The Linux-support bandwagon continues to grow: Ottawa-based PIKA Technologies, which manufactures computer plug-in voice cards that connect a computer system to the telephone network, said last month that it will add support for Red Hat Linux Version 7.3 in its MonteCarlo software SDK.

PIKA quotes research from Framingham, Mass.-based IDC that concluded Linux will be the fastest-growing OS environment over the next five years with a compound growth rate of 28 per cent. PIKA says it has been developing a Linux-based platform over the past year, and a number of developers are currently working with the Alpha load. Linux-based support is expected to be ready for deployment this summer, according to the company.

Borland adds to C#, integrationmixes

Borland Software Corp. has unveiled a trio of products, including a C# development environment and middleware for integrating systems, without requiring Web services wrappers. The third product is an application server for smaller companies and departments at large enterprises.

Borland C#Builder for the Microsoft .Net Framework is a standards-based integrated development environment for the C# programming language, according to Borland. Part of Borland’s application life cycle management strategy for .Net, C#Builder features design-driven development through integration with Borland Together and the C# Builder Enterprise Core Objects Builder platform. The product also enables connectivity to other applications. Janeva, Borland’s new middleware for linking applications without using Web services wrappers, is included within C#Builder. It enables connectivity from .Net to J2EE and CORBA applications, according to Borland officials. Janeva also will be made available as a standalone technology as well. Janeva is based on CORBA IIOP, .Net, and J2EE but not on Web services protocols such as SOAP. Also featured in C#Builder are debugging, visual tools, ADO .Net and ASP .Net functionality. Microsoft Visual Studio source and project compatability also is featured.