Need to find a copy of Xenix

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Peter Mac

Dec 2, 2007, 3:34:33 PM12/2/07
I have a special project that requires a working copy of Xenix and I
need it fast.

Can anyone tell me where I can find a working copy of Xenix?
Also, what type of hardware do I need to run it on?

Jean-Pierre Radley

Dec 2, 2007, 3:54:01 PM12/2/07
Peter Mac typed (on Sun, Dec 02, 2007 at 12:34:33PM -0800):

| I have a special project that requires a working copy of Xenix and I
| need it fast.

What is it about the project that requires Xenix?


Dec 3, 2007, 11:46:42 AM12/3/07

Do you have, serial and activation key, if not you have to purchase
the package, you will need 286 or 386 machine to install Xenix.


Brian K. White

Dec 3, 2007, 2:59:08 PM12/3/07

Xenix!386 can install and run reliably on as high as 486-50mhz.
I have seen it running in production with no apparent problems on as high as 486-100mhz, but I'd stick with what SCO recommends (486-50mhz max).

You can also run it on any hardware you like, inside at least qemu and vmware emulators, though for qemu you can't _install_ it, only run an already installed drive image, because of a problem with the floppy driver as far as I can tell. vmware I have not tested directly but only heard that it works second hand.

Another issue running xenix today is, around y2k, SCO created a y2k patch for xenix, xnx427d. This patch should be applied to any xenix system running after y2k. This patch is no longer available from anywhere on the sco web or ftp sites that I can find, most specifically including the exact path where other xenix patches still exist, and where xnx427d used to exist.
Most especially specifically inexcuseably not where SCO's own Technical Articles point to:

"Where can I get a copy of the Year 2000 Supplements OSS603A, XNX427D, PTF3015 and PTF2243B?"

"What is contained in SLS XNX427D, the Year 2000 SLS for SCO XENIX? "

both point to:

which of course doesn't exist.
They also say "the retired products area" of their web site, and when you go there, you just end up with a link to the same ftp directory that has some xenix patches but no longer has xnx427d


As for "purchasing the package", the only way to do that any more is ebay or equivalent or posting a request to any likely mail list or newsgroup of other individuals who might have a copy they might be willing to sell. Which is exactly what he already did by posting here.

Brian K. White
filePro BBx Linux SCO FreeBSD #callahans Satriani Filk!

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