[rescue] Pixar and Sun (was Re: Sun 4/600 firmware found)

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 21 15:32:09 CST 2020

I read this as Pixar supplies their OWN OS for their own INTERNAL use.

Given the state of things at the time, that seems reasonable, especially if
their own OS was really nothing more than a port of some other OS already

Ken (Lionel)

> On Feb 21, 2020, at 15:20, Earl Baugh <earl at baugh.org> wrote:
> o;?
>> Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:47:08 -0500
>> From: Nathan Raymond <nraymond at gmail.com>
>> Subject: Re: [rescue] Sun 4/600 firmware found
>>>> On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 10:35:53AM -0500, Nathan Raymond wrote:
>>>>> Fascinating bit of history!
>>> Indeed - thanks. There are some other details in this SunWorld article
>>> from
>>> November 1995:
>>> http://sunsite.uakom.sk/sunworldonline/swol-11-1995/swol-11-pixar.html
>>> No mention of Ross in that one :)
>> Nice, that article really fills out some other angles, but I'm really
>> curious about this comment:
>> In a sense, Pixar has come full circle. Back in the LucasFilm days, what
>>> now Pixar wrote the first operating system Sun used. "The very first Suns
>>> that were delivered ran a version of Unix that we wrote for them, and for
>>> the first year of Sun's existence, this group was their largest
>> customer,"
>>> Catmull recalls.
>> Is that true? I've never heard that, and my attempts to corroborate that
>> are coming up short. No mention of Pixar here:
>> https://cse.unl.edu/~witty/class/csce351/howto/history_of_solaris.pdf
>> - Nate
> That sounds incorrect.  Pixar did use Suns from the beginning (and if my
> memory is correct, even back to Sun 1 machines)
> but the OS initially was a V32 based and moved to a straight Berkely
> version after Joy was completely on board.  (The
> first Sun 1 boards couldn't support Berkely, but an upgrade came out, HW
> wise, which was necessary for Sun OS 1.0)
> I know some of this because I have a working Sun 1 (and one of the original
> pre Sun OS 1.0) CPU boards as well...
> Earl
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