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operating system (POE) A definition containing API and
ABI specifications based on the PowerPC architecture. It
is not an operating system. The presence of the ABI
specification in the POE distinguishes it from other open
systems (POSIX, XPG4, etc.) since it allows platform
independent binary compatibility which is otherwise typically
limited to particular hardware.
The POE is an open standard, derived from AIX and
conforming to industry open standards including POSIX,
XPG4 and Motif. The POE specification will be publicly
available to anyone wishing to produce either applicationprograms or hardware platforms. The PowerOpenAssociation will provide the necessary conformance testing
and POE branding.
The POE is hardware bus independent. System implementations
can range from laptop computers to supercomputers. It
requires a multi-user, multitasking operating system. It
provides networking support, an X Window System extension, a
Macintosh Application Services extension and Motif. It is
conformance tested and certified by an independent party