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Reply 160 of 198, by lolo799

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I started this thread with the QNX 4 demo disks, now it's time to go back to QNX, specifically QNX 6 RTP, the freely distributed version of QNX 6.
Some screenshots to start with, showcasing the 6.0 Pre release installation:

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Follow up in the next post...

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Reply 161 of 198, by lolo799

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The first boot of the 6.0 non pre-version, some other things change, like the boot options screen that is simpler to use with sub categories.

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Hardware compatibility list is available at https://web.archive.org/web/20001109180300/ht … form/index.html
The minimum specs mentioned on the QNX website are a Pentium 200 and 32MB of RAM.
The OS works in 86box with a 486 PCI motherboard and an Intel DX4 or Pentium Overdrive, or an AMD 5x86 cpu.
It can be installed in its own partition or as a loopback file under Win9x.

The standalone installer for Win9x, about 29MB each unzipped:
qnxrtp60-installer-Sept2000.zip: https://mega.nz/#!n9pV3QjL!oIpPpDCj1bvq1uX6iO … stZUYCx7xPvt-EQ
qnxrtp60-installer-Jan2001.zip: https://mega.nz/#!n4x1QIhb!-h3atr2OM7w0xKNUa1 … yC1NUqZIyrsCGbc
qnxrtp610-installer-June2001.zip: https://mega.nz/#!H44V0Sya!JE9n2ueJmo3GPxNPpR … Q6e5fP4_iaLY0RU

The original download for installing under QNX 4:
qnxrtp60-13Sept2000.tar: https://mega.nz/#!ix5hAAgb!pxAYGN_wX4YRfzikb0 … t8u-oQznHsqpYwE

The various .iso files, containing local repository of software packages:
qnxrtp60-21Sept2000.rar: https://mega.nz/#!H84R0KAR!lnRNJ2_j-yNwOSzWxJ … OEFDDXf6S2Z0EHE
QNXRTP60-Oct2000.rar: https://mega.nz/#!ysoDUIzY!gMv-nBy5q1FDEPCeb1 … q6h0wEguEv7S1yo
qnxrtp60-Jan2001.rar: https://mega.nz/#!e44zRIoT!bN8n7f5V44EczPs2gI … exBLjFDvTg7k_b0
qnxrtp610_small_Jun2001.rar: https://mega.nz/#!nlwlUQJB!F7ogGsDLeZ453kYsH6 … jbsW8elSoGeCd1E
QNXRTP610-Aug2001.rar: https://mega.nz/#!np5VDKYL!yNmjNiKoe2waX4m-aA … mYwrfEIUYnZ7Gv4

After QNXRTP 6.1.0, QNX named the following versions QNX 6.2.x Momentics, here are the two Non-Commercial releases:
QNXNC620-May2002.rar: https://mega.nz/#!mww1EQTa!k5JkC7z8qxAt6Vsu6y … UPGV1C4P69YYShc
QNXC621-Feb2003.rar: https://mega.nz/#!Ssh3XAyK!GGqihAeEdEkEKsuG3t … ZdKUCFH3AvtDzR0

The 6.2.0 is the last one that comes with a Win9x installer.
Some of the later versions can be used as LiveCD.
Have fun!

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Reply 162 of 198, by Caluser2000

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Nice shots. I was always fasinated how they got the QNX gui running on such a small foot print.

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Reply 163 of 198, by xjas

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^^ that's pretty cool, thanks for uploading!

Does the Win9x version make any changes to the host OS? (I.e. is it "safe" to install on an existing system and uninstall cleanly?) I'm guessing it just sets itself up as a containerized virtual machine?

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Reply 164 of 198, by lolo799

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xjas wrote on 2020-01-05, 21:37:

^^ that's pretty cool, thanks for uploading!

Does the Win9x version make any changes to the host OS? (I.e. is it "safe" to install on an existing system and uninstall cleanly?) I'm guessing it just sets itself up as a containerized virtual machine?

It just edits the config.sys to add the boot menu for QNX, and return it to its previous state during the uninstall.

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Reply 166 of 198, by aha2940

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I remember having played DooM on my PC running SUN Solaris 8 x86. It also worked on Solaris 9 and 10, however that's as far as I got using Solaris. I also ran DooM on BeOS, I recently found the CD for it, I'll see if I can find the binaries again to screenshot it.

