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Popular parts of any computing collection are the machines, peripheral devices and software, especially software familiar to users such as operating systems and games. The majority of the items in the Collection are supported by manuals, textbooks and archives, and have local connections with south Wales.

The machines and software associated with the University are well represented; included are mechanical and electronic calculators, the remains of the University’s first computer, its first web server, and personal computers; it also contains the first Linux host in the UK, together with several early Linux releases, and Linux magazines, and other ephemera. Some items are exhibited.