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Well, I've been getting so many requests for various bits of
information, that I have decided to take the wraps of the Delta web
site. Mind you, it's still "under construction," as they say. But I
have posted the tid bits described below. Hopefully, this will be
helpful to those of you who wish to play historian and compile some
more polished content for publication on the site...
Mail list archive-- It's updated in real time as the messages
are sent to the list. Handy for the folks who unsubscribed,
but still want to keep in touch! The message indexes can be
displayed by date (most recent first) or by thread. I've also
set up a special section with selected pre-list messages
because we received so many nice stories while we're finding
all you people.
Delta Alumni Preliminary Roster-- Basically, the list of names
that we are working from for finding folks. Includes the e-mail
addresses of the Deltoids we've found. I received many
requests for this type of info... "have you found so and so?"
Alan Flippen's Unofficial History-- written in 1980, Alan has
added a new forward and updated the text to tone down some
isolated instances of nastiness. Must reading... I guarantee
you'll enjoy this!
"Preserving Computing's Past: Restoration and Simulation" by
Maxwell M. Burnet and Robert M. Supnik-- this detailed paper
was published in the Digital Technical Journal in December of
1996. Trust me, this will get you in the historical preservation
mood. Check it out; you'll be glad you did!
And finally... RSTS/E version 9.0 for use with Bob Supnik's
PDP-11 simulator. The PDP-11 simulator is freeware source
code written entirely in C. It is a very accurate emulation in so
far as the hardware registers and processor instructions are
faithfully implemented. It'll run on any Unix platform, and it's
very robust... I haven't found any bugs and I've been playing
with it on and off for a few months now. There are also
simulators for PDP-8's, 18 bit PDP's, DG Nova, and IBM 1401.
And software to run on all of them!
The RSTS/E V9 kit is the original distribution of three RL01
packs. It's licensed and totally legal for use with the simulator.
Load the SYSL1G pack on DL0: (attach the disk image file
using the simulator console), boot, and you are ready to install
RSTS/E. I've gotten as far as getting "RSTS/E is on the air."
But without docs, I've never really gotten everything SYSGENed
and installed right. Maybe you will have better luck! I wish I had
a copy of RSTS/E more in tune with the Delta era, but for now,
9.0 is all I have been able to find. Now if we could only find
some Delta backups!
Oh, I almost forgot! The URL is http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~mader/delta.
I wonder if the server is in room 360? Let me know what you think!
Regards for now...