I have a lead on a computer, a Burroughs 6800, that is
kept in a store-room and not being used. It seems I should be able to get
it if I asked. My question is - do I want it? Mostly I have limited
myself to micros, as they are small and fit my own interests, but I have
always been willing to accept larger systems. But as a result I know
nothing about Burroughs - is this thing huge, or what?
It is huge. It is a mainframe size system. The one we used to have here
filled a large room.
Is it rare, common,
powerful or just dull?
The main thing about the line which includes the 6800 is that they are
stack machines, which is unusual. I don't know about the popularity of
the 6800 model, but Unisys still sells machines in that line (and they
are still stack machines, and can still execute 6800 code).