Digital Unix on an "a" model

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Re: Digital Unix on an "a" model

Unread postby Vladio » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:32 am

Man, the prices of used Sun Ultra's! Making the DEC look like a more attainable machine but I think the Sun's are a better machine for what I'm looking for. Off to play the lotto...
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Re: Digital Unix on an "a" model

Unread postby guardian452 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:13 pm

uunix wrote:She now has a wedding to plan, which we talk about, but she already has it sorted, so I throw in comments and suggestions (that I know are not going to fit) and I'm greeted with a "that's a good idea, maybe.. but [THAT'S NEVER HAPPENING]" responses.

fsck it all, go to the county courthouse and get yourself a marriage license, find a bona-fide ordained minister on craigslist who for $60 will make it official, and if you insist on spending silly money, blow the rest on a honeymoon 8-)

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Re: Digital Unix on an "a" model

Unread postby SAQ » Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:44 am

uunix wrote:She now has a wedding to plan, which we talk about, but she already has it sorted, so I throw in comments and suggestions (that I know are not going to fit) and I'm greeted with a "that's a good idea, maybe.. but [THAT'S NEVER HAPPENING]" responses.


Lucky. My wife and her helpers just gave me looks - I'm sure you know the type of looks.

-aus come equipped for Tru64/OpenVMS. In addition to putting SRM on them you'll also need to make sure that the hardware is OVMS/Tru64 compatible. Usually this just means SCSI controller (ISP1040) and graphics (easy to find options are Trio64 or Permedia2).

The PWS were a good model, but if I were playing with the kind of budget that can afford a dual 600 Octane I'd go for a 21264 or better. There were some good improvements and they'll run some Radeons. Downside is that memory may be harder to come by, depending on model.
For any Alpha go ahead and set it up dual-boot Tru64 and OVMS, and mentally prepare yourself for getting the second one to have a cluster. Yeah, it's mostly pointless for a single-user hobbyist situation but... so cool because it's really done right.
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Re: Digital Unix on an "a" model

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:48 am

I stuck a DECchip-based video card in mine. Much, much faster in Tru64. NetBSD can also accelerate this framebuffer (tga).
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Re: Digital Unix on an "a" model

Unread postby Krokodil » Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:21 pm

ClassicHasClass wrote:I stuck a DECchip-based video card in mine. Much, much faster in Tru64. NetBSD can also accelerate this framebuffer (tga).


I put an Oxygen VX1 2D accelerator in mine. Considered a Radeon but there are almost no 3D applications available for VMS to justify the cost.
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Re: Digital Unix on an "a" model

Unread postby smj » Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:57 pm

Referring to what makes it an "a" versus an "au" - didn't the "au" models always have SCSI, whereas some "a" models were only shipped with IDE?
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Re: Digital Unix on an "a" model

Unread postby miod » Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:14 am

smj wrote:Referring to what makes it an "a" versus an "au" - didn't the "au" models always have SCSI, whereas some "a" models were only shipped with IDE?

No, `a' models shipped with SCSI, as opposed to `no suffix' models.
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