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The Sinclair QL (Quantum Leap) was supposed to be the successor to the hugely popular [[ZX Spectrum]] computer. It was a rather powerful and advanced machine for its day, especially at its price range. In fact, it was the first personal computer with preemptive multitasking. However, Sinclair completely fucked up its launch. They announced it to be going into production and took orders when there was not even a finished prototype. As the machine was rushed to completion, the original firmware was full of bugs, and the much-touted Microdrive had serious reliability issues. When Amstrad bought near-bankrupt Sinclair, they kept producing the ZX, but promptly killed the QL.
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<center>''"Sheer professional power in the special Sinclair style."''</center>
   
Curiously, this failure led to a great creation: a young nerd from Finland made the mistake of buying a QL, and due to the lack of support, he had to learn how to write his own software. Many years later, when he couldn't afford Unix for his PC, he decided to write his own Unix clone... [[Linux|Linus' Unix]].
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The QL (Quantum Leap) was supposed to be the successor to the hugely popular [[ZX Spectrum]] computer. It was a rather powerful and advanced machine for its day, especially at its price range. In fact, it was the first personal computer with preemptive multitasking. However, Sinclair completely fucked up its launch. They announced it to be going into production and took orders when there was not even a finished prototype. As the machine was rushed to completion, the original firmware was full of bugs, and the much-touted Microdrive had serious reliability issues. When Amstrad bought near-bankrupt Sinclair, they kept producing the ZX, but promptly killed the QL.
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Curiously, this failure led to a great creation: a young nerd from Finland made the mistake of buying a QL, and due to the lack of commercial support, he had to write his own software. Many years later, when he couldn't afford Unix for his PC, he kept that punk "do it yourself" attitude and wrote his own Unix clone... [[Linux|Linus' Unix]].
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==External links==
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* [http://www.sinclairql.net/repository.html Sinclair QL Preservation Project]
   
 
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Revision as of 17:05, April 5, 2016

Sinclair QL logo
"Sheer professional power in the special Sinclair style."

The QL (Quantum Leap) was supposed to be the successor to the hugely popular ZX Spectrum computer. It was a rather powerful and advanced machine for its day, especially at its price range. In fact, it was the first personal computer with preemptive multitasking. However, Sinclair completely fucked up its launch. They announced it to be going into production and took orders when there was not even a finished prototype. As the machine was rushed to completion, the original firmware was full of bugs, and the much-touted Microdrive had serious reliability issues. When Amstrad bought near-bankrupt Sinclair, they kept producing the ZX, but promptly killed the QL.

Curiously, this failure led to a great creation: a young nerd from Finland made the mistake of buying a QL, and due to the lack of commercial support, he had to write his own software. Many years later, when he couldn't afford Unix for his PC, he kept that punk "do it yourself" attitude and wrote his own Unix clone... Linus' Unix.

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