Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 12:46 UTC
Amiga & AROS The fabled Amiga X1000 has been spotted in the wild, in the homeliest of places--Station X, a.k.a Bletchley Park. "The AmigaOne X1000 is a custom dual core PowerPC board with plenty of modern ports and I/O interfaces. It runs AmigaOS 4, and is supported by Hyperion, a partner in the project. The most interesting bit, though, is the use of an 500Mhz XCore co-processor, which the X1000's hardware designer describes as a descendant of the transputer - once the great hope of British silicon." With thanks to Jason McGint, 'Richard' and Pascal Papara for submissions.
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I always had kind of a thing for the Amiga and the Sega Gen/MD.

When i was like... 4, 5... My father bought a Spectrum 48k to do his accounting. Needles to say my bro soon started playing games on the thing. I have vivid memories of the afternoons spent at the living room in my old house, my brother and their friends playing a ton of (pirated) games and Iron Maiden playing on the stereo.

Little did i know my parents would move in the summer of 89. When we settled in our new home, both me and my bro soon began making new friends. My front neighbor had a Sega Megadrive/Genesis. Damn, was i up for some shock and awe. In retrospect, i believe my brother was just as stunned as i was the first time we saw Sonic the Hedgehog, Revenge of Shinobi, and Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (yes, yes.. i know! But back in the day he was bigger than Jesus). 256 Colors, 16 bit Stereo Sound. It was like we jumped from the Playstation era straight to the PS3.

Latter that year I started playing with PCs. My aunt got me a second hand IBM/PS2 286. A beast of a machine:
- 20Mb HD ;) ,
- 1Mb Ram ;) ,
- VGA or Graphics,
- No sound board though ;)

I was quite happy playing games on the thing. Then I met this rich kid in 92/93. His parents had an Amiga 2000.

And once again I was up for a shock. The games for the thing where sick! And the sound?! I never knew computers could sound like that! (this was before the SoundBlaster became mainstream). We played Moonstone, Premier, and a bunch of other game which the name i don't recall.

I so wanted to trade my old clunky IBM for an Amiga. Seeing the gaming magazines and looking at screenshots of the latest Amiga games, the awesome looking interface, the fancy drawings that you could do on the thing. It fueled a fire.

Then, as the years went by, the Amiga... started lagging behind. People often say that Windows killed the Amiga. We "older" gents know different: Sound Blaster + Doom killed the Amiga.

Then the 3Dfx came along. The Windows powered PC has been the industry standard ever since. In all those years, the most fun I ever had with my PC was running BEOS 5, in the time Linux was a beast (I couldn't even do MP3 playback without sound drops back then) and Windows was brain dead.

Now this comes along. It's an expensive machine, and i'm really not the kind of guy that can afford to spend 1500+ € on a machine (f--king economy!). But I'm seriously tempted!!

But the PPC + XMOS is a thing of beauty and it baffles the mind how in the name of god doesn't the PC have something like this!

It's basically a reprogrammable chip. It can, for instance, be programed to decode the XBOX 360 function calls, thus enabling the development of a functional emulator running at native speeds under the Amiga. It allows you to make a program in C that tells the chip how to handle data, in any way shape or form you want it to.

The possibilities are endless and it's something truly revolutionary. I wouldn't be surprised if the PC has something similar by 2020.

This, in combination with the OS4 lack of memory protection (It's not a bug, it's a feature!) and direct access to the bare metal can enable the development of some wicked sick applications.

In a time when:

- The PC marked is getting stalled and many say the days of the home computer are numbered;
- Nothing truly revolutionary has happened on the PC for far to long;
- The OS landscape is limited to the big 3 and 2 of those 3 share the same fundamental design;
- Everybody uses Intel, even Apple;
- Programming languages are moving farther and farther away from the bare metal thus taking power away from the programmer...

I, for one, welcome this new Amiga with open arms. It's been far too long.

Let's have some fun now! I need it come with some of that sweet trippy Guru Medication! ;)

Edit: Syntax Error. ;p

Edited 2010-06-22 20:38 UTC

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bugjacobs Member since:

Just have to add a edit on your post .....
killed Amiga ..... :-)
Not doom and soundblaster ....................

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tylerdurden Member since:

And that makes a difference how exactly?

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bugjacobs Member since:

I was going to EDIT my reply but the edit window expired before I could post it so here goes in a new post .... !

First of all, I agree a lot !

COMMODORE and its BAD MANAGEMENT was a big reason Amiga died..

Doom and Soundblaster might have been a factor for some though.

I could add that my first computer after my A500 was a PC with Doom and Soundblaster in 1995 :-D :-D

I might also add that this computer was returned after a few months because it had a hardware conflict between an unknown something and the Soundblaster ... :-P

Causing soundeffects to quit working in Doom. T'was a NIGHTMARE i tell ya !!

Amiga may have died as a major platform with Commodore ca 1994 but its fire has smoldered even to this day !

But Amiga was not really 100% killed .. But that smolder will go out for good if stuff like NatAmi and X1000 has no permanent supply.

Id make a Apple-like business model for Amiga if I was Hyperion / A-Eon. Meaning to make a whole-istic business model for their platform .. An ecosystem.. Of course at an EXTREMELY smaller scale..

I suggest they even team up with the NatAmi and MiniMig teams to get these two systems into a small retail distribution. Or maybe the makers of SAM boards could do that .

Maybe even attach themselves to the Commodore 8-bit crowd. Were talking hobbyist and niches here, target your product well !

On a sidenote a future "Commodore" could make a electronics project kit C64 for example .. A lot of us geeks are missing spare parts for our old C64s these days, and a solder your own kit would probably be a hit with solder-hobbyists .. People who are not experts but loved their old machines, and 20-25 years later want one again (only to try buying used machines that are failures too often).

About the X1000 - I only hope this machine is out before the world financial systems collapse AGAIN .....

If they end up pushing the deadline past the end of 2010, I cant say I like it ..

Well well , hope for the best ..

Im basically enthusiastic about this comp.. But It will be too much money for me..

I would rather have a NatAmi in the form of a smaller A1000...

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