Merge 5.3

Product Announcement
For SCO® Authorized Distributors Worldwide

NeTraverse Merge™ Release 5.3

11 December 2002: SCO announces availability details for the latest release of NeTraverse Merge. NeTraverse Merge Release 5.3.7 for use on SCO OpenServer Releases 5.0.6 and 5.0.7, and NeTraverse Merge Release 5.3.4 for use on UnixWare 7.1.2 (Open UNIX 8) and UnixWare 7.1.3. The new versions are provided on the latest Optional Services CD- ROMs for UnixWare Releases 7.1.3, SCO OpenServer Releases 5.0.7, and the SCO Download Site.

This announcement includes:

Product Description
New in Merge 5.3
System Requirements
Product Withdrawal
Technical Support and supported Operating System Platforms
Software Enhancement Service

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1   Product Description

NeTraverse Merge 5.3 provides customers with the powerful capability of utilizing Windows® Me, Windows 98, and DOS applications concurrently with their mission critical UNIX business applications on SCO OpenServer Release 5, or UnixWare 7 platforms. This allows customers to reduce their overall infrastructure investment by minimizing the number of servers and desktop workstations in their environment. With fewer servers and desktop platforms, customers can not only reduce the amount of money they spend on hardware, but also lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by having fewer platforms to administer. NeTraverse Merge 5.3.x, which can now be installed on UnixWare 7.1.2 and UnixWare 7.1.3 systems as well on SCO OpenServer 5.0.7 and 5.0.6 systems, includes the following features:
  • Support for Windows Me, Windows 98 (including Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows 98 Upgrade), Windows 95, and DOS operating systems along with many DOS and Windows applications.
  • Support for Microsoft Windows VNET Networking on SCO OpenServer systems, allowing SCO Merge users, UNIX users and native Microsoft Windows systems to share files and print facilities via the Microsoft Windows Network Neighborhood.
  • Support for current web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and 6 as well as versions 4.x, 6.x and 7 of Netscape Communicator. A wide variety of personal and office productivity tools such as Microsoft Office 2000 and Outlook are also supported.
  • Support for audio playback including use of several popular Windows audio playback applications when configured in conjunction with the OSS sound drivers for UNIX from 4Front Technologies. (The OSS sound drivers are not included with NeTraverse Merge and must be purchased separately from 4Front Technologies.) Information regarding 4Front Technologies is available on the World Wide Web at:
  • "Zoomless" installation of Windows. A UNIX console is not required to be present during the installation of Windows. This increases not only the ease of installation but also enables Windows to be installed on Merge from a remote X-client device.

2   New in Release 5.3

NeTraverse Merge 5.3.x is an updated version of SCO Merge 5.1. This new version includes new features and improvements as well as bug fixes. New features of NeTraverse Merge 5.3 for UnixWare and Open Server include:
  • Support for Windows Me
  • Ability to run an expanded list of Windows applications
  • New and more flexible window resizing options
  • Automatic creation of D: drive for user data
  • Serial line speeds of up to 115,200 baud
  • Memory available to Windows increased to 128MB.
  • Correct CPU identification
  • Wheel mouse support
  • More foreign language Windows support including Brazilian Portuguese and Greek.
Additional features available with the OpenServer version of NeTraverse Merge 5.3.7 are:
  • DHCP over VNET
  • Audio playback support including volume control (using 3rd party device drivers)

3   Availability

NeTraverse Merge 5.3.4 for UnixWare and NeTraverse Merge 5.3.7 for OpenServer are now available on the SCO Download Site. First customer shipments of the UnixWare 7.1.3 Media Kits are anticipated to begin worldwide on 9 December 2002. First customer shipments of the OpenServer Release 5.0.7 Media Kits will be announced in early January 2003. There will be no revision to the current Media Kits for UnixWare 7.1.2, or OpenServer 5.0.6 to include NeTraverse Merge 5.3 Customers wishing to install or upgrade to Merge 5.3 will either need to purchase an Open Server, or UnixWare Media Kit, or download NeTraverse Merge 5.3 from the website. Licenses from previous versions of Merge will not work with this release. If upgrade licenses are purchased for this release, reinstallation of the software is required.

