From: Cameron Kaiser <>
Date: Mon Feb 19 13:15:50 2001

> It was originally developed at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science,
> around '73 or so, I think. There was a consortium of some kind formed later to
> commercialize it, of which TI, Apple, and others were members. The TI
> S1500 and Explorer series were NuBus machines.

Intriguing. Someone showed up very recently on Vintage Macs saying he had a
LISP Explorer and was trying to figure out what to do with it.

> What I'd like to know is how compatible the Mac NuBus is with the
> S1500 implementation. That is, can you take Mac NuBus cards and use them
> in an S1500, given Unix drivers for them? Also to this end, which Mac
> cards are likely to have driver sources and/or complete technical
> specifications available to a peon hacker? Mostly interested in TIGA
> (34010 and 34020) boards and 100 Mbit ethernet, also ISDN and RAID.

Probably not. :-( But you might try the NetBSD folks. They support some kinds
of network and video cards, though they do rely on MacOS to initialise them.
At least you might be able to get driver code.

> I'm not a Mac guy, I only just got an SE, that has some kind
> of intermittent open in the display, by chance the other day. And
> it doesn't have any NuBus slots. So any help will be greatly appreciated.

Actually, I think a great all-around 68K Mac is the IIci. It's expandable,
lots of slots, "standard" hardware and runs a fairly good range of System
versions (I think 6.0.8 through 7.6.1?). You can find them cheap, they're
really common. I have two, one I got as surplus and one I bought bare-bones,
stripped a beat-up IIsi, and put the HD, FD, memory and AUI network card into
that. Love 'em.

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