Altos was Re: [rescue] Sun 486i !!

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at
Fri Jan 17 14:20:00 CST 2003

The Altos 886 is a 286 if memory serves me correct.

How long ago did you try to score the OS from this guy...

If it was a while ago, might it still be possible.... those types of guys
usually throw nothing out as well... so if the hardware gets retired, maybe
he'll let the originals go... :-)

-- Curt

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>> I think some of my favorite pieces in my computer collection are the
>> Sun 486i, the prototype LX, my Sun2/120 (that was owned by IBM at one
>> point... I find that too funny), and the Altos 886 (which I still can
>> not find OS diskettes or the diagnostic diskette :-( ).
>I took a college course at the University of Maryland called Unix in
>chemistry.  We did all of our C programs and shell scripts on an Altos 8086
>running Xenix 3.1a... fun... took 20-40 seconds to ls a directory.  We were
>on 4 mono terms.  I tried to score the OS from the guy, but he was firm
>about licensing issues... I'm like the OS was already dead 6 years ago...
>but he was adamant... he was a weird guy... kind of like a slightly messed
>up geeks list person since his course was only slightly chemish... and
>mainly an excuse to play with UNIX.
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