Unix Seventh Edition

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Unix V7
Seventh edition unix v7.jpg
Example V7 session
Type: Multitasking, multiuser
Creator: AT&T/Western Electric
Architecture: PDP-11, Interdata 8/32
Current Version: v7
Year Introduced: 1979

This was the last research version to leave Bell Labs. This also proved to be quite a portable version. Unix v7 was also one of the first operating systems to ship with a Fortran 77 compiler.

Platforms

These are the known platforms to run Unix v7

PDP-11

the PDP-11 was the primary platform which Unix v7 was written on. All other v7's can trace themselves back to this version.

Interdata 8/32

The Interdata 8/32 was the first port to a 32 bit platform outside of Bell Labs.

Sun 1

The Sun 1 workstations ran a port of Unix v7 that was done by UniSoft. This was prior to Bill Joy joining SUN bringing 4.2 BSD with him.

IBM PC

The IBM PC port was done by Microsoft however they resold it to various other OEM's under the name Xenix. Eventually SCO bought the rights & the Microsoft division responsable for Xenix, along with a deal giving Microsoft a portion of all SCO sales.

A separate project aims to port V7 to the 80386 native, V7/x86.

Digital VAX

The VAX port was to the VAX-11/780 platform in the form of 32v. This port was the 'official' port by AT&T to the platform.

Modern versions

v7 has been ported to the 386, information can be found http://www.nordier.com/v7x86/index.html.

Games

Unix v7 does include some games..

arithmetic
backgammon
banner
bcd
bj
checkers
chess
ching
cubic
fortune
hangman
lib
maze
moo
ppt
quiz
reversi
ttt
words
wump

How do I get this to run?!

The install tape is available for the PDP-11 version, so with that in mind, there is the Installing v7 on SIMH guide.

Also be sure to check out the Setting Up Unix - Seventh Edition document that was included in the tape.