Originally Posted by Thorham
On machines for the consumer market, yes. Preemptive multitasking is of course much older than the Amiga, and so are quite a few of it's features. AOS is only innovative as a consumer OS (probably
But before the blitter, though, on previous machines weren't most bit blits handled directly by the CPU or some special circuit that worked together with the CPU? I think the blitter might have been an original feature.
It's a real shame that development on the blitter wasn't continued. Todays GPUs are a logical extension of the blitter. Commodore could have put the Amiga on a PC card and owned the graphics acceleration market. That foot-in-the-door might have even put the Amiga's OS in a position to displace the offerings of Microsoft.