[TUHS] Old 386 Unix Versions, was: Re: PCC for the i386

Ben Greenfield ben at cogs.com
Wed Jul 17 22:32:05 AEST 2019

> On Jul 17, 2019, at 5:28 AM, Arrigo Triulzi <arrigo at alchemistowl.org> wrote:
> On 17 Jul 2019, at 10:10, arnold at skeeve.com <mailto:arnold at skeeve.com> wrote:
>> emanuel stiebler <emu at e-bbes.com> wrote:
>>> On 2019-07-11 18:50, A. P. Garcia wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 12:31 PM Clem cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
>>>> Did Sun have anything to do with that? I seem to recall something
>>>> called "Interactive Unix" for the 386, possibly marketed by Sun...
>>> "Interactive Unix" was pretty nice back than.
>>> Anybody remembers ESIX? Still have the document wall for that ...
>>> Cheers
>> Sun had a '386 based system in early 90s-ish called the Road Runner.
>> I never saw it. It ran SunOS 4.x and I think was discontinued by the
>> time Solaris 2.x came along.
>> And, I *do* remember ESIX. We used it for our product at a startup
>> company I worked for. Initially System V R3 based, IIRC, and then
>> eventually SVR4; I think we saw an improvement moving to the
>> BSD fast file system.
> Does anyone have documentation or history for European efforts in the Unix-like operating systems? For example there was Bull’s Chorus which I seem to recall was based on Mach or a competing microkernel (it was a very long time ago and I used it for no mare than about two hours..).

I know that it didn’t run Unix but I believe Nixdorf Computer was the large computer company at that time.




> I am rather saddened by the fact that there is so much about all the Unix (and not only Unix) history of computing in the USA and so very little in Europe. I wouldn’t even know where to start, to be honest, all I have as a history is the Italian side from my father and his other mad friends and colleagues in Milan. So little of it is recorded, never mind written down.

Maybe here.


Let me know what you find out regarding the Nixdorf 820. I happen to have my friends dad’s old one…

Keep Digging,


> Arrigo

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