UnixWare 2 Product Announcement Questions& Answers
1) What are the key enhancements in UnixWare 2 over
1. Fully multithreaded: UnixWare 2 operating
system, I/O subsystem, TCP/IP, NFS, IPX, and user level
threads, to dramatically increase performance and
scalability from small desktop machines to very large MIS
SMP servers. UnixWare 2 Application Server (AS) and
Personal Edition (PE) packages support dual-processor
machines "out-of-the-box," with the AS expandable to many
processors via simple Processor Upgrade kits.
2. Dramatically improved installation and
configuration.Installation routines have been
simplified, hardware detection automated, installation
over LANs is more flexible (TCP/IP or IPX), setup of
video monitors is graphical, and total install time is
3. Improved PC LAN integration. Single login to
UnixWare 2 and NetWare LAN, printer sharing from clients
to either UnixWare or NetWare servers, built-in NVT2 DEC
VT220 and Host Presenter terminal emulation for NetWare
clients, access to more LAN cards via the NetWare ODI
driver interface, NFS included in the Personal Edition.
4. Improved administration and management. Many
enhanced graphical administration functions, graphical
performance monitor and tuning, C2 Auditing included,
MIB II compliant SNMP network management agent in both
TCP and IPX networks, new Dynatext browser for on-line
documentation, dynamic start-up and shut-down of
processors in SMP configurations via the graphical
5. Expanded hardware support. A broad array of
Intel uniprocessor and SMP machines, including those
designed for the Intel MP Spec v1.1, Corollary CBUS II,
an other proprietary architectures. SMP platform support
is simplified by a Platform Support Kit (PSK) which
abstracts many interfaces and provides examples of
working code for different implementations. Many new
peripherals including ODI LAN adapters, high resolution
video cards, CD ROM drives, SCSI adapters, sound cards,
and many others.
2)What are the key competitive distinctions of UnixWare 2,
especially with respect to Sun's new release (i.e.,
Solaris 2.4 for x86) and SCO UNIX?
1. UnixWare 2 is easier to install and administer.
UnixWare 2 installation is very easy, intuitive, fast,
and flexible. The system can be installed from CD, Tape,
or over a LAN from a UnixWare OR NetWare(R) server running
TCP/IP or IPX. PC WEEK recently declared "We found this
operating system easier to set up than Windows 3.1."
More administrative functions are performed via the graphical
interface in UnixWare 2 than in the competition.
2. UnixWare 2 integrates better into PC LAN environments
and UNIX operating system that is best integrated with
NetWare. With TCP/IP, NFS, IPX, and other NetWare
functionality built-in, UnixWare fits well in either
environment and easily acts as an application server and
information bridge between UNIX TCP/IP environments and
3. UnixWare 2 runs many more applications. As the
next major release of the UNIX System V Release 4 (SVR4.2
MP) technology, UnixWare 2 is designed to maintain
compatibility with both SVR4 Intel UNIX and SCO UNIX
systems. This yields a catalog of more than 3,000
applications from nearly 1,200 vendors that will run on
4. UnixWare 2 offers greater performance and
scalability.UnixWare 2's multiprocessing technology has
been in development, testing, tuning, and optimization for
Intel SMP platforms since 1991, when it was originally
designed as SVR4 ESMP in cooperation with Sequent, Pyramid,
and other industry leading SMP platform providers. The
result is an operating system which offers outstanding
performance and scalability that will be demonstrated to
outperform the competition using industry standard
independent benchmarks in cooperation with our partners. As
an initial example of this power, Tricord Systems submitted
a Tricord ES/4000 running AIM 7 benchmarks on a pre-beta
version of UnixWare 2 last summer, and they were awarded a
"Hot Iron Award" for "Best Throughput in a File Server"
5. UnixWare 2 is better value for the money.
Integrated networking, better performance and scalability,
ease of installation and administration, and support for
thousands of applications, all translate into savings for
the customer in time to install and learn, reduced technical
expertise, freedom to choose multiple hardware and
application solutions, and protection of investment in
existing application and hardware environments.
