Latest Releases for Open Systems
Digital Equipment has announced version 4.0 of the Digital Unix operating
system. Version 4.0 supports Internet connectivity by including a Netscape
browser and providing asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) capabilities, and
dynamic host control protocol (DHCP) and point-to-point protocol (PPP) support.
An advanced file system and utilities allow online management of file partitions.
Digital Unix 4.0 supports Digital's Alpha platforms. Prices start at $1,691
for a single workstation.
Digital Equipment Corp., 146 Main St., Maynard, MA 01754; (800) 777-4343.
Linux Operating System
WorkGroup Solutions has introduced WGS Linux Pro 3.0, a 32-bit Linux-based
operating system. The package contains a WGS Linux Pro CD with X Window
System-based graphical user interface, graphical administration tools for
configuration, and utilities for server setup on the World Wide Web and
multiple-user account management. Three supplementary CDs with other WGS
offerings are also included.
WGS Linux Pro 3.0 supports SCO Open Server and SCO Unix, as well as Macintosh
OS, Microsoft Windows and DOS. The product is priced at $99.
WorkGroup Solutions, Inc., P.O. Box 460190, Aurora, CO 80046; (303)
Caldera has announced Network Desktop 1.0, an Internet/intranet desktop
and server environment based on the Linux operating system. It provides
a graphical environment for authoring, navigating and publishing information
to the Internet and intranets. Network Desktop is also a Novell NetWare
client and provides client and server access to Unix network systems, Microsoft
Windows for Workgroups, Windows 95 and NT.
Network Desktop 1.0 supports Linux. The price is $99 per desktop.
Caldera, Inc., 931 W. Center St., Orem, UT 84057; (801) 229-1675.
Web Development Tools
Next Software has announced WebObjects, a product family of development
tools for the World Wide Web. According to the vendor, WebObjects offers
a cross-platform, language-independent development environment for building
interactive, server-based Web applications for the Internet and enterprise
information systems. The family consists of three products: WebObjects,
an entry-level application for building Web sites; WebObjects Pro, for compiling
reusable components and accessing databases; and WebObjects Enterprise,
for integrating an organization's computing infrastructure to the Web.
WebObjects supports Sun Solaris, Nextstep and Microsoft Windows NT. The
WebObject product is free, WebObjects Pro is priced at $2,999 and WebObjects
Enterprise prices start at $24,999.
Next Software, Inc., 900 Chesapeake Dr., Redwood City, CA 94063;
XSoft, the document management division of Xerox, has introduced Astoria,
a document component management system. According to the vendor, Astoria
enables workgroup users to manage document components rather than just files.
The product is built on an object-oriented database and allows various kinds
of data and media types to be managed as objects.
The XSoft server supports Sun Solaris; the XSoft client supports Microsoft
Windows NT. A configuration of one server and one client is priced at $50,000.
XSoft, 3400 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304; (415) 813-6920.
IBM has announced Smartsort release 2.0, a data utility that provides sort,
merge, copy, check, filter and restructure functions. Smartsort has the
capability to add data to records, add columns of data and process data
based on 40 national languages. Smartsort can also replace AIX operating
Smartsort release 2.0 supports IBM AIX, IBM OS/2 and Microsoft Windows NT.
Prices start at $565 for the AIX version and $225 for the OS/2 and Windows
IBM Corp., Old Orchard Rd., Armonk, NY 10504; (914) 765-1900.
Diamond Optimum Systems has announced Version Control System (VCS) 4.7.2,
a configuration management toolset. VCS provides automatic source code documentation,
impact analysis, version control, audit trail, problem tracking and software
distribution functionality. VCS 4.7.2 provides a build facility that identifies
code dependencies on the network and builds target executables on the host.
VCS 4.7.2 supports HP-UX, IBM AIX and Sun Solaris, as well as HP MPE/ix
and Microsoft Windows 3.X and NT. The price is $1,000 per user.
Diamond Optimum Systems, Inc., 22801 Ventura Blvd., #105, Woodland
Hills, CA 91364; (818) 224-2010.
MicroEdge has introduced Visual SlickEdit for the X Window System, a graphical
programming editor now available for Unix and Linux. It includes a built-in
dialog editor, which enables users to modify existing dialog boxes or create
new ones, and Clipboard Inheritance, which allows code to be inherited from
one Visual SlickEdit dialog box to another through the clipboard. Visual
SlickEdit for X allows programmers to migrate editor customizations, including
macros, from OS/2 and Windows platforms.
