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MKS Offers Solid Developer and Administration Solutions with MKS Toolkit 8.5

Waterloo, ON - November 25, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX) announced today a new release of its award winning MKS Toolkit® product line. As a leading provider of tools to interoperate, manage IT resources, and develop software across UNIX, Linux, and Windows, MKS continues the tradition of delivering solid new features while enhancing existing functionality. MKS Toolkit 8.5 represents a significant commitment to our customer base and delivers solutions to address today's mixed operating environments in all types of organizations.

Essential tools for heterogeneous UNIX, Linux, Windows and Web environments

Waterloo, ON - November 25, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX) announced today a new release of its award winning MKS Toolkit® product line. As a leading provider of tools to interoperate, manage IT resources, and develop software across UNIX, Linux, and Windows, MKS continues the tradition of delivering solid new features while enhancing existing functionality. MKS Toolkit 8.5 represents a significant commitment to our customer base and delivers solutions to address today's mixed operating environments in all types of organizations.

"MKS Toolkit allows us to be more efficient," said Steven Krauwer, Project Manager, ELSNET the European Network in Human Language Technologies. "The ability to automate scripts has been instrumental in our productivity. The enhanced Secure Shell feature gives us reliable access to remote machines, allowing our users to connect to UNIX and Windows systems. MKS Toolkit has very useful facilities for a command-line addict!" said Krauwer.

New features in MKS Toolkit 8.5 include:

     

  • SNMP Suite and Secure Shell tools to facilitate network management and remote system access: new version of SNMP (5.0.2) supporting the SNMPv3 protocol and SNMP utilities. The Secure Shell components within the Connectivity Suite have been updated to v3.4p1 and address the recent CERT advisory.
  • Significantly enhanced graphical development environment with X11 and Motif: new version of Motif, 2.1.30, support for simultaneous installation of Wintif and Motif, and new version of X11 libraries, X11R6.4 making it easier to migrate UNIX/Linux applications to Windows for graphic application porting. Further, Wintif and Motif libraries can now coexist allowing you to produce applications with the desired look and feel without having to reinstall applications or reconfigure your build environment.
  • Dramatically improved support for Windows service and domain related objects: Today's complex business applications rely on many different components and have numerous dependencies. The MKS Toolkit system administration tools, such as "service" and "domain", can now display and manipulate the desired service or network object as well as any dependencies it has. Also includes new system administration tools for managing shares and diagnosing network ports, and improved performance for utilities that deal with user and domain information, such as "groupinfo", "userinfo", and "sid".
  • A complete solution to help automate communications and notification: The new MKS Toolkit Communication Suite, including tools such as "imapmail", "pop3mail", "smtpmail", "netnews", and "web", a set of utilities that provide support for e-mail, network news, Web site communications, and other similar communication tasks, allowing you to automate process communication and event notification thereby enhancing the awareness of your systems.
  • Other enhancements include: new Scheduling Solutions Guide, additional Unicode support, entity support for htsplit, updates to MKS Control Panel Applet.

"MKS Toolkit 8.5 demonstrates our ongoing commitment to deliver new features in our product line, which has been the market leader for over a decade," said Phil Deck, CEO, MKS Inc. "As the world's number one choice for UNIX-Windows cross-platform development, we consistently offer our customers competitive advantage, faster time to market, and reduced maintenance costs."

Pricing and Availability

MKS Toolkit 8.5 products are available immediately at suggested retail prices starting at US $359. You can purchase products directly from MKS http://www.mkssoftware.com/sales, via the Web Store at http://webstore.mks.com/webstore/, or from any software reseller and is available in North America through distribution at Ingram Micro and internationally through authorized partners.

Customers with old versions who wish to update to version 8.5 may contact MKS directly at 1-800-637-8034, 1-703-803-3343, in the UK at +44 1483 733922 or through your local Reseller.

About MKS
MKS Inc. ("MKS") (TSE:MKX) provides award-winning enterprise software configuration management (SCM) and interoperability software solutions enabling development teams at Fortune 1000 companies such as Park Place Entertainment, Continental Teves, Federated Insurance Companies and Northrop Grumman to analyze, build and deploy software systems quickly and reliably. The company's family of SCM products offer advanced technology with robust workflow, code management, and impact analysis capabilities. Under its widely known MKS Toolkit brand, MKS provides UNIX-Windows co-existence, and system administration that significantly cut development and administrative costs and reduce time to market while enabling enhanced performance. Founded in 1984 with over 10,000 customers worldwide, MKS has built its brand on the foundation of advanced technology, superior quality and extraordinary customer service. More information about MKS can be found at http://www.mks.com, or by calling 1-800-265-2797 (US & Canada), +49-711-351775-0 (Germany), and +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom).

MKS, MKS Source Integrity, MKS Integrity Manager, MKS Integrity Solution, and MKS Toolkit are trademarks or registered trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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