[rescue] Interesting bit on Multics

vance at neurotica.com vance at neurotica.com
Sun Oct 19 01:19:42 CDT 2003

On Fri, 17 Oct 2003, 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
> > the features. I believe there were some efforts to port it to modern
> > micros (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.
> Then of course you could work at porting it on that machine to something
> like z-Series, Unisys Dorado, etc.... something big and in the same
> spirit... but still modern...

They were made until a couple of years ago, you know.  There's still ones
being made in the same style as the P/390 I think.

Peace...  Sridhar

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