Subject: Re: DEC sun3 gear available in Ottawa
To: Douglas A. Tutty <>
From: John Nemeth <>
List: regional-ca
Date: 11/13/2007 05:45:57
On Apr 5,  1:37am, "Douglas A. Tutty" wrote:
} Subject: Re: DEC sun3 gear available in Ottawa
} On Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 03:18:25AM -0500, der Mouse wrote:
} > > I'm somewhat interested.  Caveat:  I'm totally unfamiare with
} > > Sun/VAX/etc.  So I would want it for the learning experience.
} > 
} > If I can help, let me know; Suns have been the closest thing I have to
} > a specialty, and I know a fair bit about VAXen as well, especially the
} > MicroVAX-II.  (However, this is mostly hardware and low-level software
} > knowledge; I can't, for example, help you with Solaris or recent VMS.)
} > 
} > > I'll carry on searching for info on these boxes.  What is their
} > > current status: do they run, can one install the current release of
} > > NetBSD on them?
} > 
} > I don't think NetBSD really works on the MicroVAX-II any longer; the
} > "16M is too tiny to even think about supporting" voices have gotten too
} > strong.  Suns with a 64M or more should Just Work; the -3/60 maxes out
} > at 24M, which is plenty for me, but I run 1.4T.
} Would GENERIC-TINY run on a MicroVAX-II for use a serial termianl
} server?  I don't know how many serial ports they have.

     GENERIC-TINY is an i386 kernel.  The MicroVAX-II has a VAX
processor.  The kernels available for VAX are GENERIC and GENERIC.MP.
The VAX is a very old line of machines which never saw huge ammounts of
RAM, so GENERIC may work, but I won't promise.  The only VAX I have
kicking around (a MicroVAX 2000) only has 6 MB of RAM.  I doubt I would
be able to boot a modern NetBSD on it.

}-- End of excerpt from "Douglas A. Tutty"