Re: Dave Cutler, Prism, DEC, Microsoft, etc.
- From: koehler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Bob Koehler)
- Date: 25 Nov 2009 07:55:29 -0600
Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
Did anyone here ever try to run DECWindows on a VAXStation 2000? The
Alpha Station 200 does it without even breathing hard. Both machines
might be properly described as the slowest machines in their respective
Yes, ran DECWindows on VAXStation 2000. Not bad under VWS (looks
a lot like X10) with 4MB RAM and no local disk. When the first
move to X11 came up we grabbed the 12MB and local disk (page
and swap) upgrade that DEC offered and still pretty much stopped
using the 2000's that we had.
I never used All-In-1, but it was sometimes reffered to as hog-in-1
because the recommended RAM allocation was 1MB per user. DECWindows
blew that away as we no longer could support single user workstations
with only 4MB RAM.
And when our MV II ran out of wind supporting a few PCs over
Pathworks, we bought the cheapest, slowest Alpha DEC ever produced
and it blew away everything we had, including or HP RISC and IBM
RS 6000 workstations. Supported a few dozen PCs and never noticed
the load. Made network file access seem as fast as local PC disk.
And that while limited to our 10Mb thinwire.