Digital Equipment Corporation

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Digital Equipment Corporation

(DEC) A computer manufacturer and software vendor.

Before the killer micro revolution of the late 1980s, hackerdom was closely symbiotic with DEC's pioneering time-sharing machines. The first of the group of hacker cultures nucleated around the PDP-1 (see TMRC). Subsequently, the PDP-6, PDP-10, PDP-20, PDP-11 and VAX were all foci of large and important hackerdoms, and DEC machines long dominated the ARPANET and Internet machine population.

The first PC from DEC was a CP/M computer called Rainbow, announced in 1981-82.

DEC was the technological leader of the minicomputer era (roughly 1967 to 1987), but its failure to embrace microcomputers and Unix early cost it heavily in profits and prestige after silicon got cheap. However, the microprocessor design tradition owes a heavy debt to the PDP-11 instruction set, and every one of the major general-purpose microcomputer operating systems so far (CP/M, MS-DOS, Unix, OS/2) were either genetically descended from a DEC OS, or incubated on DEC hardware or both. Accordingly, DEC is still regarded with a certain wry affection even among many hackers too young to have grown up on DEC machines. The contrast with IBM is instructive.

Quarterly sales $3923M, profits -$1746M (Aug 1994).

DEC was taken over by Compaq Computer Corporation in 1998.
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24 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteon, Inc, (Nasdaq: PTON), today announced the signing of an agreement wherein Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) will purchase the rights to use Proteon's internetworking software suite for several million dollars.
BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 1998--Excel Switching Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation announced today that they will work together to integrate Digital's 64-bit AlphaServer platform into Excel's EXS programmable switching system.
Nasdaq: PTON) and Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today announced a software licensing agreement that enables Digital to integrate key components of Proteon's internetworking software suite into Digital's hub and internetworking products.
24 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today named DDB Needham Worldwide as the lead strategic/creative partner for its worldwide advertising account.
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 1998--Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ) and Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE:DEC) today announced that the proxy statement to be provided to Digital shareholders in connection with Compaq's pending acquisition of Digital will be mailed beginning on May 7, 1998.
15 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today announced that Wim Elfrink has joined the company as vice president and general manager of the Personal Computer Business Unit's European operations, based in Geneva.

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