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[4]: The real history
by maffoo on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 16:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: The real history"
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If we think MS's blackmailing us with DirectX 10, just look at what commodore did with AGA. I'm not saying upgrades aren't necessary, but that the upgrade process was killer - upgrade your whole damn computer, not just a video card.

How is this different from, say, the PS2? It's not like a simple upgrade gives a PS1 owner the ability to play PS2 games.

I doubt it would have been a simple matter to make AGA available to an A500. Most of the custom chips would have had to be upgraded, and the processor... it would probably have worked out cheaper to buy a new motherboard anyway. (Although I understand that a company, DCE perhaps?, did have a prototype of an upgrade board to make an A500 into an AGA machine.)

And don't forget that the Amiga was about 7 years old when the A1200 came out. Even with a modular design, I doubt you could upgrade a 7 year old computer to play modern games!

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