Announces Winners of 2002 Enterprise Evolution Awards; Leading Linux Publication Honors Exhibitors at LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 14, 2002 – IDG's, the leading website for technology professionals deploying and maintaining Linux in the enterprise (, announced today the winners of its first Enterprise Evolution Awards. The awards honor the most innovative Linux products or services propelling Linux in the enterprise. Winners were named at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. editors selected five winners from among all exhibitors at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. A panel of editors carefully weighed each product or technology on the merits of its features and functions, as well as its impact on driving Linux evolution in the enterprise.

"We continue to see tremendous growth and innovation in Linux in the enterprise," said Editor in Chief Mark Cappel. "We're thrilled to honor these outstanding technologies and companies that are pushing this market even further and helping to advance technical development processes."

The five winners of the Enterprise Evolution Awards, San Francisco, 2002 are listed below.

Eclipse Database Cluster: Linux NetworX, Inc.

Linux NetworX's Eclipse Database Cluster combines its cluster management software and ICE Box hardware manager, with off-the-shelf rack mount x86 computers, SAN storage, and Oracle 9i to create a database server with no single point of failure. "In other booths at LinuxWorld Expo, I see pieces of what Linux NetworX has integrated in the Eclipse Database Cluster," said Mark Cappel, editor of

Win4Lin 4.0: NeTraverse, Inc.

There are many ways to get Windows applications to run on Linux desktops. "The product that promises the most stability and compatibility is Win4Lin 4.0," Cappel said. "Enterprises that want to move to Linux and have custom-built Windows applications should give Win4Lin a try."

Open Office 1.0.1:

Open Office 1.0.1 is a free, in all meanings of the word, suite of desktop tools, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program for Windows, Linux, and Solaris. "The price is right, and compatibility with existing Microsoft documents does not seem to be an issue," Cappel said.

LX50: Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Announced at LinuxWorld Expo, Sun's LX50 is a 1U form-factor server that sports a pair of 1.4-GHz Pentium III CPUs and a raft of Sun software. Bundled with the LX are Linux, Solaris 9, the Sun ONE Application Server, MySQL Database, Sun Grid Engine software, Sun ONE Developer Studio, Sun ONE ASP, and Sun Streaming Server software. "On the surface, the LX50 seems an underwhelming piece of hardware," Cappel said. "However, since Sun plans to ship the LX50 with Linux, it's a symbol of Sun's commitment to the OS. It's now clear Linux will play a part in Sun's future, and users will have the choice of another vendor supporting Linux."

Aptus 2.0: ShaoLin Microsystems Ltd.

ShaoLin Aptus 2.0 automates the task of deploying Linux on desktop computers connected to an organization's network. "Aptus promises to make it easy to set up and maintain dataless clients," Cappel said. "SysAdmins will welcome a tool that helps them maintain Linux desktops."

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Based in San Francisco, CA, ( is the leading website for technology professionals deploying and maintaining Linux in the enterprise. This online magazine delivers hands-on technical information, real-world case studies of Linux in the enterprise, feature articles, product reviews, market overviews, and expert advice for making Linux purchase decisions. targets enterprise technologists in need of products and consulting services that will solidify open source computing within their companies' infrastructure. is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 330-targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at

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