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88open Consortium Ltd.
Founded1988; 35 years ago (1988)

88open was an industry standards group set up by Motorola in 1988 to standardize Unix systems on their Motorola 88000 RISC CPU systems.[1] At its peak, the spinoff 88open Consortium Ltd. had a staff of 30 people and over 50 supporters.[2] The effort was largely a failure, at least in terms of attracting attention to the 88000 platform. The group was closed in favor of the AIM alliance, and the 88000 platform was folded into AIM's PowerPC.[3][4]


Motorola provided 50% of the financial support for the consortium. Early members were Data General, Convergent, and Tektronix. By May 1988, 28 companies had joined with 7 not releasing their names.[5][6]


  • Object Compatibility Standard (OCS): An 88open standard for compilers and linkers.

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  1. ^ Patton, Carole (May 30, 1988). "RISC Chip Vendors Vie for Third-Party Support". InfoWorld.
  2. ^ Gomes-Casseres, Benjamin (1996). The Alliance Revolution: The New Shape of Business Rivalry. Harvard University Press. p. 124. ISBN 9780674016477. 88open.
  3. ^ Updegrove, Andrew (March 2006). "STANDARDS WARS: SITUATIONS, STRATEGIES AND OUTCOMES" (PDF). ConsortiumInfo.org. p. 7. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  4. ^ Kahin, Brian; Abbate, Janet (1995). Standards Policy for Information Infrastructure. MIT Press. ISBN 9780262112062.
  5. ^ "US Market for UNIX 1989-1994". Retrieved 2017-06-21 – via Internet Archive.
  6. ^ "US Market for UNIX 1989-1994". Retrieved 2017-06-21 – via Internet Archive.