cctalk Digest, Vol 64, Issue 3

jim stephens jwsmail at
Sun Jan 5 03:28:18 CST 2020

On 1/5/2020 12:56 AM, Jeffrey S. Worley via cctalk wrote:
> On Fri, 2020-01-03 at 12:00 -0600, cctalk-request at wrote:
>> On 1/2/2020 1:35 PM, Cameron Kaiser via cctalk wrote:
>>>>> Anyone done anything with Netware *for PowerPC*? Allegedly
>>>>> there was
>>>>> some attempt at Apple to put it on what later became the
>>>>> Network Servers
>>>>> (the codename was apparently "Wormhole").
>>>> I know the people who were working in it (based on Portable
>>>> NetWare)
>>>> AFAIK it never shipped.
>>> Was this based on the Cygnus PowerPC port, or was it Apple-
>>> specific?
>> Sun did a power? PC? port I think paid for by IBM, which would have
>> run
>> on both the open Apple servers that briefly existed, and on IBM PPC
>> systems.
>> A lot of odd PPC work happened in a group a friend worked for in
>> Austin
>> TX, but not sure if they did Netware work there.? There was a lot of
>> OS2
>> work there as well, but that's off track a bit more.
>> thanks
>> Jim
> I was lead tech at a small computer company in Asheville, NC. in those
> days.  I ran OS/2 from version 2 in the early 90's to Ecomstation in
> the early 2000's.
> Does Talingent Pink sound familiar?  OS/2 was ported to powerPC, and so
> was Netware iirc.  The field was quite busy with hopeful Microsoft
> killers.  OS/2 was to be morphed into a cross-platform o/s, to wean
> folks from dos/x86..... Then PPC kills the x86 and we all get a decent
> os.  That was the plan anyway.   I never saw OS2 for PPC or Netware for
> OS/2, thought I know both to have shipped.
> Jeff
My friend was on the OS2 PPC team, I think, didn't mention that. Been 
too long since
I heard from him to be absolutely sure what was when.

If I had to guess from my memory of what platforms he was on, it was 
PPC  OS/2 first,
then he and everyone they didn't can was moved to AIX.

Then the decimated it as they have most US development teams.

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