Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th May 2017 23:03 UTC
Amiga & AROS

Ars reviews the Amiga X5000, and concludes:

The X5000 is different. It feels like an exotic car: expensive, beautifully engineered, and unique. If you bought one, you'd be one of a proud few, a collector and enthusiast. It practically begs for you to dig in and tinker with the internals - the system comes with an SDK, a C compiler, Python, and a huge amount of documentation for things like MUI, the innovative GUI library. On top of that, there is the mysterious XMOS chip, crying out for someone to create software that leverages its strengths. It feels like a developer’s machine.

Should you buy one? That depends very much on what your needs are. If you are simply after the best price-to-performance ratio for a desktop computer, this is not the machine for you. But if you are interested in something very different, something that is pleasant and fun to use, and yet can still be used for modern desktop workloads, then the X5000 is worth a look. I have had this review unit on my desktop for over a month now, and frankly I don’t want to give it back.

I reviewed the sam440ep with AmigaOS 4 way back in 2009, and came to a relatively similar conclusion - these machines are a ton of fun, but they're just prohibitively expensive, meaning only existing AmigaOS users will really get their hands on these. They really, really need a more accessible machine or board - a few hundred Euros, tops.

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Saying that X5000 is not an Amiga because it uses a PPC arch is not knowing the Amiga world. PPC is 100% linked to Amiga history.

Only recent, mostly post mortem one! ;-)

Incidentally, you should really refrain from calling an argument you don't agree with "stupid". If you don't, what should I call ignoring facts and rewriting history?

Fact #1: the "move to PPC 20 years ago" translates to 1997 and at that point the AMIGA was already dead. Okay, maybe still warm, but dead nonetheless.

Fact #2: The Deathbed Vigil documentary that you certainly know has the date "April 27, 1994" at the very beginning ( I assume that Dave Haynie knows a thing or two about the AMIGA?


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sergio Member since:

I think you are confusing Amiga with Commodore.

Amiga as a platform survived Commodore and, in Europe, it was a very active platform with a huge community of users and sw/hw developers during all the 90s and early 2000s.

All the advancements produced during that long post-Commodore era were PPC related. Most PPC hardware and expansion boards were produced in Europe (mostly Germany) and were super popular between Amiga users.

That's why PPC is strongly related to Amiga history and to the Amiga platform. Like it or not, AOS4 and X5000 are the result of that long PPC heritage.

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