Ximian formalizes open-source friendships

Ximian Inc. helped the Linux community's cause on Monday by announcing that several open-source vendors have agreed to deploy its open-source applications and updates via its Red Carpet software management service.

Those signing up to join the Red Carpet Partner Program include CodeWeavers, Loki Software Inc., Opera Software, VM Software, and Sun Microsystems Inc., which will make its StarOffice for Linux 5.2 desktop application suite available.

Red Carpet allows users to more efficiently manage and keep up to date Linux and Unix-based systems.

The software is designed to automatically resolve conflicts between new software to be downloaded and users' existing software so they can install, update, and maintain it over the Internet, a company spokesman said.

Subscribers can also use the service to evaluate software from partners as well as from Ximian's library of Linux software from top-tier Linux distributors, such as Red Hat Inc. and Caldera systems, as well as from application developers in order to see if they can be customized to their best advantage.

Executives from CodeWeavers said the distribution service will be useful for accessing and downloading Linux applications to be used in a mixed environment.

"Ximian, like us, appreciates the need for Linux desktop interoperability with other corporate applications and systems," said Jeremy White, CodeWeavers president and CEO. "We think it can be pretty effective for connecting this audience with our software application porting."

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