Ancient 8086/80286 unixes?
chrism3667 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 6 14:24:55 CDT 2007
--- Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk>
> I'm jumping in here mid-thread though so have lost
> some of the context - I
> can't think of a scenario where you plugged an
> entire machine (implying things
> like keyboard and video interfaces too) into an AT,
> but there were certainly
> all sorts of cards of the "CPU/memory/ROM/ISA
> interface" around onto which
> code could be offloaded.
What was the purpose of offloading in this context?
Simply acceleration? No, I can't think of any "whole
puters" that could get plugged into a pc or at either,
just thought I'd ask. But keep in mind you don't
really need a distinct k/b and screen to do that.
Years later they were quite common. I think it was
Orange Micro or AST that came out w/286 Nubus cards
for the early Nubus equipped Macs. I never bothered to
get mine working, but I'm guessing the environment ran
in a window on the Mac desktop.
Nevertheless I think it would be very kewell to plug
a whole 'nother puter into something vintij. Very kewell.
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