[TUHS] Un-released/internal/special UNIX versions/ports during the years?

Brantley Coile brantleycoile at me.com
Sun Feb 26 04:16:48 AEST 2017

For the record, I use sam, ed, and acme, in that order.

> On Feb 25, 2017, at 1:11 PM, Joerg Schilling <schily at schily.net> wrote:
> 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 
> Weitek chip.
>> 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).
> Jörg
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