More Support for Linux—ObjectShare Announces VisualWorks 3.0


United States, January 11, 1999

ObjectShare, Inc. (NASDAQ:OBJS) the premier provider of component solutions for internet computing, today announced that the VisualWorks software development tools will join the growing market for the Linux operating system. VisualWorks for Linux provides programmers with the first complete and robust toolset for the creation of internet applications that are dynamic, portable and powerful. VisualWorks has been available as a non-commercial product on the Linux platform since September of 1998.

"We are excited to provide VisualWorks to the Linux market," said James Smith, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at ObjectShare. "We have seen tremendous interest in our non-commercial product and a huge demand that this product be made available for commercial use. We feel this presents a great opportunity for us to capture a key position in the fastest growing operating system market and that VisualWorks will provide Linux with the necessary tools to create robust network software applications."

According to a recent study from International Data Corporation, market share for Linux rose from 6.8 percent to an estimated 17.2 percent of server operating system shipments. Utilizing VisualWorks, Linux developers can develop and instantly deploy their applications to any of eleven supported platforms. "We are elated with the release of VisualWorks to the Linux community," said Travis Griggs, technical lead with Key Technology.

"We took the new version of our main product line's software written in VisualWorks for NT and ported it to a Linux box in less than 10 minutes. This system comprises 500+ classes, and includes a highly customized user interface built especially for touch screen systems. The system ran without a hitch. From Win32 to X-Windows, in a matter of minutes and it ran even faster!"

"Linux as a viable option for the enterprise is quickly gaining momentum," said Bob Young, CEO, Red Hat, Inc. "The availability of robust, enterprise development tools for Linux, such as VisualWorks, gives developers proven tools to build mission critical Linux applications. We are seeing a real surge in demand for just these types of tools."

Linux is a freely distributable, cooperatively-developed POSIX-based, multi-user, multi-tasking operating system used worldwide. Linux is used as a high value, fully-functional UNIX? implementation for applications ranging from Internet Servers to reliable workgroup computing. ObjectShare will premier VisualWorks 3.0 for Linux at the first annual Linux World Conference and Exposition, March 1-4, 1999, in San Jose, California. For more information about the conference please go to ObjectShare will be in exhibit spaces 2027 and 2029.

Pricing and availability
VisualWorks 3.0 for Linux will be available in a commercial edition in the first quarter of 1999, supporting Red Hat Linux 5.x on the Intel processors. Special introductory pricing of $495 will be offered for a limited time for development licenses on Linux. Deployment licenses for the Linux version will also be available from ObjectShare.

About VisualWorks
VisualWorks is a powerful object-oriented application development environment for building state-of-the-art internet computing applications that are completely portable across Windows, Macintosh and most UNIX platforms. VisualWorks developers benefit from an integrated development environment, that includes a powerful suite of development tools, such as the ObjectLens for bridging between relational databases and objects, the GUI interface painter and the proven ANSI compliant VisualWorks Smalltalk language. VisualWorks applications are easy to maintain enable rapid development and allow dynamic response to changes in your business. VisualWorks Non-Commercial is available as a free download from ObjectShare's web site. The VisualWorks product suite includes add-ons enabling deployment to the Web, development of distributed applications, interfaces to legacy code, creation and access of COM components and flexible access to relational databases.

About ObjectShare, Inc.
Founded in 1983, ObjectShare, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBJS) is the premier provider of object-oriented component solutions for internet computing. With complete support for industry standards using Java or Smalltalk, the company offers development environments, frameworks, along with consulting, education and support services worldwide. Headquartered in Irvine, California, the company also maintains offices in Sunnyvale, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. For more information about ObjectShare, please call 1-800-759-7272 or 949-833-1122 or visit

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