The AmiVerse?!? What is it?
What is the AmiVerse? In the beginning of Amigadom, there was the Amiga
computer. No number, with AmigaDOS as its operating system. It just had
color graphics, sound, and could run many visible, high-level tasks (not
just processes) at once, right out of the box. That capability was called
mutli-tasking. It amazed those who first experienced it's uses at a time
when all else just had green-screen or black-and-white everything in silence.
Then came the A1000, the original Amiga with a number and more stuff, then
the A500, A2000 - and Amigadom was created. These were computers complete with great packaging, printed manuals (remember?), software, hardware add-ons, magazines (officially, AmigaWorld, and many others), stores from which you could buy them, and user groups that expanded, extended and otherwise taught the users, turning them into a unique community.
That community persists today, 16 years after Commodore Amiga effectively
left the scene, still developing, still bringing out new products, and still innovative beyond the ken of the usual desktop computer.
Today, Amiga continues as very much of a community effort. We have these
options today (in alpha numeric order):
Amiga Classic 3.x
Each of these has communities to support and realize different visions of
the "spirit" of Amiga, from original Amiga Classic systems & software to
the three development branches (& more under emulation!). Thus, the
AmiVerse, with galaxies of differing views but in the same "universe" of
What is that "spirit" of Amiga? A future blog post will address that
enlivening "spirit" that makes our community unique and vibrant.
So be sure to watch this blog for the latest in AmiWest 2013 news and
details. Every year gets better - but it won't be better for YOU unless
you attend. Reserve October 16-20, 2013 on your calendar and make your
plans to attend the Second Programming Conference (16-18) and the AmiWest
2013 show (18 PM - 20), the Amiverse show on the West coast of the USA at
the Holiday Inn Express, 2224 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA Tel:
916.923.1100. You don't want to miss it!