San Jose, CA--October 21, 1996--Craftwork Solutions (San Jose, CA) released Craftworks Linux/AXP for DEC's Alpha Chip. Linux/AXP 2.2 used with the DEC Alpha chip offers a solid operating environment for desktop workstation or Web server solutions. Linux/AXP provides optimum processing performance and highly reliable, built-in security implementations at an affordable price.
Linux/AXP 2.2 is a true multi-user, multi-tasking operating system. Hand-crafted from the source code using Digital's BLADE (the initial AXP port for Linux), Linux/AXP 2.2 utilizes Craftworks CRAFT interface, (Component Replacement And Fabrication Technology), a very solid and robust operating system environment built on the most stable development versions of the Linux kernel (v2.0.14) and gcc (v2.7.2). This makes Linux/AXP 2.2 a very stable, 64-bit operating platform with full upgradeability.
Craftworks Linux/AXP 2.2 Features:
100 percent ELF-based--the entire Linux/AXP 2.2 distribution offers complete extensibility allowing developers and system integrators to easily add new features for software programs.
Enhanced Software Technologies' BRU--Personal Edition included - BRU - PE is a UNIX backup and restore utility designed for maximum reliability and flexibility, making backups easy, fast, and safe. The licensed version of the software is included with the Craftworks distribution.
RPM Compatibility--RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) is a set of tools developed by Red Hat Software which allows the user to install, remove, track, and verify software packages easily. Craftworks now includes RPM in their Linux offering, giving customers the flexibility of accessing RPM packages under Craftworks Linux.
Preconfigured security features--Linux/AXP 2.2 has security features implemented throughout the distribution including IP firewalling, shadow password support and the ability to control, allow and deny access lists. These features have standard or recommended security implementation based on industry standards.
Additional Compilers included--the g77 (FORTRAN), Objective C, and C++ compilers are included at no additional cost. These compilers have all been thoroughly tested and benchmarked against numerous other microprocessors and compilers, giving outstanding stability, portability, and performance increases of 20-50 percent depending on the chip set chosen.
Ease of installation--installing X Windows Server (X11R6 - v3.1.2 X) is made easy by using the GUI Sysadm tool. Simply answer a few basic hardware questions during software installation, and a Web Server can be quickly created for specific use by customizing the default home page included with Linux/AXP 2.2. There are three predefined choices for package installation: Minimal, Developer and X Workstation. The fourth choice is Custom, which allows choosing which packages to install ahead of time.
Complete CD-ROM Package--there are over 125 file packages included on the Craftworks Linux/AXP 2.2 CD-ROM for increasing overall functionality. Some of those included are: NYS - networking, multi-protocol ready kernel, (TCP/IP, IPX, Appletalk, Netware file system), PPP, kernel loadable modules, System Administration tool (Sysadm), integrity checking, X Window toolbar, Apache WWW Server, DNS Name services, libc, HOWTOs, plus many more.
Free Tech Support--Craftwork Solutions provides free, 30-day unlimited technical support with the purchase of any of their products.
Linux/AXP 2.2 is available directly from Craftwork Solutions for $99.95 or from worldwide authorized distributors.
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