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Latest converts to the IXI Ltd graphical X.desktop manager are Unix distributor Microport Inc, Scotts Valley, California, which will bundle X.desktop with the graphic module in its version of Unix System V.4, and Pyramid Technology Corp, Mountain View, California, which will make the interface available on its MIPS Computer Systems Inc RISC-based MIServer T Series: Pyramid already has an agreement with Visix Software Inc to supply its Looking Glass desktop manager product. However, if UK firm IXI Ltd is serious about taking on Hewlett-Packard Co’s object-oriented NewWave environment with an object version of X.desktop, it is going have to follow the Palo Alto firm on all sorts of travels. According to US reports, Hewlett’s tie-up with Sun Microsystems Inc on object-oriented networking technology for Unix – the widely previewed Object Request Broker – has spurred the firm to broaden its horizons even wider, and it is now said to be planning Unix and OS/2 client versions of its Windows-based NewWave environment: it may even do a version for Apple Computer Inc’s System 7 Macintosh environment. First releases are planned for next year.

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