Santa Barbara, CA, October 14, 2002. Tenon Intersystems announced today that after December 31, 2002, they will no longer sell MachTen and MachTen CodeBuilder. The products are being offered on CD at closeout prices as long as supplies last. MachTen was first introduced in 1990 and was Tenon's flagship product for almost a decade. The concept behind MachTen was to strengthen Apple's operating system by enabling UNIX to live alongside of Mac OS - the strength of UNIX, the beauty of Mac OS. Because Apple's new operating system, Mac OS X, has the same underlying Mach/UNIX foundation as MachTen, Tenon announced last year that they were retiring their unique and well-respected UNIX for Mac OS. Support for these products will end on December 31, 2003, one year from the final sale date.
Tenon recommends Apple's new Mac OS X, for people that have G3s or G4s. However, for Macintosh users that have hardware that is not Mac OS X capable, Tenon's MachTen is a powerful tool that will put new life into an older Mac. Over the years, customers have used MachTen as a DNS server, an FTP server, a mailing list server, an NFS server, an AppleTalk gateway, a back-up system for Xerox Docutech files, and a development platform.
MachTen is a Mach/BSD UNIX that runs side-by-side with Mac OS, letting users continue to run Macintosh applications and giving them not only UNIX terminal windows on their Finder desktop, but also a dedicated X Window desktop. MachTen extends Mac OS with a family of dynamically linked shared libraries that create a UNIX virtual machine-based execution environment with pre-emptive multitasking. MachTen's native fast file system, running side-by-side with the Mac OS file system, removes Mac OS file system name length limitations and sizing restrictions.
MachTen contains a complete UNIX software development environment with a source-level debugger and C, C++, Objective-C, Ada95, Java and Fortran77 compilers all generating native PPC code. Because MachTen creates binary PowerPC Executable Format (PEF) files that can integrate directly with other Macintosh development tools, software developers can combine Macintosh debuggers and compilers with the MachTen tool suite to get the best of both the Macintosh and UNIX worlds. MachTen also includes internet scripting tools (Perl and tcl/tk) for web developers.
Power MachTen (for PowerPC Macs), Professional MachTen (for 68K Macs) and MachTen CodeBuilder (a subset of Power MachTen) come on CD with BSD UNIX source code and on-line documentation. Both Power MachTen and Professional MachTen are $99 and MachTen CodeBuilder is $49. Every MachTen or CodeBuilder CD will ship with a FREE Tenon T-shirt.
Founded in 1989, Tenon Intersystems is a leader in high-performance networking. Tenon technology has provided the framework for world-class networking on the Macintosh for over a decade. Tenon is continuing that tradition on Mac OS X. Tenon Intersystems can be reached in the U.S. at 805-963-6983, by the internet at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the web at http://www.tenon.com
Tenon has been producing innovative UNIX, X, and networking software for Apple platforms since 1989. Tenon provided the first multihoming TCP stack for Macintosh, the first Macintosh IP forwarding software, the fastest Macintosh X server, and the first Macintosh caching and proxy Web server. In 1991, Tenon's MachTen was a MacUser Editor's Choice Finalist for "Best Connectivity Software". In 1994, MachTen was selected by UNIX World's Open Computing magazine as "A Best Product of the Year".