Web interface makes Unix friendlier
August 19, 1999
by Alexandra Krasne
SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. (IDG) -- The Santa Cruz Operation Tuesday unveiled UnixWare 7 Webtop, a Web-based interface that lets you access a UnixWare 7 system and its applications from any Java-enabled browser.
Through the Webtop you can use UnixWare 7 applications even if you have no UnixWare 7 know-how. Webtop administrators will control which applications are available to users, who will get a custom set of programs. The Santa Cruz Operation announced the product at SCO Forum 99, its annual user conference here.
The Webtop is technology built into Tarantella, SCO's application broker product, which Web-enables applications on UNIX, mainframe, or Windows servers. The Webtop works with UnixWare 7 and "delivers the Web as the user interface," says Kristen Axline, SCO's director of business development.
"We're offering this as a customizable front end that we've done all the back end work on," Axline says.
The Webtop is available at no charge to UnixWare 7 users. Users of other flavors of UNIX can get Tarantella for $400 per user. IBM is offering its AIX customers a free two-user license for Tarantella, says Ray Anderson, senior vice president of SCO New Ventures.
With UnixWare 7 you can launch any application, click on a URL, plus if you're a nomadic computer user, you can sit at any Web-enabled device, local or remote, and access a custom interface to the server, Axline says.
When you log onto the UnixWare site, you see a menu of buttons in the Webtop launch bar. These buttons provide access to documents and applications. On one side are links to information about how to use Webtop, as well as information about other users on your system and other systems on your network.
Any customization or changes to the appearance of your Webtop must be done by an administrator.
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