Table of Contents Distributed Computing Environment (DCE)
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B.1 History

Open Software Foundation (OSF) is a not-for-profit research and development organization that supplies software essential for creating open systems computing environment. Originally founded by IBM, DEC, Apollo, HP, Groupe Bull, Nixdorf and Siemens, OSF now has over 350 members worldwide.

OSF has defined a Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) to simplify building computer systems applications in a heterogeneous environment.

Founded in 1984, X/Open is a worldwide, independent open systems organization dedicated to developing an open, multivendor Common Applications Environment (CAE) based on de facto and international standards.

In August of 1992, X/Open and OSF announced a joint effort to integrate OSF's DCE into X/Open's Common Applications Environment (CAE).

Table of Contents Overview of DCE Technology Components