[rescue] Interesting bit on Multics
mcguire at neurotica.com
Fri Oct 17 22:41:57 CDT 2003
On Friday, October 17, 2003, at 11:38 PM, Andrew Weiss wrote:
>>> So what's to stop us from changing that 10/21/2000 date... by
>>> resurrecting Multics hardware and running Multics as a community
>>> effort?... Cost...? Unobtainium?
>> It was very tied to PL/1 which was a horrible language by any account,
>> besides the OS was also coupled to a specific ISA support for some of
>> features. I believe there were some efforts to port it to modern
>> (read x86) and failed misserably.
> Why not just resurrect a Honeywell machine... I think that would have
> more geek points to it...
> I'm talking about rescuing an original machine or putting one
> together... and running the last release... i.e. Rhode Island
> computing museum style.
This would be great, and I'd do it in a heartbeat...if someone could
point me at a machine that hasn't been hacked to death for gold.
I *cried* (literally) when the goons at Purdue destroyed that CDC
6600. As far as I've been able to tell, it was the last one.
Dave McGuire "My tummy hurts now, but my soul
St. Petersburg, FL feels a little better." -Ed
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