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New Products

Tenon Ships Two Versions of Mach ten

Tenon Intersystems has begun shipping two versions of Mach ten: Personal Mach ten, Release 2.1, and Professional Mach ten, Release 2.1VM. With Mach ten, a Macintosh can be an X terminal, a UNIX Mach workstation, an X development platform, and a platform for standard Macintosh applications. Mach ten is a 4.3BSD UNIX with a Mach 2.5 microkernel. Both Mach ten packages include software development tools and the TCP/IP protocol suites, with file transfer, electronic mail, telnet, r-series, UUCP and SLIP communications, NFS client and server software for file sharing, and UNIX remote printer spooling for printer sharing. Mach ten TCP communications are supported across EtherTalk, LocalTalk, and Token Ring. Also, an expanded Control Panel lets users configure networks using a Macintosh-style dialog box.

Professional Mach ten, release 2.1 VM provides a demand-paged virtual memory protected environment for UNIX and Mach applications. The Professional software development tools include an ANSI-standard C compiler, a C++ compiler, a source debugger, lex and yacc, and support for Mach C threads and Mach ipc.

Mach ten X Windows software includes X client software, Motif libraries, and X server software. The Mach ten X Window Client software contains a set of X11R5 programming libraries, Athena widgets and utilities, and configuration files (the imake configuration system). Accompanying Motif programming libraries contain the Motif widget library and Motif window manager.

Mach ten X Window Server software supports user configurable X rooted windows, as well as rootless Macintosh and Motif-style windows with individualized window settings. Standard Mach ten cut-and-paste desktop operations conform to the X Consortium standard InterClient Communications Conventions Manual (ICCCM) which align X11 service requests with Macintosh cut, paste, and copy operations. The X server conforms to X11R5 and supports networked font servers as well as new X font formats, such as Portable Compiled Font. For more information contact Tenon Intersystems, 1123 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, (805) 963-6983; FAX: (805) 962-8202.

QNX Software Systems Announces QNX 4.2

QNX Software Systems Ltd. has announced an update of their POSIX, real-time QNX Operating System. QNX 4.2 includes an ISO 9660 filesystem, Client-Side Caching, and additional network connectivity. QNX 4.2 has also been optimized for the Intel Pentium Processor.

The ISO 9660 filesystem gives QNX 4.2 the ability to bring another guest filesystem to the QNX OS: besides supporting DOS files and its native filesystem, QNX can access media formatted according to the ISO 9660 specification. Another feature of QNX 4.2 is the Client-Side Catching (CSC). Just as disk caching boosts a file server's performance, CSC boosts the performance of diskless workstation, by memorizing the user's working set of files for immediate access. Quoting Rob Oakley, manager of QNX Research and Development, "This technique is easier to use than a RAM disk because the users doesn't have to do any special setup or maintenance." QNX's fault-tolerant and load-balancing technology (known as FLEET) supports Arcnet, Ethernet, Token Ring, and Xircom Pocket Adapters. In addition to being optimized for the Pentium, QNX 4.2 provides both 16 and 32 bit operating environments.

According to the company, the QNX OS offers executive-class real-time performance (8 microseconds per content switch on a 66 Mhz 80486) as well as a UNIX development environment. Each QNX development system includes a Watcom C ANSI C compiler. DOS support is available through the Rundos package, which lets MS Windows applications run in standard mode. For more information contact QNX Software Systems Ltd., 175 Terence Matthews Crescent, Kanata, Ontario K2M 1W8 Canada, (613) 591-0931; FAX: (613) 591-3579.

Hitachi Announces MOSAIC WORKS Directory Services

Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc. has introduced MOSAIC WORKS Directory Services, an e-mail directory synchronization software product line that uses the DX protocol, enhanced by Hitachi to over the Internet's Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) MOSAIC WORKS Directory Services allows network administrators to maintain a common e-mail directory across most UNIX, Macintosh, and PC-based local area networks.

MOSAIC WORKS Directory Services uses a server/agent architecture to automatically propagate directories across a herogeneous e-mail network. The server maintains all addresses in X400 O/R name format in the Master Directory Database, receives changes from agents, and routinely propagates changes to all agents. MOSAIC WORKS agents monitor local e-mail systems for directory changes, routinely converting changes to X400 O/R name format and sending the changes to the server. On receiving changes from the server, each agent converts the changes to its native format and updates its local e-mail directory. As a result, all e-mail end-users have transparent access to all e-mail addresses. Management capabilities include reporting, logging, a graphical map of the server and agents, access control, data recovery, and the ability to allow or deny address propagation.

