COLLECTORS DCM, PSL, all except Sequent DYNIX/ptx, none, not applicable .. DISK, not applicable, HP-UX, Reliant, Sequent DYNIX/ptx, and Solaris, graph . SMPColl, PSL, HP-UX, Solaris, X, X. UPTColl, PSL, All, X, X. USRPROCColl, PSL , All, X, XX. VMColl, PSL, All except Sequent DYNIX/ptx, X, X. Symmetry: DYNIX/ptx , , , , NUMA-Q: DYNIX/ptx Solaris , , 7, 8 on SPARC and x Yes. Motif. Command.

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In the words of Paul Sybrowskyfounder of Dynix: Later, dumb terminals were connected via RS to a terminal serverwhich in turn connected via Ethernet to the branch’s LAN. Paul Sybrowsky was an employee of CTI. British Librarianship and Information Work The swivel base was removed so that the terminal sat flat on whatever surface it was placed on; what the unit now lacked in viewing-angle adjustability, it made up for in physical stability it could not be knocked over by the force of a child.

The Dynix Automated Library System was a popular integrated library systemwith a heyday from the mids to the lates. The company selling the Dynix software changed hands several times over the years: Retrieved from ” https: Where the New Information Players Meet.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This saved a significant sum of money – millions of dollars, in the case of the largest installations – solarls Dynix’s competitors, who required a separate server and copy of the software in each library branch. It’s too bad that it uniVerse BASIC was so good, because it didn’t make the transition to object-oriented Web-based technology in time to stay afloat.

Muxes were the phone company’s solution for connecting serial dynux between branches. Dynix showing the results from a by-author search for Ernest Hemingway. For academic libraries, primarily Kthere was Dynix Scholar an Intel 80xxx-based microcomputer version of regular Dynix. These codes, referred to a “dot commands” due to their structure of being a period followed by one or two letters such as ‘.


The technology for linking the terminals to the server within each building, and linking the separate buildings branches together to the central server location, changed over time as technology progressed. Dynix, as seen on a modern Windows PC using telnet and terminal-emulation software, as done in the early s. Several specialized versions were released, all nearly identical to the mainstream version. Counting by Library organizations.

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The Ultimate Digital Library: The latest installations used PC’s running terminal emulation software, and connecting to the Dynix server via telnet over the Internet. Screenshot of a Dynix menu, as rendered on an “amber” monochrome dumb terminal. The complete Dynix Classic approachedlines of source code, and compiled at around MB.

The first installation, inwas at a public library in Kershaw County, South Carolina.

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At one point, Dynix was benchmarked supporting 1, vynix on a single system. The separate branches would be connected to the central Dynix server via IP-based methods the Internet. To maintain compatibility with how Dynix was already written, the WY supported the Adds Viewpoint A2 emulation, which was actually one of the only emulations on the terminal.

Dynix was actually a hybrid of both; the patrons used a menu-driven interface, where they would be given a numbered list of options, and simply have to key in the number of the option they wanted in order to navigate through the system.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The customer base for Dynix did not begin decreasing until[8] at which point it started being replaced by Internet-based interfaces so-called ” Web PACs “.

Init was reported that Dynix was being phased out by its manufacturer, and approaching ” end-of-life ” status in terms of functionality solarsi support.


The library actually contracted for the system before the software was written. Programs with a text-based solqris, such as Dynix, are described as being either “menu-driven” or “command-line-driven”, referring to how users interact with the software. In OctoberDynix had just installations. In the late s, Dynix was once again re-ported, this time for Windows NT -based servers; again, uniVerse acted as a Pick emulator between the software solagis the operating system.

It was used by libraries to replace the paper-based card catalogand track lending of materials from the library to patrons. We didn’t have a product, but we said ‘You need a system and we’d like to bid on it,’ and showed them our business plan.

A library could buy as few as two modules. One reason for Dynix’s success was that an entire library consortium could be run off of just one server, in one location, with one copy of the software.

In response, Dynix asked Wyse to develop such a terminal; Wyse created the WYwhich was a stripped-down version of the best-selling terminal ever made, the WY The earliest method was to have the entire system connected via RS ; there would be many muxes statistical multiplexers and many miles of serial lines.

This page was last edited on 26 Novemberat The original Dynix system, as used in regular public libraries, was renamed Dynix Classic later in its lifespan to distinguish it from other Dynix products. None other handles data as well. Each branch had their own Circulation module, but the actual catalog database was a single copy on one server in a central location.