[vcf-midatlantic] 1990s Unix Workstation Sub-Group

Jameel Akari jakari at bithose.com
Fri Jan 4 09:57:56 EST 2019

On 2019-01-04 09:11, andy diller via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Hello - I'm wondering if there are any other like-minded people on the
> list who are interested in late 1980, early 1990 UNIX workstations.


Particularly the 90s.  In rough order of quantity, I have IBM RS/6000, 
Sun (sun3/80,sun4->sun4u), SGI (varied) and DEC (all over).  I'd be up 
for a trade for some HP PA/RISC.

I'd advocate for a sub-list or similar, sure.  I don't really enjoy web 
forums that much, though we could do that too since it encourages photos 
and attachments.

> I've been getting rid of all my other vintage gear and focusing on
> this space, mostly with SGI (IRIX)  and some DEC (Tru64). Sun is

I've sort of been doing the same, at least for unexciting PC hardware.  
Of course, what kinds of parts do I end up needing?  PC parts. ;)  
(though there is the weird and terrifying realm of Xenix and SCO and the 
AT&T 63xx WGS I have)

> - meet up if possible at the monthly repair workshops - can demo a
> network-based install of IRIX for example using an advanced system
> myself and some ppl designed

I think I know what you're talking about, and this is highly relevant to 
interests, even if my SGI boxes are some of the heaviest damn machines I 
own.  The native IRIX installation and software installation tools 
are... challenging.

> Longer term goal would be to work w/ the museum and see if we can't
> have a little space for 1990 UNIX workstations, which are not
> represented in the Museum very well right now. Having them up and

One VCF East exhibit idea I've mentioned before is "The Dream Of The 
90's"* where we network a bunch of this stuff together and try to show 
what it was like to live and play with these things, leading into the 
first dot-com boom.  This would be a team exhibit.  This idea may lend 
to developing a permanent exhibit, space permitting.

Jameel Akari

*Yes, this is a Portlandia reference.  No I'm not ashamed, they nailed 

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