A consortium of 17 – or 18, according to your source – Japanese workstation manufacturers, display manufacturers and software houses are lining up behind the X Window System and plan to make it the basis for a standard X Terminal for accessing Unix systems. Calling itself UWS for User-interface WorkStation, the consortium expects backing from makers of mainframes and non-Unix computers as well. The UWS Consortium will develop Japanese functions for X Terminal and expand it for general-purpose workstation displays. Initially the consortium will release specifications for a monochrome terminal to cost $2,400 and a colour terminal for $4,500, by the autumn.
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