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Old 18 May 2018, 17:07   #1
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Jack Tramiel should have owned the Amiga.

He founded Commodore. Under his leadership, he sold one the most popular computers of all time, the Commodore 64. When he left Commodore and bought Atari, Amiga had owed debt to Atari. It seemed like destiny that Jay Miner and his team would work for Jack Tramiel.

However, Commodore payed off Amiga's debt and bought the company. But as history shows, Commodore (after Jack left) never deserved to own Amiga.

Despite losing Amiga's research and development, Jack launched the Atari ST earlier than the A1000 at a cheaper price and with the classic wedge shape.

It's like Marty McFly messed with the timeline or something and created an alternative 1985.

Excuse me while I go look for a DeLorean DMC-12.
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Old 18 May 2018, 17:46   #2
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As far as I know, Tramiel wanted ONLY the Amiga chipset and NOT the team that developed it. That would've been a colossal mistake.

Although I think that Commodore most likely lost its way when Tramiel left, so they became rudderless and didn't have the competitive zeal that Tramiel was known for.

Either way, it's like Jay Miner and Jack Tramiel, not to mention Atari and Commodore, were inextricably joined at the hip, and the men "took turns" to develop hardware that ended up being sold by the companies they worked for at the time. It would seem that Commodore got the better side of the deal, via the Commodore 64 and the Amiga, whilst Atari got the less-popular hardware, the Atari 8-Bit and the ST. But that last bit is just my opinion.

In any case, it really is a fascinating chapter in home computing history.
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