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UnixWare Frequently Asked Questions (General)

For more information about the files which make up the total UnixWare FAQ,
see the "FAQ Overview" file posted regularly on the Internet newsgroup


This is the General section of the UnixWare Frequently Asked Questions file
maintained on the Internet. Its maintainers are Evan Leibovitch and Andrew
Josey. Questions G12-G17 were kindly contributed by Geoff Galitz.
Suggestions and contributions are always welcome.

The General section covers general aspects of UnixWare not covered in the
other sections of the FAQ be subdivided in the future if necessary.

This document and the other FAQ files may be found on the world wide web at

This document may also be obtained by anonymous ftp from the freebird
archive at


Small print: This file is Copyright 1997-1998 Permission is
granted for copying for non-commercial use. Many proper names of companies
and software mentioned in these files are trademarks of their respective
owners. All views are those of the individual contributors and not of their

This FAQ contains the following questions and answers:


G1) What is UnixWare? Is it really SVR4 based?
G2) Where can I purchase UnixWare?
G3) How much does UnixWare cost?
G4) What industry standards does UnixWare support?
G5) What versions of X11 and Motif are supported? What about CDE?
G6) What's in UnixWare 2.1?
G7) What are UnixWare's hardware requirements?  Does it run on a PC?
    How can I find out hardware compatibility?
G8) What is the current release/version of UnixWare?
G9) What's new in UnixWare 7?
G10) How is UnixWare 7 packaged?
G11) What networking support is included in UnixWare 7 ?
G12) What's the difference between Unixware 7 and Unixware 2.1x?
G13) Do I need to recompile my OpenServer apps for Unixware 7?
G14) Will my Unixware 2 application work on Unixware 7?
G15) Will my OpenServer binary applications work on Unixware 7?
G16) What the heck is this OSRCMDS thing?
G17) What about specific Applications on UnixWare 7, such as Wordperfect,  
     Informix, Oracle, MicroFocus COBOL, and  Cleo SNA Server
G18) Are there anonymous ftp or web server sites with UnixWare archives?
G19) Where can I get online information on UnixWare?
G20) Where can I get a hardware compatibility list for UnixWare?
G21) Where can I find a driver for [accelerated graphics card]?
G22) Is there a UnixWare user's group?
G23) Does UnixWare support multiprocessing?
G24) Does UnixWare function as a NetWare server?
G25) Can UnixWare run Linux binaries ?
G26) Are there any books I can read/purchase about UnixWare?



Subject: G1) What is UnixWare? Is it really SVR4 based?

UnixWare is one of SCO's UNIX operating system offerings (transferred from
Novell to SCO on Dec 6th 1995), combining UNIX(R) System V Release 4.2
for 80x86 processors (including Multiprocessors)  with NetWare client
connectivity (and NW Server in UW2.1), DOS Merge, Motif, support and
documentation.  It provides a graphical user interface based on the
X11R5 windowing system, and is capable of running Unix, DOS, and/or
Windows programs. The most recent version is known as UnixWare 7.

Some History....

UnixWare, first released in November 1992, was the product of a
jointly-owned venture, named Univel, between Novell and Unix System
Laboratories (USL, then 77% majority owned by AT&T).  In June 1993,
Novell completed its acquisition of USL and, by extension, Univel.
USL and Univel were folded into the Novell Unix Systems Group
(USG, the namesake of an earlier group by the same
name at AT&T).

UnixWare 2 and 2.1 were developed by the same team (formerly
at 190 River Road, Summit, New Jersey, then Florham Park, NJ)
that worked with Sun Microsystems to create UNIX(R) System V Release 4.
UnixWare 1.x was based on the UNIX(R) System V Release 4.2 kernel completed
by USL in July 1992 , and UnixWare 2.x was based on the UNIX(R) System V
Release 4.2MP kernel completed by USL in December 1993.

In September 1995 Novell announced it was pulling out of the UNIX(R) business
and that the UnixWare business would transfer to SCO Inc. The transfer
completed on December 6th 1995.  Future development of UnixWare 2 will be
done by  SCO now at Murray Hill in New Jersey, USA.

