March 1, 2001

Open Motif now supports latest Linux 2.4 kernel distributions

Author: JT Smith

Mark Hatch writes, "Open Motif now supports latest Linux 2.4 kernel distributions."
Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS), the leading supplier of Motif products and support services, has released an updated version of Open Motif Everywhere. This new release includes numerous bug fixes and updates to the Motif libraries, clients and the demo source code, plus provides support for both Red Hat Linux 7 and SuSE Linux 7.1. The support of Open Motif Everywhere on SuSE 7.1, marks the first time this software has been supported on a distribution running the Linux 2.4 kernel.

The ICS distribution of Open Motif Everywhere is built from the official Open Group sources. It is the most widely available distribution of Open Motif supporting all major Linux distributions including Caldera (Intel), Debian (Intel), FreeBSD (Intel), Linux PPC (PPC), Mandrake (i586), Red Hat (i386, Itanium, Sparc, Alpha), Storm 2000 (Intel), SuSE (Intel), and TurboLinux (Intel).

"This latest release of Open Motif demonstrates our continued commitment to bringing Enterprise class tools to the Linux environment," said Mark Hatch, Chief Operating Officer of Integrated Computer Solutions. "The availability of Open Motif Everywhere accelerates the migration of Enterprise class applications and developers to Linux because it reduces porting costs and lowers the learning curve associated with moving to Linux.

Pricing and Availability

The latest ICS Open Motif binary and source packages are available for free download at ICS's Motif Community site, the MotifZone
( They are also available for $29.95 on ICS's Open Motif Everywhere distribution CD. The CD includes all the Open Motif source code (both standard and ICS enhanced), Motif developer and runtime binaries for Linux (Intel, Itanium, Sparc, Alpha, PPC) and FreeBSD (Intel), Open Group Motif documentation, and an evaluation copy of Builder Xcessory PRO (from ICS). The CD is available for purchase at or by calling 617.621.0060.

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 Integrated Computer Solutions

Founded in 1987, ICS ( was chartered to provide software development tools and training for developers working with the then emerging X Window System. Prior to the widespread adoption of Motif by the UNIX workstation vendors, ICS was the leading independent supplier of the Motif toolkit. In 1998, The Open Group chose ICS to provide technical support for its Motif source code licenses.

Today, ICS' Builder Xcessory PRO (BX PRO) is the market leader in Motif graphical user interface development tools. In its fifth major release and representing over 100 person 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, BX PRO was awarded the Editor's Choice award for the Best New Application for Software Development by The Linux Journal.

ICS sponsors the MotifZone (, a community site for Motif developers to gather additional knowledge and request input on technical problems from other engineers. The MotifZone hosts the Public CVS source code repository for Open Motif as well as the defect database.


Mark Hatch

Integrated Computer Solutions

617-621-0060 x108

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