[TUHS] SCO OpenDesktop 386 2.0.0

Cory Smelosky b4 at gewt.net
Tue Feb 28 06:06:08 AEST 2017


Arthur Krewat wrote:
> I've been trying this myself today, both on ESXi 6.0U2, and I went and
> installed ESXi 5.0 as a guest under 6.0U2 :)
>
> I notice that when I put the CD as IDE 1:0 (bus 1, master) it doesn't
> find it. When I put it as 0:0 (bus 0, master), it hangs loading the IDE
> driver.
>
> I suspect it doesn't know about bus 1, so it doesn't hang but also
> doesn't find it, and there's something wrong with either VMware's
> implementation of IDE, or SCO's handling of it - or both. I've read
> where lots of devices in VMware are just to "perfect" for some device
> drivers to deal with. One glaring example was you couldn't use the LSI
> SAS driver with Solaris 11. It would either hang or panic, I forget
> which. Switch to LSI Parallel SCSI, and it was fine.
>
> Anyway, I suspect that there's something in the IDE driver that's
> ignoring bus1, and hanging with VMware's implementation of it.
>
> I'm going to try installing ESXi 4.0 and see what happens.
>
> On another note, it's possible I just need to install the hard drive as
> IDE from the get-go, have the CDROM as slave on bus 0 and see what happens.
>
> Any pointers?
>
> thanks!
> art k.
>
>
> On 2/27/2017 12:12 PM, Cory Smelosky wrote:
>> Corey Lindsly wrote:
>>>> Count me in. I put my hand up for a copy of SCO when they were
>>>> offering free
>>>> samplers in the early 2000s, but never heard back from them.
>>>>
>>>> I wanted to compare it with Linux ...
>>>>
>>>> Thanks
>>>>
>>>> Wesley Parish
>>>
>>> For anyone interested, the SCO 2.1 images are available for download
>>> here:
>>>
>>> http://lod.com/sco
>>>
>>> A few things:
>>>
>>> 1. I am having some difficulty getting it to install in VMWare ESXi
>>> 5. The
>>> floppy image boots, and I get some way into the install process, but SCO
>>> install does not see the virtual CD-ROM drive. Thus, I'm presented with
>>> network install options only. At this point, there are a few options:
>>>
>>> (a) Track down the driver and/or VMWare settings to fix the CD-ROM
>>> visibility, and proceed with the install.
>>>
>>> (b) Set up a SCO network install server, and proceed.
>>>
>>> (c) Try the install on legacy physical hardware instead.
>>>
>>> Of course, your experience may differ.
>>>
>>>
>>> 2. There's actually an installation guide available for this OS here:
>>>
>>> ftp://ftp.sco.com/pub/UW21/upd211/eng211.txt
>>>
>>> As well as a lot of driver updates and other good stuff:
>>>
>>> ftp://ftp.sco.com/pub/UW21/
>>>
>>>
>>> 3. Anyone who wants to try SCO for the first time may find 5.0.7 a much
>>> easier go. It will install directly from CD in VMWare, and there is more
>>> driver support for it. To me, it has a very "pure" UNIX feel to it,
>>> other than the gratuitous and absurd use of symbolic links all over the
>>> file system. If you're interested in trying-out that version, let me
>>> know
>>> and I'll put up those images for download too.
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> --corey
>>
>> I have a note to myself to try an install in PCem later today.
>>
>

bochs' IDE implementation results in it crashing and in qemu it panic()s 
before loading the installer.


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