Okay, so after a lot of complaining, a half dozen bad floppies and a half dozen false starts the install is complete short of two or three LPP's which I didn't need (DOS server, Image Adapter/A support and the tape backup unit I don't have) I got all the other available LPP's loaded onto a 780mb Maxtor with an extra 20mb FAT partition for me to multiboot DOS 5 and use DOSmerge.
The result is....well it's a Unix distro. Acts like the later version of AIX on my 850 with some commands and programs either added or removed ( is the loss of SMIT a good thing?), the keyboard layout is absurd and I do believe I've already confused the window manager. System seems to work with my multiport serial card, the 3C523 isn't up yet as I need to read through /usr/nifl/3com/ but the token ring is definately supported and detected even though I completely lack any token ring infrastructure. Should of bought an MAU at Weirdstuff....
The system is running rather unstable. While it has 12mb installed, 8mb of which sits on an AST Rampage Plus/MC that while loaded with good parity Toshiba ram has something about it which causes the installer to panic, memtest to crash and the reference diskette diagnostic utility to try and disable it. It's nuts to run without it though because at 4mb on the planar the system swaps for something as simple as moving the mouse cursor across the screen.
Anyways, me being Pentium and me never really knowing what the hell I am doing right off the bat I want into a window manager to screw about in a graphical environment however right off the bat I somehow broke X.
Normally xinit should start up aixwm as per the documentation but...
You get another window manager instead. Now you can kill it and fire up aixwm from the command line...
While it sorta works stuff like the tools window doesn't work. It's just a blank screen. At least the clock works.
Failing that of course there's also Motif.
Again, it's a bit broken. I installed the x11 samples LPP but I can't find where the heck everything went. I can't see it in /usr/bin/X11.
I have also learned you can make 5.25" hard drive brackets for the model 80 by taking a hard drive sled from a model 30 or 55SX, cutting it in two and drilling an extra hole in the two pieces.