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Now Available: MKS X/Server - Get the Quality of Hummingbird Exceed at Less Than Half the Cost!
If you are currently using Hummingbird Exceed, or any other PC X Server, the new
MKS X/Server can save you money! For over 10 years, MKS has distributed the SCO
X/Vision PC X Server product to thousands of customers with great success.
Recently, MKS was able to acquire the source code rights to that X Server
providing us the ability to enhance the product significantly. In fact, we've
improved the product so dramatically we put our own brand on it. MKS X/Server
now matches the quality and excellence of Hummingbird Exceed. But here's the
best part, MKS is offering the product at less than half the cost of Exceed!
MKS has developed a program, the "Exceed Premiere Replacement Program" which
is designed to let you swap out Exceed at a cost that's less than the annual
maintenance on Exceed, even if you successfully negotiated a highly discounted
site license with HCL. Once you own MKS X/Server, you can enjoy ongoing annual
savings of up to 80% versus the cost of Exceed!
Also look for the newest version 8.1 which will be released mid-February
2007. Act now! This program provides you with the following benefits:
- An immediate cost savings versus your yearly Exceed maintenance
- Ongoing annual cost savings which could be as high as 80%
- Significant savings on any new PC X Server licenses you may need in the future
To request a no-charge full product evaluation copy visit:
To learn more about the new MKS X/Server and our special offer, please
Telephone: US 1-800-637-8034 or +1-703-803-3343 in the UK +44 1483 733923
Elsewhere in Europe: +49 711 351 7757522
Elsewhere in the World:
Improved UNIX Compatibility and Windows Vista Support with MKS Toolkit v9.1
MKS Toolkit v9.1, to be released mid-February 2007, demonstrates our continued
commitment to delivering solid new features while enhancing existing Toolkit
Along with full support for Microsofts newest operating system, Windows Vista,
9.1 will introduce unparalleled support for UNIX/Linux-style single rooted file
systems. Now more than ever, porting scripts and tools to the Windows
environment using MKS technology will make development a cinch!
Look for these other new features in the 9.1 release:
- Full Vista Support
- Updated Build Tools (i.e., gmake 3.81) with improved performance
- Single Sign On (SSO) Support in telnet and ssh
- Single rooted file system options with binaries in /usr/bin/ls
- MKS X/Server 8.1 (replaces XVision in TKIO and TKEDEV)
- Over 100 Bug Fixes
* Please note: With 9.1 release MKS will no longer support NT4 and ME
Are you ready for Windows Vista?
With the release of MKS Toolkit v9.1 in mid-February 2007, you will see that it
will install and work on Windows Vista. However earlier versions of MKS Toolkit
will not work. All customers will need to update to this latest release of MKS
All customers with a current PCS contract will receive an email with update
instructions. PLEASE NOTE if you do not have a current PCS contract for all
copies of MKS Toolkit currently in use, including MKS Toolkit and Runtime
licenses you will either need to update your current licenses (depending on when
your PCS contract expired), or purchase new licenses, as your current version
will NOT run on Windows Vista.
MKS is offering special pricing programs through April 15, 2007 to help in your
preparations for Windows Vista. For pricing options, please contact MKS directly
at 1-800-637-8034 or +1-703-803-3343 or via email at
Daylight Savings Time 2007 Changes
In August 2005, Congress passed an energy bill that included a change to
Daylight Savings Time. Beginning in 2007, DST will start the second Sunday of
March and end on the first Sunday of November.
MKS Toolkit products rely on the Microsoft Windows operating system timestamp
to support the DST changes. Thus, there are no changes required on our part to
make the MKS Toolkit products conform to the new rules. Information concerning
Microsoft Windows effort to conform to the DST transition can be found at:
NEW MKS Partners
TCB Technologies MKS is also pleased to announce the release of MKS X/Server
Japanese. This is a thoroughly reworked X Server with Japanese support and
translations. MKS, in partnership with TCB Technologies, has taken release 8.1
of the MKS X/Server and is releasing our Japanese version. The translation has
been done working with a new partner in Japan, TCB Technologies. TCB has been
the leading distributor of X Servers in Japan and is responsible for the success
of X/Vision in Japan. Since there was no longer support for X/Vision, TCB has
been working with MKS to ensure the future of X/Servers in Japan and will
continue to work with MKS in the evolution of our Japanese X/Server. More news
to come, so stay tuned!
Moonsoft Oy, Finland MKS is pleased to announce its partnership with
Moonsoft Oy, a Finnish company specializing in sales and distribution of
standard computer software to companies, academic institutions and the public
sector. Moonsoft Oy adds value in the process of helping customers select and
implement the right products and licensing program for their organizations.
