Wizard of Odd

Cybis Release 1

CYBIS (CYber-Based Instructional System) started life as PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations) and was developed at CERL (Computer-based Education Research Laboratory) at the University of Illinois. Later PLATO became a commercial product marketed by CDC. The rights to the PLATO name were sold and CDC rebranded the product CYBIS. Eventually University Online which became VCampus acquired CYBIS from CDC. VCampus is no longer in business and its assets (including CYBIS) now belong to Nat Kannan, its former CEO.
I have been able to secure a copy of CYBIS for Controlfreaks. Paul Koning and I got permission from Nat Kannan to use and share this material under the condition that it won’t be resold or used for any commercial purpose whatsoever. This condition applies to the CYBIS software, tools and course content.
With the generous help of Paul Koning I was able to create a “canned” ready-to-run package containing a deadstart tape, disk images, emulator initialization file, Desktop CYBER emulator binaries for various platforms and emulator sources.
A big THANK YOU to Paul Koning and Nat Kannan for making this possible. Thanks also to Gerard van der Grinten for a copy of SES and help with its use to build the CYBIS sources.
For convenience and reference I have also included the PLATO terminal emulator (PTERM) for common platforms I have tested with. I recommended to download the latest version from https://cyber1.org/pterm.asp.
Below are the components required to get started:

  • An md5sum hash is provided to give some reassurance that the files have not been corrupted during transfer:
    8d64119dc032ba9b00d7f20da07fd2da *CYBIS_Operation_and_Usage_Manual.pdf
    943f110650a47de0a79175e3b70c51b4 *CybisRelease1.zip
    5bdbf8ee9552619066ad860b7836ec08 *DtCYBER.binaries.zip
    90bd9ef12f6f2b90f77693275f5881fa *DtCYBER.source.zip
    6a7dd176751ce2aeb1c12f58631ef7c8 *full_master_file_list.txt
    ceab72b3edc26387d0face31eb1178c2 *Plato Configuration Handbook.txt
    e46b3359913593ec701160e8087efe7c *Plato Installation Manual.txt
    5733bfa610e5667a4d98c12ef442220c *Plato Operator Guide.txt
    0d9252c0594b8d1b226cc5092c1f1457 *PTERM_V5.0.8.zip
  • Desktop CYBER version 5.5.1 emulator binaries for Win32, MacOS X and Linux platforms: DtCYBER.binaries.zip
  • PTERM installation files for Win32, MacOS X and Linux platforms: PTERM_V5.0.8.zip
  • Latest Desktop CYBER emulator sources via Subversion using:
    svn co http://www.controlfreaks.org/DtCyber/trunk

Additional documents of interest:

— Main.TomHunter – 14 Jan 2017