Getting access to UniForum's publications and other services will be even more convenient soon with the advent of UniForum's on-line services, available through the World Wide Web. Most of these services are free.
First to go on line - and available immediately to UniForum general members - is the 1994 Open Systems Products Directory. The on-line directory is currently being demonstrated at UniForum '94 in San Francisco at the UniForum booth, No. 4421 in the North Hall, and at the booths of several UniForum corporate sponsors.
To gain access to UniForum on-line services from your own system, you must first be connected to the Internet or have access to a service that provides a World Wide Web client, such as Mosaic for graphics terminals or Lynx for character-based terminals.
National providers of Internet connections are UUNET or PSI. Further information is available by calling (800) 488-6384 for UUNET and (800) 827-7482 for PSI.
If you have Internet access but do not have a World Wide Web client, you can install Mosaic on your system by downloading the binaries or source code via anonymous ftp (file transfer protocol). Use the UNIX command ftp ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu, which connects you to the machine for Mosaic. Then get the README file and follow the instructions for downloading. Mosaic is available in versions for UNIX, Macintosh and Windows environments.
UNIX binaries live in the "/Mosaic/Mosaic-binaries" directory and are available for the DEC Alpha, DEC Mips, HP 9000 model 730, IBM RS/6000, SGI IRIX, Sun Solaris 2.3 and SunOS 4.1.3 platforms. The Macintosh version lives in "/Mac/Mosaic" and Mosaic for Windows is available in "/PC/Mosaic."
For character terminals, you can download Lynx by anonymous ftp using the UNIX command ftp ftp2.cc.ukans.edu, which connects you to the machine for Lynx. The directory on that machine from which to download is "/pub/WWW/lynx."
If you have Mosaic installed, take the following steps to access UniForum services:
(Note: Current versions of Mosaic for both the Macintosh and MS-Windows environments do not support the user authentication procedures required to sign up for the directory on line. Until newer versions of the software are released, please contact UniForum at firstname.lastname@example.org and special arrangements will be made.)
From that point on, whenever you access the products directory, you will see the prompt "Enter username for Directory at ftp.uniforum.org:". Enter your member number in the field supplied. Then you will be prompted for your password.
Members who have questions or problems connecting to UniForum's on-line services may address e-mail to email@example.com and a staff member will respond as soon as possible.
In addition to the product directory, services now available on-line include:
Printed copies of the 1994 products directory have been mailed to all general members as part of their membership benefits. Associate members or those wishing extra copies may purchase them from UniForum's customer service for $75 each, a saving of 40 percent off the list price of $125. The directory is also on sale at UniForum '94.