Monday, 11 April 2011

Commodore 64 Returning as Windows 7 PC

How could OSNews have missed this? The Commodore 64 is making a comeback and apparently the first batch has already sold out. You can order yours on CommodoreUSA.net at $595/around £365 for a basic model — the same price as the 1982 original, which includes an Intel Atom 1.8 Gigahertz processor, a 160 gigabyte hard drive and 2 gigabytes of memory. The high-end version of the latest Commodore includes a BluRay drive, 4 Gigabytes of memory, WiFi and a 1 TB hard drive for $895.

The systems will be available for shipping in late May or June 2011. Funnily, it will apparently run Microsoft's Windows 7, although one site says "it comes with a lesser-known type of operating system known as Ubuntu". The company says it plans to offer its own Commodore operating system that is compatible with 8- 16- and 32-bit software.

Links:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12997245
http://blog.gadgethelpline.com/commodore-64-return-windows-7-pc/http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/04/08/commodore-64-welcome-back-old-friend/?mod=google_news_blog

Or watch the BBC Click episode from 09/04/2011. You'll need a proxy server with a UK IP address for this if you're outside.

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