The UNIX trademark, previously owned by AT&T and then deeded to USL,
passed to Novell with the acquisition of USL.  After a brief period of
negotiations with rival Unix vendors Sun Microsystems, Santa Cruz
Operation, International Business Machines, and Hewlett-Packard,
Novell granted exclusive licensing rights to the UNIX trademark to
X/Open, now part of The Open Group, an international Open Systems industry
standards organization.  The UNIX trademark is now owned by The Open Group
for Q&A's on X/Open UNIX and the branding programme); the industry
agreed definition of UNIX (branded as UNIX95 previously "Spec1170") is a
set of over 1,000-odd applications programming interfaces (APIs) drawn
from the following standards:

  IEEE Portable Operating System's Interface (POSIX) 1003.1
  AT&T's System V Interface Definition SVID3
  X/Open's XPG4 Version 2 interface specification
  "Use-based" APIs drawn from an assortment of third-party vendors

The Open Group has now made a HTML translation of the Single UNIX
Specification on the world wide web (see

UnixWare 1.x and 2.x are or were UNIX 93 branded (SCO seemed to
drop the 1.x release off the register). UnixWare 2.1.1 and later
are UNIX 95 branded, that is are conforming to the Single UNIX Specification.

X/Open maintains an online list of branded products.

A summary of some of the key features of UnixWare (taken from follows:

   32-bit processing with a fully-multithreaded kernel and preemptive
   Based on the latest version of UNIX SVR4.2 MP multiprocessor technology
   Asynchronous I/O
   Kernel, disk I/O and networking protocols are multithreaded for optimal
   performance and scalability
   User-levels threads APIs for writing multithreaded applications
   Dynamically loadable modules including device drivers, file systems, etc.,
   to optimize memory utilization and performance
   Adheres to POSIX 1003.1, X/Open XPG4 Base Profile Brand, FIPS 151-2,
   UNIX System V ABI, ABI+, SVID 3, iBCS2 and X Consortium ICCCM
   Point-and click, drag-and-drop GUI
   Clock, calculator, text editor, e-mail and terminal emulator
   Online hypertext documentation and help facility
   OSF/Motif 1.2.3 GUI for desktop and applications
   Support for X-Window X11R5 facilities, including bit-mapped fonts
   Adobe Type Manager plus 13 Adobe Type 1 scalable fonts (uses standard DOS
   and Adobe fonts)
   Intuitive installation procedure from CD-ROM or QIC-tape or via network
   Graphical system and network administration tools
   Support for UNIX commands, interfaces and utilities such as Bourne shell,
   ksh, csh, vi, tar and cpio
   Full internationalization:English, German, French, Japanese, Italian and
   Spanish versions available

The list of features from Free SCO UnixWare (currently 2.1.2) is as below:

       The Free SCO UnixWare product is a license to use the
       fully-functional single-user version of SCO UnixWare Application
       Server -- an advanced UNIX operating system that turns
       industry-standard Intel processor-based PCs into high-end
       workstations and development system platforms. In addition to
       traditional UNIX System facilities and development tools, the
       Free SCO UnixWare product includes Internet Services and full
       TCP/IP networking. Internet Services includes everything you need
       to quickly get up and running on the Internet or Web. Free SCO
       UnixWare product allows you to explore the Internet and publish
       your own Web pages using Netscape Navigator Gold  3.0. It also
       allows you to run your own personal Web server using Netscape
       FastTrack Server  2.0. All of this is facilitated by the fast and
       reliable transport provided by enhanced PPP from Morning Star
       Technologies. Additional networking capabilities include IPX/SPX
       , NFS , DNS, SMTP and POP.

       The development system provided with Free SCO UnixWare product
       includes C and C++ compilers, a complete set of libraries and
       APIs, debuggers, and other tools for code development and
       testing. Use of this software is solely for educational and
       non-commercial use to enable the evaluation and understanding of
       SCO products.

The latest version of UnixWare is known as UnixWare 7. This
was introduced in March 1998.
See for a factsheet.

Subject: G2) Where can I purchase UnixWare?

