[TUHS] The origin of /home

Jon Forrest nobozo at gmail.com
Fri Sep 28 04:49:02 AEST 2018

On 9/27/2018 8:54 AM, Arrigo Triulzi wrote:
> On 27 Sep 2018, at 17:36, Jon Forrest <nobozo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Right, and I am that Jon Forrest
> Well, made a fool of myself there!

That's OK. I do things like that at least once a day.

> On OSF/1 T1.0, which is what we got shipped with our first Alphas, we were
> categorically told by REO that we were on our own.

Those were the days when DEC would tell you all kinds of things.
I remember in the late 80s they told me that TCP/IP wasn't going
to catch on, and that I should stick with DecNet.

> The later DEC solution I recall requiring more disk space on the clients,
> which we didn’t have, but I’m sure that later ships with sufficient disk space had less issues.

I actually started my dataless design back when we were running Ultrix.
It worked fine there too, although back then 10Mbs networking was common
so it wasn't super speedy. Of course, neither were the workstations.

The document I quoted also described how the CS department used
an Auspex file server to serve what we called the "Software Warehouse",
which was a collection of open source software that we built
for all the popular architectures then.


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