Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 2nd Sep 2006 19:43 UTC, submitted by Saad
Amiga & AROS The Amiga changed the computer industry. It was based on a multitasking operating system, rivaled the graphics power of some workstations and was affordable enough for home users. Unfortunately, Commodore struggled to maintain Amiga's lead, and through a number of bizarre business decisions (refusing to license the Amiga design to Sun), went bankrupt. Read about the history of the Commodore Amiga at Low End Mac.
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The real history
by trezzer on Sat 2nd Sep 2006 20:04 UTC
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2006-01-05

Since the article is inaccurate in places I'll just sum up the relevant parts here and correct some factual errors:

The Amiga was a computer with custom chips that were very advanced and made it a very capable computer. Its multitasking abilities helped set it aside from the cheaper Atari ST range of computers of the same era. It was wildly popular due to its large selection of games and software even though it was hardly advertised, yet Commodore still managed to run the operation into the ground in an impressive manner. Today the legacy lives on in PPC based computers and the company called Amiga Inc. is working on Amiga Anywhere which, despite its name, has nothing to do with the original Amiga systems. The operating system is being reworked by Hyperion Entertainment while hardware is being produced by third parties.

There.

Edited 2006-09-02 20:07

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RE: The real history
by the_leander on Sat 2nd Sep 2006 21:38 in reply to "The real history"
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2005-07-01

"The Amiga was a computer with custom chips that were very advanced and made it a very capable computer. Its multitasking abilities helped set it aside from the cheaper Atari ST range of computers of the same era. It was wildly popular"

Not so in the US, it was a bit player there.

"Today the legacy lives on in PPC based computers and the company called Amiga Inc."

Should read: There were several attempts to resurect the Amiga, with the latest attempt being from a company called "Amiga Inc", who after several blunders, lies and general mismanagement are now insolvent.

"The operating system is being reworked by Hyperion Entertainment while hardware is being produced by third parties."

Should read: The operating system was being reworked by Hyperion, however due to screwups by Eyetech and Amiga Inc licencing issues, it is highly unlikely that new hardware will be produced.

Currently, the only way to experience the Amiga is through software emulation with UAE. It is likely that this will be the only way for future generations to try this once great name in computing history.

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RE[2]: The real history
by trezzer on Sat 2nd Sep 2006 22:31 in reply to "RE: The real history"
trezzer Member since:
2006-01-05

"Should read: The operating system was being reworked by Hyperion, however due to screwups by Eyetech and Amiga Inc licencing issues, it is highly unlikely that new hardware will be produced."

Hardly.

Stay tuned for Big Bash 4 (September 16th) and Pianeta Amiga (23rd and 24th of September) for hardware news.

"Currently, the only way to experience the Amiga is through software emulation with UAE. It is likely that this will be the only way for future generations to try this once great name in computing history."

Not exactly true. Those who bought boards when they were available are now running AmigaOS 4. Those who didn't have had a far too long wait, though.

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RE[2]: The real history
by NeoX on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 05:34 in reply to "RE: The real history"
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2006-02-19

Not so in the US, it was a bit player there.
Are you saying the Amiga was a bit player or the ST? If you are saying Amiga was a bit player in the US that is not true. The Amiga in the states was very popular. There were several Computer shops, including Software Etc., and EB selling Amiga systems and software in the day. Far more shops sold Amiga in my city then, then they do selling Macs in this area today. There were also quite a large selection of mail order shops too.

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