The MOSAIC WORKS Directory Server runs on SPARC UNIX platforms and can support up to 10 e-mail agents. Directory agents are currently available for Novell's Message Handling Service (MHS), the UNIX Send Mail utility (SMTP), and Hitachi's X400 platform. Support for cc Mail, Microsoft Mail, and QuickMail will be added in 1994.

The MOSAIC WORKS Directory Server costs $2,495 for the Entry level, which supports 1,500 addresses; $4,995 for the Basic level, which supports 5,000 addresses; and $9,995 for the Enterprise level, which supports over 20,000 addresses. Individual MOSAIC WORKS agents cost $995 each. For more information, contact Hitachi's Network Products Group, 3101 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA, (408) 986-8770; FAX: (408) 980-9616.

Mark Williams Company Releases COHERENT 4.2

The Mark Williams Company has released COHERENT 4.2. COHERENT 4.2 which can run shrink wrapped PC UNIX software packages without modification and supports an X11R5 based X Windows window manager. Other features include: a user interface shell that helps novice users navigate through COHERENT's UNIX-like structures, a UNIX System V style print spooler, and support for SCSI and floppy tape drives. The announcement noted over 50 compatible third-party software packages, including WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3.

COHERENT 4.2 includes UNIX System V compatible features. These features include: hardware floating point support and emulation; UNIX System V R4 compatible STREAMS, a driver and communications services development package; UNIX SVR4 compatible interprocess communication functions; shared memory, semaphores, and messages; POSIX-compliant header files; and eight-bit curses, including support for color. Third party programming languages and development tools that run on COHERENT 4.2 include: Micro Focus COBOL, BBx Progression 4, Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates, NDP Fortran, Vitamin C, Codebase 5.0, Pro-C Lite, filePRO Plus, and Just Logic SQL.

An X11R5 implementation of X Windows is available for COHERENT 4.2. With X Windows on their COHERENT system, users can run multiple overlapping windows and graphics in an point and click environment. X Windows for COHERENT comes with a manual which contains tutorials on using X Windows, X clients, and X utilities.

COHERENT comes with 200 UNIX commands and utilities as well as an optimized C development environment. A 1-4 user version of COHERENT 4.2 is priced at $99.95 and an unlimited user version is priced at $299.95. X Windows for COHERENT is priced at $99.95. Upgrades pricing for current COHERENT users starts at $39.95. For more information contact The Mark Williams Company, 60 Revere Dr., Northbrook, IL 60062, (800) 636-6700; FAX: (708) 291-6750; email:

Structured Software Upgrades FacetTerm

Structured Software Solutions, Inc., has upgraded FacetTerm, a software interface that lets character terminals, AlphaWindow terminals, and Pcs access a UNIX host and run up to 10 simultaneous sessions. FacetTerm Version 3 includes Window Watch, screen lock, screen save, and zoom.

The Window Watch feature in FacetTerm Version 3 detects and monitors off-screen events, including the completion of a report running in another window, or the arrival of electronic mail. When an off-screen event occurs, Window Watch sends a visual and/or audible alarm to notify the user. Window Watch is configurable, letting users monitor activities within a file, those running in a different window, or watch for specific "strings" of information in other off-screen windows.

FacetTerm Version 3 includes a screen save function and a separate screen lock security feature that lets users lock their terminals without quitting work in progress. For Alpha Window terminals, a special zoom feature lets users take applications in and out of a full-screen display. These FacetTerm features are configurable for automatic start-up at login. FacetTerm supports screen print operations and copy-and-paste between applications, and lets a printer attached to the terminal serve as a shared device.

FacetTerm Version 3 is priced at $495. Current FacetTerm customers may upgrade to Version 3 without charge. For more information contact Structured Software Solutions, Inc., 4031 W. Plano Pkwy., Suite 205, Plano, TX 75093, (214) 985-9901; FAX: (214) 612-2035.

Cactus International Introduces Three Products

Cactus International has introduced three products, BRONSON v1.1, LP-MANAGER v1.9.7u, and SNOOPIT v1.4. BRONSON is a binary file editor for UNIX that lets users view binary files or hard disk partitions, displaying and editing the data in either ASCII Mode or Hexadecimal Mode. Features of BRONSON include: highlighting changes that have been made to data; scanning a file or disk partition for a string of ASCII or hexadecimal characters; GOTO, which lets users skip to any section of the file by specifying the number of kilobytes into the file; a browse-only mode; menu and command-line options; and support for "Disk Doctor." BRONSON can be used on a disk device raw partition to search for data patterns or section of files, or to find and correct corrupted filenames.

