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SuSE Linux

Author: Benjamin D. Thomas

SuSE Linux includes over 1500 applications. With the new graphical
installation tool, users can be up and running
Linux on a drag-and-drop desktop in under 20 minutes. Advanced features include hardware acceleration for 3D graphics chips and a journaling
filesystem. SuSE Linux

Summary of Products and Services:

SuSE’s Linux
expertise has led its flagship product, the SuSE Linux
distribution, into becoming one of the most popular Linux distributions
worldwide. Now an international company, carefully localized versions of
SuSE Linux are available in many languages. SUSE Linux is available for
the Intel, Alpha, and Power PC* platforms. SuSE was founded in 1992, making it one of the earliest commercial Linux companies.
*Spring 2000.

In addition to its Linux distribution, SuSE provides professional services
to both enterprises and end users, offering technical support, consulting,
Partner Programs, and sales support to customers, resellers, and
distributors around the world. Because IT professionals respect the
reliability, comprehensive range of support, and level of technical
consulting SuSE offers them, SuSE is the platform of choice for server
systems at many companies.

SuSE is a technology leader in Linux. Through its SuSE Linux Labs division, SuSE contributes significantly
to Linux research and development with projects like XFree86, ALSA,
KDE, glibc, and kernel development, as well as with ports to other
platforms such as Sparc, Alpha and PPC, always releasing its contributions to the
Open Source community.


SuSE has a solid engineering team: With over 250 employees worldwide,
two-thirds are employed in development, support, and information technology

Because SuSE Labs is leading several important Linux development projects, more than 50 key developers from the Linux Community work
for SuSE. This level of Linux expertise enables SuSE to provide global
support for “mission-critical applications.”

Software Products: SuSE Linux Distribution

SuSE Linux comes with installation and administration tools, a
carefully maintained set of over 1500 applications, an extensive
manual, and 60 days of installation support. SuSE’s Linux distribution
adheres to international standards.

The current version, 6.3, premiered in early
December 1999 in both CDROM and DVD formats. Check http://www.suse.de/en
for upcoming information about new versions.

Non-Linux users sometimes wonder why SuSE releases an updated distribution every
4 months if Linux is so stable and reliable. The
quarterly releases allow the SuSE Development Team to bring the latest
Linux software and technical innovations to the market. However, while
Linux itself is continuously updated, SuSE controls its own releases.
SuSE only incorporates updates to the heart of the Linux operating system,
the kernel, when stable and when they provide performance improvements.
Experimental software outside the kernel is always labeled as such and
comes with documentation. SuSE ensures both innovation
and stability with every release.

In other services to its users, the majority of the new packages
are also available from our ftp server: ftp://ftp.suse.com. Technical information is always available online
through the support database.

Software Awards and Reviews:

The SuSE Linux distribution has won many different industry and user
awards, including:

  • Favorite Linux Distribution: Linux World, Conference and Expo, February 2000 and March 1999
  • Favorite Linux Distribution, Reader’s Choice Awards: Linux Journal, 1/99; PC
    Professional 4/99; Computer Bild 6/99; PC Intern 4/99; PC Magazin 4/99, PC Answers 8/99

The SuSE Linux distribution is also frequently praised for having
excellent documentation, comprehensive hardware support, and an encyclopedic
set of Linux tools. The technical editor of Linux Journal Magazine,
a major US Linux publication, summarized many SuSE Linux benefits
when he stated in a recent review (10/99):

“SuSE is a serious, high-performance distribution which is more
complete than practically any single distribution, and at the same
time is clean and fast due to effective configuration and
intelligent design.”

— Jason Kroll, Technical Editor, Linux Journal Magazine

SuSE Linux for Business

Businesses adopt Linux because it now features
business-level applications in addition to technical versatility
and economy for IT solutions. SuSE supports businesses with its
distribution as well as with associated applications running on the
SuSE Linux platform. Such applications include:

  • Informix SE enterprise database solutions
  • StarOffice 5.1 (Personal Edition) and Corel WordPerfect 8.0**
  • “Linux Office Suite 99,” a SuSE product featuring a set of office
  • ADABAS D Linux Edition
  • Arkeia Backup Tools

SuSE Linux ISVs offering enterprise-level
applications include, among others:

  • Hummingbird, provider of Exceed and other network connectivity and business intelligence products
  • Appgen, a major provider of client/server-based general
    business and accounting applications
  • Metrowerks, provider of professional software development
    tools, including CodeWarrior(R)
  • Progessive Systems, a premier network security vendor
  • Quadratec, providing backup and archival solutions

Combine SuSE’s popularity as a server platform with the availability of
business solutions on SuSE and SuSE technical support, and you have
solid business solutions.

