[TUHS] And now ... Weirdnix?

Steve Simon steve at quintile.net
Mon Sep 18 00:23:04 AEST 2017


Weird unix...

My first contact with something unix-like was cromix, a unix rewrite in z80 assembler (i think). the machine i had access to had two 8inch floppies, and the exciting addition of a hard disk.

other strangeness was primix, a port of system v user space  onto primos. that was slow, and was similar enough to unix to lull you into a seance of security, until it bit you with something odd.

then came edition 7 on an interdata/perkin elmer and normality was restored (thanks again Richard Miller).

-Steve

> On 17 Sep 2017, at 09:10, David Arnold <davida at pobox.com> wrote:
> 
> Helios: a Unix-like system running on Transputers (and TI C40, and a few others).
> 
> It had a similar notion of a universal protocol for servers to hook into the "file" namespace as Plan9 / 9P, and a shell that included operators for spawning tasks on other CPUs, parallel execution, and so on.
> 
> They'd ported some basic GNU userland: GCC, GMake, etc, as well as the basic sources (ls, and co -- not sure where they came from or if they were written from scratch).  There was even an X11R5 (maybe R4?) server that would work with a few of the framebuffers that some of the Transputer boards had.
> 
> All good fun.  Sadly didn't last too long: likely killed off by Inmos' late delivery of the second gen T9000 processor like most of the Transputer world, but they disappeared after trying to move onto other CPUs seemingly unsuccessfully.
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> d
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>> On 17 Sep 2017, at 17:28, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:
>> 
>> Warren Toomey <wkt at tuhs.org> wrote:
>> 
>>> To kick a more relevant thread off, what was the "weirdest" Unix system
>>> you used & why? Could be an emulation like Eunice, could  be the hardware
>>> e.g NULL was not zero, NUXI byte ordering etc.
>> 
>> AT&T 3B20 - *0 didn't segfault but brought in some weird value.
>> 
>> Pyramid Dual Universe - System V vs. BSD - why be forced to decide when
>> you can have your cake and eat it too?
>> 
>> Whatever Data General called their Unix layer on top of their native
>> OS for the Eclipse or whatever it was (32 bit system).
>> 
>> Eunice - we had it one place I worked but I didn't use it much.
>> 
>> I never got to work on more exotic systems such as Interdata
>> or Series 1.
>> 
>> Arnold



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