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MIDAS 96NOV patch level 2.0 available now!

Dear MIDAS users,

As from today the official 96NOVpl2.0 release of MIDAS is available
on our ftp accounts. 

Best of success and enjoy MIDAS!
	- ESO-MIDAS group.

 MIDAS 96NOVpl2.0 official announcement
 1- What's new or upgraded in MIDAS 96NOV ?
 2- Platform availability
 3- Source and binary distribution for MIDAS 96NOVpl2.0
 4- MIDAS 96NOV documentation
 5- MIDAS under the GNU General Public License
 6- MIDAS on a CD-ROM
 7- Technical Support and Network Services

1- What's new or upgraded in MIDAS 96NOVpl2.0?
   - Bug-fix for plot axes beyond displayed image
   - INTAPE and OUTAPE commands requires the device name containing the 
     letter 'b' (for  BSD behavior) in the final component of the name
     i.e. /dev/rmt/0bn (/dev/rmt/0n will not work!)
   - add cursor recording mode (to a file) and cursor input mode (from 
     ASCII data file) for display applications => new verification 
     procedure `verify9'
   - STATISTICS/IMAGE add output option to  a Midas image
   - new command SHRINK/IMAGE
   - fix INQUIRE/KEYW for real keywords
   - correct problems of COPY/PSCR for DEC UNIX (OSF)
   - PAUSE/CONTINUE  also save local keywords when a procedure is PAUSEd
   - fix descriptor output for GET/CURSOR
   - increase name length for catalogs
   - add support for FITS files in INFO/IMAGE
   - correct problem with 1-dim digital filters

2- Platform availability.
   MIDAS 96NOVpl2.0 has been installed and verified on the following 

   - SUN SunOS/4.1.3     - SUN Solaris 2.5       - HP HP-UX A.10.10      
   - HP HP-UX A.10.20    - PC Linux/2.0.28 (3) 	 - DEC OSF1/V4.0 (1)
   - SG IRIX/5.2	 - IBM AIX/V4.1

   - Alpha(AXP) Open VMS V6.1 and V7.0, Fortran V6.3 and DECC V5.3
   - VAX Open VMS VMS V6.1, FORTRAN V6.4 and DECC V5.3

   (1) On OSF1/V4.0 MIDAS does not work when running on a "Advanced File 
       System" (AFS) due to a bug in the OS which was reported to Digital.
       In the meantime there is a patch available from DEC - for details
       contact Carlo Izzo at Max-Planck (izzo@rosat.mpe-garching.mpg.de).

   (2) MIDAS 96NOV has been ported to VMS and Open/VMS systems by an 
       external site. For those of you interested in MIDAS 96NOV for VMS 
       and Open/VMS please contact Jean-Pierre De Cuyper at
       "jeanpier@oma.be" or "midas@oma.be".

   (3) MIDAS 96NOV has been tested and verified with both, the 
       fortran_to_C converter 'f2c' and the GNU Fortran compiler 'g77'.

3- Source and binary distribution for MIDAS 96NOVpl2.0
   As you may already know, MIDAS is available under the GNU General 
   Public License since 95NOVpl2.0. Since then we are not requiring 
   anymore the prior MIDAS User Agreement in order to get access to MIDAS

   96NOVpl2.0 is also available in binary format for all supported
   platforms. Binary copies of MIDAS are already compiled
   and ready to run. Installation is reduced to just the tuning of
   some configuration files.
   Source and binary copies of 96NOVpl2.0 are available in our 
   anonymous ftp account:

   - Ftp host: ftp://ftphost.hq.eso.org 
   - Ftp account: "ftp". Password: <Your mail address>
   - Directories: /midaspub/96NOV/sources	(MIDAS sources)
   		  /midaspub/96NOV/linux		(PC Linux/2.0.28)(1)	
                  /midaspub/96NOV/hp_ux		(HP HP-UX A.10.10)(2)
		  /midaspub/96NOV/alpha_osf	(DEC OSF1/V4.0)	
		  /midaspub/96NOV/ibm_aix	(IBM/AIX 4.1)	
		  /midaspub/96NOV/sg_irix	(SG IRIX/5.2)
		  /midaspub/96NOV/solaris	(SUN Solaris 2.5)
   - Files: README.<platform>

   (1) The binary of MIDAS for Linux/2.0.28 was done in a slackware 
       distribution with the 'f2c' (fortran_to_C converter) and not with
       'g77' so no Fortran library is necessary. This binary copy of 
       MIDAS has also been tested and verified in a Linux RedHat 4.2 
       distribution (Linux/2.0.30).

   (2) The binary of MIDAS for HP-UX 10.10 has been tested and verified
       to run also on HP-UX 10.20.

