Ars Technica’s long-running series on the history of the Amiga continues, with part 12 published today. As always – required reading.
The year 2000, which once seemed so impossibly futuristic, had finally arrived. Bill McEwen, president of the new Amiga Inc., celebrated with a press release telling the world why he had bought the subsidiary from Gateway Computers.
“Gateway purchased Amiga because of Patents; we purchased Amiga because of the People.” It was a bold statement, the first of many that would come from the fledgling company. Amiga Inc. now owned the name, trademark, logos, all existing inventory (there were still a few Escom-era A1200s and A4000s left), the Amiga OS, and a permanent license to all Amiga-related patents. They had also inherited Jim Collas’ dream of a revolutionary new Amiga device, but none of the talent and resources that Gateway had been able to bring to bear.
The Amiga world is one of the strangest subcultures in technology. I can’t believe it’s still going sort-of strong, and in various flavours even.
This article gives a clear summary of a confusing time in the Amiga history. Well worth the read.
The bonus is at the end of the read – the first comment is from the legend himself, Dave Haynie. Dave seems hopeful, which heartens me. I have felt lately like there is some hope in the Amiga scene and am looking forward to buying an Apollo Vampire V4 stand-alone or an A1222 when they are released – or maybe both. Itâ€™s encouraging that Dave shares a sense of optimism as well.