[TUHS] networking on unix before uucp
jsteve at superglobalmegacorp.com
Tue Aug 26 16:44:03 AEST 2014
The 3b1 emulator now kind of boot!..
There is some issues with stuff, but for the most part, it works
From: arnold at skeeve.com [mailto:arnold at skeeve.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:17 PM
To: lyndon at orthanc.ca; lm at mcvoy.com
Cc: rob at bolabs.com; tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org
Subject: Re: [TUHS] networking on unix before uucp
Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 01:00:45PM -0700, Lyndon Nerenberg wrote:
> > It was quite astounding to see the wide range of performance impacts
> > this had on various systems. 3B* systems would tip over and die, except
> > for the (built by Convergent Tech) 3B1.
> Sheesh, you people keep bringing up stuff from my past. My buddy Rob
> Netzer (used to be a prof at Brown, now works on BitKeeper with me)
> had one of those 3B1s. Neat machine. Sort of like a desktop VAX.
I had one too. (Also a trailblazer and then a worldblazer.) The 3B1 ran
SVR2; the BSD networking was available as an add-on with the ethernet
I spent many happy hours working on that box, developing gawk and its
documentation; it was slow enough that you could see algorithmic
differences, e.g. standard diff vs. GNU diff.
It had one of those great AT&T keyboards (as did the blit). The UI
wasn't anything special to write home about though.
For a while there was a separate 3b1.* set of newsgroups and an
archive of stuff at Ohio State; there remains a comp.sys.3b1 group
that still has some activity as new people try to revive some of
these machines and others who had them help out. Someone was writing
an emulator, but I don't think it ever got finished.
Ah, the memories .... :-)
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