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Old 18 November 2009, 05:07   #67
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Originally Posted by ImmortalA1000 View Post
Anyway, back on topic...what is Amiga? Is it some old custom chip designs? Is it some old operating system? Is it an ideal for super efficient reliable friendly and above all else technologically superior alternative to Mac/Wintel? What is it? How do you define it?

Owning the OS is not owning Amiga, and unless they port OS4 IMMEDIATELY to hardware that is not crap like SAM boards that is READILY FOR SALE then it is a very hollow victory for us as Amiga enthusiasts.

The only thing that anyone with a brain owning the Amiga IP would do is an Amiga version of the C64 that would sell bucketloads...but no I bet we get more obscure useless crap coming out of both :

Failing that they would be better off to buy AROS somehow....finish it....and sell it to us finished and complete with built in version of UAE and a disk controller to read Amiga HD formats natively, have 9 pin real man's joystick ports and a proper Amiga compatible floppy disk drive in hardware again.

Why is it so hard for both the current owners of Commodore and Amiga to come up with useful ideas
Individual Computers is coming up with a clone of the AGA chipset called Clone-AA. It may just be the retro machine you're looking for. And since Hyperion owns AmigaOS 3.1 they may just be able to do something with it. Whether they actually upgrade 3.x before they sell it remains to be seen.

As for why they haven't come out with it yet, there's still one outstanding patent on the AGA chipset that expires next year. I suspect you'll see a nice small palmtop machine with an LCD screen running AmigaOS 3.10 or so in short order once that patent expires.

The AROS approach is full of pitfalls. The Kickstart replacement bounty stalled with loads of undocumented features of the original Kickstart yet unfinished. As for the hybrid of AROS and AmigaOS, AfaOS works but is not on a level with OS 4.x in terms of capabilities. On top of that, the CyberGraphics/Picasso96 drivers for the OS 3.x setups are buggy compared to the OS 4 and MOS versions.

We'll just have to see what happens when that one patent expires.
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