I am looking for the road forward. Commodore went bankrupt and its not exactly like you can go out and buy a new Commodore 64 and a 1581 disk drive. I have a PC but I'm unhappy with it in a lot of ways. It isn't like I have a billion dollars to go compete with the chip makers. I've been told I could go to a foundry and have a chip made but I read it costs about $6,000 for a batch of chips to be made and I would need a drafting program or a $40K program like Laker to make my own chips. I don't have those abilities so the closest I believe I can get is to get off the shelf parts.
There are a few companies that make old style computers like Briel Computers, Apatco, and some projects started by hobbyists from Parallax. There are some 6502 and 65XXX projects still on the web. There are also emulators being worked on.
There are those who believe Linux is the future for hobbyists. Others tout other lesser known operating systems.
Can electronic hobby companies and microcontroller companies save the home hobby computer market? I'm told that a computer has to be able to get onto YouTube for it to be viable.
I'm not into FPGA's but there are alternatives like re-programming the PC, reprogramming the Beagleboard or Beagle Bone or using ARM and some say that even they aren't powerful enough.
Will the Last Computer Hobbyist Please Turn Out the Lights?