In 1973, the french mini-computer company R2E build the first European mini-computer and called it "MICRAL".
In 1979, CII-Honeywell-Bull (now Bull), bought this company and presented this Micral 80-22 under their logo.
This was a very expensive french computer conceived for the French education market. The price was set ridiculously high since the company knew that the french government would be able to pay such a price !
The basic operating system of this machine was Prologue, a multitasking, multiuser OS. It was commonly combined with the BAL programming language, a mix of BASIC and COBOL with powerful files management commands, made by R2E. Both Prologue and Bal were much more efficient and powerful than CP/M and later MS-DOS but sadly, they virtually never reached beyond the French borders.
We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system,
please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
Here in Argentina we had Bull computers, I used to service Questar/M, Micral 90 and Micral 60, I really miss the Micral 90, up to 8 terminals or 4 terminals and 4 printers attached 1024KB RAM, Cynthia hard Disks 10MB fixed, 10 MB removible, running over Prologue 90 and Bal programming, that was late 80´s early 90´s
Monday 4th April 2011
hugo h (Argentina)
It was cute, but it got so slow so I got rid of it. Now I am sad. It was cute.
Saturday 23rd October 2010
I got one honeywell bull micral 80 22 G It send to any museum see you
Thursday 21st November 2002
END OF PRODUCTION
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Full-stroke 73 key with arrow keys
64 KB (up to 256 kb)
80 chars. x 24 lines
Graphics capabilities (unknown resolution)
Monochrome (green & black)
Beeper into the video terminal
SIZE / WEIGHT
Serial, Parallel, Bull terminal, Lan
BUILT IN MEDIA
2 x 5.25'' single side 160 KB floppy disk drives (hard sector diskettes)