[TUHS] Un-released/internal/special UNIX versions/ports during the years?
schily at schily.net
Sun Feb 26 04:11:57 AEST 2017
Steve Nickolas <usotsuki at buric.co> wrote:
> On Sat, 25 Feb 2017, Larry McVoy wrote:
> > Back in the days of 4MB SPARC machines (and 68K machines) we joked
> > that EMACS stood for Eight Megs And Constantly Swapping. David
> > Rosenthal, a Sun DE, was known for running emacs on the bitmapped
> > console in terminal mode so as to not let X11 or NeWS eat up ram.
> From that nickname I came up with "Enough Memory A Concept Strange", as 8
> MB was no longer a lot of memory.
On my Sun-2/50 at home and my 3-50 at work, I edited in console mode when I was
working on drivers - just because launching Sunview did take too much time and
I needed to reboot frequently. Note that I could not load the driver when I was
e.g. working on the kbd driver.
I stopped with this kind of usage once the console on sparc systems came up and
has been too slow. OK there was a hack to copy the FORTH boot code into RAM to
make it faster, but it still has been slower than the Sun2 or Sun3 machines.
Memory was definitely not a problem on Sparc systems as the Sparc systems I
used never had less than 16MB of RAM (usually 64MB). I started with what I call
a "SparcStation-1-" at home, an engineering sample delivered aprox. 9 months
before the official Sparcstation-1 launch that used a TI Floatingpoint
processor with a gate array adaptor on a piggy back rather than the official
> Disclosure - never was an EMACS person, or a vi person, pico was and nano
> is more my cup of tea. That said, I can fumble my way around vi if I
> absolutely must.
I do not know EMACS well enough to use it and I know vi for emergency only. I
usually use my VED (see schilytools).
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