Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Aug 2015 22:06 UTC, submitted by BloopFloop
Amiga & AROS

The story of the Amiga family of microcomputers is akin to that of a musical band that breaks up after one incandescent, groundbreaking album: the band may be forgotten by many, but the cognoscenti can discern its impact on work produced decades later.

So the Amiga 30 event held at Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum in late July was more than a commemoration of some interesting technology of the past. It was also a celebration of the Amiga's persistent influence on personal computing.

The Amiga was easily 10 years ahead of its time. Too bad the good ones rarely win. This is also a good moment to repost the 8-part series on the Amiga at Ars.

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RE[8]: Well
by tonyyeb on Tue 18th Aug 2015 12:24 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Well"
tonyyeb
Member since:
2007-12-02

"I think you are unfair. How many OSes even had preemptive multitasking at the same time as Amiga? Sure Mainframes had it, and Unix - but both where very very expensive.


Thom's "10 years ahead" claim wasn't qualified by cost.
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It was 10 years ahead of its time for an operating system for a £400 computer. And much better than what you could get for some £1,000+ computers too.

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RE[9]: Well
by Kochise on Tue 18th Aug 2015 12:36 in reply to "RE[8]: Well"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

But it was so ugly with these psychedelic colors on screen (Atari fan teasing)

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RE[9]: Well
by dpJudas on Tue 18th Aug 2015 13:12 in reply to "RE[8]: Well"
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2009-12-10

"Thom's "10 years ahead" claim wasn't qualified by cost.


It was 10 years ahead of its time for an operating system for a £400 computer. And much better than what you could get for some £1,000+ computers too.
"

10 years ahead means it could rival a 486 running Windows 95 and a Gravis Ultrasound.

The Amiga certainly had some cool things, especially its audio hardware and graphics acceleration, but 10 years ahead it certainly was not.

Edited 2015-08-18 13:13 UTC

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RE[10]: Well
by tonyyeb on Tue 18th Aug 2015 13:41 in reply to "RE[9]: Well"
tonyyeb Member since:
2007-12-02

Being pedantic AmigaOS released July 1985 and Windows 95 released August 1995 so Windows 95 was over 10 years away from AmigaOS ;) I'm kidding of course...

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RE[9]: Well
by mastiff2 on Tue 18th Aug 2015 13:32 in reply to "RE[8]: Well"
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2015-08-18

"[q]I think you are unfair. How many OSes even had preemptive multitasking at the same time as Amiga? Sure Mainframes had it, and Unix - but both where very very expensive.


Thom's "10 years ahead" claim wasn't qualified by cost.
"

It was 10 years ahead of its time for an operating system for a £400 computer. And much better than what you could get for some £1,000+ computers too. [/q]

Heh, I was there, right in the middle of it, and I'm afraid you are wrong.

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