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 Malcolm on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 08:20 UTC in reply to "Huh?"
Malcolm
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2005-07-25

Actually I always thought Tramiel was the one who made Commodore grow. When he moved (had to move?) to Atari, it was the time of the C64. Amiga was financed by Atari before Commodore managed to sneak in. Then he had his own problems at Atari: the ST was nice but competing with the Amiga was really impossible at that point.

The way I see it, Commodore killed the Amiga by not realising how rapidly IBM compatible systems were evolving. Around 1992/93, when the A1200 was launched, MS-DOS based machines came equipped with Sound Blasters and VGA or SVGA. It was really way too late.

Edited 2006-09-03 08:25

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RE[2]: Huh?
by trezzer on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 12:58 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
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2006-01-05

"The way I see it, Commodore killed the Amiga by not realising how rapidly IBM compatible systems were evolving. Around 1992/93, when the A1200 was launched, MS-DOS based machines came equipped with Sound Blasters and VGA or SVGA. It was really way too late."

It's not as if they hadn't noticed the growth in the IBM market. It is an oft cited reason for the demise of Commodore that they tried to compete in the PC markete where the competition was fierce and margins were minimal. Of course that's just one of the reasons. Another is that the management changed too often and every time new management came in previous prestige projects were axed. I recommend digging out one of the many Dave Haynie interviews if you want to read more about that.

Comparing MS-DOS machines with Amiga 1200s is a bit misunderstood, though, in my opinion. The Amiga 1200 was designed to be a cheap entry machine like the A500 - but times were changing and people were spending more money on computers (and would continue to do so for many years really).

Comparing apples to apples you should compare it to the A3000 that came before the A1200 or the A4000 that was there for the business segment. The A3000 and A4000 both only had 8 bit audio but were expandable using Zorro 3 slots for sound cards, graphics cards and the like.

The Amiga 3000 was a monster machine when it came out. It had a built-in flicker fixer (which meant you could use the same resolutions as on the average PC at the time), SCSI 2, 68030 that was upgradeable and a fast bus for expansion. In my opinion the only home systems comparable at the time were NeXTStep machines and while their development tools were far more advanced they were somewhat lacking in the multimedia department when compared to the Amiga.

But reality is that lots of things killed Commodore. First and foremost the management's incompetence in various areas.

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