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November 30, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

The Archer group of Unix systems companies committed to following the AT&T Co route yesterday announced that they would form a company to further their common interest – but about all that was revealed was the name, Unix International Inc, and a list of 28 members, which excludes two that were in most of the original lists from Archer Group members, Micro Focus Plc and Motorola Inc. The name, Unix International Inc, appears to have been on the cards for some time (CI No 974), but is not the AT&T spin-off of its Unix activities that many were expecting. The new company, which which includes AT&T as a member with 28 other companies, will instead guide the future development of Unix System V. Apart from AT&T, the members are: Amdahl, Arix, Computer Consoles, Concurrent, Control Data, Convergent, Data General, Fujitsu, Gould, HCR, ICL, Informix, Intel, Interactive Systems, Lachman Associates, NEC, NCR, Oki Electric, Olivetti, Oracle, Prime, Pyramid, Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments, Tolerant, Toshiba, Unisoft and Unisys. Organising chairman, as expected (CI No 1,056) is Don Herman, a retired NCR senior executive who was founding chairman of the Corporation for Open Systems. No indication of funding as yet, but according to Herman, Unix International is seeking additional members. Originally scheduled as a worldwide satellite-linked launch, the announcement was instead very low-key, and no further details on structure, membership and operating strategy were given: these will now be given over the coming weeks.

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