Mac OS X Leopard Achieves UNIX 03 Product Standard Certification Open Standards Certification Strengthens Collaboration Across System


    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and
 technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global
 interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced that both
 Mac OS X Leopard and Mac OS X Server Leopard from Apple Inc. have been
 awarded a certificate of conformance to the UNIX(R) 03 standard. UNIX 03 is
 the certification mark for systems conforming to the latest UNIX product
 standard developed by The Open Group Platform Forum for the Single UNIX
 Specification version 3.
     This certification is significant as it further broadens the installed
 base of UNIX systems in the marketplace to include a popular desktop
 platform. In addition, Apple's UNIX 03 certification is a milestone for the
 UNIX certification program since Mac OS X is the first operating system
 derived from the open source BSD base of historical UNIX products to meet
 the certification requirements.
     The Single UNIX Specification is a set of open specifications that
 define the requirements for a conformant UNIX system. Operating systems
 that support the Single UNIX Specification provide a set of standard
 interfaces allowing the rich catalog of back office and other applications
 that comply with the specification to be easily ported between the
 compliant operating systems. With certification of Mac OS X, end users now
 benefit from such applications available on a range of certified UNIX 03
 systems available from major vendors, including Apple, Fujitsu, IBM,
 Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems.
     "For over ten years, the Single UNIX Specification has consistently
 provided both scalability and stability to end users -- one hallmark of a
 tried and true technology standard," said Allen Brown, president and CEO
 for The Open Group. "Operating platforms conforming to the UNIX 03 standard
 assures enterprises with industrial strength products, as well as an
 opportunity to avoid limited choice in vendor partnership. In achieving
 UNIX 03 certification, Apple has shown true commitment to its customers in
 providing open solutions that are warranted and fully supported."
     About The Open Group
     The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium,
 which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow(TM) that will
 enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises
 based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works
 with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is
 to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements,
 establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate
 interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate
 specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set
 of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to
 operate the industry's premier certification service. Further information
 on The Open Group can be found at

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