for the Digital Equipment Computer Users Society, DECUS was formed in 1961 to bring together users of DEC hardware
. In the heyday
, and other DEC technologies, membership in DECUS was practically assumed of anyone who used those environments in their jobs. Magnet schools
which taught high school
computer programming classes on PDP
computers often encouraged their teenage students to join DECUS as well.
DECUS chapters exist worldwide, with many members and DEC vendors meeting yearly at various DEC-themed conferences. After DEC was purchased by Compaq
, DECUS has also been absorbed into Compaq as well, with the US chapter renamed to Encompass