Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 08:49 UTC, submitted by kragil
Amiga & AROS A few weeks ago, Novell and Red Hat jointly fended off a patent infringement suit thrown their way by a patent troll. The patent in question more or less came down to the concept of virtual desktops - and thanks to Groklaw, several people helped in finding cases of prior art. The most interesting one of all? A carefully restored and working Amiga 1000 demonstrated to the judge and jury.
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At one point in time, the amiga graphics hardware was in some ways more advanced than the PC stuff.

But actually the PC hardware was simpler. Less capabale but simpler and ultimately able to scale up to do much more interesting things.

The amiga hardware provided clever ways to achieve things with the available tech at the time but it had no future. I'm pretty sure that if commodore alive and was able to continue the amiga they would have went the same direction as the pc hardware.

A lot of the things that the amiga guys invented were because nothing similar existed. They were probably much more pragmatic than people believe and would have abandoned their various proprietary technologies and used industry-standard equivalents such as PCI instead of zorro.

As far as graphic chips are concerned they'd either have went a similar direction to what we have now (ie stop with the raster-based tricks and just use a simple, plain framebuffer and have a dedicated, flexible processor able to render anything in it), or more likely they'd have stopped doing their own graphics hardware.

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