4   Upgrades and Supported Operating System Platforms

NeTraverse Merge 5.3 is only supported on OpenServer 5.0.7 and 5.0.6, and UnixWare 7.1.3 and 7.1.2.
NOTE: A fresh installation of NeTraverse Merge 5.3 is required to upgrade from SCO Merge 5.1
  • NeTraverse Merge 5.3 Desktop Version from SCO Merge 5.1 Desktop Version Upgrade License: This license enables existing SCO Merge 5.1 Desktop installations to be upgraded to the NeTraverse Merge 5.3 Desktop Version.
  • NeTraverse Merge 5.3 Server Version from SCO Merge 5.1 Server Version Upgrade License: This license enables existing SCO Merge 5.1 Server installations to be upgraded to the NeTraverse Merge 5.3 Server Version.

5   Licensing

NeTraverse Merge 5.3 is being provided as two basic versions
  • NeTraverse Merge 5.3 Desktop Version: Intended for use on UnixWare 7.1.3, and UnixWare 7.1.2 systems other than the Base Edition, and on releases 5.0.7 or 5.0.6 of the SCO OpenServer Release 5 Desktop System. It provides a 2 concurrent user NeTraverse Merge license for either console or networked users
  • NeTraverse Merge 5.3 Server Version: Intended for use on all UnixWare 7.1.3 and UnixWare 7.1.2 systems except the Base Edition, and on releases 5.0.7 or 5.0.6 of the SCO OpenServer Release 5 Enterprise System. It provides a 5 concurrent user NeTraverse Merge license for either console or networked users.
Additionally, SCO is providing NeTraverse Merge 5.3 User Upgrade Licenses to increase the number of networked users who can concurrently access Windows applications running under Merge. Please note that the number of NeTraverse Merge 5.3 users expected to run concurrently must be less than or equal to the number of UNIX users licensed for UnixWare, or SCO Open Server.

The following describes each of the User Upgrade Licenses:

  • Merge 5.3 10-User Upgrade License: Increases the number of users who can concurrently start Merge/Windows sessions on a Merge 5.3 Version by 10 users.
  • Merge 5.3 25-User Upgrade License: Increases the number of users who can concurrently start Merge/Windows sessions on a Merge 5.3 Version by 25 users.

NeTraverse Merge 5.3 is provided in the UnixWare Media/Evaluation Kit, and SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 Media/Evaluation Kit on the corresponding Optional Services CD-ROMs along with other SCO supported server enhancement products. It is also available for download from the SCO website. Only products for which a license has been purchased may be resold or installed.

6   System Requirements

SCO recommends that your system meets or exceeds the following requirements:
Operating System: UnixWare 7.1.3, 7.1.2 (Open UNIX 8), or SCO OpenServer Releases 5.0.7 or 5.0.6
Additional RAM:
  • At least 32 MB per Windows session
  • 4 MB per DOS session
Additional Disk Space:
15 Mbytes for NeTraverse Merge
For system copy of Windows in /usr/merge
Per-user space in $HOMEMerge users' home directories
Windows 95 Classic
40 MB
41 MB
Windows 95 OSR2
69 MB
93 MB
Windows 98 First Edition
115 MB
148 MB
Windows 98 Second Edition
132 MB
195 MB
Windows Millennium Edition
198 MB
302 MB
Minimum 1024x768 X capable display with at least 64K colors (16 bit) and a pointing device (e.g., a mouse)

7   Product Withdrawal

Effective 1, March 2003, NeTraverse Merge 5.1 will be officially withdrawn from the SCO product offering:

8   Technical Support

All existing Support contracts for SCO Merge 5.1 will be honoured until they expire, however no new SCO Merge 5.1 support contracts will be accepted for UnixWare after 1 January 2003, and for OpenServer after 1 March 2003. Technical Support for SCO Merge 5.1 on UnixWare will be retired on 1 January 2004, and for SCO Merge 5.1 on SCO OpenServer on 1 March 2004. Customers are encouraged to upgrade to the current version before then.

9   Software Enhancement Service

Subscribers to SCO's Software Enhancement Service (SES) with subscriptions for SCO Merge 5.1 on UnixWare 7 will automatically be sent upgrade licenses and media for Merge 5.3. Subscribers with subscriptions for NeTraverse Merge 5.3 on SCO OpenServer 5 will automatically receive the new SCO OpenServer Optional Services CD-ROM when they become available.

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