BEA will also announce the year-end availability of a product that bundles WebLogic 8.1 with Red Hat Linux. The company also plans to expand its partnership with Red Hat in an effort to optimize Java on Linux.
SuSE Linux, which established a bundling agreement with HP last month, will announce a deal it has inked with Sun Microsystems, in which Sun will bundle SuSE’s Linux Enterprise Server 8.2 with its Intel-based line of servers.
SuSE is also working on a deal with SGI, although sources said that the two companies have yet to work out the contractual kinks.
Meanwhile, Penguin Computing will unveil four new systems. Penguin’s Tempest 2100 workstation, 1U Altus 1200 and the 3U Altus 3200 will all be available with AMD’s new Opteron 246 chip. The four-way Altus 4200 will come with Opteron 840-series processors.
One company not attending LinuxWorld is former Linux distributor The SCO Group, which is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with IBM and is threatening to sue Linux users over alleged intellectual-property violations in the Linux source code. “I’m not sure what reception we’d get if we went there,” said SCO representative Blake Stowell.
Gordon Haff, an analyst at Nashua, N.H.-based Illuminata, offered an idea: “For SCO to show their head at LinuxWorld would only invite hostility, vitriol, and hangings in effigy.”