Though only about 30 years old, the SCI 1000 enjoys a place in
hardware history not only as a quaint reminder of the friendly, tranquil
neighborhood we enjoyed before Microsoft moved in, but also as a wild
steer that broke away from the herd.
It's amusing to reflect that while today IS managers across the country
are falling over themselves to demonstrate their with-itness by proclaiming
that they have a strategy for Linux (translation: they know how
to spell it), the first half of the 1980s was
rife with little Unix boxes aimed not only at technical users but also
at business enterprises, especially small ones. Seventh-edition Unix
and its early descendents, with their modest resource requirements and
clean, powerful terminal handling, gave these machines the simple,
efficient time-sharing environment they needed to meet the basic
computing needs of a small-office user population.