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December 5, 1993


By CBR Staff Writer

At the Comdex show, Toronto, Canada-based Consensys Corp announced the availability of Unite – an ingenious product that the company claims is a direct conversion of the Unix System V.4.0 source code for Microsoft Corp Windows NT, in versions for Intel Corp, Digital Equipment Corp Alpha and MIPS Technologies Inc processors. Unite brings over 100 Unix commands, including yacc, lex, make and the Korn and Berkeley shells, over to NT they can be run from the NT shell and NT commands can be run from the Unix shell. The Windows interface is used (that’s why it’s only System V.4.0 and not System V.4.2), with a dialogue-box interface for each Unix command. On-line manuals are available as Windows Help. Consensys sales director Vas Rajevski said the target market for Unite was companies migrating Unix software to Windows NT, and Unix programmers developing for NT. It’s ready now, costing $400 for the base system, $500 for development tools, $700 for both base and development. RISCs cost – Alpha and MIPS prices are $100 more.

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