Ancient 8086/80286 unixes?

Paco Linux paco.linux at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 14:12:56 CDT 2007


Hi
Seems that some copies have survived:

ac:~/Desktop/OSes/microport paco$ strings build-disk.img | more
SYSV386
ERROR reading bootstrap
Base memory < 512k, can't boot UNIX
Diskette unit 0 must be quad density
Loading Unix

Paco

On 9/5/07, Holger Veit <holger.veit at iais.fraunhofer.de> wrote:
>
>
> Chuck Guzis said:
> > On 5 Sep 2007 at 10:15, Brian Wheeler wrote:
> >
> >> I don't suppose anybody knows where one would dig up old unixes for
> 8086
> >> or 80286 based PCs?  Source would be a big bonus.  I've been playing
> >> with the bcc compiler and the V7 source and just curious what "real"
> >> ports looked like.
> >
> > If my memory serves, the first ports of Unix for the 80286 weren't
> > for the PC/AT (i.e. earlier) and were for Xenix, not Unix (yes, I
> > know, a minor quibble).  It was an odd arrangement--Microsoft was
> > working on the utilities, etc. and Intel was working on the kernel
> > code.  The whole affair seemed to take forever.
>
> Long time ago I had 5.25" floppies for a Microport/286 Unix in hands,
> later a 386 version of that. I think this was a real SYSV UNIX, not a
> Xenix UNIX-lookalike. Must have been in the mid 80s, but eventually these
> floppies got lost when the 386 and the various 386bsd and Linux
> experiments came up. Unfortunately, this Unix died together with Microport
> long ago, and not only I have lost the media set.
>
> Regards
>
> --
> Holger
>



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