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  jonpurdy (Profile)
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Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:09 pm
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This thing is huge and heavy and can't even run Mac OS. I have no interest trying to install an ancient version of Linux on it either.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what to do with it? I did the bed stand thing years ago while in uni but it's not my style anymore, haha. Maybe turn it into a mini fridge somehow? Or should I take off the nameplate, turn it into a key chain, and scrap the rest?
  
  feeef (Profile)
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Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:16 am
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Hi jonpurdy,

Why not just installing the AIX OS that was made for this computer ?
It is a UNIX OS and I think you could be able to do really cool things with it.
  
  feeef (Profile)
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Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:26 am
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I don't know the graphical capabilities of this server but it has 6 PCI slots and you may even be able to install a good graphic card to run Gnome on top of AIX.

You could also use it as a UNIX development platform, a network router, a file server or a web server.
  
  wove (Profile)
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Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:39 am
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A/UX is the name of Apple's old Unix based server software. AIX is IBM's brand of Unix.

It was in its day a heck of a work horse, but today it is probably little beyond a curiosity. I would hate to see one of these machine tore up and junked. It could probably still do a good job of serving up web pages, news, email and perhaps ftp duties.

It would most likely not be very secure and probably is not very energy efficient either. A/UX did run System 7.1 software, but even 7.1 finds little use today.

There are/were sites that provided information and software for A/UX. It would be interesting to get it working if for no other reason than demoing it. And it would make a pretty neat end table beside a comfortable reading chair.

bill
  
  feeef (Profile)
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Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:58 am
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I may be wrong but I think that A/UX never worked on PowerPC machines it was a 68k system.

The Apple Network Servers were sold exclusively with the AIX operating system, in a version called "AIX for Apple Network Servers" with some Apple-specific features, like AppleShare services

It's what is said on wikipedia Smile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.....r#Software
  
  wove (Profile)
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Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:41 am
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You are right; I stand corrected. Sorry about introducing confusion.

bill
  
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