Unix on old-ish machines - advice sought
jkunz at unixag-kl.fh-kl.de
Wed Apr 6 16:33:13 CDT 2005
On Wed, 06 Apr 2005 09:39:48 +0100
Stan Barr <stanb at dial.pipex.com> wrote:
> I'd like to get a straight (ie no X) Unix running on some sort of
> older, but not necessarily ancient, hardware. My Micro-11/73 is
> not really suitable
I run 2.11BSD on my PDP-11/73.
> I've seen a few Vaxen and MicroVaxen on the market lately so my
> thoughts are turning in that direction.
A MicroVAX II or III / 300 can run 4.3BSD-Tahoe or -Quasijarus.
This will give you true vintage BSD UNIX. You can also run NetBSD on
them if you want a modern Unix-like OS on old hardware. NetBSD also
supports VAXstations. A VAXstation 3100 should be available nearly for
the cost of shipping and a VAXstation 4000-VLC is the smalest VAX build
NetBSD also runs on Sun 3 / Sun 4 / SPARC, HP9000 300 / 400, DEC MIPS
machines ("DECstation"), ... so there is a lot of hardware in the 10 to
20 year old timeframe supported by NetBSD. IIRC you can download SunOS
4.x for Sun 3 somewhere legal, so you can run the "right" OS on your Sun
3 machine too. A sun4c machine (SPARCstatin 1, 1+, 2, IPC, IPX, SLC,
ELC) can be as cheap as a VAXstation 3100.
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