At the instant enumerated as 19:53:04 GMT on 30 January A.D. 1999,
> i am also lookiing for some terminals to play around in linux with
> if there are any to be had for cheap please let me know.
rekindled interest, among computer tinkerers, in character-
cell serial video terminals.
One source of terminals that has been often overlooked is
Goodwill Industries. This organization sometimes receives
donations of older data-processing equipment, which it then
offers for resale.
For example, last month I visited the Goodwill Industries
store in Leominster, Massachusetts (the town where Johnny
Appleseed was born). Amidst other appliances and equipment,
I found two ASCII video terminals, a DEC VT185 and a Link MC-5.
The VT185 looked rather past its prime, but the Link terminal
appeared clean and usable, and I would have preferred it, anyway,
because it can emulate several types, including DEC VT220, VT100,
ADM-3A, TVI955, Wyse 60, and PCterm. As of today, a description
from Wyse is still visible on the Web:
In the Goodwill store, the MC-5's display was priced at $8 and
the EPC-type keyboard at $5, total $13 (U.S.).
(I didn't buy it, because this is the same terminal that Stratus
Computer--my employer--used to sell as the model V103, and I know
where to get one if I need one.)
Of course, Goodwill or similar organizations will not be able to
tell you whether or not a given terminal could be used with Linux.
So it will be your own responsibility to avoid EBCDIC-speaking
or otherwise incompatible terminal types.
Random archived terminal information may be seen from this URL:
...Richard S. Shuford
Stratus Computer, Inc.
Americas Customer Service
Stratus Computer sells redundant-hardware fault-tolerant computer systems that
can run VOS, SVR4 FTX, or HP-UX. For details, see http://www.stratus.com/