Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2007 06:44 UTC
Amiga & AROS Bill McEwen of Amiga, Inc. writes in a public letter: "Over the last several months and in fact couple of years, Amiga has continued our software and business development and generally kept quiet. This path of quietness was chosen so that we communicated only when there was a development that culminated in a product that could be purchased. In recent weeks, our being quiet has been interpreted as weakness or an open invitation to attempt harming our business relationships and opportunities with partners and customers."
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RE[9]: Why?
by makfu on Fri 5th Oct 2007 04:38 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Why?"
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"Um... it seems someone does not know what the Amiga can do. In 1985, it came with full preemtive multitasking. I run my Amiga at 1024x768. I listen with a 5.1 audio system. The Amiga in 1985 had full motion video. I was rocking out to online mp3 streams on the Amiga earlier today."

A 1985, 7.16Mhz 68000 based, 512K (or even 1MB) OCS Amiga 1000 was not capable of FMV (e.g. 480 lines, 50 or 60 fields interlaced, 24bit color) playback. It didnít have the bus bandwidth, the video hardware fill rate, the color pallet or even the storage subsystem to support FMV playback (not even close).

What it was capable of doing was genlocking since Denise allowed control over video signal generation. This combined with the fact that Agnus and its subcomponents (including copper and blitter operations) were strictly synchronized to the timing of the video signal generated by Denise, allowed the Amiga to generate some pretty impressive graphics that were easily usable for video effects.

As for the Amiga's multitasking, AmigaOS used a simple priority driven, round-robin scheduler that was reasonably effective in its day. However it didnít perform priority deprecation or boosting for assisting CPU starved threads and could be monopolized. What most people saw as great multitasking was really a combination of the preemptive scheduler, async IO and, most importantly, separate coprocessing hardware. Regardless, modern systems have much more advanced preemptive scheduling solutions.

That youíre using your Amiga to listen to MP3's while running your desktop at 1024x768 means you have the equivalent of a decade old PC. This also means you likely have a powerup board (or an 060), some form of RTG graphics card in the box and a sound card. If it works for you, well that's great. Regardless, itís a far cry from a modern system.

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