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New Personal Computers — now the big guns have arrived (Nov, 1981)

Apparently the fact that the IBM PC came with MS-DOS was notable even in 1981:
Most surprisingly, IBM will initially be using outside sources of software and plans to accept programs from private individuals — a huge departure from past IBM practices.

New Personal Computers — now the big guns have arrived

IBM heads the list of new small-computer makers— and that means big changes to come

By WILLIAM J. HAWKINS

The room was jammed. I was lucky to be up front; before me sat the demonstrator. His hands stretched across the keyboard as characters streamed onto the CRT display. It was a computer, a personal model for use in home or office. But it wasn’t just any new small computer—this was an IBM.

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