AIX for N40 Trivia

294-114 IBM AIX FOR N40 Product # 5696-831

       AIX for N40 is the operating system software for the  N40 system.  AIX for N40 is based on AIX 3.2.5  and AIXwindows Environment/6000 Version 1.2.5 (X11R5), and is streamlined for the mobile computing environment.  
       AIX for N40 also contains a tailored set of hardware I/O specific to the N40.  The supported hardware I/O features include:
o   Integrated keyboard with pointing device
o   Integrated display
o   Portable disk drive
o   Fax/modem
o   Audio
o   External SCSI, parallel, serial and Appletalk devices
o   External displays
o   External keyboard and mouse.
       Device drivers are also available for PCMCIA fax/modems, token ring and static random access memory (SRAM).

       AIX for N40 includes the Nomadic Computing Environment (NCE) Version 2.0, which provides a fast save and resume facility, power management, display zoom, portability tools and automatic network configuration.
       Although AIX for N40 is not designed to support more than two users; it does support simultaneous operation by another user via the async port, Ethernet or dial-in modem through the login capability.

AIX for N40 provides:
o   Tailored set of hardware I/O specific to RISC System/6000 N40:
    -   Integrated keyboard with pointing device
    -   Integrated display
    -   Portable disk drive
    -   Fax/modem
    -   Audio
    -   External SCSI, parallel, serial and Appletalk devices
    -   External displays
    -   External keyboard and mouse
o   Mobile system enhancements - drivers for PCMCIA fax/modems, token ring and SRAM
o   National language support for:
    -   English (U.S., U.K.), German, French, Italian

Installed Memory vs. Hard Drive Space
   Notice that as system memory grows, the available space on the HD declines.

RAM                    Space left on 344MB HD       
16MB                   150MB
32MB                   100MB
64MB                   75MB

  The only modifications to AIX Version 3.2 are those necessary to specifically enable the N40
notebook hardware.  As a general guide, applications requiring three-D features, server functions, and communication hardware that is not available with the RISC System/6000 N40 should not be
executed, as well as any applications that exceed the physical limits of available memory and storage.  Attachment of external SCSI devices can be used to extend the capability of the N40 notebook workstation.
       Due to restricted storage resources, every N40 notebook workstation comes preinstalled with a limited set of operating system components designed to provide a robust configuration satisfying the majority of AIX mobile users.  The remaining applicable AIX for N40 operating system components and functions, many of which are familiar to AIX users, are provided on a CD-ROM supplied with every system. These additional components and functions can easily be installed based on user needs and system resources.

Preinstalled AIX for N40 Operating System Components
bos.obj                 Base Operating System                Base Operating System Data
** Xllrte.obj           AIXwindows Run Time Environment
** Xllrte.motif.obj     AIXwindows Motif Run Time Environment
** XllmEn_US.msg        AIXwindows NL Message Files
***bosext1.extcmds.obj  Extended Commands
bosext2.ate.obj         Asynchronous Terminal Emulator
bosext2.dlether.obj     Standard Ethernet Data Link Control
bosnet.nfs.obj          Network Filing System/NIS/RPC Libraries and Utils
boxnet.tcpip.obj        TCP/IP Applications
*  bs1.en_US.aix.loc    AIX Locale -- U.S. English
*  bs1mEn_US.msg        Basic System Messages -- U.S. English

*  Language specific, based on country keyboard attached to the N40 notebook.
** Run time for AIXwindows installed, because the N40 functions in client environment.
*** Refer to the following list of preinstalled commands.

o   /usr/bin/cal
o   /usr/bin/calendar
o   /usr/lib/calprog
o   /usr/bin/bc
o   /usr/bin/dc
o   /usr/bin/factor
o   /usr/bin/units
o   /usr/lib/lib.b
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/lib
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/samples
o   /usr/lib/w2006
o   /usr/bin/axeb
o   /usr/bin/ebxa
o   /usr/bin/genxlt
o   /usr/bin/iconv
o   /usr/bin/connect
o   /usr/lib/semutil
o   /usr/bin/biff
o   /usr/ucb/biff
o   /usr/lbin/getNAME
o   /usr/lib/getNAME
o   /usr/bin/banner
o   /usr/bin/yes
o   /usr/ucb/yes
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/filemon
o   /usr/bin/filemon
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/fileplace
o   /usr/bin/fileplace
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/lvedit
o   /usr/bin/lvedit
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/netpmon
o   /usr/bin/netpmon
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/rmap
o   /usr/bin/rmap
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/rmss
o   /usr/bin/rmss
o   /usr/lib/drivers/rmss.ext
o   /usr/lib/drivers/rmss.load
o   /usr/lib/libperft.a
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/svmon
o   /usr/bin/svmon
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/stripnm
o   /usr/bin/stripnm
o   /usr/include/stripnm.h
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/tprof
o   /usr/bin/trpof
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/README
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/lib/crush
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/genkex
o   /usr/bin/genkex
o   /usr/lpp/bosperf/genkld

Exclusive AIX for N40 Operating System Components
LPPS                    DESCRIPTION
nce.obj           Nomadic Computing Environment
Xllrte.vwm.obj    Motif-based Virtual Window Manager
nce.fax.obj       Fax Software for preparing, sending and receiving faxes

       The NCE is operated by a central daemon for disparate services required by the system.  This NCE service is provided for battery monitoring, screen-saving, device reconfiguration on resume, and availability and control of network services.

       The AIX for N40 CD-ROM contains the preinstalled software and other optionally installable AIX for N40 software.  To install and execute some components or functions, users may also need to install prerequisite components from the CD-ROM. 
       Several components of the AIX Version 3.2 base operating system are not included on the CD-ROM.  For example, since the range of adapters supported by the N40 notebook is not as extensive as those of the RS/6000, supplying the controlling software, microcode, and diagnostic software for these devices is not necessary (for instance, FDDI Data Link Control).

       AIX for N40 contains a wide array of functions and improved packaging for the mobile computing environment. 

          SMIT has the information needed to make the device or function immediately available.
         Function is on the hard disk and immediately available to the operating system.
o   CD-ROM
           Function is on CD-ROM,  whether the function is currently on the hard disk.
|Function          | Preconfigured | Preinstalled  | CD-ROM |
|2 User License    |       Y       |               |        |
|Display PostScript|               |               |    Y   |
|ADT and C compiler|               |               |    Y   |
|InfoExplorer(TM)  |               |               |    Y   |
|SNMP Agent        |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|TCP/IP and SLIP   |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|SMIT              |               |      Y        |    Y   |
|Expedite          |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|NFS Client        |               |      Y        |    Y   |
|NFS Server        |               |               |    Y   |
|Online Hypertext  |               |               |    Y   |
|NLS at 3.2.5 level|               |               |    Y   |
|NLS ISO 8859      |       Y       |               |        |
|JAPAN S-JIS       |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|Text Formatting   |               |               |    Y   |
|Function          | Preconfigured | Preinstalled  | CD-ROM |
|Locale (KB Def.)  |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|Async Support     |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|Fax/Modem         |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|Audio             |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|Ethernet          |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|Mail Facilities   |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|ATE               |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|Korn Shell        |       Y       |               |    Y   |
|Bourne Shell      |               |               |    Y   |
|C Shell           |               |               |    Y   |
|Accounting  Svcs  |               |               |    Y   |
|VI                |       Y       |               |        |
|INED              |               |               |    Y   |
LIMITATIONS:  AIX for N40 is designed to run only on RISC System/6000 N40.

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