Exploring the world of minis and mainframes...

Michael Kerpan madcrow.maxwell at gmail.com
Sat Sep 4 16:15:08 CDT 2010

I'm thinking of doing a little write-up/summary on the
emulation/exploration of classic mainframe and minicomputer platforms
and I was wondering what all is available to folks both in terms of
host platforms (emulators and affordable real iron) and software. I
know that DEC stuff (especially PDP-8, PDP-10, PDP-11 and VAX stuff)
is widely available, as is a lot of early IBM stuff (360 and early 370
era) and even there's even a little bit available for things like the
Interdata minis, the HP 2100 and (if you know the right people) the
CDC 6x00/Cyber x70 systems. In addition, I've heard that a whole bunch
of Data General software has been authorized for release to hobbyists,
but work on that project is rather slow. Apart from what I've
mentioned, is there anything else that's either available or "in the
pipeline" or have I got it all?


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