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firebirdta84
March 30th, 2014, 01:06 AM
CTIX Anyone?

Does anyone here know anything about CTIX, a Convergent Technologies branded version of UNIX from the mid-late 1980s?

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I am working on a project to get a Convergent MightyFrame from 1987 operational (see our blog at MightyFrame.com (http://MightyFrame.com) ), and to read data off a vintage MFM Maxtor XT-2190 hard drive that was installed in one of these machines back in the day. I'm about 9 months into this, and have just scratched the surface, but I love it.

the MightyFrame's OS was CTIX. The closest more common machine to this monstrosity was the AT&T 7300 / 3B1 system from 1985+, also built by Convergent Technologies, but is only similar, and by no means a match. It ran straight UNIX.

I'd be very excited to get ahold of one of these vintage tapes, or even a copy of them. So far, I've heard that there existed CTIX [RAW], CTIX DIAGNOSTICS, and CTIX MAINTENANCE. Does anyone know of others?

I'm pursuing contact with as many of the guys from an old comp.sys.3b1 newsgroup that I can track down. There is one thread there in particular that gives the most information I can find online about this system: http://bit.ly/1i8DTiY Do any of the contributors to that thread post here on this forum?

I appreciate any info that anyone might offer.

Thanks!
-AJ

tingo
April 1st, 2014, 06:52 AM
Interesting. Very little on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergent_Technologies
and Bitsavers doesn't appear to have anything on the MightyFrame, or CTIX.

Al Kossow
April 1st, 2014, 07:14 AM
Interesting. Very little on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergent_Technologies
and Bitsavers doesn't appear to have anything on the MightyFrame, or CTIX.

Try bear at typewritten.org

Roe
April 3rd, 2014, 01:52 PM
A gentleman I knew back in the day named Evan Leibovitch had a Mightframe many years ago, he _might_ have some old tapes still lying around. He has worked with open source and ICANN for many moons. I think his email address is still evan at telly.org.

firebirdta84
April 3rd, 2014, 02:18 PM
Tingo, Al & Roe, thank you so much for your comments.

I am following up with these contacts.

Roe, is this the Evan you speak of? https://www.linkedin.com/in/evanleibovitch
There is no email that I can see at telly.org.

Thanks!
-AJ

Roe
April 5th, 2014, 08:28 AM
Yes, that seems to be the right Evan.

bear
April 7th, 2014, 01:21 PM
Thanks for the referral, Al, but actually I have no resources for CTIX whatsoever.

firebirdta84
April 15th, 2014, 12:11 PM
Roe,

Thank you so much for your referral of Evan Leibovitch. I was able to reach him on LinkedIn and we started a very nice discussion.

Evan is asking me for your contact information, because he would like to get back in touch with you. Maybe you could also reach out and connect with him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/evanleibovitch

Regardless, thanks again for everyone's help here...much appreciated!
-AJ