As part of the retrochallenge 2012, there is a PDP-11 running 2.11 BSD out there!

No, really!

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Sander Reiche has setup a MicroPDP-11/83 with the following specs:

So far there are FOUR users.. which means you can get in on the action for sure!

For those of you who want a sandboxed version at home, you can download my install here, which of course I touched on a while back.

For those unfamiliar, here is what retrochallenge is all about!

  1. RetroChallenge commences July 1st, 2012 and runs until July 31st, 2012.
  2. In order to qualify, computer systems must by approximately 10 years old (or older!)… in general, this means 486 or below, 680×0 and pretty much everything with an 8-bit processor, but we’ll also let you in if you have an old Cray kicking about, and exceptions can always be made for exotica!
  3. Gaming consoles and PDAs qualify if they were made in the previous century.
  4. Where appropriate, replica hardware and emulators may be used.
  5. Entrants are responsible for adequately documenting their projects and submitting occasional updates during the contest.
  6. Projects may encompass any aspect of retro-computing that tickles the fancy of the individual entrant.
  7. Winners will be carefully selected and thoughtfully chosen prizes presented (hopefully before the next challenge commences).
  8. Have fun!

Sadly I don’t have anything physical around here that really qualifies.  A G5 mac is too new, and I recently picked up a Pentium 150 based IBM Aptiva, but its too new apparently….

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What is there to tell? I've loved UNIX like things since I was first exposed to QNX in highschool (we had the Unisys ICONS!), and spent the better time of my teenage years trying to get my own UNIX... I should have bought Coherent in retrospect.. Anyways latched onto Linux in 1992, and then got some old BSD admin books and have been hooked on the VAX BSD & other big/ancient things since...!

7 thoughts on “As part of the retrochallenge 2012, there is a PDP-11 running 2.11 BSD out there!

  1. I wonder if I can join with my SGI Indy & O2 ?
    I am found the complete set of IRIX but they don’t have any hard disk.
    Maybe with bootp and nfs ?

    • Personally I wouldn’t see why not… By the same token what is wrong with NT 4.0 Terminal Server it’s 1996 which is a good 16 years old……. 🙂

      • Neo, do you know *any* working emulator of a SGI machine (O2, Indigo,octane)?

        i’ve been trying with qemu-mips, gxemul but they cannot emulate
        boot the IRIX 6.5 foundation disc.

        any directions would be appreciated.

  2. I’m a bit uncertain what the challenge is actually about.. I read the descriptions, but..
    anyway, maybe assembling my not-yet-assembled Nascom 1 (1977) would qualify? Sadly I have too many projects for the summer already! 🙂

    -Tor

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