OSF Press Release Announcing Signing of CDE/Motif JDA

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Kristen Knotts

Sep 8, 1995, 3:00:00 AM9/8/95

To: OSF Motif Support Subscribers

From: The Open Software Foundation



An electronic mail news update for Motif Support Subscribers
from the Open Software Foundation (OSF)

CONTACT: Jack Dwyer
Open Software Foundation
(617) 621-7246
Email: dw...@osf.org

OSF Announces Formal Launch of CDE/Motif Project

Multi-vendor project to enhance and converge OSF/Motif and the Common
Desktop Environment

CAMBRIDGE, MA September 7, 1995 -- The Open Software Foundation today
announced the formal signing of the Joint Development Agreement for the
further enhancement and evolution of the Common Desktop Environment (CDE)
and OSF/Motif under the Open Software Foundation's Pre-Structured
Technology (PST) development process. The seven sponsors of the CDE/Motif
PST are Digital Equipment Corp., Fujitsu Limited, Hewlett-Packard Company,
Hitachi, Ltd, IBM Corp., Novell, Inc., and SunSoft, Inc.

The CDE/Motif PST is a cooperative, multi-vendor, development project. The
Open Software Foundation's PST process allows for existing technologies
from multiple vendors to be further developed and integrated into a
complete open system technology. The X Consortium has been designated as
the project's prime contractor.

CDE/Motif will continue the evolution of the desktop technologies necessary
to meet the expanding user requirements in such areas as On-line
Information Access, Printing, and Internationalization. A key objective of
the PST is to fully converge OSF/Motif and the CDE version of Motif into a
single development stream. The resulting PST technology will be binary
compatible with CDE 1.0.

Mr. Don Harbert, Vice President of UNIX Business Segment for Digital
Equipment Corporation said, "Digital is an enthusiastic participant in the
development of the next version of CDE. As a founding member of the Open
Software Foundation and the first vendor to ship a commercial version of
the X Window System, Digital recognizes the importance of standard user
interfaces and the importance of the PST process in developing code."

"Fujitsu is pleased to support the evolution of CDE and Motif technology,
both by contributing the Fujitsu OLIAS technology for a robust CDE Online
Information Access feature, and by improving CDE/Motif
Internationalization. Providing a common user interface over many different
hardware systems is critical to the future of Open Systems", said Mitsuru
Sanagi, General Manager of the Client Server System Strategy and Alliance
Division, Fujitsu Limited.

"As one of the original development partners for CDE and as a current
supplier of CDE technology in AIX, IBM is committed to enhanced usability
for our AIX customers," said Donna Van Fleet, Vice President for AIX
Systems Development, IBM RISC System/6000 Division. "Now, as one of the
sponsors of this new PST, we continue the enhancements to CDE that will
provide even more ease-of-use value for our customers, while maintaining
all the benefits of an open technology."

"CDE is important, industry-unifying technology and Novell is looking
forward to working with the other CDE/Motif sponsors to continue its
development," noted Don McGovern, Vice President, Operating System
Division, Novell, Inc.

"As chair of the CDE/Motif PST Steering Committee, SunSoft is pleased by
the active participation and strong commitment for this project. This
clearly underscores the strong industry support for open systems," said
Paula Sager, Vice President of Desktop Technologies, SunSoft, Inc. "We are
looking forward to working with our partners to deliver the best open user
environment available."

"We're excited that we are able to contribute to this important industry
initiative ", said Robert W. Scheifler, President of X Consortium.
"CDE/Motif combines premier desktop technologies and builds on what is now
a long line of products founded upon X. There is a lot of synergy between
the X Consortium's objectives and the goals of the CDE/Motif PST. Our
involvement as the prime contractor for this project is a logical extension
of that fact."

The base technologies for the CDE/Motif PST are CDE 1.0 and OSF/Motif 2.0.
On-line Information Access will include an SGML-based browser, the ability
to display and print SGML documents, full text search and retrieval, and
integration with the on-line help facility. Enhanced internationalization
capabilities will include the ability to display vertical text, support for
user defined characters, input method selection at run time, and an
on-the-spot input method capability. Print capabilities include a graphical
interface for print job submission, a single API for both display and
printing, printing support for Motif text and label widgets, help,
calendar, mail and the text editor. In the process, CDE/Motif will be made
thread safe and will include support for 64-bit architectures.

The output of this PST joint development will be a merged CDE/Motif source
package, a standalone version of Motif, and conformance tests for both CDE
and Motif. Upon completion, the conformance test suites will be offered to
X/Open for their branding purposes. Also offered to X/Open will be a merged
style guide for CDE and Motif, the Motif Drag and Drop protocol, and API
extensions to CDE and Motif.

The first deliverable of the CDE/Motif PST will be a maintenance release
for CDE 1.0 planned for the end of 1995. The schedule further calls for a
CDE/Motif snapshot to be made available to licensees in mid-1996, with
general availability of CDE/Motif scheduled for the end of 1996.

For more information on CDE/Motif, you are invited to contact David Knorr,
OSF CDE/Motif Business Area Manager, at +617-621-7227 or dkn...@osf.org.

The Open Software Foundation delivers technology innovations in all areas
of open systems, including interoperability, scalability, portability, and
usability. OSF has created a coalition of worldwide vendors and users in
industry, government and academia that leverage their economic investments
by working together to provide the best open systems technology solutions
for distributed computing environments. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA,
with offices in Brussels, Grenoble and Tokyo, OSF has more then 380 members


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