Was Ultrix for DECstations -- now SunOS for Sparc2

Bill Pechter pechter at gmail.com
Sun Nov 13 13:17:09 CST 2005

Zane H. Healy wrote:

> At 3:56 AM +0800 11/11/05, Wai-Sun Chia wrote:
>> On 11/11/05, Zane H. Healy <healyzh at aracnet.com> wrote:
>>  > Personally I bought the DECstation I have somewhere specifically to
>>>  run NetBSD, not that I could tell you where that system is at the
>>>  moment.  Something to consider about Ultrix is that it is quite old
>>>  at this point, and doesn't get any updates.  NetBSD does.
>> There are people running Unix V6 on their 11/40...err..so what's your 
>> point? :-)
>> Or have you forgotten what which list you're in? :-)
> My point would be that you're more likely to have that DECstation on a 
> network than someone is likely to have their PDP-11 running V6 Unix.
> Besides, I have no desire to run old versions of Unix, I'd just as 
> soon run a supported version (almost said new version, but I still use 
> Solaris 8).  Also, I don't run Unix on my PDP-11's, as there are 
> plenty of interesting OS's that won't run on anything else.
>         Zane
If you've got the Sparc2 box like an IPX, SLC, ELC or Sparcstation 2 
(I've got some with the Sparc-up upgrade) you really don't do too well 
on Solaris 2.x...

SunOS 4.1.4 with the y2k patches and the updated tcp wrappers and 
portmapper is secure enough and works well.

Turn ftp, telnet off and use OpenSSH and scp and you're set.

I've been pretty pleased with the reliability of the older Sun Stuff.
I also have an UltraSparc 1E /170 and an Ultra5 that work well.

I have (somewhere) a cd with SunOS's patches for y2k and the public 
security patches
for the OS through 2000.   The y2k stuff was minimal  -- nroff macros, 
date commands and some diag stuff.

I'd love to get some more ethernet ports on the ultra's and make them 
firewalls under Solaris or Linux.  The old Spar2 stuff, unfortunately, 
doesn't hold enough ram in the box to run the newer Solaris 7 (2.7) stuff.

I still would like to have an Ultrix drive in my Vaxstation along with a 
VAX/VMS 5 and OpenVMS 7.2...


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