[vcf-midatlantic] UNIX PC, was Re: Museum Report 7/16 & 7/17

Brian L. Stuart blstuart at bellsouth.net
Tue Jul 19 19:33:07 EDT 2016

On Tue, 7/19/16, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

>   The big deal with the UNIX PC is that it's a full-blown UNIX
> system on a desktop for less than $10K, when such a thing was unheard of.

It is a sweet little machine.  One of these days, I'm going to have
to write up my "desert island" experience with the first one I got.
I picked it up at a hamfest in the early '90s missing a disk drive
and without the compiler suite.  To make things more interesting,
it was a period when I didn't have Internet access.  But i still managed
to get gcc running on it.  The secret is that it's possible to write
a 68000 disassembler in AWK.  :)

It's also been useful in that I still use it's MMU for questions on
my OS exams sometimes.

> As a matter of opinion, this machine has the finest keyboard
> I have every used on any platform.

I completely agree.  I miss using mine.


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