(This is a guest post by Antoni Sawicki aka Tenox)
Dear lazyweb. I have been collecting operating systems and system software since 1991. My archive was always intended to be eventually made publicly available. A few years ago I began researching various hosting options. In the end I decided to settle on archive.org. Nothing beats free and maintained by someone else.
The whole hoard is ver very large and it will probably take a long time to upload. Due to a popular demand I started with smaller items mostly sought after. Enjoy.
QNX including your all time favorite QNX 2.x
Microsoft XENIX and OEMs such as Altos, Apple, IBM, Intel, Olivetti, Sperry, Tandy and of course our all time favorite SCO. Plus all these juicy apps.
ISC / Kodak / SunSoft Interactive UNIX
Check back in future for more uploads.
Also managed to get 800×600 resolution under QEMU. To do so run with -vga cirrus and run the QW video driver with qw.vga_bios video7,1
Unfortunately the mouse doesn’t work under QEMU. Either in PS/2 or serial mode the cursor randomly jumps around with a tendency to hang around top line of the screen.
(Note this is a guest post by Antoni Sawicki aka Tenox)
Enter 1988… around that time Microsoft just released MS-DOS 4.01 and IBM shipped OS/2 1.1. Compare to the other two, this QNX was years ahead of its time. Pretty much on every aspect. Now, some 25 years later QNX2 is still found running industrial machinery, clean rooms, avionics and military hardware. Some people report systems up and running non-stop for 15 years and longer!
It took me similar amount of time to acquire usable media set. QNX is an embedded system and never really seen life on a desktop machine, so finding these floppies was rather hard and expensive adventure. Fortunately I can finally let it see some daylight. Let’s examine how the system will install on a modern hardware under VMware Workstation.
The install is rather straight forward. Floppy boot comes with a login prompt.
After you log in as qnx you need to swap the floppy disk to Boot Utilities and run install. The script guides you through setup steps.
First you need to select the disk controller. For compatibility mode QNX 2 provides access via int 13 (real mode).
Then you partition the disk. QNX partition type is either 7, 8 or 9. You will be asked to mark it bootable later on.
Then you have to select the kernel. QNX can operate in real mode and protected mode on AT286.
The install script copies all the data from distribution floppy disks, asks about boot loader and active partition. Finally you get to choose some video options.
The system also asks about networking options. Unfortunately it only works with custom Arcnet cards so I skipped this. Once complete you are asked to remove the boot floppy disk and reboot the machine. This is what comes up after first hard disk boot.
I guess what is in the system will be the a topic of another post.
You may also be be interested in QNX Windows and Fun with QNX 4 Networking posts.