A/UX-capable machines

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Timothy Larson

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Sep 21, 2009, 10:09:08 PM9/21/09
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It's getting harder and harder to find the hardware to run A/UX on. I've been
on the hunt for well over a year now, and each time I think I'm on to
something, the lead fizzles out.

How many A/UX-capable machines do you still own? How many are running A/UX
right now?

Tim

Cameron Kaiser

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Sep 21, 2009, 10:50:01 PM9/21/09
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Timothy Larson <thela...@cox.net> writes:

Just the one IIci. It's technically a quad boot in three partitions: 7.1,
7.0 A/UX, A/UX itself and then MacMiNT on the 7.1 partition. The IIci has a
Daystar 50MHz '030 and a 8*24*GC video card. I really miss the acceleration
under A/UX, it's noticibly slower :-(

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TeoZ

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Sep 22, 2009, 12:20:05 AM9/22/09
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"Timothy Larson" <thela...@cox.net> wrote in message
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I have quite a few A/UX capable machines (Q800, Q950, IIfx, IIx, IIci, IIcx,
SE/30) but only run it on my WGS95 and that machine is currently on the
shelf. I collect Nubus cards and video editing equipment for 68K mac and
most of the machines that could run A/UX are used for those cards and
setups. A/UX is not the best OS for Nubus cards other then ethernet and the
PDS SCSI card for the WGS95. You can use some Nubus video cards, but with
acceleration (so why bother).

I love A/UX (have 2 WGS95 OS sets, stacks of binders for V2/3, and even a
V1.0 maintenance disk set), but have been busy with my 486/P1 ThinkPad
collection lately so I have not done much with it.

Exactly what is the issue with finding compatible machines? Granted you
don't trip over 68K Quadra's like you used to a few years back, but they
still exist.

A/UX OS images can be found on the net but legit media is very scarce. I
would like to get a legit copy of 2.x to run on a mac IIx someday.


Bjarne Bäckström

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Sep 22, 2009, 3:50:59 AM9/22/09
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Timothy Larson <thela...@cox.net> wrote:

> It's getting harder and harder to find the hardware to run A/UX on. I've been
> on the hunt for well over a year now, and each time I think I'm on to
> something, the lead fizzles out.
>
> How many A/UX-capable machines do you still own?

Four. Three IIsi and one LCIII.

> How many are running A/UX right now?

One, on a IIsi. One IIsi is running Mac System 6..7 stuff, and the
third one will eventually be running UniFLEX 68k. The LCIII is currently
running NetBSD 2.1.
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Senor Wences

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Sep 22, 2009, 7:56:36 AM9/22/09
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I have it installed on a Quadra 700 with (if memory serves me right) a
2 GB hard drive. Since I moved cross-country I unpacked and set up the
Quadra but I haven't played with A/UX in a while.

Timothy Larson

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Sep 28, 2009, 7:11:17 PM9/28/09
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TeoZ wrote:
> Exactly what is the issue with finding compatible machines? Granted you
> don't trip over 68K Quadra's like you used to a few years back, but they
> still exist.

I'm sure they exist...somewhere, in someone's attic. But they are definitely
getting scarce. If you live in a low-pop-density area, as I do, it becomes a
real challenge to get one. I can't justify shipping charges for this kind of
hobby.

I have a gutted SE/30 I've been keeping because of the signature case, that
technically could run A/UX. But I don't have the room to bring it in the
house and set it up for use. After my Q700 died, I fortunately was able to
find a couple people willing to give me a shell account to continue some
development work, but that's now gone too.

So for now, I keep trolling Craigslist, and hoping.


Tim

TeoZ

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Oct 5, 2009, 10:18:24 PM10/5/09
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"Timothy Larson" <thela...@cox.net> wrote in message
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Where exactly do you live?


Bill Pechter

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Feb 2, 2010, 2:55:33 PM2/2/10
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Well... I've still got a MacIIfx for it.

Bill

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Duncan Smith

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May 14, 2010, 5:05:47 AM5/14/10
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Bill Pechter <pec...@pechter.dyndns.org> writes:
> On 2009-09-22, Timothy Larson <thela...@cox.net> wrote:
>> It's getting harder and harder to find the hardware to run A/UX on.
>> I've been on the hunt for well over a year now, and each time I
>> think I'm on to something, the lead fizzles out.
>>
>> How many A/UX-capable machines do you still own? How many are
>> running A/UX right now?
>
> Well... I've still got a MacIIfx for it.

I've got 3.0.1 installed on an IIsi on my bookshelf right now. The
filesystem suffered some sort of corruption last time I had it up, so
the sad little machine has been off for over six months ...

Duncan

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