3. SURVEY PARTICIPANT COMPANIES

The following table gives a brief profile of companies and individuals that participated in the survey.

Table 1. Profile of Survey Participants Companies

Company Name, Address and Profile

Abass Alamnehe, P.O. Box 36921 Houston, TX 77236, o one man operation o first mathematical editor for Ethiopic script.

Dashen Engineering , 39120 Argonaut Way #161, Fremont, CA 94538, tel. 408-374-7477, fax 408- 374-3240 established in 1980 as hardware and software, consulting firm., developed first commercial Ethiopic software.

Duke University, Humanity Comp. Facility, Duke University, P.O. Box 90269, Durham, NC 27708 Fax 919-681-6485 o involved in developing pedagogical software for various ethnic scripts.

Ecological Linguistics, P.O. Box 15156, Washington DC. 20003, Tel 202-546-5862 o specializes in developing fonts for various languages.

Ethiopian Software Center, Ethiopian S& T Commission, P.O. Box 2490, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia o set up by the Ethiopian government, it develops different application software and provides training courses.

Ethiopian Computers and Software Co. 9781 W. Fremont Plaza Littleton, Colorado-80123 Tel 303- 972-2186 fax 303-973-4342, developed ModEth.

Feedel, P.O. Box 673, Inglewood, CA 90301, Tel. 213-299-9845 o one man operation o has been developing Ethiopic software since 1986.

Goha-Tibeb. P.O. Box 53383, Washington DC., 20009 o Non-profit organization o Promotes computer literacy among the Ethiopian Community.

Table 2. Comparative Study

Software/Company a) Price b) Distributor c) Oper. Env. d) Display Mode

1) CALIS, free for NGOs, HCF, Duke Univ. fax 919-681-6485, DOS 2.0 and later, VGA (any stan. Graphic card)

2) Dashen Eng. , $350.00, Domino Computers of Campbell, CA Gojo Press, Florida, Sue Edwards at AAU, DOS 2.0 and later, VGA(any standard Graphic card)

3) Ecological Linguistics, , E. L, P.O. Box 15156,Wash., DC., 20003, Mac, Mac monitors 4) EthTeX Package, free for NGOs, on ftp sites, Abass Alamnehe, DOS 2.0 and later, CGA/EGA,VGA/SVGA 5) Ethiopian Software Center, 5000 birr (May 92) for WP, ESC, DOS 2.0 and later, (any stnd Graphic card) 6) Feedel, $250.00, Feedel Company, Mac System 4 & above, Any Mac monitor 7) Goha-Tibeb, $75.00, Goha-Tibeb Company, DOS 2.0 and later, VGA (any standard Graphic card) 8) ModEth, $350.00, Ethiopian Computer & Software Co., DOS 2.0 OS/2, VGA (any standard Graphic card)

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Software/Company e) Application f) Hardware req. g) Memory req. h) Hard disk req.

1) CALIS, - word-processing, IBM PC & compatibles, 640 KB, less than 500 KB

2) Dashen Eng. , - word-processing, IBM PC & compatibles, 640 KB, less than 3 MB

3) Ecological Linguistics, - word-processing, Macintosh (Classic, II, SE), 640 KB, less than 3 MB

4) EthTeX Package, - word-processing, typesetting sys., IBM PC & compatibles, 640 KB, more than 3 MB

5) Ethiopian Software Center, - word-processing, disk operating sys., local network, comm. software, database, IBM PC & compatibles, 640 KB, less than 500 KB

6) Feedel, - fonts, utility, Macintosh (Classic, II, SE), 1 MB RAM (depending on version), less than 1 MB

7) Goha-Tibeb, word-processing, Desktop publishing., IBM PC & compatibles, 640 KB, less than 500 KB

8) ModEth, - word-processing, Desktop publishing, IBM PC & compatibles, 640 KB, less than 500 KB

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Software/Co. i) Mouse compat. j) Printer/Plotter k) Network l) Supports avail. m) Future plans

1) CALIS, no, dot-matrix - all HP laser, yes, Novell, documentation, manuals, courses etc., Windows version (WinCALIS); will use "unicode"

2) Dashen Eng., Desk-top publisher is mouse compatible., dot-matrix - all laser - HP & comp Panasonic HP laser comp. plotters, no, documentation, on-line help, manuals, courses, demo version software fixes & updates etc., Data-base, 16-bit coding for mainframe & future operating systems

3) Ecological Linguistics, yes, any postscript printer, no, documentation, courses, manuals, on- line help, updates & software fixes, , "unicode"

4) EthTeX Package, no, dot-matrix - all HP II& III, Apple Image writer; driver provided for post-script printers, no, documentation, courses, manuals, on-line help, updates & software fixes, Windows compatible editor, postscript font for Ethiopic files

5) Ethiopian Software Center, no, dot-matrix - all HP laser printer, yes, documentation, manuals, on-line help, updates & software fixes, Window compatible

6) Feedel, yes, dot-matrix - all laser - any Postscript w/appletalk; QuickDraw w/ATM any plotter supp. by Mac, no, documentation, manuals, on-line help, updates & software fixes, DOS platform, Widows version, dictionary, database, optical character recognition

7) Goha-Tibeb, yes, dot-matrix - all HP laser series II and higher, no, documentation, courses, manuals, on-line help, updates & software fixes, set up PC-based computer bulletin boards; word- processing courses

8) ModEth, yes, dot-matrix printers laser jet , desk jet printers postscript printers, including Mac PS, no, documentation, courses, manuals, on-line help, updates & software fixes, Windows version, support ADOBE Type Manager (ATM)