<LI>Mainsoft Corporation First To Address Market Demand For Applications On The
Linux Operating System
San Jose, California - In a move to dramatically accelerate the
expansion of business-critical applications available on the Linux platform,
Mainsoft Corporation, the leader in cross-platform solutions for the enterprise,
today announced it is developing a version of MainWin&reg; for the Linux
environment. MainWin is Mainsoft's Windows platform for UNIX operating systems.
MainWin allows software developers to re-host Windows NT applications on UNIX
leveraging one single source code for both Windows and UNIX systems.
The same MainWin technology that has been available for UNIX platforms will be
incorporated into the Linux product; to date, more than one million MainWin
licenses have been installed worldwide. As an extension of Mainsoft's product
offering, the MainWin for Linux strategy will initially focus on the Red Hat&reg;
Linux operating system with others likely to follow. In the coming weeks, a demo
will be available for download on Mainsoft's Web site at <A target="_blank" href="http://www.mainsoft.com">http://www.mainsoft.com</A>
and the commercial release is scheduled for end of Q1 2000.
&quot;The most popular applications, development environment, middleware, and
serverware software has not been available on Linux,&quot; said Dan Kusnetzky,
programme director of International Data Corporation's Operating Environments
and Serverware services. &quot;The absence of this software has slowed the adoption
of Linux both as a client and as a server operating environment. Solutions
making it possible to re-host this software without requiring extensive
retraining of developers or expensive and time consuming rewrites is an
important step towards considering Linux as a mainstream commercial operating
&quot;Our decision to move into the Linux marketplace has been customer and market
driven,&quot; said Yaacov Cohen, president and COO of Mainsoft Corporation. &quot;With
MainWin for Linux, companies will now have the technology required to re-host
Windows NT applications to the Linux platform. This supports our vision of
providing companies with the option to create software on the NT platform and
deploy it to multiple operating environments.&quot;
According to recent statistics, an estimated 100,000 applications run on the
Windows NT platform today. MainWin provides the leading technology
infrastructure for Independent Software Vendors (ISV's) and corporate IT
professionals to re-host Windows NT applications onto the UNIX and soon Linux
platforms. By utilizing MainWin, companies have the power to develop software on
the NT platform and deploy it to several different operating environments
&quot;We are excited to be in this unique position that allows us to be visionary
about our IT infrastructure,&quot; said Gabe Moretti, vice president of engineering
at VeriBest. &quot;With this solution, we are able to select the best
infrastructure-regardless of platform or compatibility issues-to meet our needs,
which means leveraging our investment in NT.&quot;
&quot;MainWin for Linux will contribute to the industry acceptance of Linux and meet
the growing demand for commercial applications,&quot; added Yaacov Cohen. &quot;ISV's
will now be able to tap into the growing Linux market in weeks, instead of the
months it usually requires to rewrite and test code before going to market.&quot;
MainWin puts the Win32 on UNIX and supports a full range of the Win32 API. This
is possible because of the WISE agreement with Microsoft where Mainsoft received
and incorporated several million lines of original Windows NT source code into
MainWin. This ensures that applications developed with C or C++ for Windows will
run on UNIX as it does on Windows NT. For example, some of the more compelling
business applications re-hosted to UNIX with MainWin include; Microsoft's
Internet Explorer; Microsoft's Outlook; Computer Associate's Unicenter and
Alcatel's X-Vision Enterprise.
International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that Linux commercial shipments
will grow faster than the total shipments of all other client or server OS
systems through 2003. Linux is strongly differentiated from virtually all other
operating systems because it is &quot;open source&quot; software, with the source code
freely available to all users. Unlike proprietary operating systems that
restrict access to the source code, Linux benefits from a worldwide community of
highly experienced programmers and technically savvy academics who have the
access to enhance and improve the system.
About Mainsoft Corporation
Mainsoft automates re-hosting Windows NT applications on UNIX and soon Linux
platforms. Mainsoft, founded in 1991 is privately held with its corporate
headquarters in San Jose, California, provides worldwide support for its product
lines. Mainsoft maintains sales offices in Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Washington
D.C., and London.
Mainsoft's flagship product, MainWin, allows Windows NT applications to be
re-hosted to UNIX. Mainsoft also offers several add-ons including Visual Source
Safe and Stingray Controls for UNIX. Mainsoft also provides Professional
Services Programs which feature Proof of Concept Labs and training courses.
Mainsoft products have created a dynamic market opportunity for ISVs
(Independent Software Vendors) and large corporations that require identical
Windows and UNIX versions of software.
Mainsoft customers include Fortune 1,000 companies, Independent Software Vendors
(ISV's), corporate enterprise software developers, government agencies, and
OEMs. For additional information on Mainsoft, call +1 408-774-3400 or visit
their Web site at <A target="_blank" href="http://www.mainsoft.com.">http://www.mainsoft.com.</A>
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