Open Source briefs

Tivoli security software supports Linux

Tivoli Systems Inc., at its recent user show in Europe, announced it would be supporting Linux across many of its security software products.

Tivoli, IBM Corp.’s network and systems management division, hosted users in Washington D.C. where the talk focused mainly on Web services. Now the company has switched gears to highlight its security portfolio. The company announced enhanced Linux support to its secure access, threat and identity management software to work across heterogeneous environments, including the Linux server operating system, the company said. IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems now lets users control access based on corporate security policies across Linux and Unix operating systems. The software also features new support for IBM zSeries. Also new to this software are a security platform with Web single sign-on and access control for simplified security integration across Internet-facing applications and Web middleware running on the Linux platform.

Have processor, must run Linux

It’s a safe bet that if it has a processor, someone will try to run Linux on it. Now Taiwanese company Linpus Technologies Inc. has done just that for StrongARM-based PDAs.

Called ECniw, the system provides a full, graphical Linux-based operating system for PDAs using Intel’s StrongARM processor. Besides providing the ultimate in geek cool, the system has many benefits: it’s small – the kernel occupies a mere 500KB, with the graphics engine running to 600KB – and it boots quickly, taking just six seconds from power on. The large Linux user base means software can be simply and quickly ported to the device. The system is modular too, so hardware developers can pick and choose which components they want to include.

Open-source group finally unleashes Mozilla 1.0

Open-source development group finally introduced its long-awaited Mozilla 1.0 browser suite, after four years of toil and testing.

Mozilla 1.0 boasts a Web browser, an e-mail reader and a chat client, as well as a cross-platform toolkit for developing Internet-based applications, the group said. Mozilla’s first major public release comes just over a month after the group released the beta version of the software, Mozilla 1.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). The release has been eagerly awaited by open-source fans who claim that the new browser could give big-name rivals such as Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer (IE) and Netscape Communications Corp.’s Navigator a run for their money. The source code for the Mozilla project was initially released by Netscape in early 1998. The browser suite is now available free for download at .