Tektronix Terminal Emulation

Douglas Taylor dj.taylor4 at comcast.net
Sat Mar 11 10:14:11 CST 2017

On 3/10/2017 10:31 PM, Chris Elmquist via cctalk wrote:
> On March 9, 2017 9:00:43 PM CST, Douglas Taylor via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> I'm trying to return to the computing days of yesteryear when people
>> hooked graphics terminals to VAXes.
>> I don't have a Tektronix graphics terminal but I do have a MicroVax II
>> and a laptop running Debian Linux.  Up to now I've been using the
>> laptop
>> as a console device and connecting to the Vax using minicom.  I thought
>> that the laptop would be a natural as a Tektronix type terminal.
>> On the MicroVax I have just started with PGPLOT and MIIPS, which are
>> scientific plotting packages that run on Vaxes.
>> I would like to use the laptop to emulate a Tek terminal connected to
>> the Vax through a serial port, but there doesn't seem to be anything
>> available to do that.  Does anyone know of such a thing?
>> Doug
> If you're not wedded to Linux on the laptop, MSDOS Kermit will do pretty good DEC VT-{many} and TEK4014 emulation and would be "period correct" for use with your VAX :-)
> Chris

I like using the laptop as a console because I can log my terminal 
session while I'm installing software, etc.  Kermit on debian linux 
comes without any terminal emulation for some reason.  One of the things 
that I tried was running kermit inside the xterm window, I was able to 
connect to the Vax but was unable to test the graphics portion.

I once had an old laptop that I ran DOS on just to run a PROM 
programmer.  Wish I still had it.

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