Since December 6th 1995, UnixWare can be purchased through the SCO
reseller channel.

To order SCO UnixWare in North America, call the following number:

        1 800 SCO UNIX     (1 800 726 8649)

For outside of North America, call:

        +44 1923 816344

Free UnixWare can be ordered directly from SCO
The current media costs are USD $19 (or #12.26 UK pounds).
Be sure to specify you want the UnixWare - I ordered it yet
received SCO OpenServer :-).

During the next quarter its expected that a free version of UnixWare 7
will be made available.

Subject: G3) How much does UnixWare cost?

As above, Free UnixWare costs USD $19-

We have no data on the other costs, contact the number above.

Subject: G4) What industry standards does UnixWare support?

UnixWare 1.x

UnixWare 1.x supports the following formal and defacto industry standards

   X/Open Portability Guide Issue 3 Base Profile (XPG3)
   System V Interface Definition Issue 3 (SVID3)
   IEEE Std POSIX 1003.1-1990 (ISO 9945-1) [UW1.1.1 and later **]
   US Govt. FIPS 151-2 [UW1.1.1 and later formally certified]
   X/Open UNIX 93 branded

UnixWare 2.x

UnixWare 2.x supports the following formal and defacto industry standards

   X/Open Portability Guide Issue 4 Base Profile (XPG4)
   System V Interface Definition Issue 3 (SVID3)
   IEEE Std POSIX 1003.1-1990 (ISO 9945-1)
   US Govt. FIPS 151-2 (2.01 has been certified to GTI, MC, MFS and AP)
   Partial IEEE POSIX 1003.2-1992 support (commands)
   Partial XPG4 X/Open Transport Interface (XTI)
   X/Open UNIX 93 branded
   X/Open UNIX 95 branded (2.1.1 and later)

Looking at standards trends (as of Dec 96) UnixWare lacks completes
support for:
POSIX 1003.1b-1993 Realtime (was P1003.4) and
POSIX 1003.1c-1995 Threads;  of these Threads is probably
more needed than Realtime at the moment.

UnixWare 7 claims the same level of standards compliance
as UnixWare 2.1.2 , i.e. still no pthreads or realtime support.
It does include better internet support, in the form of built
in http/ldap servers, a JVM and JDK, improved networking support.

Subject: G5) What versions of X11 and Motif are supported? What about CDE?

X11 Support (graphical display system)

UnixWare 2 currently supports the X11 graphical system at release 5
(complete with the standard X11 libraries and window managers). However,
an unsupported release of X11R6 (as well as updated graphic drivers) are
available in the freebird archive.

The X11R6 server supports PEX, XIE, SHAPE ,MIT-SHM, Multi-Buffering,
DEC-XTRAP, XIE, SYNC and XC-MISC extensions.

The X11R5 server supports SHAPE, MIT-SHM, Multi-Buffering, XTEST,


Motif libraries and the mwm window manager are shipped with UnixWare. The
current version of Motif is 1.2.3. Also included are the MOTIF/OpenLook 
(Moolit) libraries and window manager.

CDE (Common Desktop Environment)

Although UnixWare 2 out-of-the-box doesn't support CDE directly, UnixWare
2 is "CDE-ready". This allows third parties to provide CDE functinality for
UnixWare 2.     One such company is TriTeal (see

UnixWare 7 adds builtin support for X11R6 and CDE. Its not clear
from the blurb what version of CDE and Motif are supported.

Subject: G6) What's in UnixWare 2.1?

A white paper describing UnixWare 2.1 can be downloaded from

You'll need a PDF viewer -
Binaries for 7 UNIX platfforms including UnixWare are available on has the freely available
acrobat reader for Microsoft Windows and other platforms too.

The html version is on

Subject: G7) What are UnixWare's hardware requirements?  Does it run on a PC?
    How can I find out hardware compatibility?

