<operating system> (POE) A definition containing API and ABI
specifications based on the PowerPC architecture. It is not an operating system.
The presence of the ABI specification in the POE distinguishes it from other
open systems (POSIX, XPG4, etc.) since it allows platform independent binary
compatibility which is otherwise typically limited to particular hardware.
The POE is an open standard, derived from AIX and conforming to industry open
standards including POSIX, XPG4 and Motif. The POE specification will be
publicly available to anyone wishing to produce either application programs or
hardware platforms. The PowerOpen Association will provide the necessary
conformance testing and POE branding.
The POE is hardware bus independent. System implementations can range from
laptop computers to supercomputers. It requires a multi-user, multitasking
operating system. It provides networking support, an X Window System extension,
a Macintosh Application Services extension and Motif. It is conformance tested
and certified by an independent party (the PowerOpen Association).
The POE specification is targeted for availability in the first quarter of 1994.
The PowerOpen Association will soon have some of the information material
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