3)How has NetWare integration increased, and what are the plans
for further integration?
A:Single login to UnixWare 2 and NetWare LAN, printer
sharing from clients to either UnixWare or NetWare servers,
built-in NVT2 DEC VT220 and Host Presenter terminal
emulation for NetWare clients, access to more LAN cards via
the NetWare ODI driver interface. During 1995, NetWare file
and printer sharing services and also the Novell Directory
Service (NDS) will be implemented on UnixWare 2.
4)Which customers have taken delivery of UnixWare 2?
A:UnixWare 2 began shipping to OEMs and developers in
December 1994. We are planning a series of separate
announcements with our OEM partners over the next few months
regarding their plans for UnixWare 2. The demand appears to
be very strong from large end user accounts who see the
multiprocessing capability providing them with a highly
scalable, very cost-effective application server platform.
5)Why is UnixWare 2 shipping 3 or 4 months later than Novell
announced last summer? (i.e., "UnixWare 2 will ship in
A:The English language version of the UnixWare 2
Application Server began shipping to OEMs and developers in
December 1994, as promised. Versions of UnixWare 2 for
other languages were always scheduled to ship in the first
quarter of '95. A lot of work is under way to prepare
Novell sales, support, technical training, distribution of
demo systems, Resellers, NAEC education courses, and fully
translated product in 5 languages (EFIGS),
to ensure a successful launch of the final red-box
distribution of the product via all Novell channels
worldwide in March, 1995.
6)When will the J Version be available?
A:We are actively working with Novell Japan Ltd. to
manage the production of the J product. It will ship within
a few weeks of the EFIGS products.
7)Why did you ship to OEMs first and the to the broader
distribution channel later? Was the product really ready?
A:OEMs generally require more time to ensure their
product configurations and sales and support
infrastructures. They are less dependent on Novell's
readiness in the traditional distribution channel. We are
working to make sure that we produce a product that can
address a worldwide market in multiple languages, that our
sales and support infrastructure is trained and ready, and
that education courses for Novell NAEC are ready, before we
begin broad distribution of the red-box product.
8)What is going to become of UnixWare 1.1? Will the product
still be supported?
A:UnixWare 1.1 continues to be a very effective solution
for many of our customers. We intend to continue to provide
support and maintenance updates for UnixWare 1.1 during 1995.
We have spent a lot of engineering attention to assure that
UnixWare 1.1 applications will run unmodified on UnixWare 2
to ease migration. We have also incorporated an upgrade
utility in 2 that preserves the UnixWare 1.1 system and data
files while replacing the 1.1 OS with UnixWare 2. We are
offering very attractive promotions to encourage customers to
migrate to 2.0.
9)What will be the target market for UnixWare 2? Who wants
A:UnixWare 2 is the ideal solution for businesses that
are currently considering proprietary UNIX or minicomputer
type systems but already have significant investments in
LANs and remote or branch office systems. Possible
configurations include rightsizing (application servers to
NetWare LANs), multi-user verticals and distributed
client/server applications running on high-powered
workstations. Scalability from workstations to large SMP MIS
is a key benefit of UnixWare 2.
10)Explain your claim that UnixWare 2.0 is the next generation
of SVR4 ?
A:UnixWare 2.0 is built on the UNIX SVR 4.2 MP kernel
which was released by USL
to OEMs in 1993. We have added significant networking,
ease of installation, and hardware platform support,
amongst other features, to
produce UnixWare 2.0.
11)What OEMs are signed up for UnixWare?
A:ICL, Unisys, and Compaq have all announced plans for
shipping UnixWare 2.
We are working with many other prominent Intel-based OEMs
that will be as
these partners are ready to make public announcements.
12)Will UnixWare 2 pass X/OPEN branding?
