Ha, I often wonder what the landscape would like like these days if Atari and Commodore had survived. I'm thinking they would have turned out much like now, where Atari's OS is pretty much all open source now, Amiga is still closed, but very awesome and minimal, etc. Instead we are left with most people running Windows or Mac, and Linux being an afterthought... All operating systems of course would end up very Unix-y, Atari and Commodore were already there before Mac and Windows
I read somewhere that Windows is going to start pushing Linux subsystem for Windows into the next major Win 10 update... so that's kind of interesting, actually. I started my computer life with a strong dislike of Microsoft, but it has gradually faded to minor annoyance by today...
I always wished that i had access to an alternative computing platform in the 80's and 90's... i feel like *I* would have been more interesting
MiSTer really fills that hole in my life!
My parents *almost* bought an amiga computer in the 80s, but then one of my dad's friends from work told him that I "would just use it to play video games" because commodore "only cares about graphics and sound" and that "IBM PC clones running Microsoft operating systems are the ***wave of the future***"
this friend also happened to have stock in an IBM PC clone company called Columbia Data Works... so my parents spent $2000+ dollars on a hunk of junk 286 with CGA graphics, PC Speaker audio, and MSDOS 3.3 and 1 MB of RAM which the morons incorrectly configured as 640K (a huge difference back then).
It definitely sucked for playing video games... and everything else too. FML
At least it's cool that people said stuff like "wave of the future" back then.