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 OctoberDynix had just installations. A library could buy as few as two modules. 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. Dynix use grew quickly in the early-and-mid s. 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.

The company selling the Dynix software changed hands several times over the years: Library automation Library and information science software.

Screenshot of a Dynix menu, as rendered on an “amber” monochrome dumb terminal. Dynix was made up of several different modules, each of which was purchased independently to create a scaled system based on the library’s size and needs.

A specially-designed keyboard reduced the number of keys from to 83, mainly by removing all the function keys; this was designed to keep users out of the internal setup functions and other parts of the software they “weren’t supposed to be going”. The separate branches would be connected to the central Dynix server via IP-based methods the Internet.

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.


Vynix branch had their own Circulation module, but the actual catalog database was a single copy on one server in a central location. Where the New Information Players Meet. Init was reported that Dynix was being phased out by its manufacturer, and approaching ” end-of-life ” status in terms of functionality and support.

For very small libraries, with perhaps only one or two terminals, there was Dynix Elite. With the single copy of the Dynix software installed on a central server, both patrons and librarians could access it by using dumb terminals.

Dynix, as seen on a modern Windows PC using telnet and terminal-emulation software, as done in the early s. Programs with a text-based interface, such as Dynix, are described as being either “menu-driven” or “command-line-driven”, referring to how users interact with the software. Counting by Library organizations.

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The initial search engine tools: Unknown to the patrons, the librarians had the ability to manipulate the system in the command-line-driven way, by keying in special codes at the same prompts where patrons would key in menu item numbers. Shortly after Dynix started being deployed to libraries around the country, requests started coming back that alternate terminals be provided for patron use; children would bang on the keyboards or throw books at the terminals, or use unauthorized key sequences to mess up the programming.

In the words of Paul Sybrowskyfounder of Dynix: 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. For academic libraries, primarily Kthere was Dynix Scholar an Intel 80xxx-based microcomputer version of regular Dynix. Several specialized versions were released, all nearly identical to the mainstream version.

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 and the operating system.

This saved a significant sum of money – millions of dollars, in the case of the largest installations – versus Dynix’s competitors, who required a separate server and copy of the software in each library branch. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


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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. By using this site, solxris agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The complete Dynix Classic approachedlines of source code, and compiled at around MB. Undaunted, we pitched our plan to create an automated library system to a public library in South Carolina. The latest installations used PC’s running terminal emulation software, and connecting to the Dynix server via telnet over the Internet. It was used by libraries to replace the paper-based card catalogand track lending of materials from the library to patrons.

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None other handles data as well. Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 26 Novemberat Webarchive template wayback links All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April The Dynix Automated Library System was a popular integrated library systemwith a heyday from the mids to the lates. Paul Sybrowsky was an employee of CTI.

British Librarianship and Information Work Muxes were the phone company’s solution for connecting serial lines between branches. The library actually contracted for the system before the software was written. 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.