Value of a PDP/8?
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 19:29:36 CST 2007
On 3/9/07, Glen Slick <glen.slick at gmail.com> wrote:
> What would be the most appropriate version to run on a MicroVAX II or
> III? Are there installation tape media images available somewhere?
Appropriate? Back in the day, the DEC-supplied choices were VMS or
Ultrix, but some folks (typically in University environments) ran
4BSD. Where I worked, we had MicroVMS 4.6 on our first MicroVAX II
(originally shipped from DEC as a MicroVAX I then upgraded for about
$20K, hardware and software), and Ultrix 1.1 then 2.0 on our BA-123
> Now that I finally got a PDP-11/73 up and booting 2.11BSD I should see
> if I can get the MicroVAX II up and running. It might even already
> have a usable version of VMS on it. I haven't powered it up since I
> acquired it. I also have a MicroVAX III CPU and memory board set that
> I think I could swap into it.
Sure. I've never owned a MicroVAX III, but I have countless hours on
MicroVAX IIs w/9MB of RAM and RD53/RD54 disks. If you are interested
in running an OS from the 1980s, the MicroVAX II and III are good
platforms. If you want to run a newer version of VMS, like 6.x, it
will tax the resources of a MicroVAX II, but is (barely) possible.
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