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November 22, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Altos Computer Systems Inc has chosen the latest model in its 80386based microcomputer line as the platform for its new operating system, a merged version of Unix/Xenix. Altos has been working on the operating system, called Unix/386, over the last few months, and reportedly contributed its code to Interactive Systems Corp and Microsoft Corp back in August the two are working to establish a Unix System V implementation that offers binary compatibility with Xenix applications running on 80386 based machines. Altos’ own version will be offered initially on the Series 1000 which is available in four configurations. It includes 80387 co-processor support, 2Mb main memory, 32Kb cache memory, and 80186based inputoutput controller. Also included are SCSI hard disk drive, floppy, eight RS232 ports and a terminal. Different configurations vary the main memory and hard disk capacity. The machine supports from two to 24 users, and in the US will be priced from $7,000 to $13,000 and Altos UK expects to release it early in 1988. Back home in the US, Altos says it will implement the new merged operating system on the Series 2000 early next year, when an additional top-end multiprocessor 80386 machine, the Series 3000, should also be revealed.

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