What is the significance of minicomputers in the history of computing?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 04, 2020 02:50 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 04, 2020 02:50 PM

Before minicomputers, computers were, well, just “computers”. And they were expensive, and had to become shared resources across large number of users, with competing agendas.

Minicomputers, while still expensive, were affordable enough that departments could purchase their own, freeing them from the confining policies and budgets of the corporate data center and cost recovery accounting. But they were still expensive, and needed to be shared, but on a much smaller basis.

In the 60s, there was this group of guys, who wrote an operating system to make it possible for a relatively small group of people to get a lot of work out of smaller machines. It was called

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