I wrote a summary about a week ago, but for some reason it did not get
out. Here it is again.
We are interested in finding a mac emulation program to run on our Sun
SPARCstations. Does anyone use one of these applications? Our Mac's
in the lab run System 7. We are looking for a package that is
compatible with that system and most standard macintosh software
I got about 20 answers. All mentioned a product called LIKEN from
Xcelerated Systems (phone: 619 - 576 3080). LIKEN runs MAC System
6.0.7. It does not support color or Multifinder. However it will run
all major MAC applications. Only 1 person mentioned that LIKEN was
"extremely buggy and slow". In general people are happy with the
product. I was told that an upgrade is to be released soon. I
include a mail from SunFlash which describes LIKEN in more detail.
Two replies mentioned a product called QUORUM EQUAL from Quorum
Software (phone: 415 - 323 3111), which is to be released later this
year. MAC applications running with EQUAL adopt the look of the
workstation environment, so that the MAC menus and icons are provided
by the graphical user interface of the host mashine. EQUAL runs System
7. I have no evaluation of the product, since it is yet to be released.
Thanks to all that replied
Biomedical Image Processing Laboratory
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio 44106, USA
phone: 216 - 368 8812 (office)
The Florida SunFlash
Liken - Macintosh Emulation For SPARC machine
SunFLASH Vol 38 #16 February 1992
This is an interesting third party product announcement. Liken
is a product that will allow you to run Mac apps on a Sun just
as DOSwindows or SoftPC allows you to run DOS apps. I think that
Liken is a product of
Xcelerated Systems, Inc.
3944 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite C201
San Diego, CA 92123
while Sunburst are a reseller. I Could be wrong, but there is enough
interest in this product that I'll post this article while verifying
the relationship between Sunburst and Xcelerated Systems.
I have an evaluation copy of Liken and it's neat!
Sunburst Computers, Inc. 619-633-1680 - phone 619-633-1169-fax
Liken is a SunOS application that runs Apple Macintosh applications
and Macintosh System Software such as Finder and the Desktop
Accessories on a SPARC workstation. Liken provides an easy to use
environment for Macintosh compatible applications.
Liken provides an emulation of a Motorola 68000 processor, and allows
the use of the SPARC display, keyboard, mouse, hard disk, floppy disk,
and CDROM drives. Liken runs under the Open Windows SunOS windowing
system and is specifically designed to operate with customer-supplied
Apple Macintosh System Software v. 6.0.7.
The environment provided by Liken is similar to a Macintosh Classic
with 4 MB of memory, one floppy disk, an optional CDROM disk and
multiple hard disks. The Liken window size is adjustable from that of
a Macintosh Classic screen size (512 pixels wide by 342 pixels high) to
that of the Sun screen (1152 wide by 900 high). Liken uses the left
most Sun mouse button as the Macintosh single button. Liken provides
the same functionality as the Extended Macintosh keyboard using the Sun
Most Macintosh applications run successfully in the Liken environment.
However, because of the physical differences between a Macintosh and
a SPARC workstation as well as the different capabilities provided by
the SunOS operating system, some restrictions arise. Only high density
floppy diskettes are supported. Color applications which run on a
monochrome Macintosh Classic should work under Liken. Applications
sound support is equivalent to running with the sound turned off.
Macintosh applications requiring Macintosh specific communication
hardware are not supported due to the differences in the physical
capabilities of the SPARC workstation.
Liken supports applications which conform to the standard published
guidelines. If an application is dependent on a specific model of
computer, it may not work under Liken. However, if an application has
been written to work on all models, then it is expected to work.
The SPARC hardware environment is utilized by the Liken program.
Therefore, the only possible devices which can be supported are those
which are available on the SPARC. The applications running in the
Liken environment are provided access to hardware devices though
standard driver interfaces or through the file system. If an
application assumes the presence of particular hardware and attempts to
manipulate it is likely to run into difficulties.
Applications which determine if the display is color or monochrome
through the standard drawing interface should function. Liken only
supports black and white mode and returns this indication to the
application. Applications which make assumptions about the physical
hardware display and attempt to manipulate the display are likely to
Compatible / Incompatible Applications
This list represents partial testing on Liken 1.0 , as of publishing
time. Compatible applications were loaded after Liken was successfully
installed using a distribution on a 1.44 MB diskette.
Hypercard 2.0 Any app which uses
Microsoft Word 4.0 V7.0 Installer
Micorsoft Excel 3.0 SimCity
MacWrite II Canvas V3.0
WordPerfect 2.0 FrameMaker
MacDraw II ResEdit2.1
Aldus PageMaker 4.01
Where in the World is
Carmen San Diego V1.3
Microsoft Works 2.00e
Microsoft Powerpoint 2.01
Reader Rabbit 2.2
Math Rabbit 1.0
Crystal Quest V2.20
Hypercard is a registered trademark of Apple. MacWrite, MacDraw,
MacPaint and FileMaker are registered trademarks of CLARIS
Corporation. PowerPoint is a registered trademark of Microsoft
Corporation. WordPerfect is a registered trademark of WordPerfect
Corporation. M.Y.O.B. is a trademark of TELEWARE, Inc. Aldus
PageMaker is a registered trademark of Aldus Corporation. Quicken is a
registered trademark of Intuit. Cosmic Osmo is a trademark of
AcTiVision. Where in the World is Carmen San Diego is a registered
trademark of Broderbund Software, Inc. Reader Rabbit is a trademark of
The Learning Company. Math Rabbit is a registered trademark of The
Learning Company. SimCity is a trademark of Maxis. FrameMaker is a
registered trademark of Frame Technology Corporation. Canvas is a
trademark of Deneba Systems, Inc.
Floppy disk device /dev/rfd0 and /dev/fd0
CDROM device /dev/rsr0 and /dev/sr0
Installation Directory /usr/Liken
Manual pages Available
Emulation M68000 without 68881 co-processor
Liken Window Size (minimum) 512 x 342
(maximum) 1024 x 768
Macintosh Simulated 4MB Memory Size
Macintosh System Software v. 6.0.7
SunOS Version 4.1.1 or Later
Open Windows Version 2.0 or 3.0
Disk Space Required Approx 5 MB's for installation
$695.00 single user license. Liken is licensed per CPU with HostID
protection. Server Licensing will be supported in a future revision.
30 Day Money-Back Guarantee
All Sunburst Computer's products come with an unconditional 30 day
money back guarantee. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with any
product it represents, Sunburst will give you a 100% refund.
Due to the anticipated volume of Liken, we will be unable to send
copies out for evaluation. However, we are confident Liken will meet
or exceed specifications and Sunburst offers an unconditional 30
day money back guarantee. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with
this product or other products Sunburst represents, just ship the
product back to us within 30 days of purchase and a full refund will be
mailed within 5 working days. No questions asked!
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