Have Atari users got a future?
By Christoph Brincken
Or to be exact, will
there be a future for an Atari clone which re-animates
the Atari platform? Those who work with original Atari
hardware are mainly musicians who enjoy the built-in
MIDI interface which prevents timing problems which
you get on other systems. The Falcon030 particularly
is very famous because of its freely-programmable DSP
chip, not only for musicians but in the demo-scene,
A computer which combines
the special abilities of the Falcon with today's computing
power (333 MHz Coldfire processor) would have a real
chance on the market. This is exactly what the planned
xTOS computer (which will ship with the Déesse
DSP audio card) could become. www.xtos.de is worth a visit. They have initiated the
Atari Software Foundation to get the sources of great
old Atari software to develop again.
In my opinion the main
point should be to reintroduce this "Atari"
to the market as a music studio machine. If this succeeds,
other applications like a reliable web browser and new
software will apear as well. If it is successful in
the studios it will find its way to the Atari enthusiasts
as well and with them new software will apear.
But it is a danger to try to
build "everybody's darling". Of course with
that speed, being optimized with NVDI and MagiC it will
perform hellishly fast, but many people who have a computer
won't change to an exotic computer system - unless they
have a problem only this system can solve.
If this new "piece
of studio equipment" will do it, it would even
be possible to translate software written with Code
Warrior to the Atari platform. So to all "retro"
folks - be ready to be surprised, we are not looking
back, but forward!