Additionally the company provides services, support and tools to help customers
properly manage the complete software lifecycle task. For more information
MKS Webinar: Optimizing IT Processes in Retail February 8th, 2007
Presented by Sophelle
In this webinar, MKS presents its retail partner, leading IT consultant Sophelle,
a trusted partner for many top retail names in the Fortune 500. Doug Weich,
principal with Sophelle, will share his knowledge and experience in optimizing
retail IT and business processes for maximum effect, while introducing you to
ChainConnect, a simple and effective process and workflow management solution
built by retailers for retailers on the MKS Integrity platform. Attend this
webinar being held Thursday February 8th, 2007 at 11am EDT (10am CST).
To register visit:
See MKS at the OMNI User Technical Conference February 26th and 27th, 2007
We welcome you to come visit MKS in Booth #11 at the 19th Annual OMNI User
Technical Conference, The Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace,
Seven conference rooms will simultaneously offer educational sessions,
another will host a full track of technical hands-on lab sessions. Visit the
Vendor Showcase, featuring many of the best System i vendors around, and hear
from industry leading experts including the keynote address from Randall Munson
and a post-session cocktail reception with the closing keynote address from Bob Cozzi.
To register for the conference, or to learn more visit:
Visit MKS at Computerworld Premier 100 - March 4th - 6th, 2007
MKS encourages you to register for this year's Computerworld Premier 100 IT
Leaders Conference in Palm Dessert, California.
Stop by the MKS Booth #1 or attend our Workshop on Tuesday March 6, at
10:40am with our guest speaker Ajay Waghray, Verizon Wireless - Vice President
and Chief Information Officer. In this session, Ajay Waghray will share with you
the Verizon Wireless experience in consolidating 13 customer billing systems
down to one, enabling new levels of IT efficiency while enhancing customer
experience. Leveraging application and project portfolio management from MKS,
Verizon Wireless taps into real time metrics and dashboards connected directly
to the application lifecycle for informed and quick decision-making. Ajay
Waghray will share with you the Verizon Wireless experience in consolidating 13
customer billing systems down to one, enabling new levels of IT efficiency while
enhancing customer experience. Leveraging application and project portfolio
management from MKS, Verizon Wireless taps into real time metrics and dashboards
connected directly to the application lifecycle for informed and quick
Attend Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, the only executive
conference where you can hear from - and network with - Computerworld's Premier
100 IT Leaders and Alumni. They are a unique set of award-winning IT executives
with valuable lessons to share, advice you can gain, and relationships available
for you to foster.
Details & Registration:
MKS Toolkit Quick Tips
Q: Do MKS Toolkit porting products support links?
A: Windows NT 4.0 only supports hard links between files on locally-mounted NTFS
file systems. Trying to link files on any other type of local file system, or on
a network file system, will fail with errno set to EMLINK, specifying that the
maximum number of links to the file has been exceeded. Windows 9x/Me does not
Under Windows 2000/XP/2003, Toolkit implements soft links (symbolic links)
between directories on locally mounted NTFS 5.0 file systems, but soft links are
not supported by the other operating systems or other file systems.
Q: Can ported UNIX applications access files > 2G?
A: Yes, MKS Toolkit porting products use unsigned 32-bit file offsets to let you
access 4G for any individual file. NTFS on Windows allows files as large as 16
Exabytes (16 million Terabytes, specified by a 64-bit file offset). You will
have to use Windows APIs to access files larger than 4G.
Q: Do MKS Toolkit porting products support sockets? AF_UNIX sockets?
A: Yes, MKS Toolkit porting products implement the standard sockets API, based
on the native Win32 Winsock 2.0 libraries (this is standard with Windows
NT/2000/XP/2003, and distributed as part of the MKS Toolkit runtime components
on Windows 9x/Me). Toolkit sockets are semantically the same as UNIX sockets,
including support for out-of-band data and asynchronous I/O notification.
Toolkit does not, however, support the TLI or XTI networking APIs. MKS Toolkit
porting products supply a Winsock 2.0 service provider to implement the AF_UNIX
address family. Applications ported to Windows with MKS Toolkit for Enterprise
Developers should be able to make full use of the related API functions,
including the use of sendmsg() and recvmsg() for passing file descriptors
between applications. Native Win32 applications also can use AF_UNIX sockets,
although they cannot use sendmsg() and recvmsg().
To get more MKS Toolkit Tips visit our knowledge base at:
To see more on the Porting Guide visit: http://www.mkssoftware.com/docs/sg/#uwpg
To download the Resource Kit visit:
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