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GENERAL AUTOMATION AND UNIDATA SIGN JOINT DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT

 Pact to Create Products that Provide Pick Users with
 Greatly Expanded Access to UNIX Open Systems Benefits
 ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- General Automation Inc. (GA) and Unidata Inc. announced today an agreement under which both companies will contribute technologies and development resources targeted at providing Pick(R) users an affordable, fully compatible entry into the Unix open system world. GA-Advantix(TM) 2.0, a fully featured, attractively priced relational database engine, will allow Pick users to run their current Pick applications unmodified on a variety of Unix open systems platforms.
 GA is an established leader in developing and supporting Pick-based systems, and the recent appointment of Larry Michels, co-founder of The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. (SCO), as GA's chairman, underscores the company's commitment to open systems. Unidata is an acknowledged leader in providing technologies for moving Pick applications to RDBMS-based open systems.
 According to Michels, "This agreement will allow GA to take advantage of the advanced database and networking standards not currently available in the Pick world. This agreement ensures that any Pick developer, GA VAR or end user can migrate to open systems products with minimal effort."
 "This agreement is just what the Pick and GA installed base have been waiting for," said David Brunel, Unidata's chief operating officer. "Now every GA user has a real open systems alternative that protects existing software investments while leveraging the benefits of the Pick data model."
 Len Mackenzie, General Automation president and chief executive officer, stated, "GA VARs have established dominant application positions within their industries. By basing our next product on Unidata's database technology, GA will quickly bring to market a product that will safely and comprehensively allow these applications to benefit from the advances taking place in the open systems marketplace. The key to success of the GA/Unidata relationship is a shared sensitivity to the importance of uncompromised compatibility between applications and the Pick data model."
 Unidata Inc. develops and markets the UniData relational database management system based on the first commercial implementation of the nested relational model, a technology that offers flexible data storage, improved performance, simplified SQL access, and the native ability to quickly and fully integrate complex object data structures into existing applications.
 General Automation Inc., a leading provider of complete computer systems since 1967, offers open system solutions, system-level tools, vertical-market applications and support services to the Pick computing marketplace through a global network of distributors and service companies.
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Pick is a registered trademark of PICK Systems. Advantix and R91 are trademarks of General Automation Inc. Unidata and UniData are registered trademarks of Unidata Inc. Unidata is not a licensee of Pick Systems./
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 /CONTACT: Terry Truman of Unidata Inc., 303-294-4848; or Janine
 Lewis of General Automations Inc., 714-778-4800/


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