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Old 02 October 2006, 12:56   #71
Maj. Voodoo

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You right, no one can blame them for wanting to make more profit from Amiga Communiti, but they can't call their self supporters of community, as that's not their intention. No $$ in there...

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After Commodore went bankrupt

The bankruptcy of Commodore in 1994 severely stunted the Amiga's growth. Production was halted briefly, until it was restarted for a short time under Escom's Amiga Technologies. Though the machines had been upgraded and had plentiful hardware and software support, the lack of new Amigas meant that vendors sooner or later moved on. Most of the 'leading edge' technology hobbyists and productivity market moved to PC architecture.
Due to the fierce loyalty of some Amiga fans, the 'scene' continued, many years even after the last original Amiga was sold. Inevitably, though, the PC eventually became the undisputed leading home computing technology, and the console wars also left the CD32 for dead.
The rights to the Amiga platform were successively sold to Escom and later Gateway 2000, but Escom almost immediately went bankrupt itself (due to non-Amiga related problems) and Gateway merely vacillated over what to do with its new acquisition. Finally, an entirely new company called Amiga, Inc. (no relation to the original Amiga Corporation) was founded to manage the Amiga product line. Even though Amiga, Inc. has paid considerably more attention to the Amiga product line than Escom or Gateway 2000, because of the extremely small demand in the mainstream market and limited funds, development has been slow and sales poor.
In 2002, Eyetech in cooperation with Amiga Inc, began selling a small number of AmigaOnes. The "AmigaOne SE" was based on Mai Logic's Teron CX motherboard from 2001 based on the POP (PowerPC Open Platform) design, and development to adapt AmigaOS 4 to this hardware began. The AmigaOne SE was succeeded by AmigaOne XE, which was based on the Teron PX, a newer design with a replaceable CPU module which came in G3 and G4 flavours. In 2004, Eyetech began selling the Micro-A1, based on the Teron Mini, a mini-ITX model with a 750GX G3 CPU. The older Amigas are sometimes referred to as "Classic Amigas" to avoid possible confusion with the AmigaOnes.
AmigaOnes are not currently being produced or sold. It is not known whether more will be made.
AmigaOS 4 is still under development, and reports are that it is quite stable and usable. It is hoped that it may be ported to other hardware, possibly another evaluation board, the Pegasos or some kind of Cell based device.
I really wonder who did they have to pay to for rights to sell kickstart roms. Also I wonder if they have rights to sell workbench 3.1. (If yes, why they don't do it?)
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