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Logging into a 4BSD system
Type: Multitasking, multiuser
Creator: CSRG
Architecture: VAX, theoretically portable
This Version: 4.0 (1980)
Date Released: 1980

4BSD (sometimes now called 4.0BSD, but this name was not used at the time) from CSRG at Berkeley improves upon the 3BSD release with curses, better job control, csh, and "reliable signals".

How do I get this to run?!

You can follow the guide Installing 4.0 BSD on SIMH, which was derived from the excellent work of Naoki Hamada here for more information.

There is also the historical document Setting up the Fourth Berkeley Software Tape.

Currently if you enable the DZ11 ttys you'll get a bunch of 'ZERO VECTOR UBA RESET: dz up 'errors... So this isn't very useful if you were hoping for some kind of multi-user system. The only 'good' thing is the 32v idle in simh-3.8-0 works well on this version.

What Runs?

Not very much.... 4 BSD does not provide any modern networking, and the C compiler is far from ANSI. Also keep in mind that 4 BSD does *NOT* include any TCP/IP networking... It's worth noting that the zork binary made it's appearance in this version of BSD Unix..


aardvark    banner      ching       lib         snake
adventure   bcd         cribbage    mille       snscore
advfiles    bogdict     fish        monop       trek
arithmetic  boggle      fortune     number      wump
backgammon  chess       hangman     quiz        zork

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