Contact Information

SuSE Inc. can be contacted in the US at (510) 628-3380 or info@suse.com. The web site is

SuSE Linux AG, the international headquarters, can be contacted at +49 911 740 53 31 or suse@suse.de. The
international web site is www.suse.de.

v. 1.0 January 2000
SuSE Inc.

Storm Linux

Author: JT Smith

Storm Linux is a Debian GNU/Linux based distribution designed for
the desktop and network markets. Enhancements include the Storm installer, the Storm Package
Manager and the Storm Administration System.Storm Linux 2000

Storm Linux 2000 has been greatly improved as of August 2000,
and is now based on Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 “potato” release.
There are three editions of Storm Linux 2000 available:

  • Starter Edition
    Boxed set. $19.95. Includes 1 CD, Installation Guide, PowerQuest Linux Prep Tool and Star Office 5.2
  • Deluxe Edition
    Boxed set. $69.95. Includes 5 CDs, Installation Guide, User Guide,
    PowerQuest Linux Prep Tool, Star Office 5.2, Heroes of Might and Magic III (network play disabled), Macromedia Flash, Acrobat Reader.
  • Open Edition
    Freely redistributable, this edition is available for free download from the
    Stormix servers and mirrors.

Storm Linux 2000 currently includes:

  • Linux kernel 2.2.16
  • KDE 1.1.2
  • Helix GNOME 1.2
  • glibc 2.1.3

Debian GNU/Linux
The Debian GNU/Linux
project was begun in August 1993, with funding
from the Free Software Foundation as part of their
GNU Project.
Debian’s goal is the creation of a complete operating system that
uses only Free Software. There are now over 500 Debian developers worldwide who are actively working on Debian GNU/Linux.

Storm Package Manager
Storm Package Manager is the graphical front-end to Debian’s advanced package management system. It enables you to install, update and remove software
and packages effortlessly. Simply choose the package that you want to download, and let Storm Package Manager do the rest. By automatically accessing
the Debian archive over the internet, Storm Package Manager enables you to easily download the most recent versions of all your favourite
Linux-compatible software packages. Upgrades are just as easy, and your system will stay clean, without you having to remove old, unused programs.

Storm Administration System (SAS)
The Storm Administration System is the network administration tool developed by Stormix. An integral part of Storm Linux 2000, it enables users to
maintain and configure systems remotely.

SAS is module-based, allowing the interface client to run separately from its core applications. This allows remote connectivity, giving the user
the ability to execute applications on a specific Linux box from other systems. Its 3 main components are:

SAT – Storm Administration Tool – a generic interface for the selection, loading, and display of various system modules.
Modules – software designed for a specific configuration task under Linux. There are currently 3 modules implemented: network, users, and dial-up.

MID – Module Interface Daemon – the software that facilitates communication between the system modules and SAT. Additionally, MID was
designed as a network aware daemon which allows SAS to be used over either LANs or WANs (internet). In technical terms, MID is referred to as a relay

SAS offers benefits to both users and developers.

Users benefit from:

  • Remote administration from anywhere in the world
  • Advanced user interface in both text and graphics

Developers benefit from:

  • Creating graphical applications easily with SAS and SIL (Simple Interface Language)
  • Modularity of SAS, which means that code doesn’t have to be re-written.
  • Graphic and text interfaces accessed from same code-base.


Author: Benjamin D. Thomas

User friendly and fast (Pentium optimizations),
Mandrake features many graphical interfaces (KDE, GNOME, WindowMaker, AfterStep, IceWM…) and is also compatible with applications packaged for
RedHat Linux. Mandrake won two awards: “Best Product of the Year” and “Best Linux Distribution/Server”, and was a finalist for “Linux
Distribution/Client”. Easy, for everybody!

Linux-MandrakeTM is a friendly Linux Operating System. It provides ease of
use for both home/office and servers. It is freely available in many languages, all over the world.


What is Mandrake exactly?

Inside Linux Mandrake, the graphical interfaces like KDE, GNOME, AfterStep, WindowMaker, IceWM etc. are fully integrated in a very modern
distribution, 100% compatible with application packaged for Red Hat! You don’t have to spend hours to get all those graphical interfaces to work: once
Mandrake is installed, everything works: you just have to choose which one you want to use… Linux-Mandrake also features the “Mandrake touch,”
MandrakeSoft’s signature on graphical interfaces that gives users the power to use their Linux system easily, including easy CD-Rom and floppy disk
access and easy Internet upgrades using “Mandrake Update” icon. Mandrake is easier to use than any other Linux systems: just get it, install it and

Give me a reason to try it!

