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: I miss my Amiga 1200
by SamuraiCrow on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 01:14 UTC in reply to "I miss my Amiga 1200"
SamuraiCrow
Member since:
2005-11-19

Hold on to that A1200. It may be that a new PowerPC accelerator in development will plug into the trapdoor slot on the bottom to add AmigaOS 4 capabilities to your classic Amiga.

As for the x86, don't hold your breath too long. There are too many endian dependancies in this "white boxed" operating system to get decent performance out of the little-endian intels. (Every other instruction executed would be a BSWAP opcode to make the Intel work like a big-endian machine.) If you don't mind having no binary compatibility with all your old A1200 games except EUAE, then there's AROS but that's another story altogether.

BTW, you should get the Mac version of EUAE and run Amiga OS 3.x on that.

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RE[2]: I miss my Amiga 1200
by jjmckay on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 04:35 in reply to "RE: I miss my Amiga 1200"
jjmckay Member since:
2005-11-11

"Hold on to that A1200. It may be that a new PowerPC accelerator in development will plug into the trapdoor slot on the bottom to add AmigaOS 4 capabilities to your classic Amiga."

Okay in my book the A1200 isn't really a classic Amiga. The classics were the A1000, A500 and A2000. Okay it's all ancient computer history now anyway. ;) By the time the A1200s came out, I had already written the Amigas off as a dying race. I bought a 486/33 with 4MB of ram which was a whole lot more horsepower than my A500 had, yet in many ways it was an inferior machine, except for both hardware software support. Those two being critical for what I wanted - a computer to play games, call bulletin boards, listen to music (MODs), learn hardware, etc etc..

People who never used Amigas before PCs really missed out. Well, with WinNT/2K/XP,Linux,BSDs, etc PCs now have better OS's than AmigaDOS 1.3 was, certainly. I booted WinUAE recently into 1.2/1.3 and ghads... it was ugly! but for the time it was bleeding edge stuff.

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RE[3]: I miss my Amiga 1200
by twenex on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 14:32 in reply to "RE[2]: I miss my Amiga 1200"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

As much as I love Linux, it's not nearly as much fun to use as AmigaOS, and not only because there are next to no native games. A lot of things that Linux creates umpteen solutions to please a dozen different types of user for, Commode (or to be more accurate, Amiga Inc. and Metacomco) just got Right First Time.

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RE[2]: I miss my Amiga 1200
by helf on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 20:18 in reply to "RE: I miss my Amiga 1200"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

IIRC, there are already 2 PPC accelerator boards for the a1200... one by a company claled 'blizzard' i think, it was a PPC and a 68k 060. And AOS4 already runs on it.

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RE[3]: I miss my Amiga 1200
by the_leander on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 20:42 in reply to "RE[2]: I miss my Amiga 1200"
the_leander Member since:
2005-07-01

"IIRC, there are already 2 PPC accelerator boards for the a1200... one by a company claled 'blizzard' i think, it was a PPC and a 68k 060. And AOS4 already runs on it."

There were several models of PPC bearing accelerators by Phase 5 - the Blizzard for the A1200's, and the Cyberstorm for the A3000/4000, when Phase 5 died, DCE took over and screwed everyone when their boards were shown to be unstable and badly made pieces of junk.

You are unlikely to meet any long time Amiga user who bought one of these things that didn't have a failure with them at some point...

There was at one point a G3 bearing prototype doing the rounds for the A1200, which didn't have a 68k cpu onboard, but offered compatability through software emulation built into a rom.... It, like so many other projects was dropped.

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