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March 21, 1988

HAMILTON GROUP EYES RIVAL UNIX STANDARD

By CBR Staff Writer

Members of the Hamilton Group of vendors objecting to AT&T cosying up to Sun Microsystems in the field of Unix standards are taking the first positive steps towards producing an alternative Unix standard, hears Electronics News. The paper says that members of the group are looking to establish a university-based Unix development corporation, and have approached both Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as possible hosts. Two options under consideration are a non-profit development organisation, and a commercial company that would then contract development work to universities. In either case, work would be public domain. Output Technology Corp of Spokane, Washington launched a compact 600 lpm matrix line printer at the Hanover Fair: aimed at heavy-duty data processing department applications and at networking environments in the micro, mini and mainframe worlds alike, the OTC 2161 boasts a three headed print mechanism and uses a two-line-per-pass printing technique; it goes for UKP3,995 in the UK, $6,450 in the US, and is available from next month.

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