Regarding QNX, I remember using it briefly, mainly just to know how it was, but loving the microgui interface. I found a theme for GNOME2 that was identical and used that until new Fedora Linux versions (which is what I use) stopped supporting GNOME 2, and the theme does not work on GNOME 3.

Reply 167 of 198, by lolo799

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aha2940 wrote on 2020-04-04, 01:35:

I also ran DooM on BeOS, I recently found the CD for it, I'll see if I can find the binaries again to screenshot it.

Doom binaries for many versions of BeOS are available at
http://pulkomandy.tk/~beosarchive/about.html

I'll update the thread soon with some other OSes to try out, it's been a while!

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Reply 168 of 198, by Caluser2000

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Caluser2000 wrote on 2019-10-22, 18:36:
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The 2.0 is much smaller 😀

I've got a boxed copy of Warp v3 upgrade for OS/2 v2.* Basically just v3 really. Glad I've got the CD copies of v3 up. It makes life a lot easier if you want to have a play around on real hardware.

OS/2 v3 is faster and more stable...

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Reply 169 of 198, by Caluser2000

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Caluser2000 wrote on 2019-10-07, 04:22:

Tried DESCQview/X for while. I wasn't really that stable and you were better with just plain Dos and Win3.x or OS/2 The X windows thing was an interesting concept. Not too many folk ran *nix with X windows back then so really aimed at a niche market.

Update on this. recently I found a hdd which had DesqviewX, GeoWorks 2.0 and wfw3.11 on it. I'm going to image/clone it before the hdd dies.

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Reply 170 of 198, by Caluser2000

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aha2940 wrote on 2020-04-04, 01:35:

I remember having played DooM on my PC running SUN Solaris 8 x86. It also worked on Solaris 9 and 10, however that's as far as I got using Solaris. I also ran DooM on BeOS, I recently found the CD for it, I'll see if I can find the binaries again to screenshot it.

Regarding QNX, I remember using it briefly, mainly just to know how it was, but loving the microgui interface. I found a theme for GNOME2 that was identical and used that until new Fedora Linux versions (which is what I use) stopped supporting GNOME 2, and the theme does not work on GNOME 3.

MATE is the modern equivalent to Gnome 2 and works quite well om lesser specced systems.

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Reply 172 of 198, by appiah4

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kolderman wrote on 2020-04-24, 07:43:

MATE is Gnome2.

It is not. It is a fork of Gnome 2 and that does not make them the same thing.

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Reply 173 of 198, by gdjacobs

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GNOME 2 is what MATE started with. As a codebase, they were the same at the beginning but are no longer the same. As a project, of course, MATE is not in any way GNOME.

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Reply 174 of 198, by Cloudschatze

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GeoWorks has already been mentioned in this thread, but for all of you XT-class 286 system owners with EMS, I'm finding the combination of DR DOS 6.0 and NewDeal Office 3.2a to be exceptionally usable, quirks aside.

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Reply 176 of 198, by Caluser2000

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Cloudschatze wrote on 2020-04-24, 19:53:
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GeoWorks has already been mentioned in this thread, but for all of you XT-class 286 system owners with EMS, I'm finding the combination of DR DOS 6.0 and NewDeal Office 3.2a to be exceptionally usable, quirks aside.

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Good stuff. My first 286 had DR Dos 6 and GeoWorks Pro 1.2 on it. My current Redstone XT Turbo is set up that way now just for nostalgia purposes.

How did you set up the networking on your setup?

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Reply 178 of 198, by appiah4

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AndrewK2685 wrote on 2020-05-01, 10:03:

How about Novell Netware?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NetWare

We used to have this in my high school computer lab running on 386SX25 computers. I don't have very fond memories of it, but it worked. We could print to a dot matrix printer from Professional Write for example.

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Reply 179 of 198, by Caluser2000

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gdjacobs wrote on 2020-04-24, 17:23:

GNOME 2 is what MATE started with. As a codebase, they were the same at the beginning but are no longer the same. As a project, of course, MATE is not in any way GNOME.

Go have a look at the credits on an installation then...

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