TROPIX

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TROPIX
Tropix.png
Logging into a TROPIX system
Type: Multitasking, multiuser
Creator: UFRJ
Architecture: 68010, IBMPC
Current Version: 4.9.0 (Dec 2008)
Year Introduced: 1985


TROPIX got its start after UFRJ could not secure a source license to AT&T UNIX. So they decided to write their own. Using a Version 7 68000 machine, they were able to clone out their own system. For a while the project seemed dead with the mainstream arrival of Linux, however there has been some new activity on the TROPIX front.

System requirements

Intel 486/PENTIUM or equivalent.
8MB of ram for text mode, 16MB of ram for X11.
IDE/ATA/SATA.
SCSI controllers:

  • Adaptec 1542 (ISA)
  • 2940/29160 (PCI).

Ethernet controllers:

  • (NE1000, NE2000 ISA/PCI)
  • 3Com 3c503
  • Realtek RTL 8129/8139

USB
PCI Modems

  • U.S. Robotics 56K PCI

Sound Cards

  • Sound Blaster 16

How do I get this to run?!

First you'll need some instructions. This is the google translated instructions:

TROPIX Manual

Step by Step guide

TROPIX CD boot

>  

enter

boot>

-f

n

r

s

s

s

s

fdisk>

w

s

q

boot>

-i


login root
password tropix

mkfs /dev/rhda1
mount /dev/hda1 /aroot
cd /usr/etc/install
install

s
hda1
s
n (it'll copy files)
s


reboot

I'm still working out the networking...

/dev/ed0	dhcp
netmask=0.0.0.0, default

What Runs?

fortune seems to be the coolest program so far. coremap is pretty neat too. The C compiler seems to be based on GCC, they did write their own assembler, linker.. It's a very strange system.