Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Digital nostalgia

The New York Times reports on the return of the Commodore 64. Says Commodore president and chief executive Barry Altman,

“There are a lot of really young computer users who want to own a retro-looking computer. And of course there are those 30- to 40-year-olds who owned the original Commodore 64 and want the nostalgia of their first machine.”
From the Commodore website:
Commodore OS 1.0, along with emulation functionality and classic game package, will be mailed to purchasers when available. In the meantime, units come with the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating system on CD ready to install. Don’t forget that the new Commodore 64 is a fully functional PC compatible, so you can even install and use the latest versions of Windows if you really feel you need to.
That’s a new one: the operating system is in the mail.

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comments: 2

Matthias said...

I am very happy that the C64 gets this nice treatment after hardware-wise things didn't go well for the Amiga and also with MorphOS in recent years.

Jay Schwartz said...

Well, the Commodore 64 certainly beat out my old Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 dubbed "Micro Executive Workstation". It really was the first laptop. It had BASIC, a 40X8 LCD display and a 300bps modem! No storage capacity, but all you needed to rest that hot pizza box on.