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X/OPEN AND OSF AGREE TO INCORPORATE DCE INTO COMMON APPLICATIONS ENVIRONMENT

 X/OPEN AND OSF AGREE TO INCORPORATE
 DCE INTO COMMON APPLICATIONS ENVIRONMENT
 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- X/Open and the Open Software Foundation today announced a joint initiative to integrate the OSF's Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) specifications into X/Open's Common Applications Environment (CAE).
 The X/Open CAE is X/Open's specification set for open systems. A subset of these specifications, the X/Open Portability Guide (XPG), represents the basis for identifying open systems platforms and components through X/Open's test and verification program. The X/Open brand symbol, widely recognized by the technology industry, by governments and commercial users of information technology from around the world, is licensed for use in conjunction with products which have been registered as compliant.
 The integration of the DCE interface specifications into the Common Application Environment will expand the scope of the CAE to encompass a full distributed framework, with DCE as the base for open systems interoperability. OSF will continue to include DCE in its Application Environment Specification (AES) which covers all of OSF's technologies.
 "This agreement demonstrates how X/Open can work together with a complementary consortium to provide the industry with a fast response to user needs. It ensures that X/Open's distributed computing system interfaces describe a comprehensive environment which will not only support full open systems computing, but also support internetworking with existing PC and mainframe systems," said Mike Lambert, X/Open vice president and chief technical officer.
 "Since its inception, OSF has worked closely with X/Open, and we're pleased that our effective working relationship has resulted in this significant agreement," commented Jon Gossels, business area manager for OSF's Distributed Computing Environment. "The marketplace has recognized that our DCE technology is the most effective solution to the difficult problem of creating, using and maintaining applications in distributed, multivendor environments. Our joint commitment with X/Open will help further the progress of open systems initiatives."
 At the X/Open Xtra Congress, held in Washington, D.C. last November, OSF's DCE was highlighted as being important to the open systems user community. One of the user champions working on the issue of distributed computing was Terry Barrett of Bellcore (Bell Communications Research), who is also a member of the X/Open User Council Executive Committee. Terry said, "This agreement shows how effective the user community can be in asking for action on key issues. We are very pleased that X/Open and OSF have reached agreement on this critical issue."
 The specification for DCE will be published by X/Open in the same way as other CAE specifications. X/Open's goal is to make DCE interfaces components of the formal XPG specifications with the XPG brand being applied to implementations that are registered as compliant.
 X/Open, founded in 1984, is a worldwide, independent open systems organization dedicated to developing an open, multivendor Common Applications Environment (CAE) based on de facto and international standards. Specification of the Common Applications Environment is achieved through close cooperation between users, vendors and standards organizations worldwide.
 The Open Software Foundation is a not-for-profit research and development organization that supplies software to make computers easier to learn and easier to use, while also making them work better together. To accomplish this, the OSF has created a coalition of vendors and users working together to develop the industry's leading technical agenda and the software essential for
creating a comprehensive, open systems computing environment. OSF uses an innovative open process for finding and implementing the best technology from organizations throughout the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, the OSF has over 350 members and 280 employees worldwide.
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 NOTE: OSF and Open Software Foundation are trademarks of the Open Software Foundation, Inc.
 X/Open and the special "X" symbol are trademarks of X/Open Company Ltd.
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 /CONTACT: Eileen Coons of OSF, 617-621-8754; Michael Spring, 44-734-508311, or Dick Wood, 703-876-0044, of X/Open/ CO: Open Software Foundation; X/Open Company ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: JVN


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