At Last, Ibm And Dec Cut A Big Unix Deal

For the past few years, as the computer industry has headed more toward standardized, "open" systems, IBM and Digital Equipment Corp. have had a hard time convincing customers that they were really behind the concept. After all, open systems based on American Telephone & Telegraph Co.'s Unix operating system didn't give them as much of a hold over customers as their proprietary designs did--and open systems were less profitable. Now, the No. 1 and No. 2 computer makers finally may have proven that they can cut it in the open-systems market.

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