VMS stability back in the day (was Re: NuTek Mac comes)
john at forecast.name
Sun Jul 17 10:06:38 CDT 2016
> On Jul 17, 2016, at 10:41 AM, Paul Koning <paulkoning at comcast.net> wrote:
>> On Jul 16, 2016, at 6:56 PM, Antonio Carlini <a.carlini at ntlworld.com> wrote:
>> The specs were (and are) freely available. (I'm not 100% sure that they were free-as-in-beer back then, but they are now).
> I assume you had to pay for the cost of printing. They could be freely reproduced, though, it says so explicitly.
>> There was at least one implementation for Linux and (I think ...) another for Solaris. cisco also supported DECnet in some of
>> their switches.
> Yes, and for that matter, there was a commercial non-DEC DECnet, by Stuart Wecker I think -- he was involved with DDCMP way back when.
That was Technology Concepts Inc, Sudbury MA. Sometime around 1984 I almost left
DEC to join TCI but then had a change of heart. Sun’s DECnet implementation was
either done by TCI or based on their code.
>> (I'm assuming that Phase II existed at some point before Phase III, which definitely did exist. I also
>> assume that Phase I only acquired that designation once Phase II appeared!)
> I suppose so. Rumor had it that Phase I only existed on RSX, but it appears that there was a PDP-8 implementation as well. Phase II was implemented on lots of DEC systems, from TOPS-10 to RT-11 to RSTS/E. My initial involvement with DECnet was as the DECnet/E kernel guy, upgrading DECnet/E from Phase II to Phase III.
I worked at a customer site in Sweden which consisted of a pair of 11/40’s running
RSX-11D and DECnet Phase I. I’m pretty sure that Phase I only ran on 11D in the RSX
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