Am I forgetting, but isn't BSD (4.3/4.4 as I recall) on the VAX? That
seems more suitable for running on classic hardware than moving to
Of course I got rid of all of my 11/780 and 11/785 systems (along with
a smattering of VAXStations) years ago so I don't have any particular
interest here. ;-)
TTFN - Guy
On Tue, 2020-03-10 at 16:44 +0100, Jan-Benedict Glaw via cctalk wrote:
On Tue, 2020-03-10 09:06:57 -0600, Warner Losh via
cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 3:48 AM Peter Corlett via
cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote
Linux has taken thirty years to get this far.
It's arguable what
is "major" but to a rough approximation, there are no good open
source clones of other operating systems of similar complexity:
I'm aware of FreeDOS, AROS, EmuTOS and a few others, but they're
Linux never was a thing on the VAX that was very good. It was too
its life cycle to get enough love.
I quite apologize for that!
Linux and/or NetBSD/vax would be a good choice,
VAX's system calls and execute it's binaries. Though there were
concerted efforts to do this years ago, but I don't know what
them. Google shows a smattering of efforts littered with broken
There was a vax-linux port started by others, and I cared for it for
good number of years. My life changed a lot since then, I quite
(and failed hard!) to bring up the needed time to care for Linux,
for GCC and Binutils, GNU libc and all those programs silently
expecting IEEE floating point support.
I still have a good number of VAXen around, though all powered off
and in good storage. We're actually searching for a larger room to
all the old iron in there, get them on cables (power, network and
serial) and eventually even restart on hacking them.
Hacking VAXen was a great thing do to! ...at least for me. I
so much from doing so, about Linux, libc, their interface, about
Binutils and GCC. It really made me "fit" for paid business. But lets
face it: I'm in the fourties, have a family and a day still does only
have 24 hours.
So... Once getting all my hardware into usable condition is
I'd be quite willing to hand out serial and power access to them, for
whatever you'd like to do. (If it's not already too late.)