Arix Systems Corp, San Jose, California, said earlier this year that it was looking to appoint four regional distributors in the US by mid-year in a bid to re-vamp its distribution channels into a two-tier system. It has now announced the first: Microscience Corp of Atlanta, Georgia will sell Arete systems in 10 southeastern and mid-Atlantic states under a three year contract estimated to be worth UKP12m. Arix vice-president Mike Lambert says that negotiations with other dealers are progressing satisfactorily. We’re making progress, as will be evidenced in announcements, he reckons. In the UK the most recent Arix hardware will be seen for the first time at the European Unix Show at Alexandra Palace this week: the 128 user 825 and 256-user 850 systems are also be used by Fortune as the basis for its Formula 8000 systems.