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" Eventually there were about 500 Altos linked with Ethernet and to laser printers and file servers, that used Altos as controllers."

The Xerox Alto  

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Click to play video Demonstration of the Alto system


Xerox Alto <1974>

[In 1974, the first "official" Xerox Alto computer was completed.] I wrote many memos to the Xerox planners trying to get them to make plans that included personal computing as one of their main directions. Nevertheless, in August of 1976, Xerox made a fateful decision, not to bring the Alto III to market. This was a huge blow to many of us – even I, who had never really thought of the Alto as anything but a stepping stone to the "real thing."