In addition to collecting hardware, I’ve also started a small operating systems collection. As with the hardware, I’m focusing on Sun Microsystem. Unfortunately, what I’m mostly interested in (as with the hardware) are the early editions from the 1980s, and OS media from this period is even more scarce than hardware!
SunOS 4.03 Rev A
SunOS 4.1.1 Rev B
Solaris 1.1 (SunOS 4.1.3)
I only have the CDs for this edition, but they are shrinkwrapped! Solaris 1.1 was a collection of SunOS 4.1.3 and OpenWindows 3.0 released in 1992.
Solaris 2.1 (SunOS 5.1)
Shrinkwrapped box! Released in December 1992, it introduces SMP support as well as support for the sun4m architecture to the Solaris 2 branch. Includes OpenWindows 3.1.
Solaris 2.2 (SunOS 5.2)
Shrinkwrapped box! Released in May 1993. Still suffering a lot compared with the SunOS 4.x branch, but getting a bit more stable.
Solaris 2.4 (SunOS 5.4)
Open box but includes evertyhing in pretty good condition. Released in November 1994, this was my first taste of Solaris 2.x back in the 90s. Many people preferred staying with SunOS 4.x even years after Solaris 2.x was released, partly due to poorer performance of the SVR4 system, but with Solaris 2.3 or 2.4 people were coming to accept the new branch.
Solaris 2.5.1 (SunOS 5.5.1)
Shrinkwrapped box! This version is what I mostly remember using back in the 90s on many computers. Ah, the fond memories! Released in May 1996, around this release, Sun started differentiating between “desktop” and “server” releases, the difference being the number of installations allowed and a lot more software in the server editions. This is the server release.
Solaris 2.6 (SunOS 5.6)
Shrinkwrapped box! This is the desktop release (hence the thinner package). I seem to remember Solaris 2.6 being a bit slower than 2.5.1 back in the day. Released in July 1997.
Solaris 7 (SunOS 5.7)
Open box but was partly shrinkwrapped when I got it. Also known as Solaris 2.7 in the documentation sometimes, but with this release Sun started dropping the 2 prefix. Server release. This is the last edition of Solaris that I intend to collect as a physical boxed product. Solaris 8 was released in 2000, and the 90s is where I’ve set my cut-off date, with Solaris 7 being released in November 1998, which was also the same year that Sun stopped shipping SunOS 4.1.3 and SunOS 4.1.4!