Web Development Briefs: SuSE Linux, MS, HarvestRoad

Web Development Briefs: SuSE Linux, MS, HarvestRoad

SuSE Linux cuts US staff

German Linux vendor SuSE Linux AG will cut its US staff by 75 per cent, leaving only 15 employees at its California-based subsidiary.

The company will lay off the 30 employees in its e-mail tech support service and handle all future support from European offices.

Using cheaper manpower in Europe, the company expects its support staff of 100 to continue offering 24-hour e-mail support, a spokeswoman for the company said.

SuSE, which opened the Californian subsidiary in 1997, said the move will not affect the shipment next week of SuSE Linux 7.1, the company's first release containing the anticipated 2.4 release of the Linux kernel.

MS opens code up a little

Microsoft is to announce a limited expansion of its Windows source-code sharing program that could pave the way for potentially hundreds of new customers to gain access to the code.

But Doug Miller, group product manager for Microsoft's server-level software packages, said the impending expansion of the sharing program doesn't mean Microsoft intends to break into the world of open-source software collaboration. Under the company's program, the code can be viewed but not modified in any way. "The intention is not to allow the chaos you have in the open-source world, where people create code that may be incompatible," he said.

Those who have taken advantage of the program in the past include hardware, independent software and chip vendors, plus an unspecified number of corporate users. Microsoft has been providing its source code to some vendors and users for years, but until now the practice has been done quietly behind the scenes and under strict confidentiality agreements, Miller said.

Australian tool vendor bets on datacastingHomegrown Web development tool vendor HarvestRoad has signed an agreement with datacasting system developer DATA-CAST.NET to jointly develop new applications for the emerging Asian and Australian datacasting markets.

The two companies will collaborate on a series of storage applications, e-commerce transaction tools and content presentation software for DATA-CAST.NET's digital datacasting system.

For HarvestRoad it signals a new market for its development software, while for DATA-CAST.NET it strengthens the company's capacity to offer applications built for the Asian market.

"The applications enabled by the HarvestRoad solutions will allow our systems to service a wider market in Malaysia, Singapore and China as well as Australia", said DATA-CAST.NET managing director Gary Ellis.

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