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Apricot Computers Plc has announced the Xenix System 8 and made it clear that it is serious about its Xenix offerings by setting up a new division it says will be dedicated to the distribution, development and support of Apricot Xenix. The System 8 is based on the 45Mb XEN-i 386 micro and the Edgbaston, Birmingham-based company says that it is capable of supporting eight terminals or Personals. It has 2Mb RAM, a high resolution monitor, ATE-style keyboard, eight serial ports and 20Mb external tape back-up. The system will be supplied as standard with Xenix 386 from Root Computers, the Rootmap user interface and the Root print spooler and a year’s free software maintenance. The entry price is around UKP6,999 shipping starts in April. The System 8 can be upgraded to the Apricot VX system, capable of supporting 48 users, when it is shipped in May. Apricot’s push into the Xenix market is a result of its opinion that Xenix-based systems will account for half of all multi-screen micro sales by the year end. To this end the Apricot Xenix Centres will be set up, headed by John Wilson in existing Apricot Business Centres: ones that have having Xenix or Unix experience will be awarded Xenix Centre status. Other resellers willing to make a commitment to training, investment and end-user support with reference to Xenix will also be considered. John Wilson intends to sign 50 centres during 1987.

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