Subject: Re: DECsystem 5900 success story
To: Toru Nishimura <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 04/24/1997 12:57:18
On Wed, 23 Apr 1997 18:50:07 +0900  Toru Nishimura wrote:

> Today I had a chance to boot NetBSD/pmax with DECsystem 5900, and
> ended with fine result.
> For those who donno DS5900, it is 19" rack mounted large beast in the
> age of TurboChannel and MIPS processors in Digital's product history.
> Our DS5900 is fully loaded with hardware gadgets; a bunch of 2GB 5" FH
> RZ58, CD-ROM drive, 4mm DAT drive and TC FDDI option.  Now I'm
> confident with NetBSD/pmax can work well with such a large system.

Except for the rack and the funny turbochannel extender, the main
difference between the 5900 and the 5000/240 is about three times the
maintenence cost :-)

On this subject, I've not had any luck determining the difference
between a 5000/240 and a 5900.  When the 5900 boots it reports itself as
a DS_3MAXPLUS.  Does anyone know how to tell the difference?