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OSF CHALLENGE '93 SCORES MAJOR TRIUMPH FOR OPEN SYSTEMS

 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Software Foundation today announced that 25 major vendors worldwide "met the challenge" to prove the reality and availability of open systems by qualifying to demonstrate their available open systems products at OSF Challenge '93. Challenge '93, with more than 80 different platforms ranging from PCs to a mainframe demonstrating portability and interoperability running commercial applications, is the first-ever exhibit dedicated entirely to OSF technology-based open systems products.
 "The idea for Challenge '93 originated with OSF's End User Forum members," explained David Tory, president and CEO of OSF. "They expressed a need for a neutral, open, public forum in which they could see real, available open systems products proving portability and interoperability, and they felt that OSF was uniquely positioned to provide such a forum."


Challenge '93 Participants
 Vendors meeting the strict entry criteria to qualify for participation in Challenge '93 include: Digital Equipment Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Groupe Bull, Siemens Nixdorf Information Systems, NCR Corp., Stratus Computer, Pyramid Technology, UNIX System Laboratory, Oracle Corp., Ingres, Sybase, Santa Cruz Operation, MITRE, Interleaf, Atrium Technologies, ICS, IXI Ltd., Alsys (formerly Telesoft), Intraco Systems, Gradient Technologies, Non Standard Logics, S.I. Systems Ltd., and Transarc Corp.
 Also participating is the U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, who will demonstrate an advanced, distributed air traffic management system currently being developed to utilize all of the OSF technologies.


Challenge '93 Entry Criteria
 Every product shown at Challenge '93 must be currently available, or announced for general availability in 1993. The products also had to satisfy technology-specific entry criteria to qualify for inclusion in the exhibit. OSF verified that products met the relevant criteria prior to the Challenge '93 event.
 All OSF/1(R) and Motif(R) platforms had to be certified by OSF as compliant with OSF specifications. In addition, each platform vendor was required to prove source code compatibility by loading, compiling and successfully running designated applications from identical, un- modified source code. Designated applications included Oracle and Ingres, as well as special applications developed specifically to exploit the capabilities of Motif and DCE.
 Vendors wanting to show DCE implementations were required to successfully complete an intensive, 18-day interoperability testing program known as the OSF Interoperability Festival, or "I-FEST." The first I-FEST was conducted April 12-30 at OSF's Interoperability Lab at the OSF corporate headquarters facility in Cambridge, Mass.
 The rigorous I-FEST testing program consisted of a full battery of DCE quality assurance and systems tests in a multi-vendor client/server testing model that required each platform to operate as both client and server. In addition, each DCE platform was required to successfully interoperate with at least two other platforms with different architectures. All I-FEST entrants successfully completed the program and qualified for Challenge '93.


Worldwide Endorsements of Challenge '93
 Challenge '93 has been strongly endorsed by many of the world's largest end users and leading user organizations, including the SOS group (which includes McDonnell Douglas, General Motors, Kodak, 3M, Merck, Northrop, Unilever, DuPont, American Airlines and Motorola), Alcoa, MCI Telecommunications, Barclays Bank, Bear Stearns, TRW, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Shell Internationale Petroleum, EG&G, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), SHARE (IBM product users group), Digital Equipment Corp. Users Society (DECUS), International HP Workstation Users Group (InterWorks), the Petrochemical Open Software Corp. (POSC), U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Secom Information Systems Corp., Ltd., Institute of Systems Science (ISS), and Software-Industrie Support Zentrum GmbH.
 The Open Software Foundation is a not-for-profit research and development organization with the objective of enabling business users of information technology to exploit that technology to fundamentally change and improve the way they do business. OSF supplies software to make information technology easier to learn and easier to use, while enabling various vendors equipment to work together, and information and applications to be accessed and shared across distributed, open computing environments. OSF has created a coalition of vendors and users working together, using an innovative open process, to find and implement the best, most relevant technologies from organizations throughout the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the OSF has over 350 members and 300 employees worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Eileen Coons of Open Software Foundation, 617-621-8754/


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