9000 Series V2500.
Lineo Egan Managed Capital and Motorola Computer Group Invest in Lineo

LINDON, UTAH - March 14, 2000 - Lineo, Inc, the leading developer of embedded Linux® system software, today announced that John R. Egan joined the Lineo Board of Directors. Egan, formerly Executive Vice President at EMC Corporation, brings a rich history of successful business management to Lineo's Board of Directors. Additionally, Lineo announced that Egan Managed Capital and Motorola Computer Group recently made private investments in Lineo.

"We are excited that Egan Managed Capital and Motorola Computer Group have recognized Lineo's leading position in embedded Linux, a technology we believe will soon dominate the embedded system software market," said Bryan Sparks, CEO of Lineo, Inc. "John Egan's tremendous depth of sales and marketing experience has already helped us on our way toward building Lineo into one of the industry's great system software companies."

Egan, a General Partner of Egan Managed Capital, said, "Lineo is a market leader in this exciting growth area. I look forward to working with this fast-paced company and leveraging our firm's expertise to help Lineo become the industry standard for embedded Linux operating systems. Our investment is indicative of our confidence in their ability to become the leader in their field. "

"MCG believes that embedded Linux will capture substantial market interest during 2000," said Wayne Sennett, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Motorola Computer Group. "Our customers are requesting Linux and we're supporting this need through ongoing investments in Linux support and technology, such as this recent investment in Lineo. We feel it is a strategic addition to our strong technology relationship that was announced in August 1999 when Lineo and Embedix were launched."
Lineo Lineo™ to Acquire USE, Inc.

Lineo and USE Merger Expands Embedded Linux Support for Non-Intel Platforms; Acquisition Includes Office in Japan

LINDON, UTAH - March 13, 2000 - Lineo, Inc., the leading developer of embedded Linux® system software™, today announced that United System Engineers (USE), based in Shiojiri, Nagano, Japan has agreed to be acquired by Lineo. USE is a custom systems engineering company with 15 years of experience in embedded system engineering for some of the largest technology vendors in the worldwide embedded system market. USE specializes in embedded printing, networking and support for multiple chip architectures.

USE has a long history of custom systems engineering on a wide variety of hardware platforms including MIPs, Hitachi, SPARC, Motorola and Intel. This acquisition by Lineo expands the ability to run Lineo Embedix™ Linux, the premier Embedded Linux operating system, on these platforms, providing OEMs with expanded hardware platform options. In addition to USE's specialty in embedded Linux development, USE has an extensive background in a number of other operating systems, including UNIX, OS-9, NeXTStep, DOS and Windows.

Yoshinobu Ushiyama, CEO of USE said, "Embedded Linux is quickly becoming the operating system of choice for OEMs. The merger of these two companies will provide vendors the hardware and software platform choices and flexibility they desire."
the rackmount SPARC market & other good brands available

Baughurst, UK March 13, 2000 - ACSL - If you look at the news stories we've been running on the SPARC Product Directory and STORAGEsearch recently, it seems that every week you hear about another Linux or Unix related operating system company getting funding or partnering in some other way. In researching a future article about the changing role of rackmount systems in the SPARC market, caused by their widespread use as the hardware glue in many ISP and telecoms companies, and talking to many people in this industry, it suddenly struck me that the year 2000 could well see the biggest changes in the SPARC industry for many years. Using our faded crystal ball we could see the start of many changes coming including:-
  • rackmount SPARC systems overtaking desktop SPARC systems in volume. That's why we recently changed the running order on our home page, by the way.
  • the replacement of Solaris by Linux and other OS's possibly in as many as 40% of all SPARC systems shipped in the next couple of years

In such a scenario, the newly funded Linux companies or their hardware partners would soon start investing in branding programs to compete with Sun, such as maybe "SPARC Linux". That's when I found out that actually the and related domains and trademarks are already taken out, and purchasable from:- SPARC International. I almost got my credit card out when I heard what a good deal is on offer here. For more info contact I look forward with interest to see which trademarks are attached to which companies by the time I finish writing my article.

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