Software Group Chooses Cambridge, Mass., as Base

The Wall Street Journal

August 23, 1988

BOSTON -- The Open Software Foundation, a consortium of big computer companies planning a standard operating system, chose Cambridge, Mass., as its headquarters.

The group, which includes International Business Machines Corp., Digital Equipment Corp. and six other computer makers, was launched last May to develop an alternative to the Unix operating system used by American Telephone & Telegraph Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc.

The group said it expects to have about 250 employees drawn from the eight participants, each of which has committed $4.5 million a year for three years to the project. It said it picked Cambridge after a three-month search because of its proximity to research universities and high-tech companies. Among the sites rejected were Washington, D.C.; California's Silicon Valley; Austin, Texas; and Pittsburgh.

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