[TUHS] Reorganising the Unix Archive? (GNU?)

Deborah Scherrer dscherrer at solar.stanford.edu
Tue Feb 21 02:46:55 AEST 2017

I would like to add the Software Tools to the Unix archive.  As you may 
remember, Brian Kernighan and P. J. Plauger wrote a book about 
developing Unix-like code for non-Unix systems.   We at the Lawrence 
Berkeley Lab took that idea and ran with it.  We eventually produced a 
set of Unix utilities and a system interface that could be reproduced on 
virtually any operating system.  This was freely distributed and 
eventually the package was put up on over 50 different 
computers/systems.  There was a user group of about 2000. The movement 
earned one of the Usenix Flame Awards, way back when.

We have the original tapes produced at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, plus a 
Pascal version, plus a version for CP/M.   We would like to add these to 
the Unix archive, if you think it appropriate.


On 2/20/17 3:12 AM, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:
> Interesting.  WRT sun and vax, those were the two most popular platforms
> at the time. So if you wanted to spread the Free Software gospel, it
> made sense to target those platforms first.
> Targetting 68020 also made a number of other vendors potentially available.
> Apollo comes to mind, I'm sure there were others.
> I remember bootstrapping GCC 1.0 on one of the vaxen I ran when I
> was a sysadmin at Emory University. I don't think I played with anything
> earlier but I don't remember.
> Arnold
> <jsteve at superglobalmegacorp.com> wrote:
>> I recently found out that vim.org of all places had a copy of GCC 0.9, which was the first public version, to support the VAX & 68020 SUN platforms of the time.
>> http://ftp.vim.org/languages/gcc/old-releases/gcc-1/
>> I built it on SIMH + 4.2BSD VAX along with the ‘gnu1988’ along with other gems like bison 1.00, flex 1.0 .. and it was a lot more unstable than I was expecting, the next oldest version is 1.21 which adds more platforms, and some much needed stability.  I know it’s old, but it’s funny how pro SUN they were at the time.
>> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>> From: arnold at skeeve.com
>> Sent: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 5:23 PM
>> To: wkt at tuhs.org; jsteve at superglobalmegacorp.com
>> Cc: tuhs at tuhs.org
>> Subject: Re: [TUHS] Reorganising the Unix Archive? (GNU?)
>> There's a fair amount of stuff on ftp.gnu.org itself.  The FSF
>> used to make tapes and CDs; perhaps they still have some laying around?
>> I'm not sure who to ask there, though, although I could try to find
>> someone.
>> Arnold
>> Jason Stevens <jsteve at superglobalmegacorp.com> wrote:
>>> I've been on again and off again collecting stuff...  What I've found I've put on source forge since it's easier to upload binaries there.  Same for Linux, while there is an ancient Linux site, all it's mirrors are vanishing
>>> On February 20, 2017 2:50:13 PM GMT+08:00, Warren Toomey <wkt at tuhs.org> wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 02:14:19PM +0800, Jason Stevens wrote:
>>>>>     I dont know if it's worth even trying to find and mirror pre 1993
>>>> ( IE
>>>>>     when cheap CD-ROM mastering was possible) GNU software?
>>>> I'm happy to accept CD images of GNU stuff, but "GNU's not Unix" so it
>>>> may not be put into the Unix Archive.
>>>> We do need a GNU historian and curator. Ditto for Linux.
>>>> Cheers, Warren
>>> -- 
>>> Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.

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