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January 21, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

The Santa Cruz Operation Inc is now shipping its SCO Xenix System V for the IBM PS/2, and claims that Xenix 286 for the 80286-based Models 50 and 60, and Xenix 386 for the 80386-based Model 80, represent the first commercial shipment of an operating system designed specifically for the PS/2. Key point is that they take full advantage of the 80286 and 80386 microprocessors, providing true multi-user and multi-tasking and using full-memory protection. SCO Xenix 386 runs in native 32-bit, demand-paging virtual memory mode on 80386-based machines. 80286-based Xenix applications will run without change or recompilation on all three models. Xenix System V is a commercially enhanced, unlimited-user licensed, System V Interface Definition-conformant version of Unix System V, and was developed in collaboration with Microsoft Corp – but the PS/2 implementations were done primarily at Santa Cruz Operation’s European office in London. SCO Xenix 286 for the PS/2 50 and 60 is $695 for the operating system, $695 for the development system, $195 for the text processing system and $1,495 for the complete system. Prices on the PS/2 Model 80 are $795; $795; $195; and $1,695 for the complete system.

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