[rescue] Another fine business decision for us axp-lovers

Joshua D. Boyd rescue at sunhelp.org
Mon Jun 25 20:28:51 CDT 2001

Who actually develops PDP/11 stuff still?  I thought that is was only
sitting around in nuclear reactors and ATCs.

Joshua Boyd

On Mon, 25 Jun 2001, Dave McGuire wrote:

> On June 25, Joshua D. Boyd wrote:
> > Besides, unlike an IBM, who would want to run such old software for the
> > most part.  I just was commenting that in practice a lot of that old
> > software runs, even if it might have occasional snags.  On the otherhand,
> > You can't really run 19 year old Apple programs (unless Apple2 emulators
> > got a lot better recently), nor can you run 19year old SUN programs.
>   That's grouping all architectures together by manufacturer, though.
> You can run software written for the very first pdp11/20 (circa 1970)
> on today's latest-n-greatest Mentec pdp11 cpu, but software for a
> different architecture from the same manufacturer...Alpha, for
> example...won't run on that new pdp11.  Apple has had more families of
> computers than just Macs, and IBM has had more than just their
> mainframes.
>   Academic argument, though...I'm sure we understand each other's
> points...
>   Which brings up another interesting point.  We're now faced with the
> very real possibility that the pdp11 architecture may outlive (where
> "alive" is defined as "still being developed, built, and actively sold
> by a vendor") the Alpha architecture.
>              -Dave McGuire
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