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I'm sick of Lucida Console font on my putty sessions. I used to love whatever font was employed on IBM rs/6000 consoles. Does anyone know the name of that font and if it is available (and usable) from anywhere?


Sorry, I need to clarify the "consoles" to which I refer were not the serial consoles but rather smaller stand-alone X-Window systems. They could be setup without XDM and would start in text screen. I'm searching like crazy to find the actual machines I remember (there were hundreds of them at Uni) but I don't have the IBM #s in front of me.

It looked amazingly similar to the PS/2 like this:

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Which 'old' rs6000 console? Ths 3151 or 3153? You are talking about the serial consoles? –  Darren Hall Dec 4 '09 at 17:15
    
Updated question. –  Xepoch Dec 4 '09 at 17:27
    
I also desperately want this font. Back in the day when I had access to RS6K machines I copied the XWindows version of that font and used it on my Linux box, but that was ~15 years ago. All I remember is that it had "Roman" in the name. –  Noah Yetter Dec 10 '12 at 17:48
    
I renewed the search for this font recently and found this one which is pretty close fontpalace.com/font-details/Roman+Fixed-width –  Noah Yetter Apr 17 at 20:22
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To be honest I don't ever remember knowing if there was a name for the console font for the old pSeries. The ps/2 beige box you're thinking of is likely the 7012-36T or similar model. I remember having a black 43p a while back.

I know if you do a Google image search for smitty aix console you'll find images of the font, but I can't think of any current font that matches it.

Jeff Atwood had a blog article of programming fonts, including his link to an article about clear type.

He presents a link to Inconsolata.

Another blog article on programming fonts.

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Yes, the 7012s may be it, thought they're a little bigger. I found the following pospischil.co.at/pic/rs6000.jpg which more matches. Not relevant to the font question though? Looking for some nostalgia I think :) –  Xepoch Dec 4 '09 at 18:38
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I myself have wondered the same thing. I have a reasonably close solution though... I find that the "MS Mincho" font (google it) somewhat resembles that old rs6000 console font. I don't remember the model I was working on, but it was around 1991 or 1992, so, really ancient. :)

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