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Installation disks
Installation disks with QIC magnetic tape
developer Commodore International
License (s) Proprietary
Current  version 2.1c (1992)
ancestry UNIX
↳ UNIX System V
Architecture (s) 68k
Others Development stopped

AMIX ( On iga UN IX ) is a commercial UNIX - operating system the company Commodore and especially on the Amiga oriented machines the company. Developed in the 1990s , the 68k -based Unix derivative was considered to be one of the best implementations of System V  R4 available at the time.

The operating system was available for the Amiga 2500 (an Amiga 2000 with 68020 card with PMMU or later 68030 CPU and A2091 SCSI card) and subsequently also for the Amiga 3000 . It was supplied by Commodore as a 150 MB tape cassette for an external SCSI tape drive A3070.

The delivery in Germany was made possible by a correspondingly large order at the AMIGA 1991 in Cologne (the Commodore Amiga in-house exhibition) with a leading mail-order company at the time. As a member of the UNIX International Working Group Germany e. V. back then Commodore advocated UNIX on the desktop. Less than 1,000 copies came onto the market. The OS was further developed up to Release 2.1.

The system was only used for a short time on the 68030 -based Amiga-2500-UX and Amiga-3000UX models - after that the development team was disbanded and marketing was discontinued.

There was previously a chance to a greater number machines as a well-known workstation manufacturers OEM -Ware for sale - but this never occurred: Sun offered to Commodore, the A3000 - and A4000 series together with a UNIX - OS as a low-end - Market complement to Sun's workstations . Commodore declined with thanks and thus not only missed a potentially good deal, but also, in the opinion of many observers, the opportunity to raise the commercial image of its Amiga series.

Today Linux68k and NetBSD exist as alternatives .

At the same time, Commodore had SCO-UNIX in partnership with Garmhausen & Partner for its PC series in sales. AmigaOS remained dominant and groundbreaking for the further development of the Amiga and related systems. At the same time, Linus Torvalds began to develop Linux and an active community developed around the system.

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