Not 100% corrent. Nowaday the term PC normally refers to IBM compatible PCs. BUT back in the 70s and 80s machines like the Apple II, the commodore PET, etc. were marketed as Personal Computers or PCs long before IBM decided to enter the PC market (IBM mainly built mainframes back then). I'll try to rephrase it a bit. Nurgle 09:14, 19 October 2009 (UTC)
- What about the term "Home Computer" then?. I remember back in the 80s that there was a pretty clear destinction between Home Computers and Personal Computers. Also even IBM tried to rebrand the PC in making a Home Computer version of the PC. The PCjr (PC Junior)! IBM PCJr on Wikipedia. CPCLER 09:25, 19 October 2009 (UTC)
- Look what I've done! :*) Yes, I also used the term "Home Computer" and - oh I remember the PCjr. Epic fail! IIRC the PCjr project was led by the same guy who later took over commodore management and drove them into bancruptcy. Back on topic: I am quite pleased with the article contents now, but we really need more english native speakers to find the correct words and put them in the correct order. Nurgle 09:43, 19 October 2009 (UTC)
- Well, as said Personnal Computer was coined when computers could be used (and even possessed) by 1 person...from 50's to mid 70's "computers" were super calculators with the side from a building to an autoBus.
Then the size of a car (like some modern servers...or "mini computers")...lol.
Micro Computers became Personnal because you could get a unit personally. But in the 80's, the main difference was that PC became "Professionnal Computers" and those combined Keyboard+Mainboard+Drives became Home computers or Personnal Computers too (CPC...Colour PC).
So this page is PC in the sense IBM PC compatible, maybe we should rename it ?
Yet again in the late 80's, Professionnal Computers became also Personnal so Home computers thanks to Amstrad too. A friend of mine got an Olivetti combo CGA 8MHz PC, with merged central unit, 2 disc drives and Keyboard (like Amstrad plus or Amiga...or PC20). Many builders did some PC with this concept, yet most of them where only CGA with no sound card, and no Hard Disc drive...
Maybe with integrated EGA card and AdLib, those machines could have make it as real Home Computers.