[TUHS] Why did PDPs become so popular?

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at lemis.com
Thu Dec 28 12:14:04 AEST 2017

On Wednesday, 27 December 2017 at 16:51:54 -0500, Clem Cole wrote:
> The concept of purchasing smaller system, was indeed true.   This was the
> idea behind the >>mini-computer<< or *minimal computer* that Gordon Bell
> who lad left DEC temporarily to be a CMU Prof for a time began to explore.

This ties in very much with what I recall from the late 1960s.  My
very first computer was a PDP-8/I, and we certainly called it a
computer, not a data processor.

> He took the idea and commercialized and the PDP-8 line was the first
> in that line.

Not the PDP-5?  I thought there was little difference.  If there was,
it would be interesting to know.

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