A:We have already passed X/Open XPG4 Base branding.
Most of the Spec1170 APIs have been implemented and this
work will be completed in 1995.
13)What is Novell doing to prepare the channels for this
product and the growing portfolio of Novell products?
A:Novell has long been the envy of the industry with
its leading reseller distribution channels. We are
actively developing and delivering training, support
material, demo systems, etc., to prepare for the broad
distribution of this product. We will be directly focusing
on developing VAR, system integrator, and reseller
relationships for UnixWare 2. In addition, UnixWare 2 will
receive much greater acceptance in the OEM and ISV
communities because of its increased performance and
14)What exactly is SuperNOS and what is the role of UnixWare
A:SuperNOS is a program to integrate NetWare, the
leading networking services platform, with UnixWare, the
leading application server platform into a single set of
modular, configurable software. The first step in the
process has already begun with NetWare technology being
integrated in UnixWare 2, including IPX/SPX and ODI device
driver support, and NetWare 4.1 implementing the same SMP
threads technology as offered in UnixWare 2. Subsequent
steps will involve integrating NetWare file and printer
and NDS with UnixWare and, ultimately, development of a
common, modular, microkernel based architecture capable of
supporting either NetWare or UnixWare services or both and
configurable by the user.
15)How does UnixWare(R) 2 deal with the Pentium(R) floating point
A:The best way for customers to remedy this problem is
to contact Intel to obtain a FREE replacement Pentium
processor. However, UnixWare 2 includes floating point
emulation as a user-selectable feature. This allows
customers who are unable to take advantage of Intel's free
processor upgrade offer to protect their applications
against the error. However, there is a small performance
penalty for executing floating point intensive programs in
memory when compared to the same function executing on the
directly. Novell USG will shortly be releasing a software
workaround as a fix to both UnixWare 2 and existing UnixWare
1.1 customers. This fix will allow floating point operations
to execute on the Pentium processor, while trapping and
correcting the error condition in the operating system in a
manner transparent to the application.
16)How will Novell support Pervasive Computing now with NetWare
and UnixWare and later with SuperNOS?
A:The network operating system will serve as the
foundation for Pervasive Computing. Today's product
offerings from Novell will continue to evolve and be built to
support the kind of network applications and services that
are needed for Pervasive Computing to become a reality.
NetWare will continue to evolve as the best-of-breed network
services platform and UnixWare will continue to evolve as the
best-ofbreed application server platform. Pervasive Computing
presents challenges not addressed by any offerings on the
market today. Novell's SuperNOS initiative directly addresses
those challenges. It will incorporate the best of what is
available today, including UnixWare, NetWare, and new
technologies. It will be a common code base for future
versions of Novell's operating system product family.
17)Will SuperNOS be available in source form to current UNIX
A:Yes. The UnixWare source program embodies some
components of SuperNOS today
(for example, APIs, core NetWare services). Novell will
continue to offer our system
OEMs the source level support they need to productize
SuperNOS on their hardware.
18)What common elements of UnixWare and NetWare will contribute
A:UnixWare and NetWare have common symmetric
multiprocessing, common ODI support, as well as support for
both SPX/IPX and TCP/IP. By the end of 1995, they will have
common management, security, and directory services. In
1996, they will be fully distributed, fault tolerant and
clustered. NetWare and UnixWare will be two separately sold
specialized personalities of SuperNOS.
19)How will UnixWare fit into and evolve to support pervasive
A:One of the key environments involved in Pervasive Computing is
corporate data processing. UnixWare directly addresses this
environment. It offers the best line-of-business
application server platform. UnixWare will evolve to be very
broadly scalable (including SMP), very highly distributed
(including clustering and microkernel technology), and with an
emphasis on reliability, availability, and serviceability
(RAS). It is cost effective as it runs on industry standard
hardware. As such, it provides much of the enabling technology
for Pervasive Computing.