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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RE: Huh?
by trezzer on Sat 2nd Sep 2006 21:23 UTC in reply to "Huh?"
trezzer
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2006-01-05

Mostly some of the really rough generalizations towards the end such as Amigas not having developed to follow the PCs. Upgraded models were available and add-ons and accelerator cards upped the performance of available models. Furthermore I fail to see what Win 3.x offered that was comparable with a fully multitasking machine capable of doing video work right out of the box (but let's not let that be the re-opening of the whole PC vs Amiga discussion at the time).

Besides that the AGA Amigas were quite successful (in Europe at least), both for gaming and serious work. The machine that preceeded them (A3000) was also quite a powerhouse and was even offered as a UNIX workstation in the form of A3000UX. These machines were more powerful than most UNIX workstations of the day. Commodore managed to shoot itself in the foot with this machine as well, but that's a different story and has nothing to do with the machine not being seen as powerful.

The final paragraph is basically plain wrong. Yes, AmigaOS is owned by Amiga Inc. but they're not licensing it to manufacturers whose computers are used in video production.

AmigaOS is, like I mentioned previously, being developed by Hyperion Entertainment and Amiga Anywhere (which is based in Intent and runs on various platforms) is developed by Amiga Inc. Third party manufacturers are developing hardware for AmigaOS 4 but not for video production - they are for desktop usage and the OS is not even ready to support video production since there's currently no tv out or even video editing software available for the new platform.

Edited 2006-09-02 21:24

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RE[2]: Huh?
by Nezumi on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 12:25 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
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2006-04-02

As an ex-Amiga enthusiast, a few things spring to mind. Virtual Memory is one. I believe that a 3rd party app was available for Amiga's with a non-EC CPU. I also understand that VM is a standard _now_. In the 3.1 days Amiga's did not have widespread resolution and colour depth abstraction. I seem to remember that 3rd party cards were available, and that apps could be written to use them. This, however was not a standard feature. In my mind, by the time 486DX class PC's were affordable the Amiga was stagnant and I left the platform. I still have very fond memories though, and it will always have a special place in my heart.

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RE[3]: Huh?
by twenex on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 14:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Huh?"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Amen brother.

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