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Old 10th January 2010
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I found an old computer on a Finnish auction site today. It's described as a Unix-computer made by NCR in the late 70s/early 80s. It has A3-sized memory modules and a tape drive. It's size is 60x12x65 cm and it weighs 37 kg. No other information is available, but 5 photos of the machine is available at cs.helsinki.fi/u/mvvuorel/nixi/.

Can I run Open/Net/FreeBSD on this machine? I'm pretty sure I could get it for 1€, and it would be fun to try something other than x86 and x86-64.
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That would be an NCR Tower, they were indeed UNIX workstation & servers.. but I can't find a great deal of information.

From what I can piece together, they created these UNIX systems for use primarily as database servers.

It appears that they ran TMX, or NCR's own Unix based on AT&T SVR3.


I did find these emails to the NetBSD mailing list, unfortunately it would appear that no port to this system exists yet.. the CPU (..m68k) is supported, but the rest of the systems hardware may be completely undocumented and NCR proprietary.


Hope that helps

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I'm pretty sure I could get it for 1€, and it would be fun to try something other than x86 and x86-64.
1 Euro !?
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Yeah, shouldn't these rare "collection" machines cost more like thousands of Euros/Dollars?
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It's an NCR tower, not their first cash register.
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