The second product, LP-MANAGER, is a Print Manager for UNIX. LP-MANAGER monitors printer and job status, and lets users change printer status; cancel, move, view, hold, or change the priority of a report; restart reports on any page; see the status, device, and number of outstanding print requests for a printer; and determine the owner, size, date started, and priority of a print request. LP-MANAGER can change the system default printer with one keystroke. Where needed, options have a tagging feature allowing the system administrator to tag printer or print requests. Reports can be viewed using standard editors.

A security, support, and training product, SNOOPIT v1.4 lets system administrators control the mapping of session displays to terminals, allowing viewing of user sessions, or of a single session on multiple terminals. SNOOPIT can save a session for later playback.

Prices for BRONSON, LP-MANAGER, and SNOOPIT are platform dependent and start at $285. For more information contact Cactus International Inc., 13987 W. Annapolis Ct., Mt. Airy, MD 21771, (301) 829-1622; FAX: (301) 829-1623.

AutoSystems Corporation Releases AutoSys 2.0

AutoSystems Corp. has released AutoSys v2.0, a batch job control system for distributed UNIX processing. AutoSys brings mainframe scheduling functionality to UNIX systems, providing job control with self-correcting functionality, centralized system-wide monitoring, and programmable error-recovery to support complex or routine batch processing, as well as system and database maintenance.

AutoSys schedules jobs based upon predefined job dependencies: time and date, including customizable calendars, or file arrival. AutoSys features include: batch queue functionality, dynamic load balancing, and job execution across heterogeneous networks with centralized control. AutoSys supports interdependent processing and complex branching logic. Related tasks can be grouped into jobstreams, and then managed and monitored as a single unit.

AutoSys incorporates restart and recovery features for tasks that normally require manual intervention. It can detect problems as they occur and take appropriate corrective action. Other features include alarm and monitoring capabilities and an open API which supports integration of alarms into existing notification systems. AutoSys is available on Sun, HP, IBM RS/6000, Pyramid, Silicon Graphics and NCR platforms. For more information contact AutoSystems Corp., 2235 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302, (800) 772-7979.

CSA Announces Three Product Research Databases

Contingency Strategies Associates, Inc. has announced three product research databases for security and contingency planning. The databases contain 1,100 backup, security and audit software, hardware, and service products. Each CSA planning tool and database addresses a specific aspect of security and disaster recovery support. The databases are available separately or as an add-on option to the CSA planning products. The product research databases include CSA's proprietary search system and are delivered on 3 1/2" diskettes. Product information includes functional descriptions, pricing, and support requirements, as well as phone numbers and addresses for contacting the vendors.

The three product research databases are: Block-B, Block-C, and Block-D. Block-B contains information and specifications on: hardware and software products supporting backup, security, data recovery, encryption, access control, and audit. Block-B also includes disaster recovery service vendors and is targeted for large-scale and mid-range computer systems. Block-C contains hardware and software products supporting backup, security, data recovery, encryption, access control, virus protection, and audit. Block-C is targeted for PCs and LANs. Block-D also contains hardware and software products for backup and security. Block-D is targeted for voice and data communication networks. Each database corresponds to one of CSA's disaster recovery planning tools.

The cost for each database is $95 if purchased separately, $180 for any two, and $260 for all three. The prices as an add-on option to a CSA planning product is $85 each. A free Contingency Information Kit that includes the CSA Presentation Disk will be sent on request. For more information contact Contingency Strategies Associates, Inc., 111 Simsbury Rd., Avon, CT 06001, (203) 674-1855; FAX: (203) 677-5947.

NIS Announces Support for Open Look and Upgrades ACCENT GraphicVUE

National Information Systems, Inc. has announced support for Open Look and an upgrade for ACCENT GraphicVUE. ACCENT STP is an Open Look to Motif source code translator for SUN developers who plan to migrate their applications to Motif and Common Desktop Environment (CDE). ACCENT STP will translate 80 to 100 percent of the C/C++ application source code produced by X View, OLIT, or Devguide GIL files, including header files, where equivalent paradigms are offered in Motif. The translated output will be recognizable Motif C/C++ source code. Features of ACCENT STP include: support for "drag and drop," the TTY widget, and internationalization support.

NIS has also announced that opening of the Open Look to Motif Migration Center, which offers assistance for converting X View, Devguide, and OLIT applications to Motif and CDE. Sun users can send up to five source code files to the Migration Center as a test case. The center staff translates the files, then the user can decide whether to use the center or convert the application at his/her site using ACCENT STP.

