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Applications For Your Linux Box

The number of application being developed for Linux is growing rapidly. With established software players like Oracle, IBM, Informix, Inprise (Borland), etc, announcing support for Linux—some are already porting existing applications to Linux—this free OS is gaining in strength.

Covering the entire gamut of Linux applications is beyond the scope of this feature. What we have done is provide an overview of some of the popular Linux applications, right form Web servers to RDBMS, to server security solutions.

Web Servers

Apache Web Server

Apache is the most popular Web server available on Linux. The reasons are quite obvious: Apache is stable, easy to configure, and works like a charm. Also, it's free. Most Linux distributions come bundled with Apache binaries (including Caldera eServer that is available on the Network Magazine CD).

NCSA Web Server

NCSA Web server is available for Linux in both complied and source code form. Using the complied version is much easier, you don't have to configure and compile the source code for Linux. NCSA's Web server is fast and quite small, can run as a standalone daemon and provide pretty good security.

Relational Database (RDBMS) servers

IBM DB2 Universal Database
DB2 Universal Database(TM) is the industry's first multimedia, Web-ready relational database management system, strong enough to meet the demands of large corporations and flexible enough to serve medium-sized and small businesses. It provides centralized client configuration, high data availability, security and performance monitoring.

Ovrimos SQL Server
Ovrimos is an easy to use transactional RDBMS, which combines the functionality of a Web server and a SQL server. It is based on the client/server architecture and demands very few resources. In addition, Ovrimos is a programmable Web server and has a new HTML front-end, making it easy to administer (you can configure it remotely for use with any standard Web browser).

Oracle 8i
Oracle8i Enterprise Edition is a powerful RDBMS server available for driving enterprise e-business applications, on-line transaction processing applications (OLTP), query-intensive data warehouses, and data intensive Web sites. Oracle8i Enterprise Edition offers unparalleled performance and scalability that spans from single CPU servers through massive server clusters and mainframes. The version also has native support for XML and Java making it a complete e-business solution.

Mail Servers

CommuniGate Pro
CommuniGate Pro is a high-end, industry strength Internet mail server. It supports most major operating systems including Solaris, FreeBSD, Linux/LinuxPPC, Windows NT, Mac OS X, BSD, Cobalt, AIX, UnixWare, D/Unix, AS/400, HP/UX, and IRIX. The CommuniGate Pro server takes full advantage of modern multi-threaded and multi-processor environments, and includes spam protection, administration via Web, extensive multi-domain support, dialup capabilities, cluster support, and unique IMAP multi- mailbox features.

Courier is an integrated ESMTP, IMAP, POP3, and Web mail server, designed to provide mail services with aggressive spam filtering. A mail filtering API defines site-wide and recipient-specific mail filters that are applied during mail transport, instead of only after the unwanted mail has already been received. Courier also includes a UUCP gateway, and a mailing list manager.

Security Software

WebTrends Security Analyzer
WebTrends Security Analyzer helps discover and fix security vulnerabilities on your Internet, intranet and extranet systems. Systems are analyzed on demand or at scheduled intervals, allowing prioritization and comparative reports to be generated with recommended fixes that resolve possible security breaches. The built-in AutoSync technology seamlessly updates WebTrends Security Analyzer with latest security tests for most current vulnerability analysis available.

Astaro Security Linux
Astaro Security Linux offers extensive protection for local networks against hackers, viruses and other risks of connecting to the Internet. As a firewall, Astaro Security Linux protects your network; the proxies filter your network traffic, and by using the VPN functionality, your LAN can safely be extended to subsidiaries, customers and home-offices.

DeleGate is a multi-purpose application level proxy server. It mediates communication of various protocols (HTTP, FTP, NNTP, POP, Telnet, etc.), applying cache and conversion for mediated data, controlling access from clients and routing toward servers. It translates protocols between clients and servers, merging several servers into a single server view with aliases and filtering. Born as a tiny proxy for Gopher in March 1994, it has steadily grown into a general-purpose proxy server. Besides proxy, DeleGate can be used as a simple origin server for some protocols (HTTP, FTP and NNTP).

Application servers

Tarantella Server
The Tarantella server Web-enables existing Linux, Unix, and Windows applications, providing users with Java-enabled browsers total mobility by giving them access to their existing applications locally on their intranet or remotely over the Internet. IS managers can save time and money by centrally managing and deploying software while safeguarding user data through centralized server storage.

Lotus Domino Server
Domino integrates application services such as security, workflow and content management to optimize the platform for rapid delivery of the collaborative Web applications.

Domino offers the industry's most comprehensive support for Internet messaging standards, with Internet addressing, SMTP routing and MIME content support at native level. NM

Mahesh Rathod can be reached at rathodmp@hotmail.com

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