Visual SlickEdit for X supports IBM AIX, HP-UX, Sun Solaris, SunOS, Digital
Unix and Linux. Visual SlickEdit supports IBM OS/2 and Microsoft Windows
3.X, 95 and NT.
MicroEdge, Inc., P.O. Box 18038, Raleigh, NC 27619; (919) 831-0600.
Northern Telecom (Nortel) has announced Entrust version 2.0, an encryption
and digital signature software product for the Internet and network security.
Entrust version 2.0 uses RSA public-key algorithms and incorporates cross-certification
capabilities to establish and maintain trust with users in other certification
authority domains. Entrust can also be integrated with client/server applications
such as Microsoft Mail, Lotus cc:Mail and HP OpenMail.
Entrust version 2.0 supports HP-UX, SunOS, Sun Solaris, Macintosh System
7 and Microsoft Windows 3.1, 95 and NT. The price is $159 per user.
Nortel, 3 Robert Speck Pkwy., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L4Z3C8;
Database Application Development
Black & White has introduced DB/Enable, for creating distributed database
applications. DB/Enable consists of a database adapter and graphical tools
that work with the UIM/Orbix distributed graphical application builder and
Orbix object request broker for databases. DB/Enable also supports multiple
relational database management systems simultaneously in heterogeneous environments.
DB/Enable supports Sun Solaris, SunOS and HP-UX. Pricing for a development
seat is $1,500 for a single-connection license and $3,000 for a multiple-connection
Black & White Software, Inc., 2155 S. Bascom Ave., #210, Campbell,
CA 95008; (408) 369-7400.
Vantive has announced Vantive Enterprise 5.0, a client/server customer interaction
software product. It is a suite of applications that supports sales, marketing,
scheduling, defect tracking, field service and internal help desk functions.
The applications also support customer self-service using the World Wide
Web and provide support for the Informix database.
Vantive Enterprise 5.0 applications support HP-UX, Sun Solaris, SunOS and
IBM AIX, as well as servers supporting Microsoft NT with Windows, Motif
and Macintosh clients.
Vantive Corp., 2455 Augustine Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95054; (408) 982-5700.
Software Emancipation Technology has introduced Discover 4.0. Version 4.0
includes Reengineer/set, a group of applications that, according to the
vendor, facilitates software reengineering by logical and physical decomposition
of complex software systems. The product also helps determine how to divide
existing software into new application packages.
Discover 4.0 supports Sun Solaris, SunOS and HP-UX platforms. The price
for a 10-seat configuration starts at $50,000.
Software Emancipation Technology, Inc., Kiln Brook V, 20 Maguire
Rd., Lexington, MA 02173; (617) 863-8900.
Stratus has introduced the Continuum Series 400, a family of fault-tolerant
Unix servers. The Series 400 is based on a redundant architecture and includes
self-checking and self-diagnosing logic. The Series 400 server provides
up to 512MB of memory on each CPU board, dedicated I/O processors and symmetric
The Continuum Series 400 supports Stratus' Unix-compliant FTX operating
system. Prices start at $65,720.
Stratus Computer, Inc., 55 Fairbanks Blvd., Marlboro, MA 01752; (508)
Pacific Internet has introduced WebCube Series P, an Internet server system
designed for use by Internet service providers. The product consists of
software and hardware, including a system box with 32 serial ports, a graphical
user interface, system accounting and bulletin board system software, and
a router that supports either T1, 56kbps or frame-relay connections. Also
included are applications and utilities such as TCP/IP, PPP/SLIP and UUCP,
as well as mail, FTP, news, Telnet, Web, Gopher and WAIS server software.
WebCube Series P is based on a Unix-like operating system by Pacific Internet.
The WebCube Series P is priced at $7,995.
Pacific Internet, 600 Corporate Pointe, #100, Culver City, CA 90230;
Overland Data has announced the LibraryXpress LXB, an automated tape library.
The product incorporates digital linear tape (DLT) technology and robotics.
According to the vendor, the LXB base module provides either one or two
DLT2000 or DLT4000 tape drives and 10 cartridges, generating a storage capacity
of up to 400GB with a data transfer rate of more than 10GB per hour.
The LibraryXpress LXB is compatible with backup, archival and hierarchical
storage management (HSM) applications running under SCO Open Server, IBM
AIX, SunOS, Sun Solaris, Novell NetWare, Macintosh OS and Microsoft Windows
Overland Data, Inc., 8975 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA 92123; (619)