Post by artem
If you wanted to attract as much people as possible to a product, on wh=
ich system would you choose to release first?
Speaking purely as someone who has extensive VMS knowledge, a little Wind=
ows ability and *zero*
knowledge of (or wish to know about) MACs or (especially) Unix systems, m=
y ideal emulator would look
It is shipped as a CD image, which I can burn. =A0I then take an old PC w=
ith no operating system on
it, and boot it from this image. =A0The image sets up a partition on the =
hard drive and loads itself
onto it, leaving the rest of the disk available for VMS to use. =A0When I=
reboot the PC from this new
partition, it comes up with the ">>> " prompt, and it is then up to me to=
load a VMS CD and install
it on the other partition, and set the appropriate console variables to b=
I don't care what operating system it has been developed on, as long as i=
t ships with the product,
and I don't have to see or maintain it (I imagine for licensing reasons i=
t will be some free variant
of Unix in single-application mode that boots and runs the emulator).
That way it transparently makes a cheap PC without and Windows (or other)=
license appear to be a VAX
(or Alpha). =A0I would also imagine the host operating system would be ju=
st enough to run the
emulator, and therefore would offer minimal overhead, as opposed to one t=
hat requires extensive
Now *that* would be a very interesting way to run an emulator. =A0Otherwi=
se, I would prefer to get a
Very reasonable request. What you describe can be provided by a "Linux
Live CD" which includes a basic bootable Linux and some appropriately
minimal subset of tools as needed to manage the OS and the emulator,
and in your particular case an installation procedure to install the
required data to the local hard drive rather than the booted CD (or
USB stick or whatever).
Putting to one side the "local install" part, there are many of these
Live Linux things which exist already. I haven't built one myself
(yet) but I am told it's not that difficult to do, and I can confirm
from personal experience of various flavours of them that on any
reasonably recent PC they are not difficult for users to use. They
vary from trial version of a full Linux to various application-
specific things such as "gparted" (a partition editor on a bootable
disk, which will move, resize, whatever, various kinds of disk
So, it should hopefully be relatively simple for someone with the
relevant skills to build the generic bit, and probably not that
difficult for someone to do the "copy (hidden) OS and emulator to
local hard drive".
I keep a "live" on a USB stick and a SD memory card as well as on a CD.
Post by artem
Or it could be relatively simple, IFF these emulators were built for
Linux as well as (instead of?) Window boxes.
You need a MUCH LARGER font for that IFF. ;)
VAX, the rest of the system is nary usable. In most of the cases, these
emulators are being sold to replace aging VAX hardware. I don't believe
would be wise to heed this request.