NCD19 / Xncd19

Rico Pajarola rp at
Tue Nov 15 17:41:34 CST 2016

You can get the latest NCBridge software from

On Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 12:34 AM, Rico Pajarola <rp at> wrote:

> Found it!
> I spent a few hours digging through my storage and against all odds I
> found both the CD with a backup of everything I had collected from various
> internet sites as well as the original NCD boot tape release 2.3.0.
> While I'm searching for a working tape drive, here's the contents of the
> CD:
> At the very least it has some docs, all the fonts, and netboot images for
> anything that was supported from NCDWare 3.2 to 5.1. Unfortunately, no new
> manuals that are not already on bitsavers (except for the Explora 400
> brochure).
> There's a file ncd_xp421c.tar.bz2 in there that should have the NCBridge
> boot monitor required for the XP221. I don't have XPressWare.
> On Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 10:58 PM, Ken Seefried <seefriek at> wrote:
>> From: Rico Pajarola <rp at>
>> > Does no one have NCDWare 3.2.1 or earlier?
>> Nostalgia...I really liked the NCD 19 I used many moons ago.
>> Reasonably snappy at the time, nice mono screen, quiet.  Funny enough
>> I recently resurrected an NCD Explora 701 (much later MIPS-based
>> xterminal).  It's wildly faster than the 19 (with 10/100 enet instead
>> of just 10), but it's interesting to see how far modern X
>> implementation has diverged from NCDs time: 8-bit pseudo-color is a
>> showstopper for a lot of things, various desktops (Gnome, KDE, etc.)
>> break in strange ways if they run at all, lot's of contemporary code
>> has issues on 64-bit systems (like my old xview/olvwm code).  TWM
>> still works fine, as does the butt-ugly built in NCD Motif-ish window
>> manager.  Haven't had much time to work on it, but I'd like to get
>> something like i3 running.  I bet Mouse can add more color commentary.
>> Reminds me...need to see if I can still get the Mouse terminal
>> emulator to run.  Probably also need to get an SCO ODT or SVR4 VM
>> running for that old school feel.
>> I know I've got at least one 3.x release, but not sure which one or
>> what's in it.  FWIW, I've also got some 4.x, a 5.0.x and 5.1.x;
>> running 5.1.140 on the 700.  I'm in Dublin until next week so won't be
>> able to check until then.  Ping me directly if you don't hear from me
>> by, say, Thursday.
>> P.S. - If anyone has an NCD 700-series or HMX (esp HMXpro24) they
>> don't want, let me know.
>> KJ

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