PowerOpen Environment definition operating system
(POE) A definition containing API
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 available on-line.