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What happened to Commodore

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What happened to Commodore

At its height, Commodore was Atari’s biggest rival. It started in 1954 as a typewriter company and moved through pocket calculators to home computers such as the Commodore Pet, Vic-20, Commodore 64 (pictured) and the Amiga.

The company ran into trouble as the PC revolution took off and, in 1997, the brand was bought by Dutch computer maker Tulip.

As the home computer battled raged, companies such as Olivetti began building clones of the IBM business computer, the PC. >>


The journey to modern computing has involved several companies, each making a vital contribution. But despite the significance of their various milestones, many have merged with modern household name companies while others have stumbled into obscurity and bankruptcy. Computer Weekly traces the histories of some of these seminal computer companies.

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When I was working near Abu Dhabi, I knew nothing about computers. 

Around 1988 or so I heard the name commodore and purchased the key board and the small drive system shown in the picture. Connected that to the TV and started learning a little bit. 

It was all enjoyable. 

Brought it back to India around 1991 with me but don't remember why......stopped using it. 

Even now my daughters all remember the name Commodore. 

Great. Sad that GOOD names always seems to disappear.