This is a Web site to collect, save, and share information about the Michigan Terminal System (MTS), the computer time-sharing operating system, and the organizations and people that developed and ran it. The documents, images, recollections, and comments that make up this Web site come from many sources. It is our hope that individuals will contribute many more.
Overview: See the MTS Article on Wikipedia for a good overview of MTS, its architecture, and the sites that developed and ran it.
Software: See the MTS Distributions section of this Web site for information on the availability of MTS software and to download MTS Distributions.
E-Mail list: Announcements, news items, and updates related to MTS are sent to the e-mail group MTS-Interest@umich.edu a few times a year. If you would like to be added to the group, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web Site: This web site was created by Jeff Ogden and is administered by Jeff, Gavin Eadie, and Mike Alexander. The "official" URL to use to reach this site is: http://archive.michigan-terminal-system.org.
Contribute: Anyone can view the contents of this archive, but only members of the Google Groups' group "# (Pound Sign)" can create and edit pages, upload documents and files, start discussions, and enter comments. To start, the group is only being used to control access to this archive site and not as an e-mail list. Anyone with a Google account may join this group. If you don't have a Google account, you can create one. They are free. If you just want to view items in the archive, you do not need to join. If you would like to contribute, click here to visit and join the group.
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News and updates
29 May 2016
Ursus Theodorus at home in 2016
Follow this link for an introduction to Ursus Theodorus.
Follow this link for more photographs of and about Ursus Theodorus.
10 May 2016
Bell Canada announced last week it would buy MTS in offer that valued company at $3.9B
Doug Wade sent a URL and a note saying "I find this amusing". Here is the URL to the article:
Others seemed to find the headlines amusing too, see:
But important questions were raised, "Will my MTS service cost more under Bell?"
8 May 2016
Try MTS: Exploring the Michigan Terminal System
Try MTS is a very nice, well done, independent web site, created by Rupert Lane in June 2014. It provides information about installing and running MTS under Hercules and an introduction to using MTS. Since 2014 Lane has continued to update the site with the addition of introductions to eleven (so far) of the programing languages available in the D6.0A version of MTS: BASIC, FORTRAN, MAD (GOM), ALGOL 60, ALGOL W, LISP, UTILISP, PL/1(F), SNOBOL, RATFOR, and FLECS. The most recent updates were made in early 2016.
7 May 2016
Cloud Coming Full Circle, by Eric Kolotyluk
Eric wrote an interesting article on Google+ back in August 2012 that includes the line "Funny how in almost 50 years something old is now something new".Alan Ballard retires after 43 years as a software developer
29 April 2016
Alan took his first computer course in 1966 using an IBM 7044. Most of his career was with three employers: UBC, PeopleSoft and Salesforce.com. See Alan's Facebook post for details. Also see Alan's entry on the MTS Archive's People page.
To see older news and update items, go to the News and Updates archive section of this web site.