Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Apr 2012 19:51 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Very sad news indeed. Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and the man behind Atari, has passed away this past weekend. At 83, he passed away, surrounded by family and friends. People like this don't come in dozens, so we lost one of the great men of computing.
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Old pc`s..
by ParadoxUncreated on Thu 12th Apr 2012 15:06 UTC
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Forget about the amiga.

The first amiga, A1000 requires kickstart-disks and was an annoyance.
Later they fixed some of the obscurities, and released A500. The amiga 500 is the sole reason for the amigas good reputation.
We can clearly see that they were lucky.
Later models were not that popular, and some flopped totally.
In the A4000, their last top model, they still had the 8bit sound of the A1000, while the rest of computing world had moved to 16bit. So don`t say they wasn`t greedy in whatever department.

Commodore is often critizised for clowing around with their business, but clearly they clowned around with the engineering aswell.

So their two sucesses was c64 and a500. The rest was flops (?).

C`mon people, it`s just a PC. If they indeed were so good, they could repeat the success on modern hardware, and new OS, but they don`t.

Anyway, if you want to know why people liked these vintage machines, config a linux kernel for low latency. (standard kernel will do). And it will feel very much like many of those wellprogrammed assemblycoded apps/demos/games, that were responsive on that hardware.

So there is absolutely no reason to be stuck in the past.

Btw, does anyone know if the story that "someone just came in and did "component X" in the OS, and left again" and that component X is a vital part of the amigas responsiveness, is true? So the "innovation" seems rather random aswell.

RIP though still, on a human level.

Edited 2012-04-12 15:08 UTC

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