[TUHS] Unix V8 Chaosnet, any takers?

Ron Natalie ron at ronnatalie.com
Mon Jul 18 11:01:21 AEST 2022

We had NCP running on the JHU kernel which essentially a V6 kernel with extra stuff (including the ability to mount both V6 and V7 disks).  This was done on an 11/34 at Xmas time 1982 when the Arpanet went to long leaders and the UofIll ANTS we had became obsolete. 

> On Jul 17, 2022, at 19:40, jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu wrote:
>> From: Warner Losh
>>> What's "net unix" anyway?
>> I'm referring to the University of Illinois distribution
> Ah, OK.
>> I have seen references to it in the ARPAnet census documents running on
>> both V6 and V7 (though mostly they were silent about which version).
> Well, V7 came out in January, 1979, and NCP wasn't turned off until January,
> 1983, so people had a lot of time to get it running under V7.
>> I thought this was the normal nomenclature of the time, but I may be
>> mistaken.
> I'm not sure what it was usually called; we didn't have much contact with it
> at MIT (although I had the source; I'm the one that provided it to TUHS).
> The problem was that although MIT had two IMPs, all the ports on them were
> spoken for, for big time-sharing mainframes (4 PDP-10's running ITS; 1
> running TWENEX; a Multics), so there were no ports available to plug in a
> lowly PDP-11. (We were unable to get an IP gateway (router) onto the ARPANET
> until MIT got some of the first C/30 IMPs.) So we had no use for the NCP Unix
> (which I vaguely recall was described as 'the ARPANET Unix from UIll').
>    Noel

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