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OpenGroup.org: The Open Group Announces Public License for Motif

May 15, 2000, 13:02 (8 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Andrew Josey for this link. ]

"The Open Group, a vendor and technology-neutral consortium dedicated to enterprise integration, announced today that it is releasing the source code of Motif, using a public license, to the Open Source community."

"As the graphical user interface toolkit of choice on UNIX systems, Motif is the most successful technology available today for heterogeneous platforms," said Allen Brown, President and CEO of The Open Group. "We want to support the momentum of Open Source operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD by developing an Open Motif licence for use with Open Source operating systems."

"Supporters of Open Motif initiative include: Imperial Software Technology (IST) (www.ist.co.uk), Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) (www.ics.com), KL Group (www.klgroup.com), and Metro Link (www.metrolink.com)."

"ICS, the company that The Open Group has employed for over two years to support the Motif source code licensees, will also be supporting Open Motif. Mark Hatch, Chief Operating Officer of ICS commented "Customers of our Builder Xcessory PRO product, the industry leading user interface development environment for UNIX and Linux systems, have been waiting for the open source community to embrace Motif before initiating their ports to Linux. Today's announcement of Open Motif is key to getting Linux out of the backroom and onto the desktop running the business critical applications of the enterprise. Without a doubt, this announcement means more success for Linux in the enterprise."

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