/usr/home vs /home
erich at alogreentechnologies.com
Tue Feb 21 02:10:30 UTC 2012
On Monday 20 February 2012 21:44:43 Da Rock wrote:
> On 02/18/12 17:47, Erich Dollansky wrote:
> >> There may have been a historic reason, but now it is philosophical - trying
> > when I got my hands for the first time on a BSD system, the machine has had several 5MB hard disks.
> > I assume that what now is called partitioning came from the need to have several disks to run a serious system.
> > And yes, it was possible to boot and run BSD with at least 20 users on several 5MB disks.
> > Erich
> Erich, can I be so bold as to ask what brand the disks were? And tax
> your memory as to when?
it was DEC PDP-11 with a strange drive. One disk was fixed, one was removable. This is the reason why it was easy to switch the operating system. RL .. something like this was the disk name.
The disks were all from DEC too.
This was late 79, early 80. Yes, it was some time ago. The machine ran normally with 256KB of RAM with the whole institute as potential users.
> I came across an 80M disk a few years ago (at a time when 120G was the
> largest), and I was thinking I could use that to prop up my swap space
> by about 1 or 2% ;)
> That one was a quantum I think...
> During my tertiary education we used to get 2M of space as a user, I was
> always filling it up in a few sessions. But I digress...
The figures changed really very much in IT, but the concepts did not.
Except when you are listening to marketing people. It was all invented yesterday only.
On the side, I have had my first contact with some world wide net in 85 on a AT&T unix machine. The machine was connected directly to a 155MBit/s ATM line. Man, all of my later Internet lines have been slower.
And I did not even realise what potential is in this technology. It was just too normal to be available at the university there.
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