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 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.
  
-{{:a3000ux_born_to_run_unix_svr4.pdf|Commodore Amiga 3000UX - Born To Run Unix SVR4}} The original Commodore marketing brochure (cover on the right). \\ +---- 
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 The A3000UX was also sold for universities and students. The machines were generally well-received and liked by students and staff. In some universities students were required to buy required hardware and after the end of support for Amix, later on after the demise of Commodore, universities were in serious trouble finding spares to support students who had bought Amigas. In some cases universities were forced to buy machines back from their graduated students! (Thanks to [[https://forum.amiga.org/index.php?topic=51477.msg543194#msg543194|Pentad on Amiga.org forums]] for this info). The A3000UX was also sold for universities and students. The machines were generally well-received and liked by students and staff. In some universities students were required to buy required hardware and after the end of support for Amix, later on after the demise of Commodore, universities were in serious trouble finding spares to support students who had bought Amigas. In some cases universities were forced to buy machines back from their graduated students! (Thanks to [[https://forum.amiga.org/index.php?topic=51477.msg543194#msg543194|Pentad on Amiga.org forums]] for this info).
  
 Amix was sold only for a couple of years and it's support was dropped already before Commodore's bankruptcy in 1994. Rumour has it that the last (and at the time only!) Amix support engineer was fired in 1993.  Amix was sold only for a couple of years and it's support was dropped already before Commodore's bankruptcy in 1994. Rumour has it that the last (and at the time only!) Amix support engineer was fired in 1993. 
  
-Like several other UNIX packages of the early 1990's, Amix never managed to grab wide user base and partly due to the limited hardware support. Unlike [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A/UX|Apple's A/UX]], Amix didn't have any compatiblity layer to allow running AmigaOS applications. It also didn't make use of the Amiga's graphic and sound capabilities, the parts of the hardware that made Amiga itself special at the time. Also Amix's only supported CPUs (68020/68030) were underpowered and not competetively priced compared to the competing Unix workstations. Around the same time, there was also [[http://atariunix.com|Atari System V]], which also was an SVR4 port to the Atari TT 030 Workstation. Much like Amix, it had a "brief spark of life around 1991-92 and died shortly after".+{{ :borntorun.jpeg?direct&300|}}Like several other UNIX packages of the early 1990's, Amix never managed to grab wide user base and partly due to the limited hardware support. Unlike [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A/UX|Apple's A/UX]], Amix didn't have any compatiblity layer to allow running AmigaOS applications. It also didn't make use of the Amiga's graphic and sound capabilities, the parts of the hardware that made Amiga itself special at the time. Also Amix's only supported CPUs (68020/68030) were underpowered and not competetively priced compared to the competing Unix workstations. Around the same time, there was also [[http://atariunix.com|Atari System V]], which also was an SVR4 port to the Atari TT 030 Workstation. Much like Amix, it had a "brief spark of life around 1991-92 and died shortly after".
  
 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.
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 ===== Sources and links ===== ===== Sources and links =====
   * [[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]]
   * [[https://www.commodore.ca|Commodore.ca]]   * [[https://www.commodore.ca|Commodore.ca]]
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