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Reading the comments, I see a lot of wonder. Some of it is simple marvel, some of it is the usual "but what can it do that my crap box at home can't?". Well, if the latter's you, this isn't for you. Back again are the days thought lost of some upstart with a good idea. How else would something new come into being? The big players have no interest in that happening.
The funny thing is, it's mostly a mindset issue. Way back when there were quite a few hardware platforms, all incompatible. With the business driven push to a single platform, and the resulting monoculture sustained by lots and lots of users with the same at home and no education to show them it didn't have to be that way, well, all of IT was essentially stuck.
But the sometimes rabid users of linux (and the open secrets only the Real Men With Real Beards use) already showed the monopoly is easily breakable if you don't let yourself be roped into believing it's all that's viable. In the beginning that zealous conviction was necessairy by dint of the sheer apathetic inertia they had to overcome. Now, well, it's perhaps time to tone it down and leave the backward masses behind. Either way, linux land has a lot of catching up to do, too. But I digress.
The more interesting question is, how was this even possible? Is it because the amiga brand? I don't think so. It's a useful hook to gain attention and establish a beachhead. After all, the amiga users back then tended to be people not bound by convention and actively interested in new, better tools. They are about to get that treat again.
I haven't checked the specs, but just a look at the picture tells me there's been sufficient attention to detail to make hardware maintenance a better experience than the usual atx-or-variant box. That I take as a good sign.
It's easy to sneer while looking back, but back then people were pushing the envelope too. So why did it take so long for people to start doing that again? I think some never stopped, it's just that some parties held much more market power to suppress potentially disrupting ideas.
Is that all there is to it? You can also just send your design to some instant shop and get PCBs back, sometimes even soldered and all. What about all those fabless chip designers? I haven't paid attention, but it just might have become easier to come up with interesting CPUs, too. As long as you managed not to get gobbled up by apple.
Anyway. UKP 1500 for a fancy (if very well designed) box with lots of custom hardware (and ``1.0'' hardware at that) is a bit much if all you want to do is click buttons, use comic sans to write emails to your mom, or tinker with spreadsheets when you really shouldn't. Then again, that's not what this box is for. And why would that be a bad thing?