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RUN MACINTOSH APPLICATIONS ON SUN WORKSTATIONS TODAY (Product Announcement)

 RUN MACINTOSH APPLICATIONS ON SUN WORKSTATIONS TODAY
 SAN DIEGO, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Xcelerated Systems, Inc., today


announced the availability of Liken(TM) software, a breakthrough package that enables Sun SPARC workstation users to use "shrink-wrapped" software designed for Apple Computer's Macintosh. Liken is now available for delivery.
 UNIX workstations offer high performance, but UNIX system sales have been inhibited by lack of off-the-shelf applications. Liken software changes all of that overnight by allowing unmodified applications to be used. Software vendors have instant access to this growing market, without the expense and delay of adapting to a new environment.
 According to David A. McMillen, president and CEO of XSI, "Our goal is to bring the wide variety of well-known, low-cost, and high-quality graphical applications from the proprietary Macintosh world into the open systems arena. Liken is the key that makes networks of Apple Macintosh and UNIX workstation computers a practical solution."
 For example, end users are now able to move Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with financial data, Claris FileMaker Pro databases with customer contact data, and Microsoft Word documents with marketing information between UNIX workstations and the rest of the company. Technical data can be extracted from the UNIX workstation and shared in an electronic form, rather than relying on paper documentation. And technical users now have access to a wide selection of office productivity tools.
 Liken gives workstation users a tightly integrated environment in which they can freely move between UNIX and Macintosh applications. Data may be stored on floppy, CD-ROM, and hard disk in either UNIX or Macintosh-compatible formats, including access to networked computers via NFS. The Sun OpenWindows environment allows concurrent access to both Macintosh applications and existing UNIX software.
 Liken is implemented using the X-Window technology in OpenWindows, and supports existing Apple Macintosh System 6 applications as well as newer software designed for both Systdergone significant beta-testing to ensure this compatibility, and has been used with many different applications.
 The freedom of choice that Liken offers means that users can now standardize on applications across their network. "Applications- experienced individuals are now able to move from computer to computer without the old barriers of unfamiliarity," reported Ray Wagstaffe, XSI's director of sales. "In particular, companies can expand their Sun and Macintosh installations today, without fear of incompatibility tomorrow."
 Liken is available today for Sun Microsystems SPARC workstations. Versions for other workstations will be available in the coming months, and will be announced when ready for delivery. The sentiment of system vendors is probably best expressed by Tim Bailey, manager of market development for Hewlett-Packard's workstation business, when he says, "We sell a lot of workstations into accounts that have Macintosh computers, and this provides a great compatibility story."
 Xcelerated Systems is a closely-held, independent company. The Liken technology was developed in a manner to insure that the product does not infringe upon Apple's intellectual property. "We have taken enormous precautions to avoid any legal problems, yet still assure our customers that Liken will run applications as expected," commented Bob Kleinschmidt, XSI's vice president of engineering.
 Liken will run on any Sun SPARCstation running OpenWindows, and requires no additional hardware. The software is priced at $695 for a single user license. For ordering information, contact XSI at 619-576-3080 or fax to 619-576-2504.
 Founded in 1989, Xcelerated Systems provides operating system enhancements for open systems environments. XSI is located at 3944 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123.
 NOTE: Liken is a trademark of Xcelerated Systems, Inc. OpenWindows is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. SPARC and SPARCstation are trademarks of SPARC International. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of AT&T. FileMaker Pro is a trademark of Claris Corporation.
 Xcelerated Systems, Inc., is not affiliated with Sun Microsystems, Inc., Apple Computer, Inc., or any of the software vendors mentioned.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Xcelerated Systems at San Francisco Marriott, 415-896-1600. Press briefings at 2 and 5 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23/
 /CONTACT: Dave McMillen of Xcelerated Systems, 619-576-3080, or fax, 619-576-2504/ CO: Xcelerated Systems, Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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