VAX 11/750 rescued, alas...
oldcpu2 at rogerwilco.org
Mon Oct 8 18:24:56 CDT 2007
Henk Gooijen wrote:
> Just my 2 ct, I have an 11/750, but not yet had a good look at it.
> I know it boots VMS from an RA81, but can't remember the version.
> This is DEC hardware, so will NEVER run NetBSD or anything non-DEC
> on it. If I want to run non-DEC software, I'll grab a stupd PC!
As a curiosity, I might want to try BSD or NetBSD at some point, but I
agree with you. I'm hoping to run VMS on this thing as the more or less
permanent software environment. Still, it might be fun to explore what
the state-of-the-art in BSD was like back then on this equipment. Like
I said, as a curiosity.
> I found this a good page: http://www.vaxarchive.org/hw/750faq.html
Yes, that has already proven to be useful as I get myself up to speed on
this 'big' VAX.
> Somebody (in The Netherlands) promised to send me a CD-ROM with
> Ultrix for the 11/750, and I gave him 10 euro to cover expenses.
> Alas, after 2 e-mails, I never heard of him ... so I would be very
> interested in an Ultrix CD-ROM for the 11/750 too.
Too bad the CD never arrived. <grumble> It would be interesting to see
Ultrix on this beastie.
I'm presently running Ultrix 4.5 on a MIPS R3000-based DECsystem 5400,
with a fairly complete docset for Ultrix 4.0), and I also have several
flavors of Ultrix 4 for VAX that I've played with on a Vs3100, so have
some familiarity with these newest versions. Still, there's no telling
what BSD4.3 or Ultrix 1.x would be like. Be kinda fun to find out.
As Jochen mentioned, some of the ancient BSD stuff is available from
TUHS or on the CSRG CDs. I sprang for the CSRG CDs last year, but
haven't been smart enough yet to try any of that stuff out. I'm getting
there, but maybe this system will give me reason (and a platform) to try
that old BSD stuff out.
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