NIS has also upgraded ACCENT GraphicVUE. Features of ACCENT GraphicVUE v1.50 include: support for Open Look and Motif, multiple-directory files processing, Graneda enhanced graphics option, spreadsheet editing, networked license management through the FlexLM license manager, summary activity support, and Time-Now/Time-Remain schedule display.

Accent STP v2.0 consists of four optional modules ranging in price from $1,495 to $4,995. The Open Look to Motif Migration Center translates on a fixed fee schedule starting at $1,000. Pricing for ACCENT GraphicVUE v1.5 begins at $995. For more information contact National Information Systems, Inc., 4040 Moorpark Ave. Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95117, (800) 441-5758 or (408) 985-7100; FAX: (408) 246-3127; email:

Conner Announces Three Products

Conner Storage Systems Group has announced three products, Conner HSM 3.0, NetWorker 2.2, and DAT Internal Autoloaders. Conner HSM v3.0 is an upgrade of their hierarchical storage management system that manages both NetWare 3.x and 4.x servers. Conner HSM v3.0 supports transparent data recall of migrated, inactive data for DOS, Windows, OS/2, UNIX, and Macintosh platforms. Features of Conner HSM v3.0 include the ability to add multiple autoloaders and jukeboxes managed by the system, simplified installation, and elimination of the TSR programs previously required for file recall.

Conner NetWorker v2.2 is a backup and data management tool for heterogeneous Novell NetWare networks. Conner NetWorker v2.2 supports Novell NetWare 4.0, 3.11, and 3.12. In addition, NetWorker supports Novell's TSA for integration with Novell's SMS v1.0 and v2.0.

Conner DAT Internal Autoloader (model 4L-DATi) is a data management tool for unattended backup and recovery. Conner DAT Internal Autoloader is an internal flush-mount Digital Data Storage tape system that provides up to 16 Gb of data storage capacity with automatic hardware data compression.

Conner HSM v3.0 is priced at $7,500. Conner HSM v2.0 users can upgrade for free. The pricing for Conner NetWorker v2.2 begins at $750. For more information contact Conner Storage Systems Group, 36 Skyline Dr., Lake Mary, FL 32746, (407) 263-3500; FAX: (407) 263-3555.

AGE Announces PC X Server Version 3.0

AGE Logic, Inc. has announced XoftWare/32 for Windows, v3.0 and XoftWare/32 for OS/2, v3.0. Features of XoftWare/32 include a comprehensive network file manager utility with file transfer and local printing, a concurrent window manager mode for simultaneous use of both local and UNIX window managers, and interactive telnet client, and a Window-OS/2-based trace utility.

XoftWare/32 for Windows is optimized for the Microsoft Windows operating system and lets users concurrently access and display MS Windows, DOS, and network-based UNIX applications on the same PC. XoftWare/32 for Windows also includes a UNIX Print Re-route Utility, support for installation from a remote server, and 24-/16-bit color support. Network support includes IPX/SPX networks and serial communication.

XoftWare/32 for OS/2 lets PC users access and display network-based UNIX applications simultaneously with OS/2, Windows, and DOS applications. It also includes support for IBM's TCP/IP network software.

XoftWare/32 for Windows prices start at $395. XoftWare/32 for OS/2 is priced at $395 for a single user. Multi-pack pricing and site license are available for both products. For more information contact AGE Logic, Inc., 9985 Pacific Heights Blvd., San Diego, CA 92121, (619) 445-8600; FAX (619) 597-6030.

Qualix Announces Management Tool Bundle and Distributorship

Qualix Group, Inc. has announced a bundle of three network monitoring tools, which monitor networks at three levels: device management (KnockKnock v1.1); file system monitoring and troubleshooting (WireTap v1.1.q); and packet and protocol analysis (NetScope v.2.1). KnockKnock detects and reports network devices that are experiencing data loss. NetScope and WireTap are executable from the KnockKnock menu. WireTap examines the NFS response time, performance, and server efficiency. NetScope displays diagnostic network information for TCP/IP, IPX, and Appletalk protocols.

Another announcement noted that Qualix Group has been chosen by TidalWave Technologies, Inc. as the North American distributor for their high availability product, Watchdog FMS. Watchdog is designed to protect information services by providing monitoring, restart, and failover capabilities to a pair of UNIX-based servers. Plans called for Watchdog FMS 2.1 to have begun shipping in 1993 for the SunOS 4.1.x and Solaris 2.2 platforms.

