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June 25, 1990

AT&T TRIES AGAIN TO DEFUSE INTERFACE WARS

By CBR Staff Writer

AT&T’s Unix Software Operation is currently working on an Open Look- and Motif-compatible application programming interface with the aim of defusing the interface wars – it was originally promised for a Unix User Show debut, and though it was no-where to be seen at Olympia, a version has been demonstrated to the Posix group working on interface standards. This will not be developed into a product, says the Software Operation, because apart from the technical difficulties, Posix is now veering towards a meta-solution to the problem where rather than some kind of merged toolkit, a higher-level specification may be defined, sitting above the toolkits.

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