All this speculation is pointless. Even if Escom starts making Amiga
again, they'll still be the same obsolete machines.
The ONLY thing the Amiga has that I still consider worth anything is
the operating system. Amiga DOS is still the finest personal computer
The hardware is woefully obsolete. The max non-interlaced display is a
joke. And if you stick it in any of the 8bit modes it is a complete
DOG, as I learend with my A1200 (030/50 4MB fast ram).
The Amiga needs a complete hardware facelift. Escom MUST be commited
to doing this. If they are not then the machine will die out (again).
Escom also needs to activly court the major software publishers for
support, or really support the currrent Amiga software vendors.
From a practical point a new Amiga needs:
- A better display. Fast. 1280x1024. 256 color MINIMUM.
more at lower resolutions. 3D acceleration is comming to the Intel
world, may the Amiga could beat them to it in a big way.
- New sound. 8bit is out. 16bit. 8 voices. Wave table synth optional.
The current amigas kind of have this(wave table synth) with MOD
files. Maybe via a killer DSP that could run its own OS and provide
killer modem as well as sound all at the same time.
- Robust network client. PPP, ethernet, IPX/SPX, TCP/IP and clients
for Netware and WindowsNT VRedir. Peer to peer sharing. Device
independant, of course.
- Clean NTSC/PAL video out for the video junkies.
- SCSI. Non of this IDE shit, except in the extreme low end.
- PCI bus so I can use common;y available add-ons.
On the software end:
- Virtual memory
- An API specifcally designed for games. Win95 will be getting this
with the Game SDK. Provide the speed games need with the OS support
game developers hate to code (networking, sound) so they can
concentrate on creating a good game and not worry about things like
And for programmers : PUBLISH THE GOD-DAMN REFRENCE MANUALS! I don't
want to have to join some developers program from Escom just to get
refrence material. That's what really pissed me off about ADOS 3.X, no
docs available to the general hobbiest.