Vax 6320 on Ebay

Jan-Benedict Glaw jbglaw at lug-owl.de
Sat Aug 20 05:10:24 CDT 2005


On Sat, 2005-08-20 10:41:19 +0200, Jochen Kunz <jkunz at unixag-kl.fh-kl.de> wrote:
> On Sat, 20 Aug 2005 08:27:08 +0200
> Jan-Benedict Glaw <jbglaw at lug-owl.de> wrote:
> 
> > but here's from pure memory what this machine consists of:
> I am green with envy! ;-)

/me is somewhat proud :)

> Do you have disks?

Nope. ...and I'm not all that sure what I'll do right now with the box.

> I have a SCSI-HSC-to-CI controler and drive canisters (all 19", may fit
> into the VAX 6000 main cabinet) waiting for a good home that can make
> use of it. This way you can use "normal" SCSI disks on your VAX.

That's a nice offer, thanks. Maybe I'll talk you into this.

> I can also throw in a DEC DEFPA PCI FDDI card, that is supported by
> Linux and *BSD...

All the fun will start somewhen in the next week. Then, Michael and me
will have some relais in place to allow remote power control. My first
action will probably be to get a Linux kernel running on it. (I did
start some coding last night (couldn't resist :-)  but it's not yet
working. Seems the stack pointer isn't correctly set, so it goes to
paradise as soon as the first pushl is done...)  Then I'll need to get
the DEBNIs under control to allow NFS root. I haven't yet played a lot
with NetBSD (only installed it on a 4000/90 for a test), but I think
I'll load it on some more machines and study it (esp. the VAX part).
That'll probably help getting SMP support :)  As far as I know, this is
the very first SMP machine available to us few Linux developers.

(Side note: the location where the machine is hosted (the infamous,
non-existing Bielefeld in NRW, Germany) will allow for some developer's
meetings, so once we cleaned up the basement a bit, we can have hacking
sessions. If anybody knows some cheap location that's offering some more
space in NRW, please speak up. Some EUR are probably available to rent a
larger room or small flat for http://lug-owl.de/ .)

MfG, JBG

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