Also known as the "Z-Machine" for its processor, the Commodore 900 was another foray into business computing that never left port. Classified as a mainframe computer, the 900 runs a flavor of UNIX called "Coherent" in order to lend it the multi-tasking, multi-user capabilities it needs for this market.
The Commodore 900 (also called the Z-8000 on early design materials), came in two varieties: Model 1 (a server), and Model 2 (a workstation). The workstation has the high video capabilities lacking in the server, which was has more I/O ports. Although labeled "Workstation", my server has the server text video port, and the numerous RS232 ports for networking with workstations. Unlabeled, my workstation has the high-power video port, and fewer RS232 ports.
The documentation I have on Coherent is extensive. It describes a fully functional UNIX OS with a complete "emacs", grep, awk, as, ed, and many other features.
Here is a view of the ports of my workstation. From left to right, they are: Mouse port, Hi-res video, (next row): Parallel Printer, RS232C, RS232C, IEEE-488. On the front is the keyboard port.
Personal Note:These machines were acquired through lucky internet happenstance. A wonderful German fellow named Claus Schoenleber had TWO of these beauties, and was willing to part with them! God bless him!
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