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Comp.os.research: Frequently answered questions [2/3: l/m 13 Aug 1996]
Section - [1.4.1] Distributed systems and microkernels

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See part one of the FAQ for further information on some of the systems
listed below.

- [93-03-31-22-49.53] ACE is the distribution, support and sales
  channel for Amoeba.  `Due to overwhelming response from non-profit
  organisations wishing to obtain Amoeba for their research
  activities', VU is offering Amoeba 5.2 to research institutions for
  more or less free (via ftp at no charge, or on tape for $500 on
  Exabyte or $800 on QIC-24).  Amoeba currently supports 68020 and
  68030-based VME board machines, as well at i386- and i486-based AT
  PCs and Sun 3 and 4 machines.

  For further information on `commercial' Amoeba, you can contact ACE
  by email at <amoeba@ace.nl>, by phone at +31 20 664 6416, or by
  fax at +31 20 675 0389.  Universities interested in obtaining a
  license should send mail to <amoeba-license@cs.vu.nl>, or fax to
  +31 20 642 7705.

- Chorus Systemes has special programmes for universities interested
  in using Chorus.  For more information on the offerings available,
  conditions, and other details, get the following files:
  - <URL:ftp://ftp.chorus.fr/pub/>
  - <URL:ftp://ftp.chorus.fr/pub/academic/README>
  - <URL:ftp://ftp.chorus.fr/pub/academic/offerings>

- The Cronus object-oriented distributed system may be obtained via
  ftp from <URL:ftp://pineapple.bbn.com>; email
  <cronus-help@bbn.com> for details of the account name and
  password.  Before attempting to get the Cronus distribution, you
  must obtain, via anonymous ftp,
  <URL:ftp://pineapple.bbn.com/>.  Maintenance,
  hotline support, and training for Cronus are available from BBN.
  Send email to the above address for information on these, or on
  obtaining a commercial license.

- Flux is a Mach-based toolkit for developing operating systems; you
  can find more information about it on the Web at
  <URL:http://www.cs.utah.edu/projects/flux>.

- Horus is available for research use; contact Ken Birman
  <ken@cs.cornell.edu> or Robbert van Renesse
  <rvr@cs.cornell.edu> for details.

- Isis has not been publicly available since 1989, but may (I'm not
  sure) still be obtained using anonymous ftp from
  <URL:ftp://ftp.uu.net> or <URL:ftp://ftp.cs.cornell.edu>.  After 1989,
  the code was picked up by Isis Distributed Systems, which has
  subsequently developed and supported it.  The commercial version of
  Isis (available `at very low cost' to academic institutions) is
  available from the company.  Email <info@isis.com> for
  information, or call +1-212-979-7729 or +1-607-272-6327.

- Information on obtaining the latest Mach 4 distribution is available
  from the University of Utah's Mach 4 pages, at
  <URL:http://www.cs.utah.edu/projects/flux/mach4/html/Mach4-proj.html>.

- The Plan 9 distribution is now commercially available for $350; it
  consists of a two-volume manual, a CD-ROM with all the sources, and
  four PC diskettes comprising a binary-only installation of a fairly
  complete version of the system that runs on a PC.  For more
  information, <URL:http://plan9.att.com/plan9/index.html>; this site
  houses ordering information, a browsable copy of all the
  documentation, and the PC binary distribution.

  Kernels exist for the Sun SLC, Sun4Cs of various types,
  NeXTstations, MIPS Magnum 3000, SGI 4D series, AT&T Safari, `a whole
  bunch of' PCs, and the Gnot.

  Sydney University Basser Department of Computer Science has a port
  of Plan 9 underway to the DEC Alpha at the moment.  A port to the
  Sun 3 has been completed.  Contact <plan9info@cs.su.oz.au> for
  details.

  The Plan 9 user mailing list may be subscribed to by sending mail to
  <9fans-request@cse.psu.edu>.

- QNX is available for academic applications through an education
  support programme run by QNX Software Systems, whereby QNX systems
  can be obtained for educational purposes at very low cost.  For
  commercial and education availability and pricing, contact:
	QNX Software Systems		QNX Software Systems
	175 Terrence Matthews Cr.	Westendstr. 19
	Kanata, Ontario K2M 1W8		6000 Frankfurt am Main 1
	Canada				Germany

	1 800 363 9001			+49 69 9754 6156 x299
	+1 (613) 591 0931
	+1 (613) 591 3579 (fax)		+49 69 9754 6110 (fax)
  Versions after 4.2 of QNX run on the i386 and later processors, with
  a 16-bit kernel included for i286 machines.  Native optimisations
  and a compiler for the Pentium are also included.  Further marketing
  information can be obtained on the World Wide Web from
  <URL:http://www.qnx.com>.

- The 1.1 Research Distribution of the Spring distributed object
  oriented operating system is available.  Spring is a highly modular,
  object-oriented operating system, which is focused around a uniform
  interface definition language (IDL).  The system is intrinsically
  distributed, with all system interfaces being accessible both
  locally and remotely.

  The 1.1 Research Distribution adds a number of fixes and
  improvements, including a Spring-Java IDL system that facilitates
  writing Java applets that can talk across Spring IDL interfaces.

  The Spring SRD 1.1 Binary CDROM is $75 to Universities and $750 to
  commercial research institutions.  This includes all of the software
  and documentation necessary for installing, running, and developing
  new system modules and applications in Spring.  All binaries, IDL
  files, development tools, key exemplary sources, and course teaching
  materials are included.  A standard full source license and source
  CDROM is also available for $100 to Universities and $1000 to
  commercial research institutions.

  For more details and ordering information, see
  <URL:http://www.sun.com/tech/projects/spring>.

- [93-02-07-16-03.48] The Sprite Network Operating System is available
  on CD-ROM.  The disc contains the source code and documentation for
  Sprite, a research operating system developed at the University of
  California, Berkeley.  All the research papers from the Sprite
  project are also included on the disc.  This software on this disc
  is primarily intended for research purposes, and is not really
  intended to be used as a production system.  Boot images are
  provided for Sun SPARCstations and DECstations.  The CD-ROM is in
  ISO-9660 format with Rock Ridge extensions.  The disc contains about
  550 megabytes of software.

  You can get an overview of the Sprite Project, and a complete list
  of what is on this disc, by anonymous ftp from
  <URL:ftp://cdrom.com/pub/cdroms/>.

  If you would like a CD-ROM please send $25.  Add $4.95 if you would
  like a caddy too.  S&H is $5 (per order, not per disc) for
  US/Can/Mex, and $10 for overseas.  If you live in California, please
  add sales tax.  You can send a check or money order, or you can
  order with Mastercard/Visa/AmEx.
	Bob Bruce <rab@cdrom.com>
	Walnut Creek CDROM
	1547 Palos Verdes Mall, Suite 260
	Walnut Creek, CA 94596
	United States

	   1 800 786-9907 (USA only)
	  +1 510 947-5996
	  +1 510 947-1644 (fax)

- VSTa is a copylefted system written by Andrew Valencia
  <vandys@cisco.com> which uses ideas from several research
  operating systems in its implementation.  It is currently in an
  `experimental but usable' state, and supports `lots of' POSIX, and
  runs on a number of different PC configurations.  For further
  information, send mail to <vsta-request@cisco.com>, or ftp to
  <URL:ftp://ftp.cygnus.com/pub/embedded/vsta>.

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