Question about "Distributed" in the DFT name.

Al Kossow aek at
Mon Nov 18 12:24:27 CST 2019

On 11/18/19 10:04 AM, Grant Taylor via cctalk wrote:

> Does the "Distributed" in "Distributed Function Terminal" refer to / mean the same thing as the "Distributed" in
> "Distributed Systems", which are also known as "Open Systems"?

not really, all it meant was there was some intelligence at the terminal
it wasn't capable of any sort of user-programmable computation

that changed pretty quickly with the wide adoption of the IBM PC

I came across a document recently that showed what a mess IBM had on their hands in 1984

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