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Later, dumb terminals were connected via RS to a terminal serverwhich in turn connected via Ethernet to the branch’s LAN.

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. For very eolaris libraries, with perhaps only one or two terminals, there was Dynix Elite. 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.

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.

Dynix (software)

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Library automation Library and information science software. 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. It’s a very fast-compiled and -interpreted language, and frankly nothing matches it, then or now.

For academic libraries, primarily Kthere was Dynix Scholar an Intel 80xxx-based microcomputer version of regular Dynix. In the words of Paul Sybrowskyfounder of Dynix: The Dynix Automated Library System was a popular integrated library systemwith a heyday from the mids to the lates.

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DYNIX – Wikipedia

Screenshot of a Dynix menu, as rendered on an “amber” monochrome dumb terminal. The Ultimate Digital Library: 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.

It was never re-written. This page was last edited on 26 Novemberat The library actually contracted for the system before the software was written. A library could buy as few as two modules.

The company selling the Dynix software changed hands several times over the years: At one point, Dynix was benchmarked supporting 1, terminals on a single system. In OctoberDynix had just installations.

The complete Dynix Classic approachedlines of source dynnix, and compiled at around MB. Each branch had their own Circulation module, but the actual catalog database was a single copy on one server in a central location. 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.

Dynix use grew quickly in the early-and-mid s. 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. Dynix, as seen on a modern Windows PC wolaris telnet and terminal-emulation software, as done in the early s.

With the single copy of the Dynix software installed on a central server, both patrons and librarians could access it by using dumb terminals. 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 “. Muxes were the phone company’s solution for connecting serial lines between branches. The separate branches would be connected to the central Dynix server via IP-based methods the Internet.


The first installation, inwas at a public library in Kershaw County, South Carolina. Retrieved from ” https: Counting by Library organizations.

Paul Sybrowsky was an employee of CTI. 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 solaeis the option they wanted in order to navigate through the system. Init was reported solarid Dynix was being phased out by its manufacturer, and approaching ” end-of-life ” status in terms of functionality and support.

Webarchive template wayback links All articles with unsourced statements Articles solaeis unsourced statements from April These codes, referred to a “dot commands” due to their structure of being a period followed by one or two letters such as ‘. 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.

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.