A brief history of the Amiga
As all the pure Amiga technology has died out, any rumors that the Amiga has been resurrected spark hope in Amiga enthusiasts. But the new Amigas are basically desktop computers bundled with software that emulates the Amiga. An example of this is the "AmigaOne" package.
Even with emulation and greater speed, the new Amiga isn't the same as the one that was so loved in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. An alternative to this kind of emulation is WinUAE, a free Amiga emulator that can emulate almost all of the CPUs, chipsets, and all configurations of RAM. Furthermore, it supports all Kickstart ROM versions, and you can even create a virtual hard drive. You can check WinUAE out by going to http://www.winuae.net.
If you plan to use this emulator, I suggest that you go to Cloanto's Amiga Forever homepage (http://www.cloanto.com/amiga/forever). All emulators need licensed ROM files, so you will need to order the CD to get them if you want to use the emulator. This includes playing classic Amiga games that you'll find on hundreds of web sites. (Now let's hope the IDSA doesn't shut down these web sites before you have a chance.)
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|Table of Contents: A brief history of the Amiga|
- The Beginning of a New Era
- Year of the Dream Machine
- Amiga 500 / Amiga 2000
- Amiga 500+ / Amiga 3000
- The rise and fall of CDTV
- Amiga 600 / Amiga 1200 / Amiga 4000
- The Rise and Fall of CD32
- Bidder after Bidder after Bidder... (or is that "Bitter?")
- Gateway buys the Amiga technology
- Amiga Continues
- Another development twist
- Final Thoughts