Alpha CPUs, was Re: [rescue] i860 Success

Andrew Weiss ajwdsp at
Tue May 4 07:33:51 CDT 2004

On May 3, 2004, at 11:01 PM, Phil Stracchino wrote:

> On Mon, May 03, 2004 at 07:56:10PM -0700, Francisco Javier 
> Mesa-Martinez wrote:
>> I believe that the first 2 releases of Unix were single user (dunno if
>> they were single tasked though).
>> I think there were some Xenix or somesuch nix that actually ran on 
>> 8086s,
>> so I assume that it must have been a real pain in the rear to get any 
>> sort
>> of multiprogramming/multiuser going on that system. Wasn't Altos which
>> sold 8086 based multi user systems?
> Yes, I'm pretty sure Xenix would run on an 8086.  But [obdiclaimer] 
> I've
> never used Xenix, so I couldn't say for sure.
Yes I worked on such a system in college.  4 Users... 4 terminals... ls 
took 25 seconds in a directory with about 40 files.

Microsoft Xenix 3.1a - Altos 8086


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