[TUHS] Thanks for Virtuallyfun! (was Re: Happy birthday, 386BSD!)

Michael Huff mphuff at gmail.com
Sun Jul 14 18:17:32 AEST 2019


Personally, I'm very grateful for the amount of time you've spent not 
simply finding and posting the things you do (this, cmu mach, the BSD 
and Unix stuff) but also the blog entries you write that spell out the 
steps you take to get it all running.

As someone who came along much later (slackware 3.5?, freebsd 
2.2-something) but has a lot of interest/curiosity about what the older 
days were like it's very helpful and illuminating.

Oh! ...and of course, Happy Birthday 386BSD!


-a Virtuallyfun fan/reader

On 7/13/2019 10:53 PM, Jason Stevens wrote:
> Getting this to build was such a tremendous effort.  Although last 
> time I revisited my 386BSD 0.0 work even under emulation it ran too 
> fast and had issues.
> But it's really a tremendous effort what Bill and Lynne had done, by 
> pushing out not only a running version of Net/2 but a self hosting 
> version of Net/2 for the lowly and utterly common and commodity 386.
> Its a shame the BSDSS and later N2SS from CMU (ports of 4.4 / Net/2) 
> to Mach 3.  But that USL vs BSDi/CSRG lawsuit cut short what should 
> have the shot heard around the world moment.
> It was shockingly hard to chase down 386BSD  0.0 just as it was to 
> find NetBSD 0.8 and 0.9
> Im just sad I was in the dark about BSD at that time, all the Unix 
> people I knew hid behind their RS/6000s and SUN workstations while me 
> and all my peers were all all running Linux.
> But there is nothing like the feeling of running make world, or 
> building a custom kernel when compared to just running a binary set.
> Since 0.1 is more capable, here is a download for Windows users for it 
> ready to run.
> https://sourceforge.net/projects/bsd42/files/4BSD%20under%20Windows/v0.4/386BSD-0.1.exe/download
> On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 1:57 PM +0800, "Dave Horsfall" 
> <dave at horsfall.org <mailto:dave at horsfall.org>> wrote:
>     386BSD was released on this day in 1992, when William and Lynne Jolitz
>     started the Open Source movement; well, that's what my notes say, and
>     corrections are welcome (I know that Gilmore likes to take credit for just
>     about everything).
>     -- Dave
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