Yes, UnixWare runs on PCs.  The necessary hardware configuration for
installing and running UnixWare is:

* A personal computer running an Intel 80386 or higher processor
  with a minimum speed of 25MHz.
  The ISA, EISA, and MCA bus architectures are supported.
* A minimum of 8MB RAM for the Personal Edition.
* A minimum of 12 MB RAM for the Application Server.
* A minimum 80MB hard disk for the Personal Edition.
* A minimum 120 MB hard disk for the Application Server.
* A minimum 40MB if you have a second hard disk (optional).
* A 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch diskette drive for booting UnixWare.
* A serial, bus, or PS/2-compatible mouse is recommended, but not required.

Evan Leibovitch ( notes that, while UnixWare does not
absolutely require a 3.5" diskette drive, it is a practical necessity
in real world usage.  Many useful/necessary packages only come on 3.5"
media.  He adds that the 1.1 release supports the new 2.88MB format
3.5" floppies for those machines which support it.

Eric Raymond used to post in the Usenet group comp.unix.pc-clone.32bit
a guide to hardware compatibility for Unix versions that run on
Intel-based hardware.  While not specifically devoted to UnixWare, it
was handy for discussions of the difficulties that may be encountered
in installing Unix on PC hardware.  Unfortunately, nothing has been
heard from Raymond in recent times and, while you can probably find a
copy of the last version of the pc-clone hardware guide in the archives, the information therein is getting more dated
by the minute.

SCO maintain a set of Web pages that provide an Online
Hardware Compatibility Handbook. The UnixWare2 information is
integrated into that. This is available at:

The freebird project also maintains a set of web pages where UnixWare
users can register their hardware configurations:

Subject: G8) What is the current release/version of UnixWare?

The latest release of UnixWare is UnixWare 7.

The latest FREE release is UnixWare 2.1.2.

The last version of UnixWare 1.x is release 1.1.4.
The last version of UnixWare 2.0x is release 2.03.

Subject: G9) What's new in UnixWare 7?

Much of the following is taken from the SCO Web site
at .

SVR5 Kernel

* Large scale memory support up to 64GB
* Large scale data storage with built-in disk spanning. 1TB
  files/filesystems and total storage of up to 76,500TB
* Dynamic kernel with reduced per process memory and self-tuning for maximum
* 64-bit filesystems, development tools and libraries

Heterogeneous Network Computing

* Network User Licenses for automatic user access to all services at a
  networked site (or campus), irrespective of the server that provides them

* LDAP directory server, DHCP server, multi-link PPP and IPv6 APIs for
  enterprise wide connectivity

* Scalable Message Store with support for IMAP4 for local, remote and mobil
  mail services

* Optimized Java and JDK for web-enabled applications

* Webtop, CDE or character-based interface

Remote and Centralized Management

* Tarantella technology for complete remote control via browser-based
  administration from anywhere
* SCOadmin Wizards, new graphical configuration managers and point-and-click
  management using the console or via networked or dial-up connections
* Host Group Management for one step management of multiple servers
* Built-in SCO ARCserve/Open from Cheyenne Backup/Restore with automated,
  unattended operation

Reliability and Fault Tolerance

* Hot Plug PCI systems
* High Availability Clustering
* Dynamic Kernel Drivers with device independent driver instances that can
  be disabled, loaded/unloaded and enable system reconfiguration without
  bringing it down
* Hot Swap Devices

Emerging Hardware Support

* Video adapters with advanced graphics capabilities; new audio hardware
* Fast Ethernet, FDDI and ISDN for high speed connectivity
* Multipath I/O, I2O, Hot Plug PCI, SSA and support for Fiber Channel
* High Speed Modems and Serial communications up to 115K
* Hot Plug Controllers and Disk Drives for live adding/replacement of

Subject: G10)How is UnixWare 7 packaged?

Unixware 7 now packages the OS into five separate bundles as follows:

Enterprise Edition:

For high-end enterprise servers to run large-scale business applications
and databases for decision support and on-line transaction processing.

Departmental Edition:

For departmental servers in medium or large organizations to run
applications and reliably share business critical information with any client
including PCs, NCs, terminals and any Java-enabled browser client.

