(This is a guest post from Antoni Sawicki aka Tenox)I’ve been hunting for a complete set of INTERACTIVE UNIX System for quite some time. While I had the “basic set” of it, the real stuff Visix Looking Glass graphical environment was nowhere to be found. Recently I got my hands on a box containing a massive set of 5.25″ floppy disks. Without further delay this is how the famous 386 UNIX GUI looks like:
Fortunately thanks to 86Box you can enjoy a fully working OS in a “high-res” (1024×768) mode, 256 colors and working TCP/IP. You can even pretend to browse the web using early version of Mosaic and WRP:
Looking Glass comes with a file manager and funky icons for pretty much every utility in the system:
The OS has a bunch of GNU apps and I even found a super early version of xv:
Finally this is how you manage the system with a “sysadm” utility and “kconfig” kernel configurator:
On a text console side, the OS has virtual consoles switchable via SYSRQ + F key. Console is on F8.
One should probably appreciate that PC had such a cool Unix version before Linux was even born. Unfortunately this stuff was all prohibitively expensive and mortals could not afford it to run on their 386s.
You can download 86Box version here. Make sure to look at readme for some last minute updates. Especially around configuring TCP/IP and Looking Glass licensing. There also is a VirtualBox OVA, however it only works in 800×600 and no networking/tcpip. Additional software can be downloaded from funet ftp.
Also you may be interested in more in-depth look at the VP/ix DOS hypervisor included with the os.
Have Fun With Virtualization!