I've assembled some notes from old manuals and other sources
on the formats used for on-disk file systems through the
Additional notes, comments on style, and whatnot are welcome.
(It may be sensible to send anything in the last two categories
directly to me, rather than to the whole list.)
I was reading Graklaw for more-of-the-same - boneheaded companies taking on
productive people with intent to reduce dangerous productivity in favour of
monopolizing transaction tokens ie, money - and I came across the article on
some_bright_spark suing some other company for daring to try protecting
networks from email-borne spam:
Which got me thinking - Banyan Vines was a player back then, and the comments
mentioned only Novell. Surely there's something about Banyan's Vines?
I did a google search and found this:
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Liquidating ePresence distributes cash
Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology
Framingham's ePresence Inc. reports a plan to distribute cash to its
shareholders as part of its dissolution plan.
The distribution of $3.6 million, or 14 cents per common share, is expected
to be paid this week to those who were ePresence shareholders as of June 23,
2004. The distribution, combined with the previous distributions totaling
$4.15 per share, would return a total $4.29 per share to ePresence
shareholders, company officials said.
EPresence was launched in 1983 as Banyan Systems, selling a network operating
system and directory. But competitors such as Novell Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
subsequently moved into that market and Banyan switched focus in 1997.
In 2003, ePresence sold it services business to Unisys Corp. for $11.5
million. In 2004, the company sold its online telephone directory division
Switchboard Inc. to Bellevue, Wash.-based InfoSpace Inc. for $160 million.
Who would one need to get in touch with, to ask about the possibility of
getting the various obsolete Banyan Vines bits and pieces donated to TUHS?
(It was based on a Unix kernel, so I would say it - one of the first NOSes to
have a directory - should be part of the TUHS repository.)
Clinersterton beademung, with all of love - RIP James Blish
Gaul is quartered into three halves. Things which are
impossible are equal to each other. Guerrilla
warfare means up to their monkey tricks.
Extracts from "Schoolboy Howlers" - the collective wisdom
of the foolish.
Mau e ki, he aha te mea nui?
You ask, what is the most important thing?
Maku e ki, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
I reply, it is people, it is people, it is people.
I'm pinging my contacts to see if I can find a place to host a mirror.
I think that Oregon State Open Source Lab has a fat link to the net
and I used to know Scott K but he's moved on. If I get anywhere I'll
get back to the list.
BTW, whoever is the listmom, can you change me from digest to regular?
Larry McVoy lm at bitmover.comhttp://www.bitkeeper.com
Looking at the UNIX tree chart as I do from time to time to re-search for old
UNIX, I came this time over TROPIX, which is a UNIX-like system developed from
scratch on Brazil in their "IT cold war" times.
The system is now open source and can be found at
the pages are in Portuguese (sic) but one may get install media and the full
source code (Código Fonte).
I wonder it if would be sensible to store a copy of it on TUHS as well. In any
case, I've added it to the collection at
I've run it on QEMU and it's got a somewhat distinctive look and feel (and
command set). Curious to say the least. The major drawback is that it is all
These opinions are mine and only mine. Hey man, I saw them first!
José R. Valverde
De nada sirve la Inteligencia Artificial cuando falta la Natural