Any word on the Multics revival front?
charles.unix.pro at gmail.com
Fri Mar 11 23:11:38 CST 2016
On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 9:02 PM, jwsmobile <jws at jwsss.com> wrote:
> On 3/11/2016 8:51 PM, Zane Healy wrote:
>> On Mar 11, 2016, at 6:22 AM, Kevin Monceaux <Kevin at rawfeddogs.net> wrote:
>>> OI hadn't checked on Multics progress in quite a while. Yesterday I
>>> discovered that the DPS-8/M emulator at:
>>> is far enough along to boot Multics. I thought some folks on this list
>>> might be interested in it.
>> What I’d like to know is if any copies of GCOS-8 exist in the wild.
>> That’s what I’d personally really like to boot on the emulator. I used to
>> be able configure all the IOP’s, IOM’s, CPU’s, etc. from memory, power them
>> up, and boot GCOS-8.
> The problem with GCOS is that there isn't a history I know of that it was
> anything but Honeywells property. A lot of negotiation and persistence on
> the part of many folks went to getting it to where the Multics code could
> be released. And it was lucky to be saved @ MIT and the CHM with
> I don't know of anyone with GCOS when it has been mentioned over the
> history of the discussions about this hardware.
> Many thanks to Harry and Charles for writing the emulator, and to the
> others reviving the system.
> I plan to have a 6180 panel at VCF West and an original 645 board from the
> first Multics system for show and tell.
> I was tentatively planning to be at VCF West with a Multics emulation, and
as much real hardware as I can chase down (I/O selectric OPCON, maybe a
tape drive, a line printer, ?)
Maybe we can hook up a beaglebone to your 6180 panel?
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