IIRC a broker in Toronto was arrested for illegally shipping a black
market VAX to the USSR. The sad part of it was that it would have been
quote a legal end-use if the appropriate paperwork was done, but this
made it four times the price!,
Nigel Johnson, MSc., MIEEE, MCSE VE3ID/G4AJQ/VA3MCU
Amateur Radio, the origin of the open-source concept!
On 2022-10-17 18:40, Douglas Taylor via cctalk wrote:
> On 10/17/2022 2:57 PM, Bill Gunshannon via cctalk wrote:
>> On 10/17/22 14:47, Joshua Rice via cctalk wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> After some discussion on reddit about russian PDP-11 clones, i made
>>> the (perhaps erronous) claim that the PDP series in general was
>>> cloned by the Soviets.
>>> I’m aware that there was a lot of QBUS/LSI PDP-11 clones, and depite
>>> poor documentation, there is significant evidence of PDP-8 clones.
>>> Also, depite not strictly a “PDP”, the VAX series was also cloned.
>> I am not aware of any VAX clones but during the height of the
>> cold war real VAX were frequently illegally moved to the USSR
>> via India who had no problems with violating their agreements
>> with their allies.
>> Just like someone in the US bought a copy of BSD Unix for the
>> VAX and it was known to have been smuggled out of the country
>> in a diplomatic pouch via the Russian Embassy in DC.
> In the mid 1980's I went to inspect a complete VAX 780 that had been
> confiscated by the US Gov't and was to be auctioned off. This was in
> the Wash DC area and the computer was configured for 50Hz power and
> was destined for South Africa. Its true destination was somewhere
> else, probably Russia. It didn't make sense that the auction was open
> to the public, but the equipment was export restricted.