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Offline Oldsmobile_Mike

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Offline giZmo350

Re: A-EON Interview about Amiga's future - Distrita
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2015, 04:55:50 AM »
Nice find Mike! I remember AmiDelf announcing his new website some time back... looks like it's really taken off! I had forgotten about it but re-bookmarked! :)

I'll certainly be looking forward to all the new A-Eon announcements too!
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2015, 05:59:38 AM »
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Nice find Mike!

Someone posted it on one of the Google+ Amiga groups, figured it was worth sharing.  :)
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Offline slayer

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2015, 08:41:39 AM »
Bloody good read, well said Trevor! :-) and good work Matthew!

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2015, 07:53:41 PM »
Its a bit depressing that they sold less then 2000 AmigaOnes.  I really hope this improves in the future, maybe with some cheaper hardware.
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Re: A-EON Interview about Amiga's future - Distrita
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2015, 09:09:21 PM »
He doesn't say they sold 2000, the statement made was in the excess of 200 but less than 2000.

So could be 201. Which is disappointing, fingers crossed for the next batch of AmigaOnes.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2015, 09:14:59 PM »
I am supporter, and I'm surprised its over 200.
Its an expensive system for a limited market, with many potential customers dismissing NG hardware entirely.
Adding MorphOS to the mix may slightly increase the X5000's market potential, but A-eon's market is likely to remain small.
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2015, 09:28:08 PM »
I don't think its people dismissing Amiga NG, it is the cost. Which there is not alot they can do about it. Of course crowd sourcing can help with this but again developers and the Amiga community seem to be afraid of it.

Those that have used it have been  success though and sold in high numbers and to a wider audience and not just limiting themselves to our small community.
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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2015, 10:16:05 PM »
@ Lurch

Crowd sourcing can provide funds, but the board still has to be designed.
And building and testing that design is no small task.
I don't think there are enough of us willing to contribute to see such a project through to completion.
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2015, 04:51:18 AM »
another great interview from our Trevor! We're lucky to have him on our team guys:)
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2015, 09:39:01 AM »
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I don't think its people dismissing Amiga NG, it is the cost.
In many cases it's lack of interest. You could sell X1000s for a 100 bucks, and many Amiga people still won't buy one just because they don't want one. A sizable part of the Amiga community is not a market for these machines.
 

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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2015, 10:36:38 AM »
@Iggy sure but the design work is already happening, with crowd sourcing suddenly you have a huge exposure to people outside a couple of forums. This would cover the costs easily.

Just look at all the other successfully funded projects and reasonable pricing they can achieve. These other projects also needed to design hardware, some with complicated circuit boards.

So I don't think designing the board can be used as an excuse. At the end of the day more people buying the cheaper something can become. We need to think outside the tiny Amiga community, when I mention the Amiga many people don't even know it still exists and many would purchase new hardware. They don't frequent Amiga forums or niche Amiga websites, but I've pointed them at a couple of sites.

@Thorham I don't think that is the case, I would jump at new hardware. I especially like the idea of putting a motherboard in a retail box and sell through some local stores.

Anyway, there are a lot of people wanting new hardware and most just lurk and don't bother taking part in forums for risk of being shot down. There is plenty of interest on other non Amiga sites when the Amiga is mentioned. They're just waiting for good spec hardware at a reasonable price. Hopefully the X5000 hits the spot, even the lessor X3500 may be the sweet spot that gains interest again.
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« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2015, 11:38:19 AM »
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I don't think that is the case, I would jump at new hardware. I especially like the idea of putting a motherboard in a retail box and sell through some local stores.
Yes, you would, but many don't. I wouldn't, because NG doesn't provide me with what I want.

Many people in the Amiga community are only interested in Classic and new hardware for Classic. Underestimating this when creating new non-classic hardware can bite you in the butt.

For many it's nostalgia, and NG doesn't deliver this. For many others it's the original Amiga games, and NG doesn't offer any advantages for that. In both cases the original hardware and Uae give you the best experience. Then there are people like me who like the original hardware as a cool retro platform. NG doesn't do that either, which is fine, because it's not what it's for anyway.

When you want to produce new hardware that's not related to the original hardware at all, you really have to keep this is mind.
 

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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2015, 12:27:32 PM »
For me, AmigaOS + SW was about 90% of what 68k Amiga Computer meant to me.
In the end, CBM manufactured HW part of my A4k system was the thing holding it back to please my growing needs. With NG PPC HW I've been able to continue with the 90% of Amiga.

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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2015, 12:30:17 PM »
That was a good read, thanks :)
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