January 30, 2001

GUI solution for Motif on Linux

Author: JT Smith

Mark Hatch writes " Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc. (ICS), the developer of BX PRO, the industry?s leading GUI builder for OSF/Motif® on Linux and UNIX systems, and Sitraka Software (formerly KL Group), the leader in Motif components and developer of XRT Professional Developer?s Suite (PDS), today announced a partnership that provides a powerful solution for developers working on mission critical Motif applications.

ICS has developed a kit that allows seamless integration of XRT PDS with BX PRO, providing a complete enterprise solution for UNIX and Linux developers. In addition to offering this integration kit, ICS has also entered into a Reseller agreement with Sitraka for XRT PDS. With this agreement, ICS can now offer the largest selection of Motif development tools on UNIX and Linux systems.

"This partnership is great news for Motif developers," said Mark Cranley of Sitraka Software, Business Development Manager for XRT. " The combination of XRT PDS and BX PRO can significantly enhance productivity in mission-critical application development environments that are increasingly using Linux as their platform."

"We surveyed our customer base and found that many were using Sitraka Software?s XRT products," said Mark Hatch, Chief Operating Officer for ICS. "In creating this integration kit, we are enabling anyone developing in our BX PRO development environment to be ultra productive, receiving full functionality from Sitraka?s XRT motif components. By reselling XRT PDS we are providing additional value by creating a single source for purchase and support."

Availability and Pricing
The integration kit for XRT is currently shipping for Linux (Intel), Sun, SGI, HP, Compaq, and IBM systems. It is included at no extra charge for XRT licenses and support purchased through ICS. It is available separately for $1,500/copy and includes 12 months of technical support.

More on Motif
Motif® is the industry standard graphical user interface, (as defined by the IEEE 1295 specification), used on more than 200 hardware and software platforms. It provides application developers, end users, and system vendors with the industry's most widely used environment for
standardizing application presentation on a wide range of platforms. Motif is the leading user interface for the UNIX® based operating system.

The Motif graphical user interface (GUI) toolkit facilitates the development of applications for heterogeneous, networked computing environments. By providing application portability across a variety of platforms, the Motif environment helps protect valuable investments in software and user training.

About ICS
Founded in 1987, ICS was chartered to create software development tools for developers working with the then emerging X Window System. The company's first product offerings included X training and a version of Motif for systems manufactured by Sun Microsystems. Prior to widespread adoption of Motif by the UNIX workstation vendors, ICS was the leading independent shipper of the Motif toolkit. In 1998, The Open Group chose ICS to provide technical support for its Motif source code licenses.

Today, ICS is the current market leader in Motif graphical user interface development tools, Builder Xcessory PRO (BX PRO). In its fifth major release representing over 100 person and years of effort, BX PRO defines a level of sophistication, functionality and ease of use that is unmatched in the industry. In November of 1999, the combination of BX PRO from ICS and Code Fusion from Red Hat Software was awarded the Editor´s Choice award by the leading Linux magazine, The Linux Journal, for the Best New Application for Software Development.

For further information on ICS, its products or services, call 617-621-0060, or visit the ICS Website at http://www.ics.com

About Sitraka Inc.
Sitraka (formerly KL Group) is a leading provider of reliable, innovative software solutions that enable enterprise IT organizations to leverage the power of the Internet. A division of Sitraka and a proven leader in the UNIX/Motif and Java marketplaces, Sitraka Software delivers products and solutions that accelerate the development, deployment, and management of applications. Sitraka Software products include: XRT PDS, the world's leading suite of Motif widgets; DeployDirector, a robust and scalable Java application deployment solution; JProbe Java performance tuning tools; and JClass Java components. Visit Sitraka on the Web at http://www.sitraka.com.

About XRT PDS

XRT PDS is the most complete and versatile set of Motif interface components available. Save yourself the time and effort involved in creating components from scratch. What's more, when you buy XRT PDS you'll get the 6 most popular XRT widgets for about half the price of buying each product separately. For more information on XRT PDS visit http://www.sitraka.com/xrt.

###Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
Sitraka, XRT, DeployDirector, JProbe, and JClass are trademarks of Sitraka Inc.
Builder Xcessory PRO is a trademark of Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc.
All other registered trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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