MicroVax II (Doug)

Steven M Jones classiccmp at crash.com
Sun Jul 31 14:58:33 CDT 2016

On 07/31/2016 11:27, Douglas Taylor wrote:
> On 7/31/2016 2:44 AM, Graham Reid wrote:
>> They were just networked, it wasn't a cluster.
> Do you remember if the networking software was part of VMS 5.5 or was it
> a third party?  I seem to remember third party TCPIP software,
> Multiware, etc.

If he meant they just used DECNET, then it basically came with the OS.
You might have actually paid extra for it in a commercial setting - I
only dealt with educational or hobbyist licensing, and it was included
in those instances.

By this time I think DEC had released their Ultrix Connection (UCX)
TCP/IP and utilities product. It combined the protocol stack, some
services and network utilities, and things like a ported Berkeley-style
C shell (/bin/csh). Using that last was a mildly odd experience... They
later replaced that with TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS.

As Bill Degnan pointed out, the "hot ticket" commercial TCP/IP stack in
the VMS 5.x era was MultiNet.

There was the older CMU/IP package that everybody seemed to want to get
off of as soon as something else was available. Process Software had
TCPware, which I never encountered in the wild. And of course The
Wollongong Group offered a TCP/IP stack along with Eunice (Unix emulator).


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