4.3 BSD Quasijarus

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4.3 BSD Quasijarus
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Logging into a 4.3 BSD system
Type: Multitasking, multiuser
Creator: CSRG, University of California, Berkeley
Architecture: VAX, Tahoe theoretically portable
Current Version: 4.3BSD-Reno (1990) 4.3BSD-Quasijarus0c (2004)
Year Introduced: 1986


"Quasijarus is a project of the International Free Computing Task Force (IFCTF) led by Michael Sokolov to indefinitely continue the maintenance, support, and further development of the classic line of Berkeley UNIX on the classic VAX hardware."

A fork of 4.3 BSD-Tahoe to maintain it, for the VAX architecture. This is often the distribution that hobbyists will install on real or, especially, emulated VAXen.

The main site is located here.


How do I get this to run?!

The Unix Heritage Society's archives have copies of most 4-BSD variants http://minnie.tuhs.org/TUHS/ However, they're not immediately in ready-to-use-in-SIMH tape format. There is a repository of SIMH-ready tape images on sourceforge.

There are 'ready to run' version for windows users available right here again on sourceforge. All of the 4.2 & 4.3 BSD variations have built in SLiRP networking, and will be able to connect out to the internet without any device drivers.


SIMH Installation instructions

  • Installation instructions for 4.3 BSD Quasijarus 0c can be found here


What Runs?

A lot of people don't like -Reno as its embracing of POSIX is rather treasonous to the BSD ideal. So what compiles on 4.3 BSD-Tahoe or its maintained version, -Quasijarus?


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