How Jack Tramiel and his former company Commodore killed the Amiga computer!   Leave a comment

How Jack Tramiel and his former company Commodore killed the Amiga computer!

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Jack Tramiel gloating at all the mess he’s made

 

I’ll try to keep this post short and sweet, so I’ve used a bulletted list. I think that’s the best way.

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Jay Miner the visionary with the Amiga computer he designed

 

  • Jack Tramiel bought Atari, the company which was supposed to buy the Lorraine Amiga computer from Amiga Inc
  • Jack Tramiel was only interested in a deal to buy the custom chips from Amiga Inc and not in employing the design team
  • Amiga Inc accepted a deal with Commodore who agreed to let them keep their jobs
  • Jack Tramiel tried to sue Commodore Amiga Inc over the rights for the Amiga custom chips
  • Jack Tramiel’s legal action delayed the release of the Amiga computer
  • Jack Tramiel brought out his own hastily cobbled together Atari ST computer before the delayed Amiga computer
  • Commodore soon kicked out the original Amiga design team because Jack Tramiel taught Commodore all they knew about doing business
  • Commodore’s own engineers didn’t really understand the Amiga
  • The original Amiga of 1985 was several years ahead of the competition but Commodore failed to upgrade it quickly enough so that it fell behind the competition
  • Commodore slashed their R&D budget

 

I think this proves conclusively that Jack Tramiel is responsible for killing the Amiga, leading to the rise of the big business IBM PC compatible computers (now just called PCs) and Apple Macs with home users, but with business software at business prices. You can thank Jack Tramiel for all of that.

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My Linux KDE Plasma interface

 

BTW, I’m writing this post on a Compaq Presario laptop, which cost me £81 on eBay http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/  , onto which I’ve installed Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa KDE 64 bit edition, plus the Mac OSX like KDE Plasma interface, Cairo dock, and a Mac OSX theme, so this means I’ve saved a fortune by not buying an Apple Mac laptop.

 

For more details on how Jack Tramiel killed the Amiga click on the following links…

 

http://lowendmac.com/orchard/06/amiga-origin-commodore.html

 

http://classicgames.about.com/od/history/p/The-Life-Of-Jack-Tramiel-Part-3-From-Commodore-To-Atari.htm

 

http://classicgames.about.com/od/history/p/The-Life-Of-Jack-Tramiel-Part-4-The-Atari-Commodore-War.htm

 

That’s all for now! Another amazing post will follow soon.

 

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Posted May 20, 2016 by C64hater in Uncategorized

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