Santa Barbara, CA, December 9, 1991. MachTen - Unix software for the Macintosh - from Tenon Intersystems was nominated by MacUser magazine for the 1991 EditorUs Choice Award in the category of Best Connectivity Software. MachTen is being demonstrated at the Sun User's Group in San Jose on December 9. MachTen transforms Macintosh personal computers into a family of workstations with outstanding cost and performance characteristics. Bringing the power of Unix to low cost Macintosh hardware, results in as much as an order of magnitude cost reduction in client and server computing.
MachTen is Berkeley 4.3BSD Unix, built on a Carnegie Mellon Mach foundation Q not a Unix work-alike or derivative, but licensed AT&T software. MachTen extends the existing Macintosh software, rather than replacing it. With MachTen there is no need to partition your disk, add new device drivers, or disturb any existing Macintosh operations. MachTen allows you to continue to run off-the-shelf Macintosh programs while simultaneously running Unix programs. In addition, MachTen enhances MacOS with true Unix multitasking, full internet communications, and a distributed file system via NFS. The connectivity inherent in Unix turns the entire Macintosh family into an open system.
Tenon's MachTen Development System adds a powerful software development capability to Tenon's Unix for the Macintosh. Included in the package are the GNU C compiler and C preprocessor, the Motorola 68000 assembler, a loader, a symbol table utility, load module tools (ar and ranlib), a software management tool (make), a set of Tenon compiler libraries, a set of Unix libraries, a language checker and beautifier (lint and indent), lex and yacc. Among the libraries included are a MachTen Unix system call library, the curses library, NFS library support, termcap library support, and a math library that provides an interface to Apple's Standard Alpha Numerics Environment.
Future upgrades to the Development System will include a Macintosh Toolbox Library interface, C++, as well as support for Mach C Threads and the Mach RPC library. Planned enhancements for MachTen include an X client development environment, X server software, and System 7 compatibility in first quarter '92.
Tenon Intersystems, founded in 1989, is dedicated to integrating
client and server workstation system software with point-and-click directly
onto the rest of the computer industry.