Intranet Edition:
An industrial strength intranet/Internet server for enterprise wide web
publishing and is an ideal foundation for e-commerce, extranet and Internet

Messaging Edition:
For departmental and enterprise-wide Internet mail and messaging
servers with powerful and reliable remote messaging capabilities, universal
client access and simplified administration via built-in directory services.

Base Edition:
A solid foundation for building dedicated or specialized server
environments, such as telecommunications equipment and other embedded
systems. It also excels as a powerful graphical workstation.

                    Base        Departmental Enterprise  Intranet   Messaging
System Requirements
Memory (Min/Max)    16/512MB    32MB/4GB     32MB/64GB   32MB/4GB   32MB/4GB
Disk Space          500MB/1GB   500MB/1GB    500MB/1GB   500MB/1GB  500MB/1GB
Graphics            800x600 VGA 800x600 VGA  800x600 VGA 800x600 VGA800x600 VGA
(Recommended Min)

Subject: G11) What networking support is included in UnixWare 7 ?

(I= included) [source =]
                    Base        Departmental Enterprise  Intranet   Messaging
Networking Support

TCP/IP w/ Internet  I           I            I           I          I
utilities, IPv6

Multilink,          I           I            I           I          I
Multidomain PPP,


IPX/SPXII           I           I            I           I          I

NetBIOS             I           I            I           I          I

NetBEUI             w/AFPS      w/AFPS       w/AFPS      w/AFPS     w/AFPS

SNMP (MIB II)       I           I            I           I          I

LDAP                I           I            I           I          I

ISDN, Fast Ethernet I           I            I           I          I
(100MB, FDDI)

NFS, NIS            I           I            I           I          I
Mail and Messaging
Sendmail            I           I            I           I          I

IMAP4, POP3, SMTP,  I           I            I           I          I

Graphical and       I           I            I           I          I
Character Clients

Netscape                                                 I          I
Communicator 4.0

Netscape FastTrack  I           I            I                      I

Netscape Enterprise O           O            O           I          O
Server 3.5
w/Indexing engine,

Netscape Directory  O           O            O           I          I
Server 3.5

Subject: G12) What's the difference between Unixware 7 and Unixware 2.1x?

A real description of the difference is, uh... not written up yet. See
G9 for a general description of what's new.
The answers you may be looking for are:

UW7 is the Latest Version of UnixWare.

UW7 includes integrated OpenServer functionality.

The UW7 kernel has been rev'd to Release 5.  That makes UW7,
UNIX System V, Release 5 (SVR5) (that's marketing for you:-).

If that doesn't satisfy you, try these on for size (thanks to

UW7 has optional support for up to 64Gb of RAM

UW7 has support for up to 76800Tb of disk

UW7 supports Multi-Path I/O which gives built-in SCSI HA redundancy
support with commodity SCSI HA's

UW7 has Hot-plug PCI card support (where supported by the hardware)

UW7 has I20 support

UW7 is 64-bit ready (allows 64-bit files and filesystems, and
implements the 64-bit API's )

UW7 can be administered over the web through Tarantella Webtop

UW7 Installation Media and software license are now fully separated items

Subject: G13) Do I need to recompile my OpenServer apps for Unixware 7?

Geoff Galitz writes:

In most cases, no.  However, in the few issues that are not rectifiable
(as noted below), a recompile will "almost always" work.  I have never
run into OpenServer code that does not compile on Unixware 7.  That
doesn't mean there isn't any, though.

Subject: G14) Will my Unixware 2 application work on Unixware 7?

Most will.  There are applications (mostly commercial) that utilize
what can be considered legacy aspects, generally apps that interact
directly with the UnixWare desktop.

Subject: G15) Will my OpenServer binary applications work on Unixware 7?

Most will work without modification.  However, there are some
instances that should be noted (that are correctable):

Binary Compatibility Module (BCM)

This may be necessary for applications that require remapping of kernel
structures.  This is available on the Development System package for UW7.
This package is called the UnixWare/OpenServer Development Kit,
other names have been; Universal Development Kit, Gemini Development
Kit (pre-release version) and Unixware Development Kit.

Runtime-system differences

Generally correctable by using the OSRCMDS environment variable).


