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BETA Hot News IBM announces availability of OS/2 Warp 4. The Easiest Way to a Connected World

SCO Provides FREE UNIX System Licenses to Students, Educators and UNIX Enthusiasts around the World

Netscape and IBM announce development of native OS/2 version of Netscape Navigator

Rockwell introduces 56 KBPS High-Speed modem technology

SCO Provides FREE(*) UNIX System Licenses to Students, Educators and UNIX Enthusiasts around the World

In a move that empowers students, educators, and UNIX® system enthusiasts with free access to the world's most popular computing environment, SCO today announced plans to provide a free license to use its popular UNIX systems, including SCO OpenServer™ and SCO® UnixWare®, to anyone in the world who wants to use it for educational and non-commercial purposes. This bold move has far-reaching implications for the future of UNIX systems and marks the stunning public debut of SCO's stewardship of the UNIX system. It also represents the first time in 20 years that the owner of UNIX technology has provided the operating system free of charge to the public.

The availability of free UNIX system licenses begins with SCO OpenServer, followed closely by a free SCO UnixWare license. Free SCO OpenServer will allow students and UNIX system enthusiasts access to a high-end, commercial-quality UNIX product previously out of range. Professionals who use a UNIX system at work will now have an affordable means to continue learning about UNIX systems at home. Additionally, Free SCO OpenServer provides the ability to operate a home BBS or Internet browser.

Free SCO OpenServer is licensed for educational and non-commercial use. You can use it for learning about UNIX systems, developing software that you do not sell, or to run a personal web site. You may not use Free SCO OpenServer in your business or to support profit-making activities.

Alok Mohan, SCO's president and CEO, said, "This is only the second time in UNIX's 25-year history that the owner of the technology has made this offer. The last time this happened, a $60-billion-dollar industry was born."

The UNIX system was in its infancy when AT&T gave it away for free to colleges and universities to help them with research and development projects. Soon, thousands of students were learning to program on UNIX systems. After graduation, they took that knowledge into the corporate world building a $60-billion-dollar industry. The legacy of AT&T's gift to universities includes the Internet, the World Wide Web, multiprocessing, and much more. Today, the UNIX system is the software engine that processes trillions of dollars' worth of business transactions around the world. Probably no other operating system has had such an impact on the way people do business.

"SCO believes it is time to return the favor," said Mohan, "and deliver the result of more than 20 years of technical innovation back to educators and students worldwide. With the explosive growth of the Internet and the breadth of development tools for UNIX system available today, one can only imagine what this new generation will do with this open operating system platform."

ISV's will benefit because the number of SCO installations is expected to grow dramatically. There will also be a substantial benefit for SCO's IHV's because of the increased demand for peripherals and drivers that run with SCO UNIX systems.

Students will have an affordable opportunity to get familiar with a robust, commercial quality operating system. Having a copy of SCO OpenServer at home will allow them to complete homework assignments without having to schedule lab time. Additionally, they can setup a personal web site and generally experiment with a UNIX system.

Instructors will be able to include Free SCO OpenServer as a means to boost enrollment and standardize homework assignments. The ability to offer a more focused curriculum will allow professors to make more progress with their student base each term and thereby ensure their success upon graduation.

With Free SCO OpenServer users may obtain a license to use a fully functional, single user version of SCO OpenServer Desktop System, which includes SCO Doctor™ Lite and SCO® ARCserve® /Open Lite from Cheyenne®, and the SCO OpenServer Development System.

The SCO OpenServer Desktop System is an advanced, single user operating system for business-critical computing that delivers RISC workstation capabilities and performance on cost-effective Intel® processor-based platforms. The Desktop System integrates a powerful 32-bit, multitasking, X/Open UNIX system compliant operating system with integrated networking, graphics, and internet facilities.

The SCO OpenServer Development system is comprised of a set of state-of-the-art compilers, debuggers, application programming interfaces (APIs), and libraries needed to develop applications. The SCO OpenServer Development System can also be augmented by over 200 third-party development tools to create the most robust and efficient development environment.

SCO ARCserve/Open Lite from Cheyenne allows you to do simple, attended backup and intelligent restore for single devices. SCO Doctor Lite can be used for manual monitoring and performance tuning of a single server installation.

Free SCO OpenServer is ordered and licensed via the Internet. To order the media, or acquire a license to use, direct your Internet web browser to: You may place your order and receive a license in one transaction.

Free SCO OpenServer is licensed for educational and non-commercial use. The license is free of charge. The product media, if you need it, costs $19 (plus tax and shipping and handling). Prices may vary by geography.

If you require a commercial license, you may purchase SCO's full commercial product through authorized SCO suppliers. Please note that reinstallation will be required when you choose to upgrade from educational and non-commercial product.

