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OpenMotif 2.3 Released

The OpenMotif Project Team announced today the release of OpenMotif 2.3, marking the most significant version of OpenMotif since it was released to the open source community in May 2000.

OpenMotif 2.3 includes major feature enhancements and over 25 bug fixes requested by developers of enterprise applications. OpenMotif is the publicly licensed version of Motif, the industry standard user interface toolkit for UNIX systems provided on more than 200 hardware and software platforms including HP, IBM, Sun, SGI, and Linux (Red Hat and Novell SUSE).

This latest improvement to OpenMotif is a testament to the open source development process that a worldwide team of developers continues to leverage in order to provide the Motif community with the most current tools.

"Many organizations depend on OpenMotif to meet the unique needs of their large-scale applications. ICS continues to support the OpenMotif Project Team's initiative to deliver the most up-to-date tools for UNIX and Linux GUI developers," said Peter Winston, President and CEO of Integrated Computer Solutions.

OpenMotif is an often overlooked open source initiative that is literally running thousands of mission-critical applications such as the MBTA subway system in Boston, MA, NASA Mission Control Systems, FAA air traffic control systems, and innumerable homeland security and USA defense applications.

ICS hosts the official development tree for OpenMotif at the MotifZone.

New Feature Highlights

OpenMotif 2.3 includes many new features including:

- Client-side anti-aliased fonts supported via XFT

- UTF-8 and UTF8_STRING atom support

- Now show text and pixmaps in Label, LabelGadget and derived widgets

- Supports PNG and JPEG image formats the same way XPM is supported

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