[TUHS] The MGR window system and the Macintosh

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Fri Aug 5 23:33:05 AEST 2022

This thread needs to move to COFF to continue - although my own story is
1/2 about BSD and the VAX.

On Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 10:15 PM Al Kossow <aek at bitsavers.org> wrote:

> On 8/4/22 5:37 PM, Andrew Newman wrote:
> > There's a bunch of AED documentation online, including this...
> >
> > http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/aed/brochures/AED_767_Brochure_Jun82.pdf <
> http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/aed/brochures/AED_767_Brochure_Jun82.pdf>
> I worked at AED before going to Apple, to stay sort of window related, the
> last project I worked on at AED was
> a VME and Qbus board set that was a complete color X terminal.
I had to chuckle when I read that.  In the fall of '82 (I think), we got a
Smalltalk VM from PARC at UCB.  Dave Unger, Ken Keller, and I - plus some
other folks in Patterson's systems seminar who's names I have since
forgotten, wrote a VM in C for the VAX/BSD.  We used an AED512 and Keller's
graphics library from his thesis running over a 19.2 serial link as the
output.  About a month after we had it running, a couple of us got to visit
PARC, and Peter Deutch showed us Smalltalk running on a Dorado.  He ran his
hand with the mouse across the screen opening and closing a bunch of
windows randomly.   We started laughing and Peter asked us what was so
funny.  We told him what he did would have taken at least 5 minutes to
redisplay on BSD/VAX version.

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