[vcf-midatlantic] Friday Class ideas - VCF East 2020

Adam Michlin amichlin at swerlin.com
Sun Feb 2 11:33:06 EST 2020

I'll just put this out there to everyone in case someone is both 
qualified and interested in offering such a class.

It may be just because I'm frustrated with the lack of history coverage 
in my graduate level OS class this semester (which started with UNIX in 
1967 and continued on to BSD and SysV  then to Linux, ahem), but I've 
become really interested in the OSes used in the past that are not UNIX. 
Particularly VMS, TOPS-10, TOPS-20 (aka TENEX, I think, originall 
written by BBN for DEC, not by DEC, TIL), OS/360, Multics and I'm sure 
there are bunch more!

I'm not even embarrased to share that I only recently learned the the 
PDP-10 was a mainframe and the PDP-11 was minicomputer (I knew the 
minicomputer part - but naively assumed the PDP-10 was just a revision 
between the PDP-8 and PDP-11). Very confusing!

Maybe a class that combines some history and hands on use (by the 
teacher... I don't know how we could do by the students - maybe one day!)?

Probably on my mind as we shift the focus in the museum towards more and 
more hands on use. A museum only needs so many UNIX<tm> machines to type 
ls into, right?

On 2/2/2020 10:45 AM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> So we are filling up fast on the Friday classes at VCF East 2020, but some
> instructors are looking for ideas that people really want.
> So what are topics that everyone wants us to do?

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