Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 02:21 UTC, submitted by rohan_p
Amiga & AROS Good interview with Steven Solie - this bit stood out to me: "Although Hyperion has been using serial numbers for copies of AmigaOS since 4.0, it won't reveal sales numbers. Solie's 'personal guess' is that the system has 2000-5000 users. 'If you include all the various Amiga clones and emulators we would probably be talking about around 10000 users [in] total,' he adds, 'it is really difficult to judge because a majority of the users are rather quiet.'" Fascinating number - lower than I anticipated.
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RE[3]: LOWER than you expected?
by zima on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 17:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: LOWER than you expected?"
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What made the Amiga special was the hardware and operating system, specially when compared with the competition.

And it was a damn good deal, with great bang-per-buck. Those new "Amigas" are nowhere close to that.

Everything on a real multitasking operating system for the desktop users, unheard at the time.

For some values of "real" at least - I have some reservations about calling like that a system without memory protection (still), so depending on good behavior of apps.

I doubt anyone old enough to have developed software for the Amiga will find these new systems can be called Amiga.

They are... PCs, really. Just with large part of what actually makes PCs good (scales bringing prices down and performance up, large and mature library of software) discarded.

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Multitasking on the Amiga was great though, even more if you consider the hardware specifications.

You never experienced 'something' slowing down what you were doing.

Even running on floppies went fine, but if you added a hard disk it was beyond great.

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zima Member since:

You never experienced 'something' slowing down what you were doing.

Guru Meditations tended to be a bit of a bummer though, really ;)

Overall, let's be honest, there were less practical scenarios for heavy multitasking and the software didn't do that much ...actually, I wonder if this, & generally how Amiga stagnated at some point, wasn't related to lack of memory protection (but also to disjointed stack of libraries from various sources): making ever more complex software difficult to do, prioritizing careful tinkering just so it won't nuke the OS while running.
And anyway, Amigas were usually used as single-tasking game machines...

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