Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 23:30 UTC, submitted by Raffaele
Amiga & AROS Hyperion, the company behind AmigaOS 4.0, has found at least one way to generate revenue from AmigaOS 4.0. "Hyperion Entertainment VOF announces that it has licensed its 3D driver technology for ATI Radeon 9000 chipsets to Smiths Aerospace LLC. Hyperion's 3D driver technology is OpenGL ES compatible and was originally developed for Amiga OS 4, Hyperion's multi-media centric, small foot-print embedded OS."
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Amiga OS4 on more platforms
by transami on Fri 24th Mar 2006 06:09 UTC
transami
Member since:
2006-02-28

Well, if the actually ported it to computers people use, like x86 systems, then they might ultimately make a buck or two. I for one miss my Amiga, but what is one to do? PC hardware is just too well priced.

Also, port it to PS3. The PS3 could make a very interesting general purpose computer.

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RE: Amiga OS4 on more platforms
by KenJackson on Fri 24th Mar 2006 11:27 UTC in reply to "Amiga OS4 on more platforms"
KenJackson Member since:
2005-07-18

Excellent idea! I was never curious about the Amiga when it was popular, but in recent years I have wanted to try it. Buying old, used hardware doesn't excite me, but I would eagerly pay for just the software if I could run it on a PC.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, if the actually ported it to computers people use, like x86 systems, then they might ultimately make a buck or two.

Completely agreed. They been touting their OS for years now, but besides three men and a cow nobody is actually able to run the damn thing. The developers working on AmigaOS 4 must be frustrated as hell: all this talk about "we're in contact with several companies who will supply hardware" without ANY result.

They should get their act together and start porting to regular Macs and/or x86 and/or the Pegasos.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

I agree. But license issues are - apparently - preventing this at the moment.

But who knows the real story?

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Raffaele
Member since:
2005-11-12

@ transami,

Yes, PS3 could be a valuable platform on which to port Amiga OS4.0.

(If it is true that its structure is really open to any OS)

More: Cell CPU on Playstation 3 are direct heirs of PowerPC processors, and with a little effort AmigaOS could be ported on these new machines.

More: PS3 are cheap compared to AmigaONE motherboards.

Well, to be honest we must report the fact that it is also true that competitors of AmigaONE (Pegasos motherboards) are priced almost the same as a MiniMac PPC (AmigaONE motherboard is almost 769 Euro. Pegasos is 499 Euro).
So in PPC environment, competitors of AmigaONE are cheaper
But this is a false comparison because now all Macs are Intel core duo, so any further comparison is impossible.
Actually we could only compare Pegasos to AmigaONE, but sure PS3 and XBox 360 based on cell CPU are ABSOLUTELY more cheaper, and share MORE AND MORE horsepower when numbercrunching.

Also, to be honest, we must report the fact that PPC CPUs are still being produced, and their price is reducing, G5 MPC970 is now more affordable, and 7448 CPU, 8641 CPU are on the way.
So in the future we coul have other Amiga-like platforms baed on PPC which will be cheaper than these of today, but we must deal with actual situation. Regarding the future then we will see.

@ Transami and KenJackson

Then we must report also that, if you want to run a new OS simple and powerful as AmigaOS, there is a simple software solution for PPC and X86 based platforms, that is very very promising.

Its name is AROS.

http://www.aros.org

It is an OS alternative to any other OS. It is still in beta, but it is growing faster.

It is avaliable in three different versions:

1) For PPC (Pegasos) as a live CD.

2) Hosted into Linux for X86 platforms.

3) As standalone OS for any X86 machine, in both versions:

3A) As Live CD

3B) Full standalone.

It could be in the near future a valuable alternative OS, because it share the same ease of use, and same lightweight as original AmigaOS which is an OS that:

A) Keeps intact your privacy (while Windows is constantly spying the user thru Windows Mediaplayer and other software hidden into the OS),

B) It is easy to use and undestand in its deep (while Linux requires a degree in information technology),

C) It is completely at your command (while MacOS deals with the user as a complete idiot, who is considered a person to keep away from the hidden structure of the FreeBSD OS underneath the Aqua/Darwin GUI).

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KenJackson Member since:
2005-07-18

Yes, I've had my eye on AROS for some time. I tried to install it a while back with no success, but I realize it's under development. I wish them good success and am looking forward to what they come up with.

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Amiga OS4 on more platforms
by Redhouse on Fri 24th Mar 2006 15:12 UTC
Redhouse
Member since:
2006-03-24

license issues my ass. Hyperion have to pay out royalites to many people if OS4 development continues so, they will use every excuse they can think of to avoid paying people money that they deserve.

Glorified crooks.

Edited 2006-03-24 15:16

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AOS4 on commodity hardware
by jsutton on Fri 24th Mar 2006 15:18 UTC
jsutton
Member since:
2006-03-24

I was interested in OS4 for a couple of years, but it's pretty obvious that it isn't going anywhere. If Hyperion ever comes out with a version that will run on a PC or a Mac I'd get OS4 just for kicks, but spending money on proprietary hardware is out of the question.

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RE: AOS4 on commodity hardware
by elwood on Fri 24th Mar 2006 18:09 UTC in reply to "AOS4 on commodity hardware"
elwood Member since:
2006-02-09

> it isn't going anywhere

I can assure, it is going pretty nice on my AmigaOne :-)

This is not just a (relatively) funny comment to yours. I mean that OS4 at least gives a damn fun to all Amigans that use it. And this is "going somewhere" for all of them.

And to all people that say "this hardware is bad", I'd say "if it allows me to run OS4, it is not bad !".

And to all people that say "PC hardware is cheaper", I'd say "I'm sorry but I prefer to pay a more expensive hardware if it brings OS4 to me".

It's just a matter of "do you like OS4 or not" not a matter of price. In other words, if the price annoys you then you are not an Amigan, keep walking.

Edited 2006-03-24 18:10

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RE[2]: AOS4 on commodity hardware
by hagiz on Sat 25th Mar 2006 16:31 UTC in reply to "RE: AOS4 on commodity hardware"
hagiz Member since:
2006-01-24

So only people with enough money to not be annoyed by overpriced hardware are real Amigans? Nice attitude, keep it up and you'll get tons of support for your platform.

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Redhouse Member since:
2006-03-24

Sadly that is their usually attitude. To be a true Amigan you must buy crap overpriced hardware (without a warranty) and you must support companies who`s main interests are to rip people off.

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kimsen1967 Member since:
2006-03-26

I dont think the real Redhouse will appreciate your attempt to character assasinate him.

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