[TUHS] VAX dates (was /dev/drum)

ron minnich rminnich at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 02:46:18 AEST 2018

yeah we heard about the vax for several years at udel but my recollection
is also around 1978 as "real" announcement.

A friend at DEC worked on microcode, one version of which made the vax into
a pdp-8.


On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 4:58 AM Paul Winalski <paul.winalski at gmail.com>

> On 4/22/18, Clem cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
> >
> > BTW if you want to be correct about dates - the DEC released the Vax in
> 76
> > not 78 ( I personally used to program Vax serial #1 at CMU under VMS 1.0
> > before I was at UCB which is what Dan had asked).
> As I remember it, DEC announced the VAX in 1976 or 1977, and first
> official customer ship didn't happen until 1978.  Holy Cross had one
> of the hardware beta machines in 1977.  It ran a beta version of VMS
> (version X0.5 initially).  I ported a bunch of programs to the VAX,
> including the PDP-10 version of Adventure.
> -Paul W.
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