Monday, April 1, 2019

Deploying the Single Greatest Piece of Software Ever: BSD 4.3 on VAX

Supratim Sanyal's Blog: Installing 4.3 BSD Unix Quasijarus on VAX (SIMH MicroVAX 3900 BSD 4.3)
4.3 BSD Unix Quasijarus on VAX

It was great fun bringing up 4.3 BSD Quasijarus UNIX on a SIMH emulated VAX by simply following awesome instructions documented painstakingly by others. The web pages I found very useful include:
 4.3BSD is, of course, "The single Greatest Piece of Software Ever, with the broadest impact on the world". Legions of excited computer enthusiasts still trace almost every tool they use even today to 4.3BSD, including the vi editor to network programming using Berkeley sockets. Linux, for all it's popularity, continues to be an implementation of ideas first seen in BSD 4.3 UNIX.

AIX, Solaris, MacOS X (and therefore iOS and watchOS), HP-UX, DEC Ultrix, Tru64 ... all are descendants in some form of BSD. Here is a diagram depicting a simplified evolution of UNIX from the Wikipedia page on Berkeley Software Distribution.

Unix history-simple

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