   For a proper installation of MIDAS sources follow the procedure 
   of the installation document provided in PostScript (installunix.ps.Z)
   and DVI format (installunix.dvi.Z)

   MIDAS is distributed on all platforms with Graphical User 
   Interfaces GUI using the Motif dynamic shared libraries, except for 
   Linux where all GUIs are linked with the static Motif library.

4- MIDAS 96NOV documentation.
   ESO-MIDAS documentation is available in Postscript and DVI format
   (eventually also in HTML format) from our "anonymous" ftp account:

   - Ftp host: ftp://ftphost.hq.eso.org
   In our "anonymous" account:
   - Ftp account: "ftp". Password: <Your mail address>
   - Directory: /midaspub/96NOV/doc

   - Files: README.doc
            vol1.ps.Z        ESO-MIDAS Volume A: System
            vol2_ps.tar      ESO-MIDAS Volume B: Data Reduction
            vol3_ps.tar      ESO-MIDAS Volume C: Command Description
            env.ps.Z         ESO-MIDAS Environment.
            agldoc.tar.Z     AGL Documentation
            ididoc.ps.Z      IDI Documentation
	    midas-faq.doc.Z  ESO-MIDAS Frequent Asked Questions
	    midas-html.tar.Z ESO-MIDAS complete documentation in HTML

   In particular cases printed copies and updates of documentation 
   can also be obtained from ESO. If you absolutely need hardcopies 
   of the documentation please contact the User Support Group at 

5- ESO-MIDAS under the GNU General Public License
   ESO-MIDAS is a copyright protected software product of the 
   European Southern Observatory, and provides general tools for 
   image processing and data reduction 

   As of the 96NOV release, patch level 2.0, ESO-MIDAS is available
   under the GNU General Public License. This means that the 
   ESO-MIDAS system is available, free of charge and can be freely
   redistributed on certain conditions. As a consequence of this 
   distribution policy User Agreements between research institutes 
   and ESO will not apply as of ESO-MIDAS release 95NOVpl2.0 and will
   not be prolongated when they expire. 

   A short statement of the GNU General Public License as included in
   all relevant ESO-MIDAS files follows below. The full GNU 
   License text is included in the ESO-MIDAS release as separate
   text file.

	--------------- ooo -----------------
   Copyright (C) 1995 European Southern Observatory (ESO) 

   This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or 
   modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as 
   published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the
   License, or (at your option) any later version. 

   This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, 
   but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of 
   General Public License for more details. 

   You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License 
   along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software 
   Foundation, Inc., 675 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. 

   Correspondence concerning ESO-MIDAS should be addressed as follows:
   Internet e-mail: midas@eso.org
   Postal address: European Southern Observatory
   Data Management Division - User Support Group
   Karl-Schwarzschild-Stra_e 2
   D 85748 Garching bei Munchen
	--------------- ooo -----------------

   Our current schedule anticipates the creation and distribution of
   the patch level of MIDAS 96NOVpl2.0 on CD-ROM by the end of June
   1997, or shortly thereafter.

   The ESO-MIDAS CD-ROM contains the release 96NOVpl2.0 and includes all 
   source code, documentation, and verification procedures. The complete 
   list of what is on the CD-ROM is given below.

   - ESO-MIDAS 96NOVpl2.0 sources
   - ESO-MIDAS 96NOVpl2.0 binaries for:
        - PC/Linux 2.0.28 or higher
        - HP-UX 9000 A.10.10
        - Sun/Solaris 2.5
        - Silicon Graphics IRIX 5.2
        - Alpha/OSF1 V4.0
        - IBM/RS6000 AIX 4.1
   - Calibration data for all platforms above.
   - Demo data for all platforms above.
   - ESO-MIDAS 96NOVpl2.0 ready to run from CD-ROM on PC/Linux.
   - ESO-MIDAS 96NOV documentation in:
        - Postscript format
        - DVI format
        - HTML format
   - Complete RedHat 4.2 distribution for PC/Linux.
   - Xephem 3.0 for PC/Linux.

   Research Institutes can order the CD-ROM directly from the ESO-MIDAS 
   Group http://www.eso.org/dmd/dpg/systems/esomidas/midas-prform.html or
   send a mail to midas@eso.org. Others are kindly invited to contact ESO 
   Education and Public Relations Department at epr@eso.org

7- Technical Support and Network Services:
   ESO is not in the position to give active support to individual users 
   outside research institutions to support ESO-MIDAS installations 
   on PC/Linux systems. Also, as of the 95NOV release we have reduced the 
   support for VMS and OpenVMS systems. Therefore, users who have problems 
   or questions concerning ESO-MIDAS running on these systems are advised 
   to use the "midas-users" mailing list for obtaining feedback and 
   solutions to their questions from other users. 

        - Electronic mail: midas@eso.org
        - Post: Data Management Division - User Support Group.
                Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2,
                D-85748 Garching bei Muenchen
        - Telephone: +49-89-32006456
        - Telefax:   +49-89-3202362

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