Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jan 2010 13:44 UTC
Amiga & AROS After days of wild speculation and ridiculously fast-growing threads on, we finally know most of what we need to know about the new Amiga. This is not just a random PowerPC evaluation board that you can stuff in a generic case - no, this is an all-new system with a custom motherboard, and some very, very interesting innovations - like a fully customisable co-processor. Twenty-five years after the introduction of the first Amiga, this is one heck of a machine.
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Exactly Caveman2.

You also have to remember that there is a move to "good enough computing" as witnessed by the sales of Netbooks. All recent computers can really accomplish anything any other recent computer can do, with only moderate differences in the time they take to do it.

For instance, I am finding my netbook surprisingly usable for things I used to rely solely on my desktop to do. Others might not, but I don't believe people are returning their netbooks to stores in their droves which some people(probably with vested interests) like to portray. For crying out loud, my eeePC netbook is happily running two instances of Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Management Studio, with Firefox, IE and Lunascape, along with a few of my .NET applications and the program I am debugging. And while I could probably notice a launch time of a second or so longer, actual usage to my Core 2 Desktop(which is by no means a speed demon) is negligible.

It really comes down to, how good is good enough. Yeah, the latest PC might rip an MP3 faster. Big freakin deal. I don't notice such things. I just want the thing to work the way I want it to. Amigans want the computer to work the way THEY want it to. You may want it to work another way, which is fine. There is enough room for everyone. It ain't all about GHz any more. It is about the user experience. Getting the speed up around the latest technology opens up a whole lot more possibilities, but it doesn't have to beat everything out there.

The big apps will come, and there are substitutes for practically everything. In terms of software development the Amiga is the wild west. Which makes it all the more fun.

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