[TUHS] Tektronix Unix Variants

Tim Bradshaw tfb at tfeb.org
Sat Apr 29 23:06:09 AEST 2006

On 29 Apr 2006, at 05:11, William von Hagen wrote:

> Tektronix had a Unix variant called uTek that ran on a number of
> workstations that they produced in the 1980s - perhaps that's what
> you're thinking of? These started out with Nat Semi processors, but
> later production systems were 68Ks IIRC. Most of them ran uTek,. but
> some also ran a SmallTalk-based system and were sold as AI boxes. As
> you'd expect from Tektronix products, the graphics were superb for  
> their
> day. The uTek boxes ran the X Window system and had Tektronix' own
> window manager.

I don't *think* that was it - I remember seeing those boxes at some  
trade show later, but this was a different animal - it was really a  
piece of test equipment for embedded processors (actually it might  
have been a socket-level simulator, that you used to replace an 1802  
or something so you could see what it was doing) I think.  It almost  
certainly had a serial console (which would have been a Tek graphics  
terminal of course _ I think it had a pair of them), and I am  
reasonably sure the thing that ran it all was a PDP-11 of some kind  
(poresumably a small one, because the whole system was not enormous).


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