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Re: [opensuse] Re: memories?
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 14:55:13 -0500
  • Message-id: <45917E21.4030701@xxxxxxxxxx>
Per Jessen wrote:
> Michael Nelson wrote:
>> Heh... memories.
>> Before the www and Linux was around, I had been running FidoNet BBS
>> systems on DOS and OS/2. I got laid off from my job and decided I
>> wanted to learn something completely new (to me), so I decided to
>> install Unix. A friend had a set of Esix floppies... 54 1.44MB
>> floppies that made up a basic install of Everex's brand of AT&T
>> SystemVR4 Unix.
>> I installed it. Aside from the fact that it took 18 hours to do from
>> floppies (and I had to do it three times because of random floppy read
>> errors), when it was finished and I logged in, all I saw was "$". X?
>> GUI? You've gotta be kidding, this was a text mode only install.
> FWIW you got the easy end of the stick - you should have started with me
> on IBM, NCR and Burroughs mainframes in 1984. X? GUI? Mouse?
> Nah, everything was 80x25. We moved up to 80x32 a couple of years
> later. Now that was progress! (a typical airline reservation system
> today will still support the IBM 4505 terminal (the manuals went out of
> print in 1974) which does only 45x15).

The oldest "computer" I worked on didn't even have a display. It was a
special purpose machine, made by Teleregister and installed at the
Toronto Stock Exchange in 1952. It used vacuum tubes, relays and a
memory drum. It was older than me!

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