RSTS V7 magtape images on bitsavers

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Sat Feb 11 10:20:40 CST 2017

> On Feb 11, 2017, at 10:48 AM, Bill Gunshannon <bill.gunshannon at> wrote:
> ...
>> A complication with all of this is the question of licensing. There's a
>> hobbyist license for RSTS to build and run it, but whether that carries
>> over to making sources available is an interesting question. I'm not
>> sure who to ask these days, either.
> Hmm. I guess technically HP owns it now?
>        Noel
> ______________________________________________________
> Not so sure of that.  When Mentec went away the word was that some other
> party had bought all of the old PDP-11 OSes (except maybe IAS) but I have
> heard nothing about it in several years and fear a lot of it may now have
> become lost.  It certainly isn't being held in secret because of some percieved
> commercial value.

You're probably thinking of XX2247 LLC, which apparently is the successor to Mentec.  But I remember some discussion about what Mentec actually owned vs. what DEC/Compaq/HP retained.  Or maybe I'm mixed up with the company that now works on VMS.


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