Netscape, Marimba plan tighter links

Amid a throng of new partnerships and products crowding for attention at Spring Internet World in Chicago this week, Netscape Communications Corp. and Marimba Inc. unveiled plans to work more closely together.

Netscape will resell Marimba's Castanet Transmitter server software, said Marimba CEO and president Kim Polese, in a keynote address.

Netscape already bundles Marimba's Castanet tuner client software in its own Netcaster client software. Marimba's server software - which will be available through Netscape channels this month, will be sold as a separate offering, said Netscape officials in Mountain View, Calif.

In addition to expanding distribution channels, Marimba, of Palo Alto, Calif., is also working to expand its software beyond Java, said Polese. Version 2.0 of Castanet is now in beta, she said, with general availability to be announced in the next few weeks.

"Our focus is not on Java-only solutions. Our focus is on solving problems, whether that's dealing with extranet applications or productivity applications," she said.