Looking for early versions of MicroVMS & VWS
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 15:21:19 CDT 2009
On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 4:12 PM, <arcarlini at iee.org> wrote:
> cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org wrote:
>> Speaking of fuzzy details, my recollection of the "key"
>> process was that it only mattered for DECnet, and you got an
>> install-medium-compatible "key"....
> The base system was licenced for some number of users, maybe 8,
> maybe 2. The "licence key" was basically a patch to LOGINOUT.EXE
> that allowed more users (8, 64, unlimited, probably other options).
Ah... that sounds familiar. Of course, who would consider trying to
get 64 users on a 4MB MicroVAX I - that's just not gonna happen. A
9MB MicroVAX II might be able to handle it if there wasn't a lot of
> The DECnet "key" was (iirc) also a patch that enabled end node or full
> routing, depending on which you had.
Sounds right, but I don't recall fiddling with that much.
> I think clustering was done the same way.
We didn't do clustering so I have no experience with that.
> I remember pulling apart the base system licence and thinking that
> it would have been pretty easy to subvert. Then again, just like
> the LMF, I think the idea was to keep the honest, honest rather
> than keeping the bad guys out.
I think that was pretty much the point.
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