Applicationss that use sockets have a rather high possibility of failing.
Installing the BCM or, of course, recompiling should rectify the matter.

 Subject: G16)What the heck is this OSRCMDS thing?

OSRCMDS is an environmental variable that instructs the kernel to
exec any specific OpenServer binaries that may exist in order for
your OpenServer apps to work as expected.  These specific binaries live in the
/OpenServer filesystem.

To use turn this functionality on, type:  OSRCMDS=on ; export OSRCMDS
 if you use the Bourne or Korn Shell.

Subject: G17) What about specific Applications on UnixWare 7, such as Wordperfect, Informix, Oracle,
 MicroFocus COBOL, and Cleo SNA Server.


Wordperfect for SCO OpenServer installs without complaining, but will not
work unless file locking is turned off. The necessary command is
        xwp -admin
and explore the menus.


According to

Online Dynamic Server 7.23 is available for UW7 and officially supported.


According to

Oracle 7.3.4 expected very soon.

  MicroFocus COBOL

According to

UW2.1 versions of Object COBOL Developer Suite 4.1 and
Application v4.1 supported on UW7 with addition of ptf7013
and a modification to liblist.

  Cleo SNA Server

According to

Available and officially supported for UW7.

Subject: G18) Are there anonymous ftp or web server sites with UnixWare 

SCO has an anonymous ftp service at
UnixWare files can be found under ~ftp/UW20 for UnixWare 2.0,
and ~ftp/UW21 for UnixWare 2.1.

For freeware checkout
binaries of handy things like the GNU development tools, perl, Seyon
and GhostScript show up there.

The freebird project has two other prime sites:

For the list of mirror sites see

The SCO Skunkware project also contains much  freeware software
and can be reached on

Subject: G19) Where can I get online information on UnixWare?


SCO maintains a UnixWare forum on CompuServe.  If you have a
CompuServe ID and wish to access this form, type:


at any CompuServe prompt.  There are message sections for General
Information, Product Information, Developers, DOS Merge, Installation,
X Windows, Networking, Device Drivers, Printing, Communications,
Applications, Bug Watchers, and Updates.

If you do not have a CompuServe ID, contact CompuServe Customer
Service at 800-848-8990 or 614-457-8650 for information on setting up
an account.

*** USENET ***

If you have access to Usenet, look into the newsgroup

news:comp.unix.unixware.misc, comp.unix.unixware.announce.

These forums entertains discussions and announcements of all issues
related to UnixWare.  Other newsgroups possibly of interest to
UnixWare users are


(for discussions relating to the
System V Release 4 version of Unix, which includes Novell's UnixWare)


(for miscellaneous discussions of Unix).

If you do not have access to Usenet, you have a variety of options.
If you have access to a Unix system, chances are good that it may
already provide Usenet access - particularly if it is at an academic
or research site.  If you do not have access to a Unix system, your
best bet is to get an account with one of the increasing number of
public-access Unix systems being set up by entrepreneurial Unix
sysadmins.  You can find the contact phone numbers for such systems in
any one of the many books on the Internet now beginning to flood the
popular press.


(It's not clear that the following list is working at the moment).

The news:comp.unix.unixware.misc newsgroup is gatewayed into a
mailing list for the benefit of those users with email, but not
Usenet, access.  I quote from Evan Leibovitch's instructions for that

  Send an appropriate message to any *one* of the following addresses,
  each of which is addressed to the list server mechanism at this site
  (listed in order of my preference):

  The body of your message should contain one of the following lines

  subscribe univel Your_Full_Name      (Not your e-mail address, the system
                                        will pick that up from the headers.)
  unsubscribe univel
  recipients univel                    (gets a list of subscribers)

*** EMAIL ***

(This section needs  to be reworked.)

*** FTP ***

SCO maintains an official UnixWare FTP site at  To
access this server, you will of course need Internet access.  Type


At the login prompt, type


When it asks for a password, enter your full email address.
UnixWare 2.x updates and patches can be found in /UW20 and /UW21.

