Subject: Re: MicroVAX 3100-30 background info
To: None <>
From: James K. Lowden <>
List: port-vax
Date: 09/26/2003 18:26:15
On Thu, 26 Sep 2002, "bart" <> wrote:
> I just added another vax to my modest collection, a MicroVAX 3100-30.
> When I have some more time ill go about getting netbsd working on it but
> for now I just have another kind of question.
> What were these mainly used for? I saw it was a rather new model
> (vaxwise that is :) ) and not called VAXstation

Does it look something like that?  

These were shared logic application machines.  Users got at them through
VT-100 ASCII terminals, hooked up either directly, or via LAT on a
terminal server.  You could run your accounting package on it, for
instance.  Or email, or something custom.  DEC sold an office automation
suite, a (maybe the) character-cell ancestor to StarOffice, called
All-In-One.  How's that for something catchy for the marketing department?

In the early 90s, I had a 3500 running Sybase, and a 4000-400 running
(believe it or not) Pathworks.  The were clustered, and the pair supported
something like 50 PCs for file/print services, email, and a 1 GB database.
 I remember the database, because DEC got something like $12/MB for the