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IBM PERSONAL SOFTWARE PRODUCTS DIVISION SUPPORTS MOVE BY UNIX LEADERS TO FORM COMMON OPEN SOFTWARE ENVIRONMENT

 SOMERS, N.Y., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM's Personal Software Products (PSP) division enthusiastically supports the actions outlined today by IBM's Advanced Workstations and Systems division, Hewlett- Packard Company, The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc., Sun Microsystems, Inc., Univel and UNIX Systems Laboratories, Inc. The six UNIX(B) leaders announced their intent to deliver a common open software environment.
 This announcement is consistent with IBM's Personal Software Products' previously outlined strategy to extend the OS/2 Workplace Shell, DCE (Distributed Computing Environment), DME (Distributed Management Environment), and OMG/CORBA-compliant object technology across a broad range of industry platforms. The success of OS/2, IBM's award-winning operating system, has been due in no small part to the Workplace Shell, IBM's easy-to-use graphical user interface. Extending the Workplace Shell to DOS and the leading UNIX environments will allow users to truly operate in a multi-platform, seamless environment.
 "The common look and feel our customers have been asking for across the PC and UNIX platforms can now be a reality," says Lee Reiswig, president, IBM's Personal Software Products division. "We are pleased this effort supports and reaffirms our vision for the future of enterprise computing."
 IBM is the first vendor to deliver a product based on the OSF's(B) DCE technology standard. It delivered AIX/DCE in December 1992 and is currently offering a DCE beta version for use with its OS/2 product. In addition, its DCE technology will provide coexistence with and migration from the LAN Server product and is intended to provide interoperability with NetWare clients. PSP's LAN Systems' DCE products provide users with transparent access to data and applications through standardized services such as remote procedure calls, directory services and distributed file access while maintaining security. PSP will address systems management solutions through its LAN NetView(A) family of products which will comply with OSF's DME industry standard.
 IBM's distributed system object model (DSOM) currently being beta tested for use with OS/2 and AIX, is the industry's first cross- platform, multi-language distributed object manager and is also 100 percent CORBA-compliant. Developers will find that DSOM dramatically simplifies the creation of applications whose functions are distributed across networks and systems. DSOM is based on the system object model (SOM), currently available in OS/2 2.0. Several language vendors including IBM, Borland, Digitalk, MetaWare and MicroFocus have announced support for SOM and DSOM.
 Lee Reiswig added, "Today's announcement further underscores our long-term strategy and commitment toward delivering products, solutions, training and support in an open computing environment to customers."
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