[TUHS] Reaction to the 3B2 at Bell Labs

Douglas McIlroy douglas.mcilroy at dartmouth.edu
Sun Nov 27 05:21:27 AEST 2022

All I can say is that the only 3B2 I can remember was in the Living
Computer Museum in Seattle.


On Sat, Nov 26, 2022 at 1:47 PM Seth Morabito <web at loomcom.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm giving a presentation on the AT&T 3B2 at a local makerspace next month, and while I've been preparing the talk I became curious about an aspect that I don't know has been discussed elsewhere.
> I'm well aware that the 3B2 was something of a market failure with not much penetration into the wider commercial UNIX space, but I'm very curious to know more about what the reaction was at Bell Labs. When AT&T entered the computer hardware market after the 1984 breakup, I get the impression that there wasn't very much interest in any of it at Bell Labs, is that true?
> Can anyone recall what the general mood was regarding the 3B2 (and the 7300 and the 6300, I suppose!)
> -Seth
> --
>   Seth Morabito
>   Poulsbo, WA
>   web at loomcom.com

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