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July 11, 1990

OPEN SOFTWARE FOUNDATION “STILL INTERESTED” IN LOCUS DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY

By CBR Staff Writer

And the Open Software Foundation is revisiting technology that was submitted for its Distributed Computing Environment Request for Technology but not included in its final selection. The consortium continues to be interested in the kind of remote execution or transparent computing facility offered it by Santa Monica, California-based Locus Computing Corp as part of the DECorum submission. The reason it was excluded from the decision, according to Gossels and his colleague, business area manager Marie Burch, is that the Locus solution needs to be embedded in the operating system and works only inlution needs to be embedded in the operating system and works only in homogeneous Unix environments rather than the heterogeneous operating system environments that the Distributed Computing facility is aimed at. The Foundation, however, still wants something along these lines that could be incorporated in a future dot release of OSF/1, Burch said. Therefore it is contacting concerns that covered this terrain in the original Distributed Computing Environment Request for Technology with an eye to further evaluations. It is unlikely a full-blown Request for Technology will be done but the Foundation says it is putting out feelers to make sure no one is overlooked. There are about six or eight organisations on its current list, it said, including Locus, the Research Triangle Institute, Chorus and the Hebrew University’s Mosix project. The Foundation also expects to issue its first Distributed Computing snapshot in about 10 days and should make at least part of its contemplated pricing schedule for the product available this month.

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