MKS Interoperability Times
Toolmakers Respond to Boom in Scripting
Article by Peter Coffee on eWeek.com
“Using scripting in the right parts of an application stack, to do the right
things, is a complex and subjective challenge of finding the right fit between
talents and technologies. Writing, debugging and testing scripts is a more
straightforward but nontrivial challenge of finding the right fit between
complexity and capability.
Toolmakers, recognizing the white-hot interest of system administrators and
applications developers in putting scripts to work in more tasks, are responding
with innovation and integration to create attractive script development
“…Scripting’s heritage is largely in the Unix space, but it becomes more
universal with the availability of products such as MKS Inc.'s Toolkit 9.0,
released in June, which hosts traditional UNIX tools on Windows and can package
a script as a Windows service (www. mkssoftware.com).”
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MKS Soon to Ship Signed Binaries
Starting with 9.0p2 we will be signing all binaries, including all executables
(and DLLs), cabinets, MSI (installer) files and self extracting installers. Once
the binaries are signed, any tampering will be detected and the signature
becomes invalid. This way customers can be sure that the binaries they install
are the same high quality, untampered, VIRUS-FREE binaries that left the
Features & Benefits of Code Signing:
An introduction to Code Signing:
Direct Rendering OpenGL for x64
MKS will soon be releasing the newest version of its high performance OpenGL
add-on for MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers. With this release not only do
you get Hummingbirds Exceed 2006 for x64 but also an MKS Toolkit ported OpenGL
library which supports direct rendering for easy migration of your high
performance UNIX and Linux graphics applications to the Windows 64-bit operating
The new HCL OpenGL add-on joins the tools and utilities, connectivity components
and Perl programming and scripting language which are already 64-bit aware or
true 64-bit components within the MKS Toolkit.
** Note: The HCL OpenGL 64-bit add-on is not available for Itanium platforms.
More info on MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers:
Partners Celebrating 10 Years with MKS
MKS is happy to announce the Ten Year Anniversary of several of its
International Partnerships. Mark Funt, MKS Vice President International & North
American Channel Sales, says “A strong distribution channel is absolutely
critical for MKS, as we deliver our solution to the global marketplace.
Additionally, the wide scope of tools available in the MKS Toolkit product line
has long since contributed to productivity gains in the Windows Environment.”
“Our alliances, he continued, “provide us with additional marketplace
penetration, wider coverage and increased flexibility to offer our customers the
most targeted solution at the best price.”
Nextcom – Japan – Aug/95
Nextcom (formerly Adamnet), a subsidiary of the Mitsui holding Company, has been
involved in the evolution of the MKS Toolkit for Enterprise (formerly NuTCRACKER)
adding language issues to the complexity of porting large applications. Among
Nextcom’s most notable accounts is Toshiba Medical who has ported a number of
imaging products to Windows. Several of Nextcom’s customers have been kind
enough to be the subject of case studies that are available at
www.mkssoftware.com. Nextcom is a reseller of all MKS Toolkit products and
highlights the need for a good partner group as they operate well out of MKS’
standard time zones. Visit:
Objectline – Paris France – Nov/95
The first International distributor of the MKS UNIX to Windows porting tool was
ObjectLine. Objectline made the decision early in 1995, when the market was
still undecided between Windows 95 and Windows NT (but still very strong on UNIX
), to provide the MKS solution to the French market. Major accounts include the
builders of the Air Bus and several network software firms. The professional
first line support of their engineers is a major contributor to their happy
customer base. “Thanks to its full integration and interaction with native
Win32, the use of a single source base across UNIX and Windows saves time and
money, and the ability to rapidly port complex applications is astounding,” says
Philippe Fery, CEO, Objectline. Visit: http://www.objectline.fr/
Scientific Computers GmbH – Nov/95
Scientific GmbH supports porting applications in Germany, as well as Switzerland
and Austria. A number of Scientifics’ accounts are in the imaging and scientific
instrument businesses and have also been distributing ported software for a
number of years. “Our long partnership with MKS has grown steadily and has been
very rewarding. Over these years we have seen significant development of the MKS
Toolkit product line, which has become a standard in its market segments. We
would like to thank MKS for a very good product and for excellent support (and
for a lot of very good sushi ;-),” says Markus Schindler, Sales Manager
Interoperability Products, Scientific Computers GmbH. Visit:
unilab – Paderborn Germany – Nov/95
unilab was created by a joint effort of Siemens Nixdorf and the University of
Braunschweig, offering innovative services and productivity enhancements, as
strategic partners in Information Technology (IT) markets. More than 10 years
ago, unilab Computersysteme AG established its business as System Integrator and
Software Supplier. The project’s success is based on tight collaboration with
customers and partners. unilab Computersysteme AG specializes in solving highly
complex tasks in the software market, including porting UNIX applications to
Windows NT/2003 and as well as development of complete software projects.
