The "Spirit" of Amiga
A universe is an expression of a vision. While many explanations
advanced concerning the "vision" that originated the physical
those explanations center around a central thought. So, indeed,
And what is that thought? Here is an explication of a vision by
architect Carl Sassenrath, published some time ago but still
In the "AmiWest 2006 - Any reports?" topic, I made this statement:
Quote: I know quite well what an Amiga is. To me, Amiga is well
Saimo asked me to elaborate, and it would be my pleasure to do so.
Here is my definition of Amiga:
The Amiga is a computer system that enables millions of creative
a low cost of ownership.
Are you surprised I define Amiga that way? Not in terms of CPU,
chips, or apps? Here's what I mean...
Computer System: Amiga is a complete system including both
hardware. You want people to be able to buy the entire package,
the "kit". For software, from what I've seen, I think OS4 does it
well. For hardware, I don't care what CPU, as long as it can
the rest of the definition below. (Remember that I was one of the
68000 supporters, but I think the CPU topic is no longer
Enables: This is the action verb. To me this word is more than
opposite of disable (e.g. Windows), it means to empower. The
should work for people, not the other way around. (As I've said
Millions: Do we want just a few Amiga users or do we want
still believe in what we started back in 1985. Millions of users
a true marketplace where hundreds of products can afford to be
supported, and thrive.
Creative People: Creative people solve problems. They think.
enhance. The legacy of Amiga is the amazing list of doers,
artists, musicians, programmers, and even CEOs who have owned and
Amiga over the last two decades. Those are the kind of people you
using your system - not droids. And also, I don't just mean
users, I am also talking about creative developers and
make it possible from the start.
Low Cost: This has always been an important component of the
We want schools, families, community orgs, hobbyests, and small
to buy into Amiga. We want the starving artists. We want the
or rebellious kid. So, the barrier to entry must be low. In
fact, if it
were possible to rejuvenate old PC boxes and laptops to make them
Amigas, I would be for that. (Remember how Linux got started?)
also more to low cost than just the purchase price... cost
Final Note: I know that many current users will not agree with all
points (perhaps mostly the last). But, it's important to start
top level definition. That's how we made the original Amiga. We
what was most important.
All goals are not equal. If you want to go for the big win, you
have to give up a few lesser desires.
I would love to see the Amiga return someday as a force in the
arena. I actually think it is possible, as insane as that may
it's going to require a clear vision and a grassroots unity of
Admittedly, this was a while ago and Carl's views may have
However, I believe that this is an important vision of the
"spirit" of Amiga from the man who, with the help of many, brought
Amiga to life.
We will continue to explore this statement of vision in future
and at AmiWest 2013 in October. Thank you, Carl, for giving us a
So be sure to watch this blog for the latest in AmiWest 2013
news and details.