To get your questions answered or learn more about the system, you may make use of a variety of no-charge online information services, including Usenet newsgroups, the SCOFORUM on Compuserve, software supplements available at and Also available are SCO "proactive" support services for which you may purchase a support contract to cover SCO OpenServer from your SCO support service provider.

SCO will offer Free SCO UnixWare in the near future, under the same licensing terms.

"Gemini" is the code-name of an SCO engineering project that will deliver next generation UNIX systems from SCO. It is the consolidation of the SCO OpenServer and SCO UnixWare product lines with significant enhancements to meet the demands for today's new generation of distributed computing environments. The Gemini platform is the successor to the SCO OpenServer and SCO UnixWare environments, as well as other SVR3 and SVR4 environments. It is also the SCO platform which will provide the easiest path to the forthcoming 64-bit UNIX System being co-developed by SCO and HP for the Intel Merced processor. SCO will release an educational and non-commercial version of Gemini as well.

SCO, The Santa Cruz Operation, the SCO logo, SCO OpenServer, SCO Doctor, and UnixWare are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. in the USA and other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited. Cheyenne and ARCserve are registered trademarks of Cheyenne Software, Inc. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of their respective owners. The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. reserves the right to change or modify any of the product or service specifications or features described herein without notice. This summary is for information only. SCO makes no express or implied representations or warranties in this summary. ©1996 The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

(*) You may obtain, free of charge, a license to use the SCO products contained on the Free SCO OpenServer CD-ROM under the terms and conditions specified in the software license agreement.

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Rockwell expands the applications for analog modems.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., (Sept. 10, 1996) -- Rockwell Semiconductor Systems today announced a new modem technology enabling internet connections at rates up to 56,000 bits per second across standard phone lines. Supported by leading internet communication equipment providers, the technology specifications will be submitted to appropriate standardization bodies in an effort to make the technology a world wide standard.

"This new technology gives web surfers the capability to connect to the Internet at almost double the average connection speed of today’s fastest analog modems," said Armando Geday, vice president and general manager, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems, Multimedia Communications Division.

Bridging the gap between current analog transmission rates and fully digital communication --such as Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)-- this new technology offers substantially faster speeds without requiring the added investment of installing digital, ISDN lines. To achieve up to 56 Kbps internet access, both end users and internet service providers must utilize modems that incorporate this technology. For consumers, this transition will be as easy as migrating from 14.4 Kbps to 28.8 Kbps modems.

By leveraging its expertise in standard analog modem products and building on existing industry technologies, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems is devising techniques for overcoming the limitations of analog connections to provide internet access at rates of up to 56 Kbps. Unlike traditional modems, which assume an analog connection between the users, this new technology takes advantage of the high-speed, digital connection to the telephone network that internet service providers and corporations already have. For example, when a home subscriber places a local telephone call to an internet service provider, in many cases, the only analog portion of the total connection is the short distance from the user’s home to the local telephone company central office.

Rockwell expects to demonstrate 56 Kbps transmission capabilities at the November, 1996 Comdex show in Las Vegas. Rockwell intends to introduce a family of modem chipsets implementing its new technology. For more information on Rockwell products, contact the Rockwell Literature Line at (800) 854-8099 inside the U.S., at (714) 221-6996 outside the U.S., or visit the Semiconductor Systems website.

Rockwell Semiconductor Systems is the fastest growing business segment of Rockwell. Based in Newport Beach, Calif., it comprises the Multimedia Communications Division and the Wireless Communications Division. The Multimedia Communications Division is the world leader in facsimile and PC modem devices for personal communications electronics. The Wireless Communications Division offers total system solutions for advanced cordless telephony and global positioning system (GPS) receiver engines and is developing products and technologies to address the Personal Communications Services (PCS) and wireless packet data markets.

Rockwell’s industrial automation, semiconductor systems, avionics and communications systems and automotive component systems businesses are leading providers of technology solutions to customers worldwide. The company has annual revenues in excess of $10 billion and employs more than 56,000 people.

Eileen Algaze (714) 221-6849

Rockwell Home Page | Contact Rockwell

© 1996 Rockwell International Corporation. All rights reserved.



MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., and AUSTIN, Texas (August 28, 1996) -- Netscape Communications Corporation and IBM today announced the development of a native OS/2, speech-enabled version of the Netscape Navigator client software for OS/2 Warp 4. The availability of a native OS/2 version of Navigator will broaden the scope of content currently available to OS/2 customers via the Internet.

Netscape Navigator for OS/2 is scheduled to enter beta testing by September and is expected to be generally available to end users in the fourth quarter, shortly after the launch of OS/2 Warp 4. The client will be downloadable at no cost from both the Netscape and IBM home pages to users of OS/2 Warp.

