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 ===== History ===== ===== History =====
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 +Amix was not the first time Commodore attempted to build a Unix machine. Between 1983 and 1985, Commodore prototyped a Z8000-based machine called [[http://www.floodgap.com/retrobits/ckb/secret/900.html|the Commodore 900]] running Mark Williams' SVR4 UNIX clone 'Coherent' (v0.7.3). It was housed a case very much ressembling the Amiga 2000's. The machine was produced in small numbers as prototypes and developer machines relased in Europe only. Approximately 500 units were produced, with very few remaining working today. The 900 was canceled amid the purchase of Amiga during 1985.
  
 One of the first public demonstrations of Amiga Unix was at the 1988 Uniforum Conference in Dallas, TX. The prototype machine, Amiga 3500, housed in a Commodore PC60-III tower case was demonstrated at the Business Computing Show in 1991 and finally launched as the slightly re-configured Amiga 3000T in october 1991. One of the first public demonstrations of Amiga Unix was at the 1988 Uniforum Conference in Dallas, TX. The prototype machine, Amiga 3500, housed in a Commodore PC60-III tower case was demonstrated at the Business Computing Show in 1991 and finally launched as the slightly re-configured Amiga 3000T in october 1991.
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 +{{:a3000ux_born_to_run_unix_svr4.pdf|Commodore Amiga 3000UX - Born To Run Unix SVR4}} The original Commodore marketing brochure (cover on the right). \\
 +**WANTED**: a higher quality scan of this - please contact us if you can provide one!
  
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 There were talks of Sun Microsystems selling Amiga Unix machines (the prototype Amiga 3500) as a low-end Unix workstations under their brand, making Commodore their OEM manufacturer. This deal was let down by Commodore's Mehdi Ali, not once but twice and finally Sun gave up their interest. There were talks of Sun Microsystems selling Amiga Unix machines (the prototype Amiga 3500) as a low-end Unix workstations under their brand, making Commodore their OEM manufacturer. This deal was let down by Commodore's Mehdi Ali, not once but twice and finally Sun gave up their interest.
  
-Lead developer of Amix (/Unix SVR4 port and distribution for Amiga computers) was Michael Ditto, having the title of 'Unix Systems Software Architectat Commodore (1988-1991). Mentioned in the Amiga Developer docs as 'Unix Technical Support Specialist' at CATS was David Miller.+===== Personnel ===== 
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 +Lead developer of Amix (/Unix SVR4 port and distribution for Amiga computers) was **Michael Ditto**, having the title of //Unix Systems Software Architect// at Commodore in 1988-1991.
  
-{{ :a3000ux_born_to_run_unix_svr4.pdf |}} A3000UX - Born to Run Unix SVR4. Original Commodore brochure. **Wanted: better quality version of this - please contact if you can provide one!**+//Unix Technical Support Specialist// at CATS was **David Miller** (mentioned in the Amiga Developer docs).
  
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 ===== Reviews ===== ===== Reviews =====
  
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 The December 1990 issue of Byte magazine featured an article on the Amiga 3000UX with Amiga Unix. The Amiga is praised for it's complete package, and it is favoured above a NeXT, Mac or even a 386 PC. The December 1990 issue of Byte magazine featured an article on the Amiga 3000UX with Amiga Unix. The Amiga is praised for it's complete package, and it is favoured above a NeXT, Mac or even a 386 PC.
  
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 {{ :more_than_a_toy_but_no_bargain.pdf |}} {{ :more_than_a_toy_but_no_bargain.pdf |}}
-UNIX World December 1991 Review. "Commodore hasn't given us a convincing reason as to why it put UNIX on the Amiga+UNIX World December 1991 Review. \\ 
 +//"Commodore hasn't given us a convincing reason as to why it put UNIX on the Amiga"//
  
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 ===== Special features of Amiga UNIX ===== ===== Special features of Amiga UNIX =====
-(Excerpt from "Using Amiga UNIX" manual)+//(Excerpt from the "Using Amiga UNIX" manual)//
  
 Your Amiga UNIX System is a complete version of AT&T's UNIX System V Release 4.0 (Release 4) and provides all the features of that operating system. However, Amiga UNIX is more than just Release 4; it combines elements from several sources: Your Amiga UNIX System is a complete version of AT&T's UNIX System V Release 4.0 (Release 4) and provides all the features of that operating system. However, Amiga UNIX is more than just Release 4; it combines elements from several sources:
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   * [[https://bboah.com|Big Book of Amiga Hardware]]   * [[https://bboah.com|Big Book of Amiga Hardware]]
   * [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga_Unix|Wikipedia article of Amiga Unix]]   * [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga_Unix|Wikipedia article of Amiga Unix]]
-  * [[http://www.amigahistory.co.uk|Amiga History Guide]] 
   * [[https://www.commodore.ca|Commodore.ca]]   * [[https://www.commodore.ca|Commodore.ca]]
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