|OS family||Unix System III/System V|
|Latest release||4.2.1 / 1994|
DEC Rainbow 100,
|Default user interface||X Window System, Motif, OpenLook|
A working version of Venix for the IBM PC XT was demoed at Comdex in May 1983. It was based on Version 7 Unix with some enhancements from BSD (notably vi) and custom inter-process communication mechanisms. In September 1984, Venix/86 Encore was released; it supported a number of early PC-compatibles, including the AT&T 6300, the Zenith 150, the (first) NCR PC, and the Texas Instruments Professional PC.
Venix 2.0, based on System III, ran on the DEC PRO-350 microcomputer (Venix/PRO), the DEC Rainbow 100 (Venix/86R) as well as PCs (Venix/86 and /286). It was released in 1984. From version 3.0, Venix was based on System V. A real-time version based in System V.3.2 was released for the 386 in 1990.
The last version Venix 4.2.1 based on UNIX System V Release 4.2 (UnixWare) was released in 1994. The workstation system included the real-time operating system, NFS and TCP/IP networking, X, OpenLook and Motif GUIs and the Veritas journaling File System (vxfs). A development system included additionally an ANSI C compiler, a library of real-time functions, GUI development software, real-time development utilities, and selected industrial I/O device drivers.
A 1984 review of Venix found it functional, despite some bugs in the initial versions. Its use of the BIOS for accessing devices made it more portable than its competitor PC/IX, but slowed down its display processing; the disk access speed was found to be similar.
- William B. Twitty (1984). UNIX on the IBM PC. Prentice-Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-939075-3. Covers and compares PC/IX, Xenix and Venix.
- Christine McGeever (Jan 14, 1985). First Unix for the PC AT. InfoWorld. p. 23. ISSN 0199-6649.
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