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The Amiga Turns 25

harrymcc (1641347) writes | more than 4 years ago

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harrymcc (1641347) writes "Twenty-five years ago today, Commodore announced the Amiga--the first real multimedia computer, and the greatest cult computer of them all. It was launched with a demo by Andy Warhol and great expectations. But it never became a blockbuster and Commodore died in 1994. Still, the platform was amazing and influential, and it's never officially died. (The Amiga's current owner plans to release a new model later this year.) I was an Amiga fanatic in the 80s and early 90s, and took the anniversary as an opportunity to look back at its life and legacy."
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Actually, here's how Commodore died (1)

vinsci (537958) | more than 4 years ago | (#33011038)

Commodore didn't die from external forces, it was killed by the mismanagement and greed of upper management.

You may want to watch Dave Haynie [] 's two-hour video on the last days of Commodore, The Deathbed Vigil [] (free, full version online at Google Video). The film sums up the steps leading to the demise of the company very well. It is both funny (the anecdotes), sad (the surreal atmosphere of the smashing up of keyboards at night and the burning of the Mehdi Ali [] doll), as well as informative.

The submitter's claims that the Amiga didn't become a blockbuster and that Commodore would have died as a consequence are just plain wrong, though. Perhaps it was less successful in the U.S. than in Europe (I obviously remember it from the European perspective). There was even Amiga UNIX [] (System V Release 4) and it was great, beating every other UNIX vendor to the market. Sun Microsystems hoped to sell it as their low-end platform, but as usual, Commodore management killed the deal. See the film linked above for some more details on this and other projects that were engineering successes, but destroyed by the clueless upper management. It's no coincidence the speed bumps in the Commodore parking lot were painted with their names at night, in secret.

C= Failure n. See: Greed
—Dave Haynie

Re:Actually, here's how Commodore died (1)

vinsci (537958) | more than 4 years ago | (#33011080)

Also see the Slashdot discussion The Rise and Fall of Commodore [] , prompted by the book review of On The Edge: The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of Commodore (557 pages).
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