Lyle scores a WIN for our hobby!
Jerome H. Fine
jhfinedp3k at compsys.to
Thu Apr 28 22:58:18 CDT 2016
>Rod Smallwood wrote:
> >On 28/04/2016 18:25, Evan Koblentz wrote:
>>> We all owe a big "Thanks!" to Harry Sanders at S&H Computer Systems
>>> and his
>>> Board of Directors for making this release a reality for all vintage
>>> computer folks! Also, the hobby owes huge thanks to Lyle Bickley for
>>> tirelessly pursuing this for us all! I've always been a huge fan of
>>> and I'm thrilled there's now a personal (hobbyist) license thanks to
>> Great work Lyle!!
> Excellent -- One minor point you need RT11 to run it I think.
At the present time, RT-11 is used in running TSX-Plus in three ways:
(a) To boot TSX-Plus, either it is usual to initiate TSX.SAV via one of the
UnMapped RT-11 monitors such as RT11SJ or RT11FB since most,
probably all, Mapped RT-11 monitors are too large.
(b) Certain RT-11 utilities such as DIR.SAV and PIP.SAV are often used in
addition to other RT-11 programs such as MACRO.SAV to accomplish
goals under TSX-Plus which S&H did not write.
(c) Many of the TSX-Plus device drivers were originally RT-11 device
modified to conform to TSX-Plus requirements.
It is probably (c) that is actually the reason that RT-11 is needed to run
TSX-Plus since S&H could have managed to write the boot code in
addition to the RT-11 programs that are used. But as long as an RT-11
license was a pre-requisite to run TSX-Plus, there really was no need to
also write all of the device drivers from scratch as well. For the actual
situation, as long as RT-11 was already present, the straight forward
solution was the one used.
If my comments are incorrect, it would be appreciated if someone could
provide the actual information.
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