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Kerr Mudd-John
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Very cool. I am an ex-G3 sysadmin: 1903S in the ICL service bureau in Wellington, NZ, and the British Steel 1904T in the Battersea Laboratories.
Somewhat OTT: for the ex-ICL heads on here, I've recently discovered that VME/B is still very much alive and kicking. Fujitsu renamed it as superNova and run it on PCs to support legacy applications. The 2900 microcode was ported to Intel 64 bit chippery (the 2966 ran it on a 2 MHz MC6800). SuperNova and the emulator now run as a guest OS under Windows, SUSE or RHEL Linux.
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martin@   | Martin Gregorie 
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Martin Gregorie
Thanks! We had an ICL 1904 at my ppoe...
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Stan Barr     plan.b@bluesomatic.org
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Stan Barr
I've run OS4000 on it using my GEC 4000 series emulator. (Sorry, but that isn't opensource.)
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Andrew Gabriel 
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Andrew Gabriel
Ummm....yeah.
Ex sysadmin for VME/B on 2980 then 2988, followed by (!) George 3 on 2960 then 2966. Back porting from Hexadecimal to Octal was a challenge at first.
However, that was long ago and in another country, and besides...
...I don't think I have any of the manuals left and I certainly don't remember any of the commands, now.
1984 was when I last touched a G3 machine and two or three years earlier for VME.
Now, where did I put all those tape decks...?
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Dave R
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David
Good point. I somehow doubt that many of the G3 manuals (and relevant manuals for UDAS Exec utilities) have been scanned and made available.
That points up a big VME/B advantage: that both the long and short forms of command names were so regular that, if you knew the system at all well, you could go "Well, if there's a command to do such-and-such then its name will be xxxxxx, type it into a terminal, hit prompt and see its arguments displayed ready to fill in the form.
The only other OS I've seen that came close to that level of helpfulness was IBM/s OS/400, though the names were horrid: I mean, who would call a COBOL compiler CRTCBLPGM (OS/400) when they could have simply called it cobol?, though they also had similar parameter prompting and 'apropos' like abilities to find commands.
They're in the skip, mate!
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