IBM RS/6000 Computer, Worth Keeping?

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IBM RS/6000 Computer, Worth Keeping?

Unread postby chicago-joe » Fri May 07, 2004 11:31 am

Hi All,

I recently won an IBM RS/6000 computer in a poker game, (the dumb-ass never saw my king high flush :lol: ) my first thought was to give it back to him for a token sum, but I did a little research and AIX looks like it might be interesting. The computer is a 604e at 375MHz with a 3000 series graphics card, 768M memory and AIX 5.1. The computer sounds very much like the Apple 9600, which was a very nice system for its time, and there seems to be plenty of software available.

Does anyone in the group have any experience with AIX and this hardware? Would it be worth keeping to play with?

Joe

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Re: IBM RS/6000 Computer, Worth Keeping?

Unread postby GeneratriX » Fri May 07, 2004 11:38 am

chicago-joe wrote:Hi All,

I recently won an IBM RS/6000 computer in a poker game, (the dumb-ass never saw my king high flush :lol: ) my first thought was to give it back to him for a token sum, but I did a little research and AIX looks like it might be interesting. The computer is a 604e at 375MHz with a 3000 series graphics card, 768M memory and AIX 5.1. The computer sounds very much like the Apple 9600, which was a very nice system for its time, and there seems to be plenty of software available.

Does anyone in the group have any experience with AIX and this hardware? Would it be worth keeping to play with?

Joe


Nice beast!, Argentine was plenty of such things a few years ago on Universitys, Institutions, and so on. Very robust and reliable. But not much more to say from here...

Oh!, just one thing!: Remeberme never play a poker game with you! :)

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Unread postby nekonoko » Fri May 07, 2004 11:47 am

I'd keep it ... as I wouldn't mind playing around with a machine like that myself.
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Unread postby GeneratriX » Fri May 07, 2004 11:55 am

nekonoko wrote:I'd keep it ... as I wouldn't mind playing around with a machine like that myself.


hehehehe!! :)/

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Unread postby wolflord » Fri May 07, 2004 12:22 pm

It wouldn't happen to either be a 7043-150 or a 7026-B50 by any chance would it(I'd guess the former)? In any event, it should run the latest AIX (5.2) with no problems...minus a possible boot issue. There's a bug in the cdrom drives so that booting anything after 4.3.3 (5.1 on) takes from 5min to 30min. It can be fixed with a firmware patch though...once some version of AIX is installed.

BTW, if you need a copy of AIX, let me know. I could probaly help out.
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Re: IBM RS/6000 Computer, Worth Keeping?

Unread postby nvukovlj » Fri May 07, 2004 1:58 pm

chicago-joe wrote:Hi All,

Does anyone in the group have any experience with AIX and this hardware? Would it be worth keeping to play with?

Joe


Personally, all I can say about AIX is - UGH!

IMHO, not the most user-friendly Unix around.
Have fun with 'smitty' - the AIX's idea of System and Software Manager...

On the hardware side, the IBM machines are cool, but I can't say I'm a big fan of AIX (as you can probably tell).

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Unread postby Cory5412 » Wed May 12, 2004 5:47 am

Wow, sounds like a pretty cool system to me.

That's faster than any 604e Mac and has many more megabytes of memory than any that I've seen too ;)

Also, if all else fails, I bet you could compile Mac On Linux to run with AIX and could use it as a nice OSX box ;) (Indirectly, but still somewhat 'natively')

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Unread postby hamei » Thu May 13, 2004 5:52 am

Cory5412 wrote: Also, if all else fails, I bet you could compile Mac On Linux to run with AIX and could use it as a nice OSX box ;) (Indirectly, but still somewhat 'natively')


I understand that the newer AIX'es have Linux bindings, so any Linux binaries will run directly in AIX. Could be handy - Linux apps without that crappy Tux os :-) (Altho some gnu apps aren't that wonderful, either.)

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Unread postby wolflord » Thu May 13, 2004 6:17 am

hamei wrote:I understand that the newer AIX'es have Linux bindings, so any Linux binaries will run directly in AIX. Could be handy - Linux apps without that crappy Tux os :-) (Altho some gnu apps aren't that wonderful, either.)


Well, you'd still have to recompile the apps for PPC64 or PPC32, and even though there are linux libs and such on the system it doesn't mean 100% success(the same with anything really). Though IBMs push towards linux is still rather interesting, pushing it onto even the S390/Z/I/P Series machines, along with linux compatablity in AIX 5.1L and 5.2L (The L is for Linux dont you know).
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Unread postby UrbanHero » Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:25 am

I'd keep the beast! Better still, i *did* keep it :D
Next to the SGIs i have a 43P-140 (166MHz, 512MB) and a 7025-F50 (4x 166MHz, 2GB, 6 hotswap disks).
As my job involves AIX and RS/6000 it's nice to have a machine at home i can experiment with; mostly this involves LVM/fileset tinkering.
Both run 5.1, but i'm in the market for a full 5.3 set, as it were 8)

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Unread postby sgielan » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:33 am

keep it and have some fun!


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