Don’t lose your time, don’t lose your money!

With Mandrake, you get a full graphical Linux system, 100% compatible with RedHattm, with a full effective Graphical Desktop Manager and
many improvements (True-Type fonts integrated, Pentium optimization for best performances, many end-user applications…).

Linux-Mandrake? It’s Easy, for Everybody!

More informations about Mandrake can be found on: http://www.linux-mandrake.com

Message to Linux developers:

All our software is released under the General Public License (GPL). You can contribute and influence Linux-Mandrake development through our
experimental Mandrake distribution called “The Cooker”. Join us!

Caldera OpenLinux

Author: Benjamin D. Thomas

Caldera Systems, Inc. is the leader in providing
Linux®-based business solutions through its award-winning OpenLinux line of products and services. OpenLinux is a full-featured, “Linux for Business”
solution that expands Internet/intranet, network and desktop capabilities. OpenLinux products utilize technologies created on the Internet by developers around the world, including the popular Linux kernel developed by
Linus Torvalds in 1991. Linux technologies are now used by 12 million+ end users and organizations worldwide. OpenLinux technologies and business
solutions integrate with existing systems such as Novell® NetWare®, LanManagerTM, Sun® Microsystems,
UNIX®, IBM®, Intel®, DOS® and Microsoft® Windows® NT.

  • OpenLinux is a 32-bit, proven, tested, stable and supported Linux-based operating system and business solution that is easy-to-use, self-hosted
    and includes the full Linux source code — with matching binaries — and integrated programs and tools.

OpenLinux 2.3
OpenLinux 2.3 is Y2K tested and certified and includes:

  • 2.2.10 kernel
  • LIZARD (LInux wiZARD) First point-and-click graphical install of Linux
  • KDE 1.1 (K Desktop Environment) Award-Winning GUI
  • KDE development libraries for programmers who want to assist in the development of KDE. Example code, tutorials, and OpenGL extensions are also
  • Applixware Office Suite 4.4.2 (Office Productivity Suite — desktop applications)
  • Development environment for Applixware SHELF
  • Partition Magic CE (Caldera Edition) now supports hard drives larger than 8 GB
  • StarOffice 5.1 (Office Productivity Suite — desktop applications)
  • WordPerfect 8.0 (word processor), 4Front OSS (Open Sound System)
  • Netscape 4.61 (E-mail and browser)
  • BRU (Commercial backup and restore utility integrated into the KDE desktop)
  • Qt 2.0 (by Troll Tech)
  • Glibc version 2.1.1 compiling libraries and localization data
  • COAS 1.1 System configuration and administration is simplified and integrated into KDE
  • New RAID support for IBM ServeRAID
  • Compaq Smart2 RAID
  • Mylex RAID
  • WINE
  • Enhanced frame buffer support
  • LILO boot manager configuration option
  • Conferencing software
  • Video and audio conferencing tools.

OpenLinux 2.3 includes remote management capabilities and integrates into existing systems, running on Intel-based PCs 386 and up — including laptops
— with at least 16 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk. OpenLinux 2.3 began shipping in September, 1999.

Phat Linux

Author: Benjamin D. Thomas

Phat Linux is the best Distribution of Linux for new users. It is
easily installed on your DOS or Windows partition. It comes with
many popular programs, including the popular desktop environment
KDE preinstalled.

What is PhatLINUX?

Phat Linux is a Distribution of Linux. It is aimed at users who would
like use Linux, but are unable to repartition their hard drive. Phat Linux will run off of
your [Windows 95/98] C-Drive!

Phat Linux 3.0 has lots of great features. It comes bundled with many
popular packages including X-Windows, KDE, Gnome, Enlightenment, the Apache Web Server, a
Dos Emulator, Sound Programs, Image Editors, Popular Libraries, an Anonymous FTP Server
and much much more!

Since Phat Linux comes with KDE preinstalled, you desktop can easily
look like any of these:


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Yellow Dog Linux

Author: Benjamin D. Thomas

Yellow Dog Linux takes advantage of the most current, stable,
and secure Linux kernel and libraries, and best of all, some of the fastest hardware on the planet — Apple G3s, G4s and PowerPC computers (including
IBM RS/6000 model B50 (“Pizzazz”), F50, and 43P-150.) Linux is similar to MacOS, Windows 98, or NT in that it is an operating system. The operating system is the very lowest-level program that runs on a
computer–it launches and manages all of the other programs. The OS also manages memory, network(s), and files.

