[rescue] rescue projects VAX-4000/500, DEC PDP-8e, DEC PDP-11/44, etc...

Isaac isaac at pobox.com
Wed Sep 8 12:12:05 CDT 2004

The last versions of Digital UNIX (okay, tru64 if you must) that
supported the DEC 3000/500S are 5.0a and 4.0G - the latter appears to
have more current support as 5.0a had a short life before 5.1 was
released. You may find 4.0G to be more comfortable on the 3000. A
hobbyist license for tru64 is $100, IIRC.

NetBSD will work, but on the serial console only. Linux won't run on
TURBOchannel Alphas at all. The DEC 3000 is a fine machine, and I
recommend trying to pick up Digital UNIX to tease out its full


On Tue, 7 Sep 2004, Mark G. Thomas wrote:

> - Alpha 3000-500S.  It seems to work, but having just forked out $35 or so
>        for OpenVMS VAX media, I'm not sure I want to do the same for the Alpha
>        media.  This might be more interesting if I could use the video/keyboard
>        console, and I even have a LK-whatever keyboard, but I'm lacking an
>        adapter cable and mouse.  I've got OSF media and keys -- version 3.0
>        or so, but it's not y2k happy.  It looks like this OS is now tru64,
>        but unlike with Suns and Solaris, it doesn't look like I can just go
>        and download current OS from a web site.  NetBSD might be the way to
>        go, but then again, I can run NetBSD on just about anything, so why
>        this machine...

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