“MKS Toolkit has provided options and benefits to our customers for over 10
years. With the help of MKS Toolkit solutions, our customer’s can easily move
their UNIX applications to Windows platforms,” says Bastian Genius – Product
Manger, Toolkit Product line. “We are able to easily access remote UNIX, Linux
and Windows systems with a complete connectivity suite to provide our customers
with the best, possible support.”
Scientific Computers Ltd. UK – Nov/95
The decision to move into the UK market was a natural one. MKS selected
Scientific Computers based on their knowledge of the market and expertise in
UNIX and Windows. Together we have been involved in a number of notable accounts
including engineering, medical, financial and manufacturing companies.
“SCL and MKS have worked together to develop a mutually profitable relationship.
From the very start the management of both companies ‘pushed’ the sales engine
in the right direction to jump start the partnership and have been successfully
fine tuning the process ever since. We are looking forward to the next 10
years,” says Alan Hall, Managing Director, SCL. Visit:
Please DON’T IGNORE that PCS Renewal Email
PCS is the MKS annual support and
update program for all MKS Software. The key is with a current PCS contract you
will receive all patches, bug fixes, product upgrades, as well as technical
support. Without it, you won‘t receive any of these benefits! And, with the
changing environments we all work in, it is a very inexpensive option for you.
Our general approach is to remind everyone when their support is expiring about
45 days beforehand. This doesn’t always work since sometimes we don’t always
have your current contact information, but we try. Customers have until their
current PCS agreement expires to renew support. Once it has expired, we do offer
a process to update your software and get back on support, but it is much more
costly than continuing PCS. For example, an annual agreement for PCS on MKS
Toolkit for Developer is $80. To update a copy of MKS Toolkit for Developer a
month after PCS has expired, the cost is $280. Over a year, and it’s more
expensive and at the two year mark, you have to purchase new software.
So, when you get that email from MKS in North America or from one of our
partners elsewhere in the world, please don’t ignore it. Our full update policy
is found at: http://www.mkssoftware.com/support/updates.asp.
ATTN: MKS Software Inc, Fairfax, VA – is on the MOVE
Please take note that our
MKS, Fairfax, Virginia office is moving to a new location. We will be at our new
office space October 28, 2005. Our new address will be 12701 Fair Lakes Circle,
Suite #350, Fairfax, VA 22033. Our telephone +1 (703) 803-3343 and fax number +1
(703) 803-3344 remain the same. We are excited about our new office as it will
provide better functionality to better serve you, our customers! Please remember
to send your purchase orders to our new address starting October 28th.
MKS Toolkit Quick Tips
Q: What support for 64-bit Windows does the MKS Toolkit product line contain?
A: MKS has two different solutions for the 64-bit Windows operating system.
§ A 32-bit suite of MKS Toolkit commands and utilities which is 64-bit file
aware and contains a 64-bit
xterm, etc. all
support running 64 or 32-bit applications on 64-bit Windows.
§ MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-bit Edition.
MKS Toolkit 9.0 fully supports x64 Windows XP and Windows 2003 and Itanium
versions of Windows 2003.
Q: Is there a functional telnet, secure shell, xterm and rlogin service on
A: Yes. All MKS Toolkit v8.7 (and above) variants support both Win32 and Win64
Q: Which 64-bit Windows platforms are supported?
A: With the 9.0 release (July 2005), Windows XP x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003
x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 for Itanium. As new versions of Windows are
released, they will be validated and supported as appropriate by the next
current version of the MKS Toolkit product line.
To get more MKS Toolkit Tips visit our knowledge base at:
To refer to the Connectivity Solutions Guide go to:
To download the Resource Kit visit: http://www.mkssoftware.com/reskit/
Update to MKS Toolkit 9.0 Today!
The MKS Toolkit product family offers the most complete solution set for
portability, interoperability, user compatibility and adaptability of
applications in heterogeneous UNIX, Linux, Windows, and Web environments. The
MKS Toolkit product family addresses the needs of all developers and
administrators by delivering quality products, extensive support, and increased
functionality within multiple environments.
Features in 9.0:
For full details of our update policy go to:
To update today email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 1-800-637-8034, 1
703-803-3343, Europe +44 1483 733 933 or call your local distributor/reseller.
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