OS/2 Warp 4, IBM's new client operating system solution, will be available in September. Incorporating speech recognition software, and Sun Microsystem's Java technology, OS/2 Warp 4 offers users some of the industry's most advanced Internet capabilities. With 40 million users, Netscape Navigator is the most popular Internet client software. With the addition of OS/2, it will be available on 17 platforms, including Windows 95, Windows 3.1, Macintosh and popular Unix platforms.

"With built-in Java and Internet capabilities, OS/2 Warp 4 will become the ideal client solution as we move toward a network-based computing environment," said John W. Thompson, general manager of IBM's Personal Software Products division. "The agreement with Netscape provides our users with a leading Internet client that will include increased speech functionality currently unavailable with other operating systems. Netscape Navigator for OS/2 Warp 4 will enable users to surf the Web with a simple voice command."

"This announcement represents an important strategic agreement for both Netscape and IBM because OS/2 is an operating system that many corporate MIS managers count on today," said James Barksdale, president and chief executive officer of Netscape. "By building upon our strategic relationship with IBM, we are able to provide all the features of Netscape Navigator to more than 14 million OS/2 users. Our support for the OS/2 operating system reinforces Netscape's commitment to delivering cross-platform open systems software on 17 platforms."

Netscape Navigator for OS/2 will be fully speech enabled, supporting the speech navigation and recognition capabilities in OS/2 Warp 4. This will allow users to simply ask the computer to "jump" to a site on the Internet and subsequently move around within that site by talking to the computer.

"Netscape has shown that it can harness the native power of OS/2 Warp 4 and its voice recognition capabilities to extend and enhance its open platform Navigator product," said Tim Sloane, an industry analyst with Aberdeen Group. "By making a native OS/2 version of Navigator available to its customers, IBM is significantly expanding the number of Web sites accessible to OS/2 users."

Netscape Navigator 2.02, the most widely used version of Netscape Navigator, is currently being ported to OS/2 Warp 4 by Netscape and IBM, and is scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter. In addition, Netscape and IBM are jointly working on the development of native OS/2 versions of future releases of Netscape Navigator.

Netscape Navigator for OS/2 will be very easy to download, with the URL listed on the user's desktop once OS/2 Warp 4 is installed. A simple click on the icon will take the user to the IBM Web site where the Netscape Navigator client software can be downloaded. In addition, users will also receive the software necessary for access to the IBM Global Network in the U.S. at a rate of $19.95 per month for unlimited Internet access.

Netscape Navigator is an ideal tool for accessing information on the Internet, offering users a powerful, flexible and easy-to-use environment. With Netscape Navigator, OS/2 users will have a native, Java-enabled Web client and the features that have made Netscape Navigator today's most popular Internet client software.

Some of the features that will be new to OS/2 users include:

  • Support for Plug-in extensions that enable third-party developers and users to extend the capabilities of Netscape Navigator by allowing them to view and support various applications.
  • Frame support, which will allow users to specify multiple, independent, scrollable areas within a display window. Each frame can include a separate document and can be resized and linked to other documents.
  • Built-in JavaScript in Netscape Navigator, which extends and enhances the capabilities of HTML (HyperText Markup Language) documents and allows users to open and view live Java applets and applications.
  • Netscape's HTML-enabled mail and news applications, which allow users to send and receive dynamic messages.

In addition, OS/2 Warp 4 users will have Netscape Navigator's SSL encryption, point-and-click navigation, threaded discussion groups, file transfers, graphical user interface and other Internet services in a seamlessly integrated package.

Netscape Navigator will take advantage of the features of OS/2 Warp 4, including Java integration, which allows users to drag and drop Java applets from the Internet to their desktop, requiring only a voice command or mouse click to launch the applet. Netscape's products are based on open industry standards and protocols, and are compatible with the installed base of World Wide Web clients and services.

The first Intel-based PC operating system solution to integrate speech navigation and dictation as well as Java technology, OS/2 Warp 4 will be a leading client-based operating system solution in today's intranet/Internet environment. With OS/2 Warp 4, users can look forward to using the battle-tested engine they are familiar with in OS/2 Warp Version 3, with an improved user interface and easy Internet access. OS/2 Warp 4 will run in heterogeneous environments with enhanced hardware and software compatibility, offering users true cross-platform performance in a network computing environment.

Netscape Communications Corporation is a premier provider of open software linking people and information over enterprise networks and the Internet. The company offers a full line of clients, servers, development tools and commercial applications to create a complete platform for next-generation, live on-line applications. Traded on NASDAQ as the symbol "NSCP," Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain View, Calif.

IBM and OS/2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of IBM Corporation. Netscape and Netscape Navigator are trademarks of the Netscape Communications Corporation. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. All other product and service names may be trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners. Additional information on Netscape Communications Corporation is available on the Internet at, by sending email to, or by calling 415/937-2555 (corporations) or 415/937-3777 (individuals).

Netscape Communications Corp. Home Page | IBM Home Page

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