4.3 BSD+NFS Wisconsin Unix

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4.3 BSD
Logging into a 4.3 BSD system
Type: Multitasking, multiuser
Creator: CSRG, University of California, Berkeley, University of Wisconsin & SUN.
Architecture: VAX, theoretically portable
Current Version: 4.3 BSD+NFS Wisconsin UNIX
Date Released: 1987

4.3 BSD+NFS Wisconsin Unix

This release dates to around Jan 20 1987. It never seems to have made mainstream use, and I can only find a single machine that ran it, Eedsp. This release is significant in that it incorporated the SunOS NFS code, and a few bits of SunOS to flesh it out. A few people from the University of Wisconsin went on to work for SUN so it's no surprise the amount of Sun source in this release. This release is only for VAXen and runs under SIMH's 11/780 emulator just fine.

How do I get this to run?

The tape image portions can be found on the TUHS archives, located in the /4BSD/Distributions/thirdparty/UWisc4.3/ path on any archive site.

SIMH Installation instructions

  • Installation instructions for 4.3 BSD +NFS Wisconsin Unix can be found here

What Runs?

For its age, a surprisingly lot runs on this 4.3BSD derived operating system. So far I've been able to build and run the following: