Commodore USA Teases New Amiga Computers

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I almost hesitate to post about Commodore USA yet again, but I have to give the plucky licensor of the "Commodore USA" name credit yet again. Hot on the heels of them designing a new Commodore 64 case to stuff modern day PC components inside, they've now done the same with the Amiga, creating case designs reminiscent of the Amiga 1000, 2000, and 3000, respectively. With their usual hyperbole-filled bluster, they're also describing Amiga Workbench 5.0, which from the description appears to be a fancy skinning of the Linux operating system with Commodore 8-bit and Amiga emulators (as well as of course the option to dual boot or run directly via a standard emulation layer, Windows). For those interested, they've also been doing updates on Twitter and Facebook, so if you're into that sort of thing, you can follow the somewhat scattershot goings on via those services as well. Naturally, I'll continue to check in on the company now and again, but it's with the usual caveat of not expecting much from overpriced PC components stuffed into cases that you may or may not find interesting. On the plus side, they do appear to be offering just the cases for some of the models, so that's certainly sporting of them. No word yet still on when actual products will be available for sale.

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Rob Daviau
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huh

I don't fault them for trying, I fault them for trying to sell over priced PC running Linux in the guise of them being "New Amiga's".

If any other company sold the same hardware in the same cases bundled with a Linux OS at those prices THEY WOULD BE LAUGHED AT. However their tactic was to simply brand the items with Commodore/Amiga/Vic themes, skins, logos and badges as an attempt to win over fans of the classic machines, to feed on their loyalty and dedication to a great and classic brand. The fact of the matter is they hoped to sell to retro and classic fans who have a love for the nostalgic what they could not sell otherwise or without the Commodore association.

I do not need a history lesson from you regarding Commodore / Amiga / Atari etc, thanks I lived through it all and learned the hard lessons which is exactly WHY today I don't easily fall or support crap like this, marketing geared to take advantage of the AMIGA fan.

Again, not sure why you seem so intent to defend them, are you associated or gain something if they succeed? Otherwise make your own choice that is fine, we will do the same, but at the same time we are not just going to fall in line and support a new player in the market that does not deserve it. You are welcome to do so.

Again, your references to Apple, Macs it's users etc mean nothing to me, to this day I have yet to buy any Apple product, it has nothing to do with it. My points are from a past and present fan of Classic Amiga as well as Windows PC. You seem to be trying way to hard to make something out of modern Commodore and their line of over priced machines to not be somehow related or benefiting from them. If not then there is really no excuse other than blind loyalty to a company that as Bill mentioned has nothing to do with the original Commodore/Amiga.
And I am not sure why it seems beyond your grasp to understand WHY we are not overly enthusiastic or accepting of them either when we have clearly and with full detail explained why.

PLEASE, I give you full opportunity now (as you have yet to do so) as clearly as we explained to you, inform us WHY any of us, Amiga fan, casual user, Mac user, PC user,non user, why should anyone buy over priced hardware running Linux OS from CommodoreUSA? I am waiting eagerly for an explanation............

If you cannot (you haven't so far) then please simply stop now, your not going to gain support here, put it to rest, do what you want and accept that we have very valid reason to NOT support CommodoreUSA.

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Rob Daviau
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wow
Gigabyte wrote:

Of course they are not true AMIGA'S! No more than Ford a new Mustang is ti the original. At some point, you have to let go of the past and embrace the new. Jay Miner was the brains behind Amiga. Too bad Atari failed to see it.

Nonetheless, I like the fact somebody is trying to bring in choice. Even if it bares the AMIGA name.

You just don't seem to get it, did you read the replies?

There is NO added value to these at all. OK, I admit the cases are nice and I fully agree IF FOR YOU the logos, badges and AMIGA themed/skinned linux OS are worth a premium of hundreds of dollars to you then GO FOR IT! I suggest for me, myself and the majority IT IS NOT. And again, I could get same form factor machines, add logos and badges and download CommodoreOS and easily recreate the same machines and more powerful at that for much less PERIOD.

THE ONLY "CHOICE" being offered by Commodore and these new machines is to buy the same hardware, running LINUX OS but for a premium price. OH BOY! That is a "choice" any true Amiga fan as well as anyone with common sense or sees things for what they truly are will gladly pass on thanks.

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I think we all agree on one

I think we all agree on one thing; the Commodore Amiga was great, and if there was a machine out there calling itself an Amiga it should be something really special. In my opinion, we should just honor the memory and move on. If somebody really has the genius to create a brand new computer as awesome as the Amiga 1000 was back in the day, he or she should call it something different.

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Rob Daviau
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THIS!
Matt Barton wrote:

I think we all agree on one thing; the Commodore Amiga was great, and if there was a machine out there calling itself an Amiga it should be something really special. In my opinion, we should just honor the memory and move on. If somebody really has the genius to create a brand new computer as awesome as the Amiga 1000 was back in the day, he or she should call it something different.

Well said and agree 100%

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Rob Daviau
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Whoops! never mind

Whoops! never mind, mistake.

FEEL FREE TO DELETE THIS POST GUYS THANKS!

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Bill Loguidice
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But...
Rob Daviau wrote:

For anyone considering over paying for CommodorUSA's PC's in a Commodore case this is a much better option.
Do it yourself and end up with better hardware. This article on MaximumPC shows how:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/build_it_modern_commodore_64

$345. Just for the case. FOR THE CASE!

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Rob Daviau
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derp
Bill Loguidice wrote:

$345. Just for the case. FOR THE CASE!

Yeah I did not realize until after I posted lol! That is why I asked my post to be removed, didn't realize the case was form them until after I read the article more closely. Of course that is insane for the case but par for the course as CommodoreUSA goes! Ha Ha ah well, carry on...

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Bill Loguidice
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If it's OK with you, we may

If it's OK with you, we may as well leave it. It might inspire others to find cheaper ways of doing it!

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Rob Daviau
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yep
Bill Loguidice wrote:

If it's OK with you, we may as well leave it. It might inspire others to find cheaper ways of doing it!

OH SURE BILL not a problem, I do think it is a worthwhile project IF the case is obtained ir created through other means.
As long as we are all clear that I DO NOT endorse buying the case from CommodreUSA lol.

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For a short bit i

For a short bit i contemplated this.. build a emu in amiga case.. but a short trip to Ebay shows a complete Amiga is the same price as a case :) I have sold one PC in my collection ever... and it was my orginal Amiga, something i regret. I have a 1000 and a 3000, but my 500 was my baby. I see right now with about 30 minutes to go is a complete 2000 with HD, extra memory and several cards installed reasy to go for $125 and no bids... tempting

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