CLSI shipped a major Maintenance Release designated Q1 '90 beginning in mid-April. The release addresses more than 150 reported problems, especially ones encountered by customers with Altos platforms. With the new release all customers with UNIX-based systems will be required to go to Release 27.5. CLSI will no longer be maintaining earlier UNIX software releases. This is to insure greater consistency of software versions in the field.
In addition to receiving Maintenance Release Q1 90, Altos customers are being notified individually to schedule upgrades of the Terminal Control Units (TCU's) in concert with an upgrade to the latest Altos UNIX Operating System version. The TCU and OS upgrades are being implemented to correct prior difficulties with communications between the Altos TCU's and CLSI's PC-based products.
Early reports from libraries with Altos-based systems are encouraging. Several are now making rapid progress in system implementation after months of frustration. It appears that CLSI is mastering the problems associated with its migration to UNIX and can soon get back to the primary activities of developing, selling, and maintaining of systems.
[Contact: CLSI, Inc., 320 Nevada Street, Newtonville, MA 02160, Attn: Sara Johnson, Manager, Product Management; (617) 965- 6310.]