Atari/Commodore hybrid, was Re: General religious wars (was Re: Editor religious wars)

Curt @ Atari Museum curt at
Sat Jan 30 16:51:42 CST 2010

Also, the fact that Atari used the same format/fat scheme as standard 
IBM disks, with just some minor nuances which in later versions of TOS 
made it fully compatible, this was a God send, since it allowed 
sneaker-net exchanging of data between PC's and ST's and with low cost, 
simple upgrades like ATSPEED, which allowed a simple daughterboard 
install, gave ST's full speed IBM compatibilty, and having PC compatible 
floppies was the icing on the cake.

What was truly the ST's major flaw was its display, while obviously a 
huge improvement for its time of 85', once the Amiga and Apple Mac II 
computers hit the scene with far higher resolutions and deeper on-screen 
at the same time color palletes, the ST's really began to lag.    This 
was further compounded by the very slow introduction of upgrades to the 
Atari TOS, small incremental changes were made, while the Amiga OS and 
especially the Mac OS made large, noticable jumps in their features... 
this further hindered the ST's which quickly lost their polish and shine 
in the competing marketplace.


Geoff Oltmans wrote:
> I think one thing in particular that the Atari ST had an advantage with was the addition of the hard disk/dma port. It made adding a hard disk a lot cheaper. Hard disk controllers on the Amiga were astronomical.
> On Jan 29, 2010, at 10:27 AM, Cameron Kaiser wrote:
>>> It was Shiraz's design, and it was following the same "power without
>>> the price" methodology they did back at Commodore with the vic20 and
>>> C64.  At least according to them.  Although the ST's main competitor
>>> wound up being the Amiga, it was actually promoted as a cheaper full
>>> color Macintosh (hence the Jackintosh).
>> The Atari ST is no match for the Amiga, but the ST is still a very nice
>> system. I'm rather fond of them myself.
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