PDP-11 Operating Systems
hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Fri Mar 11 17:46:11 CST 2011
On 2011 Mar 11, at 3:19 PM, Dave McGuire wrote:
> On 3/11/11 6:09 PM, Ethan Dicks wrote:
>>>> I extracted a couple of photos from the Fox-2 doc at the
>>>> So for PDP-11 experts, could the machine in the photos be a
>>>> PDP-11 ca. 1972 ?
>>> That looks exactly like a PDP-11/20 front panel.
>> The switch and light patterns certainly do, but the silk screen around
>> them looks unique.
> Yes, a proprietary silk-screened bezel over a standard 11/20 front
> panel, as has been done with lots of PDP-8 and PDP-11 systems.
I figured somebody here would recognise it more quickly than if I went
looking for -11 front panel photos. While many -11s were used in
embedded systems, I don't think I had seen one where they were actually
trying to hide the fact by silk-screening new front panels.
Too bad in a way, about the Fox-1, just because it looked like a pretty
cool mini (X-shaped cabinet design).
I still find that era interesting, when everybody and their dog just
had to design and manufacture their own minicomputer, and then
discovered that supporting hardware, IO interfaces and devices, plus a
full range of software was a bit much.
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