[TUHS] What UNIX Artifacts Are Still Missing?

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Wed Dec 6 09:06:46 AEST 2017

Venix/86 and Venix/86R might be interesting... I have impure versions of


On Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 3:55 PM, Angelo Papenhoff <aap at papnet.eu> wrote:

> On 06/12/17, Warren Toomey wrote:
> > All, it's time to nudge the conversation away from debugging 2017 OOM
> issues
> > and the pre-UNIX history of the Arpanet.
> >
> > We've been able to recover quite a deal of UNIX artifacts in the past two
> > decades, but what artifacts (in your opinion) are still out there that
> > we should try and unearth? Remember that the 50th anniversary is coming
> up
> > in 2019.
> >
> > Here's my list:
> >  - more PDP-7 source code: the shell, the rest of the utilities
> >  - more 1st Edition source code: the rest of the utilities
> >  - ditto the missing bits of 3rd, 4th and 5th Editions
> >  - the Phil Foglio artwork that became a Usenix t-shirt (Armando, any
> ideas?)
> >  - more details on who was Ted Bashkow, and the story behind his (+
> others?)
> >    analysis of the 1st Edition kernel at http://www.tuhs.org/Archive/
> Distributions/Research/Dennis_v1/PreliminaryUnixImplementationD
> ocument_Jun72.pdf
> >  - a firm date on the day that Ken added pipes to the kernel :)
> >
> > What else should be we looking for? What physical artifacts (drawings,
> > artwork etc.) have we missed that should be sought after?
> >
> > Cheers, Warren
> (Replied off list accidentally, sorry Warren)
> I totally agree that having more of V2-V4 would be great.
> Recently, I've become interested in the UNIX development at AT&T.
> There is SysIII for PDP-11 and VAX and both work in simh.
> With SysVR1 I only found the PDP-11 version, would be cool to have the
> VAX version too. But turning to older stuff...there is not much info
> about the UNICES that were to become SysIII. I'm talking PWB (there is
> PWB/1.0 in the archive that I will try to get running soon, but I
> understand there were more versions), CB UNIX (only scans of it it
> seems) and the elusive UNIX/TS in various versions.
> I'm aware that these were not released under the ancient UNIX license,
> however the web source view on TUHS has the source code for SysIII and
> SysV and most of it can be found on archive.org as well, so the fact
> that they're not part of the public TUHS archive is a bit weird.
> BTW, I'm currently putting together installation instructions for
> various
> old UNICES on http://a.papnet.eu/UNIX/. And I also ported aiju's blit
> emulator to Unix recently (ran on plan 9 originally):
> https://github.com/aap/blit So have fun running v8 with this.
> aap
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