FOR UNIXWARE 7.0.0  - this info from

Major Supplements:

    Unixware 7 Release Supplement

Minor Supplements:

     ptf7104a: Intel EtherExpress Pro/100B Driver
     ptf7021a: NFS Update Supplement
     ptf7017a: proc Driver Improvement Supplement
     ptf7016a: mem Driver Supplement (requires rs700)
     ptf7013:  UnixWare 7 libsocket Patch (requires rs700)
     ptf7011:  UnixWare 7 DLPI Update Supplement (requires rs700)
     ptf7005:  UnixWare 7 Filesystem Update Supplement (requries rs700)
     ptf7003b: UnixWare 7 Supplement for Oracle 7 (requires rs700)
     ptf7002b: MPIO/Clariion Supplement (require rs700)

Security Supplements:

     sse012:  Replacement named binary

Device Drivers:

     ./audio:     Audio Drivers Directory
     ./graphics:  Graphics Drivers Directory


SCO have now taken over the UnixWare WWW site (indeed UnixWare 2.1
will include a copy of Mosaic that defaults to this page)

(Its not clear if SCO has a European presence for a Web or ftp site).

Via the WWW server at, you can submit product inquiries
and technical support queries.
Plus, there's quite a bit of documentation there to be perused.

For a collection of freeware and shareware ported to UnixWare see

You can now get Netscape for UnixWare from SCO (see for a link to that).

*** GOPHER ***

We've no data on the availability of any gopher servers at the moment.

Subject: G20) Where can I get a hardware compatibility list for UnixWare?

SCO has a set of Web pages containing hardware compatibility for
all of SCO's server products.  Certified hardware for UnixWare 2 has been
merged into those pages which can be found at

Users of the freebird web site also register successful hardware
configurations at

Subject: G21) Where can I find a driver for [accelerated graphics card]?

Try ftp'ing to, and look in the
/unixware/freebird/x11/servers/betaX directory.  Check the
README file there for a listing of currently available drivers.
These drivers are updated on a quarterly basis,
and may be newer than those (and/or unavailable) on the latest OS

Subject: G22) Is there a UnixWare user's group?

Dan Busarow writes: The SCO Users Group can be reached electronically
as Subscription requests to

Subject: G23) Does UnixWare support multiprocessing?

Yes, Multiprocessing support is included in release 2.01 and later.

Subject: G24) Does UnixWare function as a NetWare server?

Yes UnixWare 2.1 with NWS (NetWare Services) runs as a
NetWare 4.1 Server. (Rumour has it than in some configurations
the UnixWare NetWare server out performs native NetWare!)

The features and components (this taken from
that are included with the UW2.1 NWS technology include:

   NetWare Directory Services™ 4.1 (NDS)™
   NetWare 4.1 File Services
   NetWare 4.1 Print Services
   Graphical Administration
   Integrated backup and restore
   Hybrid user management
   User Licensing

Subject: G25) Can UnixWare run Linux binaries ?

Yes, see the lxrun emulator FAQ at

Subject: G26) Are there any books I can read/purchase about UnixWare and UNIX ?

If you have UnixWare 2, firstly try the online documentation -
now in Dynatext and a great improvement on the UnixWare 1.x Fingertip

A book worth considering is "Novell's Guide to UnixWare 2"
by Chris Negus and Larry Schumer . This is a second edition,
the previous edition was about UnixWare 1.1. Published by Sybex
its ISBN number is 0-7821-1720-1.

Its also possible to order printed documentation (see the developer
FAQ for details).

Another good reference is the UNIX Press books on Unix SVR4.2.

Samuel Ko ( or maintains the "Concise
Guide to UNIX Books", which is posted regularly to the Usenet
newsgroups misc.books.technical, alt.books.technical,
biz.books.technical, comp.unix.questions, comp.unix.wizards,
comp.unix.admin, comp.answers, and news.answers.  It can also be
downloaded from the Internet via anonymous ftp at

This list contains many titles of interest to UNIX users both new and
old, and is well worth the trouble to acquire.

A list of pointers to  book resources can also be found at

If you are looking for a reference guides to UNIX, TPI and NPI
then see The Open Group's online web publications at

Andrew Josey
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