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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The problem was that for the most part, except some fairly good apps, that is pretty much all that the Amiga had going for it: it could format floppies in the background.

Most people do stuff with their computer, other than formatting floppies. Which is why the amiga flopped: lack of good applications.

Most people at the time had no problem using mac, and the big name apps looked like someone had put at least 10 minutes of thought into their design. Whereas for the most part, most Amiga apps looked like a five year old had vomited crayons all over them. Commodore's only value proposition was that it was (initially) an inexpensive powerful computer that someday may do something. While Apple and the PCs were more expensive computers, maybe slightly less powerful, but that could do useful stuff (read apps) right then and there. The "does right now" always trumps "someday may do"

I loved my amiga back in the day, but it did not have the catalog of apps that DOS had, nor it had the same user friendliness the mac had. It was a great geek machine, no doubt. But the geek market is pretty small...

Edited 2010-05-17 20:38 UTC

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