Press Release

IBM AIX 4.3.3 Adds Calls Allowing CD Studio to Build Disaster Recovery CD-R Discs

Redlands, California, February 29, 2000 - Young Minds, Inc. (YMi) of Redlands, California and the IBM AIX Install Team (Austin, TX) announced today that a new command has been added to AIX® 4.3.3 to allow the creation of bootable CDs. CD Studio® from Young Minds is one of three compatible CD premastering/ recording packages, and the only complete hardware/software CD recording solution that works in conjunction with the new ‘mkcd’ command. The ‘mkcd’ command allows users to create bootable AIX install CDs. AIX users can use this capability to implement a virtual "one button" disaster recovery tool to reinstall systems after a disk crash or other catastrophic data loss. 

Julie Craft, AIX Install Architect at IBM in Austin (TX), described the results of the testing done by the AIX Install Team:

"We tested the new AIX 'mkcd' command to create bootable backup and install CDs with Young Minds' CD Studio, and found it to be an excellent match. CD Studio worked seamlessly with our AIX 4.3.3 operating system, and we were very happy with all of our results." 
CD Studio features a unique controller-based design that simplifies installation, configuration, and operation with Unix-based workstations and servers, such as IBM RS/6000 systems, by eliminating the need for custom drivers. The controller-based design also allows network access. Since the controller isolates the CD recorder from the workstation/server sending data for recording, it helps ensure that every disc will be good. CD Studio supports a wide range of CD file system options, including ISO 9660, Rock Ridge, Joliet, and ISO 9660 with Translation Tables. 

Matthew Hornbeck, President of Young Minds, had this reaction to IBM’s adding the ‘mkcd’ command to AIX:

"We are very pleased that IBM has incorporated support for CD Studio into the latest release of AIX. CD Studio has a well-earned reputation for reliability, ease of use, and ease of installation. The fact that IBM has chosen CD Studio as a solution to build bootable discs underscores its market-leading capabilities."

AIX 4.3.3 is an integrated operating environment that supports both 32- and 64-bit RS/6000® systems in their full range of scalability while providing improved software features for both environments. Additional information about AIX 4.3.3 and the "mkcd" command can be found on IBM’s web site at:

About Young Minds, Inc.
Founded in 1989, Young Minds, Inc. (YMi) provides a complete line of network capable DVD and CD Recording solutions that work with UNIX, Linux, and Windows NT operating systems. YMi pioneered CD-Recording and CD-ROM mass storage in the UNIX market, and continues to deliver the most innovative solutions that are reliable, cost-effective and easy to use. Andrew Young, Chairman and co-founder of the company, authored the Rock Ridge Interchange Protocols, which define additional functionality for ISO 9660 standard discs used in UNIX environments.

Thousands of YMi systems are in use throughout the world in business, industry, government agencies and educational institutions. Young Minds can be reached on the Internet at or call 800-964-4964.

IBM, AIX and RS/6000 are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation. Java is trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. MakeDisc and CD Studio are registered trademarks of Young Minds, Inc.

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