FACT SHEET ON UNIX SYSTEM V RELEASE 4.2
EASE OF USE
- A graphical "point and click" desktop lets users make intuitive "drag
and drop" movements to accomplish all tasks, from printing a file by
dragging and dropping it on the printer icon, to sending mail, launching
applications and administering the system.
- Users can choose either OSF Motif or OPEN LOOK's* GUI look and feel,
depending entirely upon personal preference or internal corporate
requirements. Different users on the same SVR4.2 system can run different
- Adobe Type Manager is embedded in the operating system, giving users and
applications access to the world's leading scalable fonts. (Users can
install thousands of existing Type 1 fonts right off DOS Windows disks.)
- Support for common DOS and Windows emulation utilities has been built
into the kernel, providing high-performance DOS emulation under SVR4.2. In
addition, basic MS-DOS commands and operations to access DOS data disks are
- An optimized X Window System server provides fast window manipulation
and screen updates for all applications.
EASE OF ADMINISTRATION
- "Smart," interruptible installation routines know about common system
configurations and peripherals. Common functions, such as modem connection,
are pre-administered. Users answer a short list of questions only at the
beginning of the installation.
- Graphical administration let users "drag and drop" icons to install and
manage software packages. Printers, file and directory structures, network
connections, and users preferences/set-up are managed through icons and
- Dynamically loadable kernel modules let printers, disks and other
devices be installed while the system is running; no reboots are required.
This feature also reduces system RAM requirements, improving performance on
- Volume distribution to end users through multiple channels is expected
to make SVR4.2 the standard platform for clients and low-end servers.
- Shrink-wrapped SVR4.2 will be available to end users through Univel,
Inc., a joint venture of Novell and USL, and through other system software
- Source code, "master binary," and the shrink-wrapped Univel SVR4.2
product will be available to OEMs through USL, giving OEMs flexibility to
ship both standard low-end and enhanced mid-range and large system products
as their target markets dictate.
- Shrink-wrapped SVR4.2 from USL will be the same product as the one
shipped by Univel. Any Univel extensions developed to integrate SVR4.2 with
Novell NetWare will be available in binary form to OEMs through USL.
- Aggressive USL, Univel and UNIX International ISV programs are
attracting major applications, as well as device driver support for standard
peripherals and networking hardware, to the SVR4.2 platform.
- SVR4.2 fulfills all functional requirements set by UNIX International
for the UI Desktop Environment. SVR4.2 will be the code base for SVR4.2
ES/MP (Enhanced Security/ Multiprocessing), which will satisfy the
functional requirements for the UI Enterprise Computing environment. SVR4.2
ES/MP will combine SVR4.2 ease of use, administration, and security with
support for advanced multiprocessor architectures and applications.
- SVR4.2 is binary compatible with applications written for the Intel
Application Binary Interface for SVR4 and SVR4.1 Enhanced Security, as well
as with SCO UNIX System applications that conform to the Intel Binary
Compatibility Specification, Edition 2. SVR4.2 is source code compatible
with applications written for UNIX System V, SunOS, XENIX and the Berkeley
Software Distribution derivative.
- USL is working with other vendors, including members of the Open
Software Foundation, to ensure that SVR4.2 implements the OSF Application
Environment Specification (AES), unifying the UNIX System application market
from a software developer's point of view.
- Complete conformance to broad industry standards makes SVR4.2 a safe
choice for OEMs, ISVs, integrators and end users. Supported standards
include: POSIX 1003.1-1988, FIPS 1-151, X/Open Portability Guide Issue 3,
and the X Consortium's Inter-Client Communications Convention Manual.
DATA INTEGRITY, SECURITY, INTERNATIONALIZATION
- A new journaling file system provides startup times under 40 seconds,
high performance and integrity in I/O intensive applications, and protection
against damage caused by power interruptions or system shutdowns in the
middle of an application.
- SVR4.2 inherits the SVR4.1 Enhanced Security assured code base and
security readiness, increasing the quality and modularity of the code and
qualifying the new release for certification under the U.S. Government's
stringent B1/B2 criteria for government and commercial bids.
- Internationalization of the desktop metaphor, for which users can select
different input and system message languages, time, date and numeric
formats, and other conventions, makes SVR4.2 a global product. SVR4.2
supports 8-bit and multibyte characters, Extended UNIX Characters (EUC),
ANSI C internationalization enhancements, alternate date and time formats,
an extended internationalized curses library, XPG3 Messaging Facilities, and
STREAMS support for international input methods.
BINARY-READY, PORTABLE SOURCE CODE
- SVR4.2 extends modularity of SVR4.1 with isolation of processor specific
source code modules from the main body of common code. For the first time,
SVR4.2 will support multiple architectures from a single source tree.
- Repackaging of source code into foundation, utility and feature sets
lets vendors tailor and price system software offerings for specific
client/server and enterprise applications. New data compression techniques
reduce the size of the distributed binaries.
- A new OEM configuration kit makes it easy for vendors to build
application or solution-specific system software offerings from foundation,
utility and feature sets, and to add device drivers and other enhancements
to SVR4.2 binaries without recompiling the source code product.
- The SVR4.2 Intel port supports AT, EISA and MCA bus architectures and
peripherals. Source code ports for the SPARC and MIPS architectures are
expected to be available by the end of 1992.
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
- A new C Optimized Compilation System, Release 2.0, for the Intel
platform provides enhanced performance and object compatibility with C Issue
5. A new graphic debugger optimized for SVR4.2 takes full advantage of the
graphical desktop environment.
- The MoOLIT Toolkit allows developers to create applications that can be
dynamically switched to either OSF Motif or OPEN LOOK GUI, based on a user's
preference at run-time. ISVs can package and stock one application for both
- Availability of the Windowing Korn Shell (WKSH) extension that enables
rapid development of graphical applications using standard Korn shell
- The Application Builder, which is based on the Integrated Computer
Solutions,.Inc., Builder Xcessory interactive design tool, allows
programmers to drag and drop screen objects on a window to prototype the
look and feel of an application. This application development tool passes
code for the screen design to the MoOLIT Toolkit, dramatically reducing
application development time for both Motif and OPEN LOOK GUI applications.
DOCUMENTATION, SUPPORT, BRANDING
- New SVR4.2 courseware, available through USL Licensed Education Centers,
covers basic and advanced topics for users, administrators, software
developers, OEMs and distributors.
- New SVR4.2 documentation sets are structured to address new and advanced
users, administrators and programmers. In addition, there is a complete set
of reference manuals documenting every feature of the system.
- A new three-level technical support and assistance program offering has
been introduced for OEM customers.
- A new USL Branding and Certification Program will ensure consistent
implementations of SVR4.2 across multiple architectures and will establish
SVR4.2 as the standard operating system for advanced client/server
computing. USL will offer solution paths for prior UNIX System releases and
other products to attain branding and certification.
- The latest USL UNIX System information as well as a state-of-the-art
SVR4.2 support mechanism will be provided through the new UniLinx UNIX
system information network in 1993.
* UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and elsewhere, licensed
exclusively through X/Open Company Ltd. TUXEDO and UnixWare are registered
trademarks and Open Networking Platform is a trademark of Novell, Inc. Windows
is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. SunOS is a trademark of Sun
Microsystems. SCO is a registered trademark of The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.