[TUHS] BSD 4.1, 4.1x, Quasijarus, and 4.3x

Will Senn will.senn at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 11:19:24 AEST 2022

On 2/1/22 6:43 PM, Brad Spencer wrote:
> Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> writes:
> [snip]
>>> Well, no. Both OpenBSD and NetBSD ported back to the VAX, but the OpenBSD
>>> effort has ended due to lack of hardware and interest. It appears that
>>> NetBSD is still being actively developed on the VAX, however, so it's
>>> possible to get a "modern" 4.4BSD derived system on that architecture.
>> Right - either current NetBSD or the Ultrix 4.5 is what I would do.  If
>> NetBSD will run the Ultrix layered products, that would be the system with
>> the most; but I'm not sure if that will work.   Ultrix for instance
>> supports DEC (VMS) FTN - which I know you (Will) have been messing with.
>> That is the best (most complete) FTN for Vaxen.  I believe there is Ada,
>> PL/1 and maybe even Basic2 and Cobol/RPG [I think most of not all of the
>> VMS languages for the VAX were released on Ultrix but frankly, I don't
>> remember].
> [snip]
> NetBSD has a compat_ultrix that can be enabled for NetBSD/vax (and pmax
> / mips) that might allow some of those products to work.  The man page
> for it does not mention any of that specifically and does say that there
> are a few limits to it.
> https://man.netbsd.org/compat_ultrix.8
I tried an install of netbsd latest on simh microvax a few weeks back 
and it installed without error. It was slow to boot to login, but I'm 
sure that's just the network being misconfigured somehow, I haven't had 
time to troubleshoot - let's just call it pilot error.

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