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Old 07. Apr 2011, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default ITS ALIVE.... Commodore 64 lives

I just saw this and I have to admit its was some of the happiest computer news I have seen in some time. I placed this thread in the Linux category because :

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the Commodore 64 runs a version of the Linux operating system on an Intel processor, and boasts 2GB of memory and a modern Blu-ray or rewritable DVD optical drive.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/...#ixzz1IsVLLcWQ
Its goal is to restore the Amiga to its former glory It also claims to run 8bit games and if you don't have them anymore you might find what your looking for at Abandonia.

Just hoping its price will be reasonable.

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Old 08. Apr 2011, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was just reading this yesterday.
http://www.reghardware.com/2011/04/0..._pro_vic_slim/
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More info here:http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/on...ef=online-news
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Old 08. Apr 2011, 10:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have to say I really like the slim design of these computers. However I would like to know more about the Operating System and if it is going to be a free open source linux distro or if they a going to go the route that Mac did. (probably the latter) I already have Amiga emulating software its called AmigaForever (Not Free) it does a fair job of emulating the Amiga OS but is a little clunky. Coupled with WinUAE (free) it will handle most of the old Amiga software. If you decide to upgrade to a higher version of the Amiga Workbench you will need to obtain the ROM files and they also non free. So I can see how they could fleece people with this upgrade or that upgrade. Lets hope they don't try to use peoples nostalgia to their excessive financial benefit and if they get too greedy they are sure to fail. The computer also doesn't come with a monitor and the prices seem to be a little on the high side. All in all I will watch how things unfold with keen interest.

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Old 08. Apr 2011, 11:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think it uses a Linux distro.

As for Amiga OS emulating, I use AROS (specifically Icaros Desktop), which is free.
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I think it uses a Linux distro.
As for Amiga OS emulating, I use AROS (specifically Icaros Desktop), which is
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Yes the article mentioned it would be a Linux type OS I just wonder if it will be open source and free. I'm looking back and forth at the AROS website as I'm typing this and I'm very interested in getting your opinion of AROS and the Icaros desktop. Like I said AmigaForever is rather clunky and just doesn't have the same feel as the original Amiga OS. One thing I especially liked about Amiga's was its paint program and the word processor was pretty good as well. I always thought the Workbench desktop was way ahead of its time and I also felt Mac may have emulated certain parts of the Amiga Workbench OS.

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Yes the article mentioned it would be a Linux type OS I just wonder if it will be open source and free. I'm looking back and forth at the AROS website as I'm typing this and I'm very interested in getting your opinion of AROS and the Icaros desktop. Like I said AmigaForever is rather clunky and just doesn't have the same feel as the original Amiga OS. One thing I especially liked about Amiga's was its paint program and the word processor was pretty good as well. I always thought the Workbench desktop was way ahead of its time and I also felt Mac may have emulated certain parts of the Amiga Workbench OS.

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AROS seems to run fine on my VMware Player.

It include Lunapaint in Extras > Applications, and Editor on the Dock.
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Hi,

Here's a different point of view on the new Commmodore 64.
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Old 12. Apr 2011, 08:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hi,

Here's a different point of view on the new Commmodore 64.
I agree with the gist of the article. It is in no way like the original commodore 64. I maybe dating myself but I like the old design. Its would also be like driving a 1960 ford coupe with a Nascar engine under the hood I cut my teeth on the 64's and Amiga's.

One of the things I'm most curious about is the OS. It says it will run a Linux based OS and is capable of running those 8bit games and software. (I'm aware there is software that already does this)

All said and done I will probably wait until the Amiga line is released because just like all first loves the Amiga will always have a place in my heart. I just hope they maintain the Workbench look and feel.

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Here's a different point of view on the new Commmodore 64.
I think the guy is kind of missing the point. As a company Commodore faded away and was forgotten, but now they are trying to make a comeback. Sure they are playing on the nostalgia a bit, but if they had such a positive impact on this guys early life, why the negativity? Apple was fading away, then managed to pull it together and make something of themselves, and as competition is good, we all benefit from it. So why not? They have a great idea, they should be commended.
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