Pricing for the bundled network monitoring tools--including KnockKnock 1.1 (fixed license), WireTap 1.1.q (floating license), and NetScope 2.1 (fixed license)--is $2695. The bundled tools are also available separately. For more information contact Qualix Group, Inc., 1900 S. Norfolk St., Suite 224, San Mateo, CA 94403, (415) 572-0200; FAX: (415) 572-1300; email:

Woodside Introduces FORTRESS 3.02

Woodside Technologies, Inc. has introduced FORTRESS v3.0 UNIX System Security Software. Features of FORTRESS 3.0 include: security checks, cryptographically secure RSA MD4 and MD5 file inoculation, support for the Motif and Open Look graphical user interfaces, and a "directory-trees" database editor which selects files for security protection. In addition, file-status and inoculation data are stored in DES-encrypted "protected files data-bases" to prevent access.

FORTRESS 3.0 security checks include: analysis of "trusted host" permissions granted through system files; detection of 50 operating system weaknesses that could be exploited by worms, hackers, or superuser privileges; detection of changes in system setup parameters including inetd.conf daemons and piped mail aliases; and detection of setuid and setgid files, unowned files, device files outside of /dev, and world writeable files whose permissions do not match a user-specified mask.

FORTRESS 3.0 is available for SPARCstation systems using the SunOS 4.1.x and IBM RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2. In the IBM RS/6000 version, the FORTRESS 3.0 file database tracks AIX-specific information such as Access Control Lists (ACLs) and the Trusted Computing Bit. FORTRESS 3.0 prices ranges from $495 to $795 per copy, depending on configuration. For more information contact Woodside Technologies, Inc., 474 Potrero Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086; (408) 733-9503; FAX: (408) 732-7335.

Programmed Logic Upgrades DTFS and HTFS

Programmed Logic has upgraded its DTFS and HTFS plug-and-play file system products for UNIX. DTFS, the Desktop File System, transparently compresses data before storing it on disk. HTFS, the High Throughput File System, uses transaction caching techniques to increase system throughput.

Features of DTFS 2.0 include: better compression ratios, multiple compression strategies, self-defragmentation, easier root file system installations. Features of HTFS 2.0 include UFS media compatibility and intent logging, which, according to Programmed Logic guarantees that the file system can be recovered to a usable state in seconds. DTFS 2.0 and HTFS 2.0 both include file recovery and versioning capabilities.

DTFS 2.0 and HTFS 2.0 are priced at $199 for single user and $499 for multi-user. Current users may upgrade to the new release for $99 for single user and $199 for multi-user. For more information contact Programmed Logic Corporation, 200 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873, (908) 302-0090; FAX: (908) 302-1903.

Raxco Upgrades Security Toolkit/UNIX

Raxco Inc. has upgraded its security assessment tool for UNIX systems. Security Toolkit/UNIX (STK/U) v3.0 offers a network-wide security summary of the specified hosts. A color-coded rating system lets users see whether any security problems were discovered. STK/U also provides numeric ratings for gauging improvements in system security. In addition, a "File Access" module has been added which lets system administrators display users having access to a list of user-specified critical files.

Features of STK/U v3.0 include: remote installation mode, modeless dialog boxes, lists of users with .rhosts and .netrc files, and host-level summaries and reports. Additional features let sites develop a baseline for their UNIX system security. Security Toolkit/UNIX v3.0 is priced between $250 and $9,790 depending on platform. For more information contact Raxco Inc., 2440 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 258-2620; FAX: (301) 670-3585.

Cobra Systems Introduces Multi-Protocol Network Print Server

Cobra Systems Inc. has introduced the Axis NPS550 MultiProtocol Print Server, which supports printer connections on an EtherTalk network, running any combination of TCP/IP, Novell NetWare, Lan Manager, Lan Server, or Apple EtherTalk protocols. The NPS550 provides flexibility in printer placement. With three separate printer ports, two high-speed parallel and one serial, the NPS550 concurrently supports TCP/IP, NetWare, Lan Manager, Lan Server, and Apple EtherTalk.

Protocols supported on the NPS550 include: UNIX, AIX, MVS, and DOS. Features of NPS550 include: string-to-string conversion, individual character or complete character set conversion, and ASCII to Postscript conversion. Also, the NPS550 handles accounting of printer usage.

For more information contact Cobra Systems Inc., 2555 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 216, Fullerton, CA 92631, (714) 525-2092; FAX: (714) 525-2581.