Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 08:49 UTC, submitted by kragil
Amiga & AROS A few weeks ago, Novell and Red Hat jointly fended off a patent infringement suit thrown their way by a patent troll. The patent in question more or less came down to the concept of virtual desktops - and thanks to Groklaw, several people helped in finding cases of prior art. The most interesting one of all? A carefully restored and working Amiga 1000 demonstrated to the judge and jury.
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A lot of the things that the amiga guys invented were because nothing similar existed. They were probably much more pragmatic than people believe and would have abandoned their various proprietary technologies and used industry-standard equivalents such as PCI instead of zorro.

Actually, if you're familiar with both PCI and Zorro hardware (and I am, having made cards for both buses), you would swear that the PCI card is merely an updated Zorro card. The design principles of the PCI are taken straight from the Zorro specs.

Actually, the Amiga graphics chipset had a lot in common with the Atari 8-bit graphics chipset.

Because Jay Miner worked on both. ;) It's the main reason I went straight from the Atari 8-bit to the Amiga when I decided it was time to upgrade to 16-bit.

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