History

30 Years Anniversary

On July, 23rd, 1985 was presented the Amiga 1000! Celebrations were held 30 years later...

In Amsterdam or Mountain View

 

ArsTechnia featured an article entitled "The Amiga turns 30—“Nobody had ever designed a personal computer this way”" as well as a short piece on using an Amiga 500 nowadays... IEEE Spectrum, the magazine of IEEE, also featured an article about this "unkillable" machine!

 

Home Computer History

Home computers were made popular by several early (and incompatible) computers who really change the face of computing and introduce computing to the masses... Here is my take on this early history of the home computers.

In particular, the design of the Commodore 64 is a textbook example of integrated production and design choices as well as focused, smart decisions, which really made the difference!

Also interestingly, Apple was "really scared of the Amiga. Fortunately, Irwin Gould helped Apple by running Commodore into the ground. was involved in one attempt (by) investors to buy Commodore from I.G. and, later, he tried to hire me." according to Jean-Louis Gassée formely at Be, Inc.

 

Also directly related to the Amiga is the recent discovery of "lost works" by Andy Warhol on his Amiga. These works were restored from old Amiga disk using various techniques (although the restorers clearly suffered from the "not invented here" syndrome and didn't do their due dilligence). Alta Obscura runs a nice piece on the use of the Amiga in the early cable systems, another "killer app" for the Amiga at the time, in addition to the other uses of the Video Toaster.

 

Amiga Team in 2007

The following photo was taken at Dale Luck's wedding in June 2007.

Amiga Team in 2007

This photo features most of the original Amiga design team, with:

  • From left to right, front row:
    • Glenn Keller - HW: Paula chip
    • Dave Needle - HW: Agnus chip, system boards
  • Back row:
    • Carl Sassenrath - SW: Exec kernel
    • Dale Luck - SW: Graphics (and here, groom)
    • Sam Dicker - SW: Sound
    • RJ Mical - SW: Intuition (GUI)
    • Bob Burns - SW: Printers & input devices
    • Hedley Davis - HW: "Representing" Commodore
  • And some missing engineers:
    • Jay Miner - HW: Team leader, Agnus chip (deceased)
    • David Dean - HW: Denise chip
    • Bob Pariseau - SW: Team leader
    • Neil Katin - SW: Devices
    • Jim Mackraz - SW: Graphics, devices
    • Bart Whitebook - SW: Graphics

 

Ars Technica

Ars Technica also features a multi-part story of the Amiga:

  1. Genesis;
  2. The birth of Amiga;
  3. First prototype;
  4. Enter Commodore;
  5. Postlaunch blues;
  6. Stopping the bleeding;
  7. Game On!;
  8. The demo scene;
  9. The Video Toaster.

It also published an article about the fight between IBM OS/2 and Microsoft Windows, featuring praises for the Amiga.

 

The Digital Antiquarian

Jimmy Maher, the Digital Antiquarian, also wrote a fantastic book on the Amiga, The Future Was Here, and discussed about the early years of Amiga in a two-part article:

  1. The 68000 Wars, Part 1: Lorraine;
  2. The 68000 Wars, Part 2: Jack Is Back!
  3. The 68000 Wars, Part 3: We Made Amiga, They Fucked It Up

 

In a Nutshell...

What is the Amiga all about in one picture...

PCvsMacvsAmiga

 

... and in Details

The following images summarise the past and current state of the Amiga computers and of their operating systems. The first figure includes also the release years for each Amiga computer and the company who manufactured it. If no company name is given, it is the same company as the "main" company on the horizontal timeline.

 

History of Amiga Computers

 

This second image show the evolution link between releases of the Amiga OS. AmigaOS 4 the most recent release of the AmigaOS is mostly a descendant of AmigaOS v3.1. Not shown in the image is the very first ancestor of the AmigaOS: TripOS by Metacomco.

 

History of Amiga Operating Systems

 

A complete guide to the history of the Amiga computer and OS is available on-line.

 

A-EON

Since 2009, A-EON has been the driving force behind the renewal of AmigaOS and hardware (with Hyperion Entertainment), here is an interesting interview of Trevor Dickson, its (co-)founder. There is also an interesting article about AmigaOS v4 and why it is still around .


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