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Marghanita da Cruz
marghanita at ramin.com.au
Thu Mar 26 17:42:52 EST 2009
Geoff Huston wrote:
> On 26/03/2009, at 1:14 PM, Mark Prior wrote:
>> Ian Peter wrote:
>>>> When I left the University of Adelaide in 1986 we were still running
>>>> DECnet on campus but it had disappeared from the router's
>>>> on the link to the SA regional network (and hence to AARNet) so I
>>>> guess around that timeframe. I suspect that it didn't get migrated
>>>> during the transition from the AGS+ to 7500 routers.
>>> Doubt it as Aarnet didn't start till 1989 and at that stage
>>> apparently was
>> Trust me to typo the date. It should have been 1996. There weren't any
>> Cisco routers in Oz in 86 either.
> [all list cc's dropped except link - there are folk there that may
> find this old fart stuff brings back some memories, fond or
> otherwise :-) ]
> I have the first cisco purchased in oz at home somewhere I believe.
> csiro bought in in 1989 and aarnet bought it off csiro in 1990. they
> were hybridges and they cost $15,000 per unit at the time.
> We dropped Decnet long before 95. I think noone really remembers when
> because by the time it fell from the routers noone was using Decnet
> much any more. Digital was trying to get its customer base to migrate
> from Decnet Phase IV to Decnet Phase V (which was supposedly built to
> the OSI specs) and what was happening on the campuses was that
> campuses were ditching the entire vendor-based networking systems
> and the entire networking services landscape changed from terminals
> and terminal switch networks connected up to central boxes to the
> emerging clouds of pcs in the latter part of the 80s and tcp/ip was
> the one piece of protocol glue that all kinds of equipment could
1987/8 I was configuring DECNET and DEC Workstations at the Australian Institute
of Health in Canberra.
Circa 1988/9 in Sydney, I recall setting up a Vax (DEC) file server to allow PC
and Mac users to share/exchange files. It may have been DECNET/Appletalk
and DECNET?? for the MSWindows PCs...and Rainbows.
From memory, the network gurus were all for TCP/IP but at the time, there
wasn't the support for things like filesharing. But I could be wrong and the PCs
may have been runnig TCP/IP.
Marghanita da Cruz
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