Recently, one could unfortunately hear more and more voices already
predicting the end of the AMIGA and therefore the end of a much beloved
hobby for the most of us. Fact is, that the company Commodore
International has liquidated and will probably soon disappear as a computer
manufacturer. Of course, Commodore's flagship, the AMIGA, is in some
extend affected by this incident. But just to declare the AMIGA dead
because of this downfall is vastly unreasonable and stupid.
Commodore has not invented the AMIGA, the company had just bought up the
technology in those days and financially supported the developers. So the
reason for the success of this computer system was based on its outstanding
and most innovative technology at that time (which partially still seeks
the likes of her nowadays) and has never been the merit of Commodore.
The AMIGA became a very spread and in most fields established computer
system which especially distinguishes itself through the dedication and
enthusiasm of all hard- and software-developers, but in most respect
through the loyalty and engagement of its users and fans.
These two standing legs (the developers and the users) were the most
significant for our so beloved computer and the vivid activity and
solidarity between those two groups represented far more than the usual
kind of a customer-company-relationship. The AMIGA fans were a 'family'
that stuck together and supported its computer system with all its strength
If this family continues to stick together, i.e. when both hardware-,
software-developers and the AMIGA users pull together, then we are able to
guarantee a very promising future for the AMIGA for the years to come
without the (anyhow disastrous) support from Commodore.
Besides, our continuing enthusiasm for the AMIGA will certainly demonstrate
to many leading soft- and hardware companies, that the AMIGA market's
activity is still very high and has not ceased with the downfall of
Commodore. As a result we will eventually be surprised with the new and
powerful AMIGA, for which Commodore kept us waiting such a long wasted
Now, to simply abandon hope and drop the AMIGA would be a great mistake,
because we all determine the fate of the AMIGA through our attitude and
decisions. Actually this is not so much as bad...
To support the above mentioned thoughts, well-known shareware authors have
founded the SASG. This should symbolize a first step in demonstrating that
we do not give up and continue to show our loyalty to the AMIGA. We will
not only continue to develop new programs for 'our' computer, but moreover
we will team up in a never-before-seen organisation and simultaneously
create a new quality standard for shareware.
We do have great goals and visions and are convinced that we can guarantee
a promising future to the AMIGA fans with respect to the shareware scene
through the SASG. The success however - as always - depends on the users
and programmers themselves. Their support and feedback to this project
pave the way for the SASG. We are very confident.
Martin Huttenloher, Stefan Stuntz, Kai Iske and Dirk Federlein
in May 1994
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