Linux is unique from other operating systems, however, in that the Linux source code (the underlying “stuff” that makes it all work) is freely
available to anyone with minimal restrictions on how it is to be copied or used. This has several practical advantages:

  • Bug-fixes are quick. You, the end user, are not dependant on a single corporation to fix a problem. Since anyone in the world has access to the
    code, the problems are quickly fixed and made available again, for free.

  • Linux will be around for a very long time. It may change, grow, expand, but it will most likely never die. No corporation (even Microsoft)
    can halt the production of Linux as everyone has the opportunity to advance Linux, to help it become better than it was. Linux users will never be in
    the position of finding that their OS has been discontinued nor is no longer supported.

  • Linux development is driven by “what is best,” not by “what will make us the most money.” Most commercial software development is driven first and
    foremost by marketing, resulting in “bells and whistles” that offer more “features” than function. Because Linux development is not tied to a single
    corporation (much less a single marketing department) it is made to simply “work well” above all else.

Linux is a robust, mature, powerful operating system. It is quickly become the most preferred, most used operating system in the world.

For more an introduction to Yellow Dog Linux, please visit:

And one of the most professional Linux distributions available for any platform, Champion Server 1.1 offers improvements and updates both anticipated
and unexpected, including Netscape, 10/100Mb ethernet, simplified X setup, and improved support for iMacs, Blue & Whites, and the ’99 “bronze
keyboard” PowerBook G3s and older Apple PowerPCs. Yellow Dog also supports the IBM RS/6000 models B50 (“Pizzazz”) and 43P 150, and currently supported
only in “unimode”, the F50.

For more information about Yellow Dog Linux, please visit our web site at: http://www.yellowdoglinux.com.

Yellow Dog Linux Gone Home will offer an unparalled ease-of-installation, ease-of-use, and the same qualities of Champion Server: stability, security,
and speed. A robust replacement for antiquated desktop operating systems, Gone Home will meet the needs of home and office users. Terra Soft is
committed to the open source model so we will be releasing all of the technologies that we introduce with Gone Home under the GNU General Public
License (GPL).

Based out of Loveland, Colorado, Terra Soft Solutions, Inc. maintains the design and business philosophy that there is nothing else we’d rather
. Software development is not about throwing a bunch of code and a price tag on a CD. It’s about research, commitment, enthusiasm, and an
attempt to do the best we can.

For more informationa about Terra Soft Solutions, Inc., please visit our corporate web site at:

Red Hat Linux

Author: Benjamin D. Thomas

Founded in 1994, Red Hat is a leader in the development of
Linux-based operating system (OS) software and services. Based in Durham, N.C., Red Hat builds Red Hat Linux which is available for Intel, Compaq
Alpha and Sun SPARC platforms.

Red Hat Linux

Well known as a stable and robust operating system, Red Hat Linux is flexible enough for almost any computing need from a simple workstation
to server.

Why Red Hat?

Red Hat gives you open source solutions. Red Hat Linux is completely open source, and Red Hat provides the services, support, partnerships,
consulting, training and updates to fit your needs. Working together with the Linux community, Red Hat believes that open software can change the
dynamics of software development.

Open Source

As a member of the Linux Development community, Red Hat contributes to Linux innovation with technology like the Red Hat Package Manager (RPM), Disk
Druid partitioning tool, and GNOME. Red Hat is committed to open source and is committed to incorporating standards that adhere to open source into
Red Hat Linux.


What’s an operating system without applications? Where’s the Office Suite? Where’s the software you need for your server? In addition to the tons of
applications like Apache, samba, sendmail and others that are included with Red Hat Linux, Red Hat also partners with companies such as Oracle, IBM,
and many others to bring their applications to Linux.

In addition to partnering to bring these applications to you, Red Hat also offers you a chance to try out these applications as they become available.
Packaged in the Official Red Hat Linux product is a CD-ROM with over 40 applications to sample.
It is labeled “Linux Application Library” and contains software from companies like Star Division (StarOffice), Applix (Applixware Office Suite), EST
(BRU Back up and Restore utility), and many others. For a complete listing of what is on the current CD, see the listing at


If you’re deploying Red Hat Linux in serious environment or just need to talk to someone on the phone, Red Hat offers support services at practically
every level. From pay per incident to customized support contracts, Red Hat stands behind Red Hat Linux.

Training and Certification
Whether you’re an experienced Linux user wanting to become certified or just starting out and need a course in the basics, Red Hat offers a wide
variety of
training courses.

Wide Availability

Need to pick up the latest copy of Red Hat Linux? Prefer to buy pre-installed? If you have no money or tons of money, you have a choice of how to get
Red Hat Linux. Download from ftp.redhat.com, buy from a local retailer, get a system from a local reseller, or go to one of our partners who have

certified systems
for Red Hat Linux.
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