Any word on the Multics revival front?
jws at jwsss.com
Fri Mar 11 23:02:11 CST 2016
On 3/11/2016 8:51 PM, Zane Healy wrote:
>> On Mar 11, 2016, at 6:22 AM, Kevin Monceaux <Kevin at rawfeddogs.net> wrote:
>> OI hadn't checked on Multics progress in quite a while. Yesterday I
>> discovered that the DPS-8/M emulator at:
>> is far enough along to boot Multics. I thought some folks on this list
>> might be interested in it.
> What I’d like to know is if any copies of GCOS-8 exist in the wild. That’s what I’d personally really like to boot on the emulator. I used to be able configure all the IOP’s, IOM’s, CPU’s, etc. from memory, power them up, and boot GCOS-8.
The problem with GCOS is that there isn't a history I know of that it
was anything but Honeywells property. A lot of negotiation and
persistence on the part of many folks went to getting it to where the
Multics code could be released. And it was lucky to be saved @ MIT and
the CHM with donations.
I don't know of anyone with GCOS when it has been mentioned over the
history of the discussions about this hardware.
Many thanks to Harry and Charles for writing the emulator, and to the
others reviving the system.
I plan to have a 6180 panel at VCF West and an original 645 board from
the first Multics system for show and tell.
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