Running different OSes on classic hardware (Re: Re installing XP on Sony)
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Sun Mar 6 21:41:38 CST 2005
Mark Davidson wrote:
> Oh man, I would *love* to have AmigaUnix running on an Amiga... that is
> one VERY difficult thing to find. You know, Unix ran for years on very
> "low-level" hardware and has usually been very snappy. Take a look at
> the original NeXT machines... the fastest NeXT was a 33 MHz 68040 and it
> was very responsive. I have an old AT&T box that runs AT&T Unix and I
> know it can't be faster than 30 MHz, and yet it runs Oracle!
It actually wasn't very difficult. Of course, I just happened to
have a tape streamer that the installer doesn't hate.
The A3000UX had custom v1.4 ROMs and a special Zorro-II framebuffer,
but a box-stock A3000 with (I think) 4MB+ and v2.04 ROMs will happily
The A3070 tape drive is a firmwared Archive Viper, but my Tandberg
TDC 4220 (and by extension probably a TDC 3600), an Archive 2150, and a
couple others are known to work. There's also a hacked-up install
process available (that just builds filesystems and then blows in all
the files with no package management at all) that will install from a
spare disk instead of tape.
The code is Out There, but like so much else here it's still under
copyright, but there's nobody around to license it.
And yes, I also have a Turbo Slab, which doesn't suck at all. :)
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