• Minix on a 486 in 2o24???

    From paulie420@VERT/BEERS20 to All on Mon Feb 19 20:34:00 2024
    https://youtu.be/y3zlb7SrI0I?si=SnoZWK9vfPOFy8L3

    TechHeart [me!] posted another video this weekend... still enjoying the Dolch PAC-60 486/DX66 machine and MS-DOS completely packed with softwarez... so, we take a left turn and jimmy Minix 2.0.4 on the machine. It was fun, and interesting to [finally] experience Minux - the OS designed by Andrew Tenenbaum only b/c AT&T was breathing down his, and other professors, necks telling them they couldn't continue teaching Unix to students... without Minux, Linus may have never gotten the bug to develop Linux - what would the world be like built on top of FreeBSD rather than Linux??? We'll never know - because of all these pioneers...

    For now, watch an amateur figure out how to finesse the OS onto hardware that most humans have forgotten about - but is still teaching me in 2024. Come along, if yer ok with YT...

    https://youtu.be/y3zlb7SrI0I?si=SnoZWK9vfPOFy8L3



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  • From anthk@VERT to paulie420 on Sun Mar 10 05:29:17 2024
    On 2024-02-19, paulie420 <BEERS20!paulie420@vert.synchro.net> wrote:

    https://youtu.be/y3zlb7SrI0I?si=SnoZWK9vfPOFy8L3

    TechHeart [me!] posted another video this weekend... still enjoying the Dolch PAC-60 486/DX66 machine and MS-DOS completely packed with softwarez... so, we take a left turn and jimmy Minix 2.0.4 on the machine. It was fun, and interesting to [finally] experience Minux - the OS designed by Andrew Tenenbaum only b/c AT&T was breathing down his, and other professors, necks telling them they couldn't continue teaching Unix to students... without Minux, Linus may have never gotten the bug to develop Linux - what would the world be like built on top of FreeBSD rather than Linux??? We'll never know - because of all these pioneers...

    For now, watch an amateur figure out how to finesse the OS onto hardware that most humans have forgotten about - but is still teaching me in 2024. Come along, if yer ok with YT...

    https://youtu.be/y3zlb7SrI0I?si=SnoZWK9vfPOFy8L3



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    Some guy built a homebrew 4 mhz CPU with TTL's running Minix 2.

    telnet to magic-1.org as guest:magic

    specs:

    http://www.homebrewcpu.com/

    I already got to run frotz with a downloaded calypso.z3
    (libre/free licensed text adventure) I uploaded. It
    runs great.

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  • From fusion@VERT/CFBBS to anthk on Sun Mar 10 16:49:00 2024
    On 10 Mar 2024, anthk said the following...

    Some guy built a homebrew 4 mhz CPU with TTL's running Minix 2.

    telnet to magic-1.org as guest:magic

    specs:

    http://www.homebrewcpu.com/

    this is so cool. i always wanted to build a pc from scratch.. though i suppose what i really always meant when i thought about it was to build
    a motherboard and all that myself.. that guy is next level!

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to fusion on Thu Mar 14 09:57:00 2024
    fusion wrote to anthk <=-

    this is so cool. i always wanted to build a pc from scratch.. though i suppose what i really always meant when i thought about it was to build
    a motherboard and all that myself.. that guy is next level!

    I'm tempted by some of these CP/M homebrew kits out there - I don't know
    if anyone made an offline reader for CP/M, though. That would be the
    one thing I'd need in a text-mode computer.




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  • From fusion@VERT/CFBBS to poindexter FORTRAN on Sat Mar 16 22:14:00 2024
    On 14 Mar 2024, poindexter FORTRAN said the following...

    fusion wrote to anthk <=-
    this is so cool. i always wanted to build a pc from scratch.. though suppose what i really always meant when i thought about it was to bui a motherboard and all that myself.. that guy is next level!

    I'm tempted by some of these CP/M homebrew kits out there - I don't know
    if anyone made an offline reader for CP/M, though. That would be the
    one thing I'd need in a text-mode computer.

    so i was going to post about how the qwk format is pretty simple .. so you could probably whip one up.. but then i got it into my head to prove it
    myself heh. i got it to the point it can read some messages with a little
    help from unzip and an emulator so it's pretty artifical but:

    ## CP/M emulator
    https://github.com/jhallen/cpm

    since it's obviously not a real machine, the extent of my verification is "authentic turbo pascal 3.0a for CPM-80 works on it .."

    you can just run ./cpm after it's compiled and CP/M will "see" whatever is in the current directory.

    ## turbo pascal 3.01A
    https://winworldpc.com/product/turbo-pascal/3x

    i unzipped the disk01.zip into a folder and then moved the cpm emulator
    binary into that folder.

    you run the tinst program and for the terminal select ADM 3A and select
    NO when it asks if you want to "modify this definition", then set the
    operating frequency to 4. then you can just quit tinst.

    when you run 'turbo', you can press Y to include error messages (seems we
    have enough ram..) then press E to select the file. it'll drop you into the editor. the editor isn't great. press Ctrl-K then D to drop back to the menu. now you can press O then C to make turbo generate .COM files, and then Q to
    go back to the main menu. finally press C to compile.

    i have a feeling crap like that is why turbo pascal 4 was a rewrite.. sadly this one is the last to support CP/M.

    ## qwkread.pas!
    https://kirin.dcclost.com/~alex/qwkread.zip

    to test you'll need a MESSAGES.DAT file from inside your QWK file (it's
    just a zip file) in the same folder.

    currently it scans through the whole MESSAGES.DAT file as if it were one huge message base. enter/space/n goes to the next message, p for previous, q to quit, etc

    it looks like there's an unzip for CP/M here: https://github.com/agn453/UNZIP-CPM-Z80

    but i didn't test it. with that and a dialup/telnet terminal of some sort
    it should be possible to read messages now :)

    .. assuming it works on a real machine

    Alex

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to fusion on Sun Mar 17 11:17:00 2024
    fusion wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    On 14 Mar 2024, poindexter FORTRAN said the following...

    fusion wrote to anthk <=-
    this is so cool. i always wanted to build a pc from scratch.. though suppose what i really always meant when i thought about it was to bui a motherboard and all that myself.. that guy is next level!

    I'm tempted by some of these CP/M homebrew kits out there - I don't know
    if anyone made an offline reader for CP/M, though. That would be the
    one thing I'd need in a text-mode computer.

    so i was going to post about how the qwk format is pretty simple .. so
    you could probably whip one up.. but then i got it into my head to
    prove it myself heh. i got it to the point it can read some messages
    with a little help from unzip and an emulator so it's pretty artifical but:

    This is all very cool - thanks for sharing!


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