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Commodore Launching Amiga-brand Desktops

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Retro is hot again, and Commodore knows it. The company this week revealed that it would be reviving the Amiga brand that was so popular in the '80s and '90s.

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Commodore Tuesday announced that it would soon be launching an Amiga-brand line of all-in-one PCs. No details were provided other than the fact that these babies will be fully AROS-compatible and "will support the AROS open source community in every way possible."

"With the monumental strides that AROS has recently achieved, we realize the importance of accelerating this progress with funding that will enable this project to rapidly move forward and take it's rightful place at the forefront of desktop operating systems," said Commodore CTO Leo Nigro.

The news comes just a few days after Commodore announced that it would be reviving the Commodore 64 with the unveiling of the Commodore PC64. The PC64 is an all-in-one PC that packs Intel's Atom processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, SATA 1TB HDD, HDMI output, and optical drive (CD/DVD, Blu-ray optional). The best part? All of this will be packed into a replica case of the original Commodor 64.

No word on the AROS systems, but the PC64 is supposed to be out in time for the holidays.

Source: Engadget

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    fun500 , September 2, 2010 2:10 AM
    It sounds good until you read into it: http://www.osnews.com/story/23756/Commodore_USA_Threatens_OSNews_with_Legal_Action
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    fun500 , September 2, 2010 2:10 AM
    It sounds good until you read into it: http://www.osnews.com/story/23756/Commodore_USA_Threatens_OSNews_with_Legal_Action
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    nforce4max , September 2, 2010 2:21 AM
    fun500It sounds good until you read into it: http://www.osnews.com/story/23756/ [...] gal_Action


    Thank you for pointing that out. They have never had the best practices and this is just another suppression of free speech of the press.
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    angelraiter , September 2, 2010 2:24 AM
    Ah, the memories! That Commodore PC64 sounds cool actually, mostly for the retro "awe effect" it would bring to a room. I had the C64 and later an Amiga 600 back in the days, eventually moved on to the 386dx33.. Anyways, those were the good days!
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    Pei-chen , September 2, 2010 2:32 AM
    How about fitting a i7 quadcore and a mATX board inside? Not sure why a Atom desknote need to be that big.
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    adamboy64 , September 2, 2010 2:37 AM
    Pei-chenHow about fitting a i7 quadcore and a mATX board inside? Not sure why a Atom desknote need to be that big.


    Yes, these systems would be more appealing with a bit more power to them.
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    iam2thecrowe , September 2, 2010 2:54 AM
    next bring out an atari ST remake..
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    Stardude82 , September 2, 2010 2:55 AM
    Will the keyboard ship with AROS too?
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    elcentral , September 2, 2010 3:03 AM
    so his last name is nigro humm....
    well sound good.
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    processthis , September 2, 2010 3:07 AM
    I think it's a little unusual that it has 4 GB of RAM, a 1 TB HDD, etc., but it only has an Atom CPU.
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    slimbones , September 2, 2010 3:16 AM
    The Amiga was a kick-ass machine because of the hardware. A dedicated chip for all the major systems; sound, graphics, I/O, etc.

    Pei-chen got it right. That big, clunky box could hold some heavier duty equipment. I'd rather see these guys licensing and manufacturing retro CASES that you could build into, rather than pre-built machines. What is the market, 40 year old nerds that currently don't own a computer?
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    jerreece , September 2, 2010 3:28 AM
    OMG... is that a FUNCTIONAL 3.5" floppy drive? Or are they just teasing us...? ;) 
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    scifi9000 , September 2, 2010 3:28 AM
    good point, as a 40yo nerd myself, I own several computers, find this case appealing (coz of memories), but am not interested in the anemic contents. Sell the stand alone cases already!
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    chanman819 , September 2, 2010 3:34 AM
    Even without the atom, how about one of the CULV Ion setups? Intel's yields for C2D parts must be phenomenal by now.
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    thillntn , September 2, 2010 3:46 AM
    does this mean the 5.25" floppy is coming back too? Nah better leave that one as a memory :) .
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    hakesterman , September 2, 2010 4:21 AM
    I am not a big sue happy person and i enjoy the freedom of speach. But news casters and internet writters try to hard to pursway people one way or another toward their own personal believes and in doing so they ussually make up stuff. It's one thing to say something negetive person to person about something, but when you write a review based on something you know little about and then put your own twists on it just to make a news artical, then your asking for trouble. I was never a big commodore fan, but who knows what tommorow might bring. Go Commodore..............
    g.
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    eddieroolz , September 2, 2010 4:43 AM
    Personally not interested as the Commodore name means nothing to me. I wasn't able to take part in the retro days of computing.
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    xnashx , September 2, 2010 4:43 AM
    All they need to do is put that turbo button back and the color beige. Retro case is gonna be really awesome..i think i would actually buy one and put it in our lab.
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    nebun , September 2, 2010 4:55 AM
    thanks but no thanks...are geeks stepping in the past....move forward people, move forward...progression is the key to a brighter future for ourselves and for generations to come
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    JOSHSKORN , September 2, 2010 5:10 AM
    Wow. They're still around?
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