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The Alto came out of Xerox's original Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), known for giving its research groups substantial freedom and generous funding, and was one of the most innovative computers ever designed. Often called the first personal computer or workstation, it used bit-mapped graphics, a mouse, menus, icons and other features that would prove to be the basic technologies of today's PCs. The designers also created the Ethernet local area networking protocol to link Altos within PARC.

Alto information at bitsavers.org

Parallel Developments
Xerox Alto - Xerox Dorado - Three Rivers PERQ - ETH Lilith
Legacy "trunk"
Preceded by
Evans & Sutherland Projects, Stanford AI Labs Projects, Reactive Engine, NLS and FLEX
Xerox Alto Followed by
X Window System and Smalltalk
Word 2008 Branch
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Xerox Alto Followed by
Bravo
Word 2008 Branch
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Xerox Alto Followed by
BravoX
Sil Branch
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Xerox Alto Followed by
Sil
Draw Branch
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Xerox Alto Followed by
Draw
Photoshop Branch
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Xerox Alto Followed by
Flyer
Photoshop Branch
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Xerox Alto Followed by
Markup
PDF/RIA Branch
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Xerox Alto Followed by
Press
TIB/InConcert Branch
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Xerox Alto Followed by
Office Talk
ANSI Common Lisp Branch
Influenced by
Interlisp
Xerox Alto Influenced
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