Two desktop Linux specialists, Lycoris and Linare, have announced new product developments designed to improve the uptake of Linux on business desktops.
Lycoris has introduced a new application environment to ease the integration of Linux with third-party applications, while Linare has released a Professional Edition of its Linare Linux desktop aimed at corporate and government customers.
Momentum is growing behind Linux as a potential alternative to Microsoft’s Windows on the desktop, with multiple vendors announcing or solidifying their product strategies this year. Lycoris and Linare might not have the market presence of Red Hat or Novell’s SuSE Linux, but they do have desktop expertise in their favor.
Maple Valley, Washington-based Lycoris has focused on the desktop and tablet PC market for the Linux operating system since it was formed in 2000, and in June announced a partnership with Codeweavers Inc to bundle Codeweavers’ CrossOver Office, which enables Windows applications to run on Linux and Unix, with its Desktop/LX distribution.
The company has gone one further with its new AI2 Advanced Application Integration Infrastructure application environment for Linux, which is designed to automatically detect the system requirements of third-party software including AI2 Integration Scripts and to configure the desktop operating system accordingly.
The AI2 technology will be included in Desktop/LX 1.4, also known as Amethyst, which is due for release on August 16.
Meanwhile, Bellevue, Washington-based Linare has announced that it is now targeting the business desktop markets with its Linare Linux Professional Edition. The company is the supplier of both the Linare Linux operating system and Linare PC Advanced Micro Devices processor-based PC.
The Professional Edition is targeted squarely at the business and government markets and includes the Openoffice.org productivity application suite and Evolution email client. Based on version 2.6 of the Linux kernel, it includes version 3.2.2 of the KDE desktop environment and comes with one year of phone and email support for $40.