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UNIX INTERNATIONAL RELEASES 1992 VERSION OF THE UNIX SYSTEM V ROADMAP

 UNIX INTERNATIONAL RELEASES 1992 VERSION OF THE
 UNIX SYSTEM V ROADMAP
 PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- UNIX International (UI) today released the third edition of its annual UNIX(R) System V Roadmap which provides an updated schedule of requirements, specifications, early access, and general availability of future System V releases and integrated add-on technologies. UI plans to make this document available to the entire information technology community.
 Initially published in 1990, the Roadmap was the industry's first document to provide long-term product planning schedules and requirements for the open systems community. The document reflects an agreement between UI, its members and UNIX System Laboratories (USL) an open systems technology directions for the next three years. The Roadmap has been compiled based on input from vendor communities and industry organizations such as X/Open(tm) reflecting the needs of major end-users worldwide. Furthermore, the 1992 System V Roadmap addresses the complete set of system software requirements set forth in the recently announced UI-ATLAS(tm) architectural framework.
 The 1992 System V Roadmap lists timeframes in two stages. The first stage reflects development plans committed by USL for 1992. The second stage reflects industry requirements for technology to be delivered over the 1993-1994 timeframe.
 "This year's Roadmap has been expanded to encompass a broader range of requirements," said Peter Cunningham, president and CEO of UNIX International. "With precise input from our members, users and standards organizations, UI is able to release a Roadmap that not only clarifies the future direction for open systems, but coalesces diverse open system technologies into a consistent, integrated approach. This Roadmap provides users with assurances that their open system technology choices will be protected."
 The 1992 Roadmap includes new product releases of the base operating system, as well as additional functionality that satisfy market requirements for transaction processing, systems management and distributed computing. Highlights of these new areas as follows:
 Operating System Technology:
 SVR4.1DT (Desktop) -- In mid 1992, USL will introduce
 a scalable, easy-to-install, use and administer version
 of UNIX System V tailored for the Desktop. It will
 feature a graphical user interface and desktop metaphor
 that allows users to directly manipulate icons on the
 screen to customize and control their environments.
 Compatibility with OPEN LOOK(tm), OSF/Motif(tm), XENIX(tm)
 SCO UNIX, and previous releases of System V ensure that
 end-users' favorite applications are available for the
 UNIX System V Release 4.1 Desktop environment. DOS and
 MAC application support is planned. Early access to
 members has been available since January 1992.
 SVR4.2 -- In the first half of 1993, USL will release
 a parallelized multiprocessing implementation of UNIX
 System V with a high-level Application Programming
 Interface enabling application developers to take full
 advantage of multiprocessor systems by applying
 parallel programming methodologies to speed up the
 performance of critical business applications.
 Security will be an integral part of this release as it
 will be built on UNIX System V Release 4.1 Enhanced
 Security base. Early access to UI members for this
 release has been available since January 1992.
 Add-on Component Technology:
 Transaction Processing Add-ons -- During 1992, USL
 will deliver two additional features for distributed
 transaction processing. These features include COBOL
 support for application development and a Stored
 Request feature which will allow application programs
 to schedule a transaction to be executed at a later
 time. In 1993, TP configuration support for thousands
 of users, OSI-based transaction processing support
 which provides standardized interoperability between
 diverse TP monitors, and additional CICS interoperability to
 allow transaction sharing between large IBM environments and
 UNIX System V-based systems will be made available.
 Distributed Computing Add-ons -- Based on UI member
 requirements for heterogeneous systems support as part
 of the UI-ATLAS directions, USL will make available
 support of the Open Software Foundation's Distributed
 Computing Environment (DCE) in the first half of 1993.
 In addition to providing DCE support, in 1993 USL will
 deliver enhancements to Open Network Computing (ONC) by
 providing enhancements to the industry standard Network
 File System (NFS) and the ONC Remote Procedure Call
 (RPC). Support for object management and new naming
 technologies will be delivered by 1994.
 System Management Add-ons -- In response to UI's
 System Management requirements, USL will deliver a
 complete object-based Distributed System Management
 Framework and five management applications (Backup and
 Restore, Print Services, Software Installation, Startup
 and Shutdown, User and Group Management). These
 components will be made available in the first half of
 1993. In 1994 three additional management applications
 are planned. These include Network Management,
 Software Licensing and Storage Device Management. This
 framework will offer compatibility with the recently
 announced technology intentions for the OSF Distributed
 Management Environment (DME) and will allow large users
 to simplify the management of many diverse systems
 across their enterprise-wide networks.
 "The maturation of the Open Systems industry demands that all technology and product suppliers spend more time listening to customers and addressing their requirements," said Roel Pieper, president and CEO of USL. "The UI Roadmap gives everyone in the information technology industry a great deal of insight into the technologies that will be delivered into the Open Systems marketplace."
 The third edition of UI's System V Roadmap was released to its members this week. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the 1992 System V Roadmap can contact UNIX International, 20 Waterview Blvd., Parsippany, N.J. 07054, 800-848-6495 or 201-263-8400.
 UNIX International is the not-for-profit international organization open to all parties interested in the evolution of UNIX System V and open systems. UNIX International membership, currently more than 260 strong, consists of system vendors, independent software vendors, system integrators, government organizations, end users and universities. Through its members, UI defines the future evolution of UNIX System V and the accompanying environments for the entire open system community.
 UNIX System Laboratories, Inc., headquartered in Summit, N.J., develops and markets the UNIX System V operating system and other Open Systems software, including the TUXEDO(R) Transaction Processing System, Open Networking Platform(R) OSI technology and the C++ Programming Language System, to the worldwide computer industry.
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 NOTE: OPEN LOOK is a trademark of UNIX System Laboratories (USL) OSF/Motif is a registered trademark of the Open Software Foundation UI-ATLAS is a trademark of UNIX International, Inc. UNIX, TUXEDO, and Open Networking Platform are registered trademarks of UNIX System Laboratories (USL) XENIX is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation X/Open is a trademark of X/Open, Ltd.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Payne of UNIX International, 201-263-8400, ext. 236; or Jack Jackson of Miller Communications, 617/536-0470 for UNIX/ CO: UNIX International ST: New Jersey IN: CPR SU:


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