[TUHS] Why did PDPs become so popular?

Arrigo Triulzi arrigo at alchemistowl.org
Sun Dec 31 19:59:12 AEST 2017

On 31 Dec 2017, at 04:00, Henry Bent <henry.r.bent at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm curious about this.  As far as I know the development of the released OS for the Alpha went this way:
> (OSF/1 reference) -> (OSF/1 for MIPS) -> OSF/1 V[1.2, 2, 3.0] -> Digital UNIX [3.2, 4] -> Tru64[5].  Was there ever a branch of this for the VAX?

Actually OSF/1 T1.0 was shipped to customers. I know because it was on the three Alphas we received at Imperial College in the UK. It also came with an early version of MX, the 32-bit MIPS to 64-bit Alpha translator which we used to get Ghostscript working (essential for our Mathematicians, after getting TeX to compile).

We tried to get Ghostscript ported as soon as the machines were up but failed miserably and were (still am, actually) grateful for MX saving the day.


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