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

Kevin Bowling kevin.bowling at kev009.com
Thu Jul 25 07:53:45 AEST 2019

Can you share any details or photos about that 3B?

Academia and cash strapped aren’t terms I’d tie together in my generation
in the US with all the loldebt and gilding.

On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 6:12 PM Lyndon Nerenberg <lyndon at orthanc.ca> wrote:

> >> 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.
> >Yep, can confirm.  I was a fan but the powers that were at Sun at the
> >time just didn't want competition for SPARC.
> I have vague memories of the Road Runner.  But I also recall, circa
> 1993, Sun was trying very hard not to sell a '386 port of Solaris that
> I wanted to get my hands on.
> At the time I was spinning up a brand new university campus.  We
> were, as all academia were, $$$ constrained.  Windows was starting
> to roll out, but the incoming academics wanted UNIX to run their
> code on.  Sun had just leaked out a 386-based release, but was
> hiding it from everyone.  At the front-end of the campus build, my
> thoughts were to get this Intel version of SunOS running on the
> Intel boxes that we knew we had to buy, anyway, because MSDOS and
> Windows.
> At the '93 Interop I quickly tracked down the Sun booth and started
> nailing down all the booth critters to set up a conversation about
> doing a campus-wide binary license of the 386 port.  Both booth
> shitheads could not be bothered.  They only wanted to SPARC the
> booth babes across the aisle.
> Does anyone remember the name of that Sun release?  I've forgotten now.
> Meanwhile, we signed up for a BSDi academic source license, and deployed
> UNIX on every PC that hit the campus.
> Sun did eventually show up, many months after the campus opening.  With a
> "million dollar" donation.  It was a heap of mostly broken workstations
> that they piled on the floor in the agora for a photo-op.  Same gig that
> AT&T tried when they dumped the 3B4000 on us in Athabasca in 1990 ;-)
> --lyndon
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