MicroVax II (Doug)

Douglas Taylor dj.taylor4 at comcast.net
Sun Jul 31 21:03:52 CDT 2016

On 7/31/2016 3:58 PM, Steven M Jones wrote:
> On 07/31/2016 11:27, Douglas Taylor wrote:
>> On 7/31/2016 2:44 AM, Graham Reid wrote:
>>> They were just networked, it wasn't a cluster.
>> Do you remember if the networking software was part of VMS 5.5 or was it
>> a third party?  I seem to remember third party TCPIP software,
>> Multiware, etc.
> If he meant they just used DECNET, then it basically came with the OS.
> You might have actually paid extra for it in a commercial setting - I
> only dealt with educational or hobbyist licensing, and it was included
> in those instances.
> By this time I think DEC had released their Ultrix Connection (UCX)
> TCP/IP and utilities product. It combined the protocol stack, some
> services and network utilities, and things like a ported Berkeley-style
> C shell (/bin/csh). Using that last was a mildly odd experience... They
> later replaced that with TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS.
> As Bill Degnan pointed out, the "hot ticket" commercial TCP/IP stack in
> the VMS 5.x era was MultiNet.
> There was the older CMU/IP package that everybody seemed to want to get
> off of as soon as something else was available. Process Software had
> TCPware, which I never encountered in the wild. And of course The
> Wollongong Group offered a TCP/IP stack along with Eunice (Unix emulator).
> --S.

I got it half right....  UCX rings a bell since I had the OpenVMS 7.2 on 
a newer VAX and the networking portion had that name.  It's been awhile 
and I have forgotten many of the details.

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