RT-11/RSX-11/RSTS freeware CD-ROM

From: Dave McGuire <mcguire_at_neurotica.com>
Date: Wed Jul 28 17:06:22 1999

  I'd buy them.

    -Dave McGuire

On Wed, 28 Jul 1999, CLASSICCMP_at_trailing-edge.com wrote:
>Hi -
> Some of you may recognize me - an occasional contributor
>to CLASSICCMP - as the maintainer of the PDP-11 freeware archives
> http://metalab.unc.edu/pub/academic/computer-science/history/pdp-11/
>In between the RSX-11, RT-11, RSTS/E, and PRO stuff there, there's
>well over a gigabyte of PDP-11 freeware available for downloading,
>spanning 3 decades of sources. Others on this list have contributed
>software to the archives, and I can't thank them enough for their efforts.
> Recently, the idea of distributing a collection of the PDP-11 freeware
>on multiple CD-ROM's has come up. (It'd be at least 2 CD-ROM's,
>possibly more.) In part, this idea is motivated by the easy
>distribution that CD-ROM affords (it sure beats lugging around
>a few hundred 9-track reels), and it is also motivated by the fact that
>CD-ROM drives are easily connected to Q-bus or Unibus PDP-11's through
>a SCSI host adapter. I frequently make PDP-11 filesystem CD-ROM's
>for my commercial customers who are converting from old media to
>emulator disk images, and freeware tools for PC's (such as
>John Wilson's PUTR) allow convenient access to RT-11 filesystems on
>CD-ROM's. Of course, it's also possible to burn ISO9660 CD-ROM's
>with disk or tape images, and it is in fact I have made "mixed
>format" CD-ROM's that have both a ISO9660 directory structure
>(for access on a PC-clone or Unix/VMS workstation) and a PDP-11
>directory structure (in the higher-numbered partitions of the CD-ROM.)
> My question is: would it be worthwhile for me to package up
>the PDP-11 freeware collection on multiple CD's (probably one CD for RT-11,
>one CD for RSTS/E, and two CD's for RSX-11 & POS) and distribute them?
>Would folks be willing to pay, say, $15 each for duplication and
>distribution costs, or is this completely out of line? Of course,
>the network-accessible archive at metalab.unc.edu will still be
>available for free. While it's clear that CD-ROM is a convenient
>distribution medium, it's also clear that most folks on the 'net are
>cheapskates and won't pay a dime to get something they could download
>for free, so it's not obvious that if I had a batch of CD-ROM's made up
>that anyone would ever actually pay a nominal amount for them.
> If anyone has any comments, experiences, suggestions, etc.,
>I'm all ears!
> Tim Shoppa Email: shoppa_at_trailing-edge.com
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