first Classics (WAS Apollo DN systems)
zmerch-cctalk at 30below.com
Fri Aug 18 08:07:22 CDT 2006
Rumor has it that Steven N. Hirsch may have mentioned these words:
>On Thu, 17 Aug 2006, Scott Quinn wrote:
> > You'll note this is pretty much limited to UNIX workstations, because of
> > my space limitations and my assumption that UNIX will make for a easier
> > transition.
One must ask oneself - transition *from what*? If one is "transitioning"
from OS/400, I doubt there's any micro available that will be easier than
any other... ;-)
>I have to reluctantly agree that Unix may not be the best entry into
>classic collecting. My choice would be the Apple 2 series and/or
>Commodore VIC-20 and 64. These are cheap and plentiful with lots of
>information and software available on the net.
Depends. If you are coming from a Unix/Linux world, *or* started out with
the GWBASIC crowd, a Tandy (CoCo|Model3/4|etc.) might be easier to get
accustomed to as there will be less of a learning curve with the Basic (or
in the *nix case, OS-9 on a CoCo). Parts are still cheap, plentiful, and
some are even swappable with the IBM scene; not to mention utilities to
write to cross-platform floppies & whatnot; which is a bit tougher in the
However, I agree that if it is your first foray into the world of classics,
a small cheap 8-bitter is definitely the way to go.
[[ Oh and Will: When the other poster mentioned IBM, he might've been
referencing AS/400 or System/36-type machines. I certainly wouldn't
recommend anything of that vintage from IBM for a beginner! ;-) However,
PowerPC vs. Sparc vs. Alpha vs. Mips vs. Geode vs. every other durned CPU
*nix has been ported to really isn't an issue. ;-) ]]
Roger "Merch" Merchberger
Roger "Merch" Merchberger -- SysAdmin, Iceberg Computers
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