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Enterprise Linux Today: Take a Letter, Rex! Applixware is Coming to System/390 Linux

Mar 19, 2001, 16:46 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Courtney)

"The Tyrannosaurus in your company's basement, unleashed by the System/390 Linux port, may soon take time out from its hunting and devouring to help with your word processing and spreadsheets. At the same time, mighty Rex will also help to dispel thoughts of extinction among users of Applix Office, one of the most popular Linux office suites. Peter Zimmer, Vice President of Marketing for VistaSource, says Applix Office is, and will continue to be, alive and well."

"VistaSource, the maker of Applixware Office, is being accquired by Parallax Capital Partners, and that pending acquisition has sparked rumors that Applixware Office could become a casualty. The latest round of rumors follow an earlier flurry when the company annouced that it was refocusing emphasis from the desktop to the enterprise. Zimmer, in a telephone interview, reaffirmed the company's commitment to Applixware and says that the name will change but the product is emphatically not going away any time soon. In fact, he revealed, the newly-renamed Anyware Office will become available on additional hardware platforms including the IBM System/390 and zSeries mainframes."

"Among the other companies on the Parallax portfolio is UTS Global, a software company with a long history of development on the S/390. Long before there was Linux for big iron, UTS Global created and marketed a full UNIX System V port for IBM mainframes along with a suite of development tools and utilities. The UTS version of UNIX has achieved a dominant position among Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) and the company in recent years has begun to move toward the Application Service Provider (ASP) market space, a natural direction for its telecomm and financial customers."

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