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Xerox 820 boards

falter

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Just a curiosity... why would Xerox sell the 820 motherboard separate of the full computer? My understanding is the 820 and 820-II are just reorganized Ferguson Big Board I and II boards... I'm curious why they'd be potentially competing against the original design.
 

glitch

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The 820 was a commercial failure and the bare boards were available very cheaply as surplus. I've got a few partially built boards myself. Hobbyists were obviously interested in cheap BigBoard implementations (IIRC the 820 was even a *licensed* implementation), but probably found something prebuilt before they finished assembling them!
 
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