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Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:31 pm 
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I saved an Alpha Workstation a while back from a job while doing a clean up and with it managed to scrounge up a copy of Digital Unix version 4.0D I believe along with a copy of NT server for Alpha and InstallShield for NT/Alpha.

I threw Digital Unix on it but I have no licenses so I can't really do much with it as-is.

My question is, is there any software repository like nekoware for Digital Unix and is Digital Unix even worth looking at or should I just put Linux on it? Also, how was Digital's C/C++ compiler for it?


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Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:33 pm 
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I've got DIGITAL Unix 4.0E running on mine (because it's the last version to be called DIGITAL Unix), otherwise I would recommend upgrading to 4.0G or 5.1B (although 5.x doesn't feel as speedy as 4.0, even on my XP1000).

I personally like Digital Unix, besides standard stuff like acrobat reader and netscape, there is one particular piece of software, that stands out, and this is Symbolics OpenGenera, a runtime environment for Symbolics' LISP-Machine OS on DIGITAL Unix (it does only work on 4.0 out of the box).

I don't know too much about NT4 on AXP, as my XP1000 is the faster version with EV67 and this one doesn't support NT anymore :(

EDIT: If you're feeling adventurous, there's always OpenVMS ;) you can get VMS licenses from openvmshobbyist
Licenses for DEC OSes are not bound to a specific version, I'm running my DU 4.0E with a Tru64 5.1B-4 license.


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Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:32 am 
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There used to be a Tru64 hobbiest scheme, I managed to get one through a salesman.

Not alot of people know this but Tru64 includes a version of COM/OLE/DCOM.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:00 pm 
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Digital Unix 4 was reasonably well supported by GNU software back in the day.
You can find some stuff like gcc pre-compiled by yours truly here: http://wickensonline.co.uk/vaxen/index.html

It's been a while since I dug out my DEC 3000/600 and gave Digital Unix a whirl again.
The turbochannel boxes don't run 5 very well, and anyway, I prefer 4 (as pointed out 4.0E is DIGITAL branded).
The graphical installer is call.
I also run 3.2C which is what I got the box with back in 1994. That runs DECwindows, so looks a lot like OpenVMS 7.

What is the workstation you're running it on?

Regards, Mark.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:03 pm 
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Oh, and the Digital C/C++ compiler was AFAIK a port of the one under OpenVMS, so should be pretty good.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:40 pm 
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From what I noticed, the C compiler of 5.1B is significantly faster than the one from 4.0E, but still it's quite reasonable performance, especially on the FP-side

unfortunately 4.0D is the lowest I can run (actually 4.0F is the minimum, that's officially supported on XP1000, but 4.0D is also able to boot), but maybe I'll find a DEC 3000 one day


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