Subject: General information wanted
To: None <port-pmax@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Ed Jones <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 02/09/1995 21:45:01
I've got a DECstation 5000/125 and a DECstation 3100. Each has 12 megs
of ram and 550 meg scsi drive. I'm going to buy a PMAGB-B video card
for the 5000. I'm guessing the pmax port isnt ready for prime time
but I have 3 questions.
1. Will X11 be available for the pmax port and will the Xserver know
   about the PMAGB-B video hardware? I've heard people complain when
   building R6 for the Ultrix box that there is no xserver because
   DEC wouldnt release the hardware params, or something like that.
2. Will NetBSD have decent com drivers. It really pisses me off that
   DEC can build such good hardware yet supply it with shitty com
   drivers. Maybe I'm not thinking correctly about something, but
   shouldnt my DECstation's serial i/o be at least on par with that
   of a pc? My old 286 can push 56k on the serial line. Of course I
   understand that the ole 286 doesnt have unix running on it competing
   for cpu cycles.
3. I've heard that Ultrix binary compatibility is a goal for the future.
   Does this mean I will be able to run apps such as DECwrite and other
   layered products on NetBSD? That would be way cool :)

Thanks for any info u can give me. I got some spare space on the ole
drives and was thinkin I might start tinkering around with NetBSD.
I'm no kernel programmer, but I'm no greenhorn either. Where can
I get the dist to play around a little? Thanks!
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