4.2 BSD

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4.2 BSD
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Logging into a 4.2 BSD system
Type: Multitasking, multiuser
Creator: CSRG, University of California, Berkeley
Architecture: VAX, Sun theoretically portable
Current Version: 4.2 (1983)
Date Released: 1983


4.2 BSD follows the betas of 4.1a & 4.1b. 4.2 BSD Is special because it incorporates the first versions of BSD TCP/IP, and FFS. This release is also the last that was led by Bill Joy, and this was used as the basis for SunOS. Later SUN licensed SYSV from AT&T and started to incorporate the two versions, before switching to the SYSV kernel in Solaris.

It is worth noting that 4.2 BSD's TCP/IP is *NOT* compatable with 4.3 and onward, and it will not function correctly on the internet. I forget what the "serious" bug is however.

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. We should get a repository of SIMH-ready tape images up here.

4.2 & 4.3BSD Reno are in ready to run formats on sourceforge


What Runs?

Some early GNU stuff will compile, but not very much otherwise.