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The AT&T PC 7300
"Unix PC"
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Recently I got a chance to try out an AT&T "Unix PC". The AT&T PC7300 (or 3B1) AKA the "Unix PC" is a Motorola 68K based machine, with a hard drive, and bit-mapped monochrome display sold by AT&T in the mid 1980s.  It runs a Unix System V based OS, and integrates a rudimentary windowing system.

Update: There is a new AT&T Unix PC emulator, their web site is here: AT&T 3B1 Emulator.  That gets far enough to run the GUI. I don't see any binaries posted, so adding a copy here for good measure.AT&T Unix PC 3B1

The Unix PC booting up.

Since I didn't have access to make screen dumps (assuming it has a screen dump utility), and no emulator exists, I just took photos.

Like most Unixes, you have to log in. Once logged in, this is the default desktop you might see.

It starts of with an "Office Menu" that leads you to other functionality available through the GUI.

No icons or other objects reside on the desktop itself. All applications present themselves as an additional window.

The top of the screen is a status area, that normally shows the date.

Notably, the bottom of the screen displays "soft keys". During the early 80s, some integrated application environments used soft keys as an alternative to function key overlays. Different applications may use the function keys differently, so this visibly shows what each key currently does.

On this system you can either press the function key, or select the softkey with the mouse.

The "Filecabinet" is where you put and manage your files on the Unix PC. Each folder opens as a window, and you can view it as a short or long detailed list.

All of the windows in this windowing system seem to use the same style.

A "move" control appears in the upper left corner. You grab this control with the mouse to drag the window around.
A "help" control appears in the upper right corner. If you click on this, it will open a help screen with relevant information.
A "close" control appears in the lower left corner. Clicking this closes the window. Or in the case of the Office Menu, it logs you out.
A "resize" control sometimes appears in the lower right corner. Grabbing this control with the mouse lets you make the window larger or smaller.

An up and down scroll arrow may also appear on the rightmost border.

This is an example of an option screen. This specific one changes how you view a file folder.

Of note, you change the options by clicking on them with the right mouse button.

This dialog has an "OK" button, but most rely on keyboard keys.

Clicking the "W" icon in the upper right displays a list of all open windows.

You can choose a window from this list to bring it to the foreground. This is similar to the Application Menu in MacOS 7 and later.

The top of the screen is reserved for a status area. Normally just the time and date appear here, but other things can appear there as well.

Clicking on it displays a window with a list of recent status messages.

This photo shows the visible outline effect of dragging a window.

Another thing to notice about the window management, window edges can not exceed the lower or right edges of the screen.

Additionally, there appears to be no way to minimize a window.