Tenon Unveils New UNIX For Power Macintosh

New POSIX-Certified Mach/BSD UNIX for Power Macs Now Available

Santa Barbara, CA, March 2, 1998. Tenon Intersystems is shipping a new version of its award-winning UNIX for Power Macs. Power MachTen 4.1 is a POSIX-compliant, BSD 4.4 UNIX, with a Mach kernel foundation, that operates in concert with the Macintosh Operating System. The new release includes a native fast file system, a validated Ada compiler, an enhanced suite of UNIX software development tools, including Objective-C and Java, and a high-performance X display and development environment. It also supports SUN's Network Information Service (NIS) and includes standard UNIX filesharing (NFS) and a full complement of UNIX networking services.

Power MachTen creates a full preemptive multitasking, multithreaded execution environment for UNIX applications. It shares the processor with MacOS, enabling standard Macintosh applications, including Virtual PC, to run simultaneously. Tenon has been shipping versions of UNIX for MacOS since 1991. Customers have used this unique software as a laptop UNIX on PowerBooks, as a UNIX software development tool to extend standard Macintosh development environments, as a vehicle to port UNIX and X applications to the Macintosh, and as a vehicle to integrate Macintosh desktops with enterprise-wide systems.

By licensing Tenon's UNIX libraries, developers have been able to bring sophisticated UNIX software to MacOS in the form of Macintosh applications. Because the underlying MachTen UNIX APIs are very similar to the core Rhapsody OS (Apple's next-generation operating system) APIs, developers, including Tenon, have used this environment to create Macintosh applications that run on MacOS today and later are easily ported to Rhapsody, by recompiling and extending the user interface.

Power MachTen 4.1 includes the latest Apache web server (version 1.2.5), with Tenon's supercache performance enhancements and Macintosh extensions. Power MachTen's Apache supports multihoming, using Tenon's built-in TCP stack or Open Transport 1.3, and caching proxy service. Tenon's Macintosh extensions to Apache enable it to support a wide selection of both Macintosh and UNIX plug-ins and CGIs. Also included is the latest sendmail 8.1 for multihoming mail, POP mail, BIND 8.1 for domain name service, and wu-ftp 2.4 for multihoming ftp service. MachTen is a multiuser system with remote login capabilities.

The new release supports a complete suite of GNU software develoment tools, including C & Objective-C (gcc), C++ (g++), Ada95 (gnat), Fortran77 (g77), and the gdb source debbugger. It also includes Java (kaffe), a suite of popular scripting tools (i.e., Perl, tcl/tk, MacPerl), popular editors (vi, emacs, BBEdit Lite, Alpha), and hundreds of standard UNIX applications and utilities.

The package includes a complete implementation of X11R6 with 24-bit color to enable the display of remote X applications, as well as the porting or developing of UNIX X client applications. An OpenGL option (sold separately) is pre-installed. Once customers purchase the unlocking script, they can display remote OpenGL X applications and develop OpenGL applications for MacOS or Rhapsody.

The native fast file system is implemented within a single Macintosh file. It provides a two to ten-fold performance improvement, depending upon what you are doing. Power MachTen runs with MacOS 7.x, 8.0, or 8.1 and is compatible with HFS and HFS+.

Power MachTen can be purchased directly from Tenon: /products/machten or as part of a G3 UNIX Workstation bundle from SciTech International /products/machten/g3/

About Tenon Intersystems

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". Tenon Intersystems can be reached in the US at 805-963-6983 or at ..

Keywords: Tenon, Macintosh, UNIX, Internet, intranet, MachTen, Apple, Ada, POSIX, Mach, BSD, G3 UNIX Workstation

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