Alpha CPUs, was Re: [rescue] i860 Success
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Mon May 3 21:01:45 CDT 2004
> From: Andrew Weiss <ajwdsp at cloud9.net>
> Date: 2004/05/03 Mon PM 11:13:48 GMT
> To: gsm at mendelson.com, The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
> Subject: Re: Alpha CPUs, was Re: [rescue] i860 Success
> On May 3, 2004, at 4:34 PM, Geoffrey S. Mendelson wrote:
> > :-)
> > BTW, IMHO the most important microprocessor chip was the 80386. It's
> > combination of support for virtual memory and a flat address space
> > made affordable UNIX, and it's children e.g. the 386 BSDs, Linux, etc
> > a reality.
> IMHO the 68K would have done the same thing had the 386 not been around.
I think the 680x0 chips *did* make affordable Unix possible - due to it's
PDP-11 like architecture (as I understand it, I do not claim to know),
coupled with low cost created a lot of "low-end" Unix servers...
IIRC, the ports were pretty trivial (for those that could do them, not me ;
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