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Ask Slashdot: Finding Legacy UnixWare Installation Media? 193

First time accepted submitter lukpac writes "We have an old (ancient) Unisys server in production that hosts a legacy system and are attempting to virtualize it. Unfortunately we don't have a generic UnixWare (2.1.2) installation CD, just a Unisys-specific one, and given the recent unpleasantness (see Groklaw for details), SCO isn't much of an option. We're not looking at pirating it (as above, we do still have the Unisys-specific media), but do need a generic copy of UnixWare. What options, if any, are available?"
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  • Old SCO (Score:5, Interesting)

    by iCEBaLM ( 34905 ) <icebalm&icebalm,com> on Friday November 02, 2012 @10:43PM (#41861799)

    Slightly off topic but I'd like to share it:

    Old SCO was pretty classy, they had their "Free license" Unixware 7 advertized on their site, but you had to pay for a "media kit" for about $100. Being a poor uppity teenager, I emailed them asking where I could download the media in order to take advantage of their free license. They asked for my address.

    Three days later I had a DHL shipped media kit box with over 20 discs in total. I was sad to see them sell Unixware off.

  • Re:no p2v for unix? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 02, 2012 @11:39PM (#41862119)

    Seriously, systems this old need to be retired.

    1. That's exactly what OP is trying to do.

    2. Seriously, have you ever worked on anything in the real world? like maybe, telephones? electrical systems? You'd be amazed how many systems are out there payin' the bills every day that are older than most slashdotters.

  • Binary compatibility (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ulzeraj ( 1009869 ) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:34AM (#41862775) Homepage

    Linux got some binary compatibility tweaks on the kernel to run programs for other operating systems. I've worked on a similar issue in the past and the relevant services running on an OpenServer were just copied into the Linux system with a patched kernel with their dependences. Luckily the program was simple enough to make it without minor bugs like glitches with the linux terminal.

    If dd -> image conversion with qemu-img -> virtualization is not an option you could research a bit about binary compatibility with your old server.

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