From: Adam Lang <>
> So, basically everyone is saying:
> If you need your AS/400 with interactive support, you pay X dollars for the
> AS/400 and Y dollars for the interactive hardware.
> If you don't want the interactive functionality, you just pay Y dollars for
> the AS/400.
> It sounds rather similar to the old 386 and 486 days.  You paid X dollars
> for a CPU and an FPU and you paid less with the FPU disabled.
> So Intel had a "FPU tax" in place? :)
> Am I following this correctly?

No, it is worse than that. If you want to buy interactive capability, your
AS/400 is automatically "upgraded" to the next software tier. E.g.
from a P20 to a P30, and all sorts of vendors (incl. IBM) now come
and want more money for their products (even if these are not interactive).

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