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Old 01-13-2004, 10:44 PM   #1
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AIX on a PC?


I've never used AIX before but would like to try it on my PC. I have a regular PC with and AMD Athlon 1800. Wouyld AIX run on this PC and could I multiboot it with Solaris?

PS same question for HP-UX, True64, SCO, and IRIX if anyone knows?


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Old 01-14-2004, 11:54 AM   #2
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AFAIK there's no intel versions of
Code:
AIX    (strictly IBM RISC machines)
HP-UP  (    "    HP   "     "       )
True64 (    "    DEC  "     "       )
I don't know about Irix, but since Silicon
is making Intel based workstations these
days you might be lucky.

SCO, however, does (did) ship an Intel
version...

HIH


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Old 01-17-2004, 11:31 AM   #3
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The now infamous project Monterey was meant to produce a version of AIX which would run on 32 and 64-bit intel in addition to IBM's Power architecture. Unfortunately, IBM's partner SCO couldn't pull their weight, Monterey collapsed and the rest is history.

The end result of all of this is that IBM's recommendation is that you run Linux (or Windows) on your AMD PC; they won't port AIX which is high-end only.

If you do want to try AIX at home, your best bet is to get a cheap second-user RS/6000 (e.g. from ebay). Cheap is relative mind you - don't expect to pick up anything very cheaply. Also bear in mind that the latest version of AIX (5.2) generally won't run on the older RS/6000 hardware (roughly pre-1997), but you can run version 5.1 which is just fine.

AIX version 5 also has "Linux affinity" which means you can normally recompile Linux apps to run on AIX without changing the source. IBM supply a CD of pre-compiled apps in rpm format, including lots of the GNU apps and KDE, with AIX. You can download them from the web too.
 
Old 02-03-2004, 11:39 AM   #4
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How do you know what RS/6000 products can use the 5.1 or 5.2 version of AIX, and where do you go to find out the differences between AIX versions?
 
Old 02-03-2004, 02:30 PM   #5
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How do you know what RS/6000 products can use the 5.1 or 5.2 version of AIX, and where do you go to find out the differences between AIX versions?
AIX 5.1 runs on all current RS/6000s and pSeries systems. AIX 4.3.3 runs on all systems except new Power4/Power4+. AIX 5.2 runs on all CHRP (Common Hardware Reference Platform) servers - pretty much anything from the F50 (1997) onwards.

For the full list of systems that support AIX 5.2, and details of how to check, see the AIX 5.2 Release Notes

As for the differences between different versions, the bible is the AIX differences guide.
 
Old 04-15-2004, 10:00 AM   #6
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aix 1.2 and 1.3 will run on an old ps/2 and 2.* will run on an RT .. you box is far too advanced for those old old device drivers...

use linux or openbsd .. still loadsa fun without the headaches ... saying that openbsd has some funky disk partitioning on the install .. so make sure you use a test disk for the 1st install before you start dual booting with a windows partition...

ref :
http://webpages.charter.net/ohlandl/...tallation.html


HTH
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Old 04-22-2004, 02:25 PM   #7
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@mal : by the way, unix SCO works fine on intel systems. Unfortunately, there is no free version...
 
Old 11-26-2008, 12:09 AM   #8
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@mal : by the way, unix SCO works fine on intel systems. Unfortunately, there is no free version...
SCO, interesting, have not seen one around in a decade, but it was indeed a nice Unix (and Xenix) for x86 back in the early 90's, I think I still have a few licenses in the storage overseas

I would just stick with Solaris 10 on pc's, free, is a decent system, a bit picky with some hardware, but with a bit of luck and configuration works just fine

cheers,
daniel

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