Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2006 16:02 UTC, submitted by SamuraiCrow
Amiga & AROS This Q&A with Amiga Inc's Bill McEwen tells not only the answers to 25 biting questions about Amiga, Inc., but also a history of what Amiga has been doing the past six years. Apparently they've been maintaining development of AmigaDE (AmigaOS 5.0), while developing AmigaOS 4 as a fall-back.
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How rediculous
by Damien on Thu 14th Sep 2006 17:57 UTC
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2005-07-07

After six years of lies he's back with more of the same "OS4 is all messed up, OS5 is where all the good stuff is, and we changed the plans for it again".

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and for clarification
by Damien on Thu 14th Sep 2006 18:00 UTC
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2005-07-07

He's still talking about "OS5", "Amiga Anywhere" and "DE", but now they have nothing to do with Tao's Intent, its something else.

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?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2006 19:23 UTC
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2005-06-29

No offence or anything, but my god, is the Amiga world one big mess of companies, versions, names, contracts, and hardware.

For the love of god, there are TWO Amiga, Inc.'s!

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RE: ?
by petera on Thu 14th Sep 2006 20:25 UTC in reply to "?"
petera Member since:
2006-04-22

Not quite, there were 2 amiga inc.'s, but one went bust so were are back to one again:p

But you are right, it's all one big legal mess.
I'm sure there has been loads going on in the background, but as all of it have been under various NDA's none of us will probabaly know what.

Maybe Amiga inc. should have a word with the 3D realms and have a simultaneous release of new Amiga hardware with Dukem Nukem Forever!

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no comments
by viton on Thu 14th Sep 2006 22:29 UTC
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2005-08-09

Over the next 5 years you will see OS 4, 5, and version 6 in the market along with supporting builds and infrastructure across several digital devices.

ROTFLMAO!!!

I could believe in this only if they can sell all IP to a respectable company.

As far as i remember the Amiga Owner's Law looks like this:
Amiga
b
Commodore
d
Escom
f
Gateway
h
Itec
j
KMOS
l
M - Who's next???

Edited 2006-09-14 22:30

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RE: no comments
by Gkyluig on Fri 15th Sep 2006 07:28 UTC in reply to "no comments"
Gkyluig Member since:
2006-03-10

>M - Who's next???

Microsoft, of course. We've been waiting for 'Longhorn' nearly long as we have for AmigaOS4.

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Only one thong to do
by megabob on Thu 14th Sep 2006 23:02 UTC
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2006-09-14

Open source AmigaOS 3.1 to give AROS the code they need

I dont think there is a future for non x86 hardware

I dont want to give twice the price for a non standard harwdare full of crapy things on it ...

Free AMIGA OS:Free AMIGA OS:Free AMIGA OS:Free AMIGA OS


maybe for some $ Amiga will do it, Bill give us the price !!!!!
Christophe

Edited 2006-09-14 23:03

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RE: Only one thong to do
by SamuraiCrow on Fri 15th Sep 2006 03:16 UTC in reply to "Only one thong to do"
SamuraiCrow Member since:
2005-11-19

From Q12:

(Related : Why doesn't Amiga Inc. follow the historic steps of Apple and shift to Intel/AMD so that PC users have the chance to evaluate AOS ?)

Bill McEwen -- OS 5 will run on more than one family of processors.

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Soap
by Cymro on Thu 14th Sep 2006 23:43 UTC
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2005-07-07

Just when the soap opera was getting boring.

I've been following the Amiga since the 80s and I really don't know what to say or what to think.

Apparently OS5 has been in development for 2 years and we know absolutely nothing about it, except that it isn't AmigaDE/Intent. We don't know if it's based on OS 3.x or some or all of Hyperion's OS 4 code, or the reason that their agreement came to an end. This is all we know:

"Anyone who worked, works, or is going to work on OS 4 better get paid. We have made offers to Hyperion to resolve this matter that we believe are fair, but we have been turned down on three separate occasions. At this point, we are still trying to work it out."

Hyperion have their own Q&A aoon. What will they say about their relationship with Amiga Inc? The guessing game continues. It's crazy!

Edited 2006-09-14 23:49

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RE: Soap
by SamuraiCrow on Fri 15th Sep 2006 03:14 UTC in reply to "Soap"
SamuraiCrow Member since:
2005-11-19

Apparently OS5 has been in development for 2 years and we know absolutely nothing about it, except that it isn't AmigaDE/Intent. We don't know if it's based on OS 3.x or some or all of Hyperion's OS 4 code, or the reason that their agreement came to an end.

From Q13
Bill McEwen -- It is my hope that OS 4 can be resolved and that product will begin shipping and be available on more than one device. We paid and know that it can run in the embedded space so I believe that there is an opportunity of seeing more than one product in that family in the next 12 months. You will also see several releases of AmigaAnywhere on various platforms and companies partnerships that will drive us forward, and you will also see some company acquisitions, where we have purchased some other company assets.

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Reminds me of Be, Inc.
by null_pointer_us on Fri 15th Sep 2006 20:16 UTC
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2005-08-19

...before it went under. It's a good thing operating systems like AROS, Syllable, and Haiku are around now to pickup the slack. Wouldn't it be cool if someone put up a portal tracking the progress and explaining the differences of these "next generation" operating systems? I bet there would be lots of developers joining in to work on these projects in their spare time.

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Please help
by sbergman27 on Sat 16th Sep 2006 06:36 UTC
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2005-07-24

Hey, I missed the original Amiga phenomenon.

But by all accounts, the original Amiga was way cool and far ahead of its time.

But it's now 2006. The people are different. The hardware is different. The company(ies) are different.

The new AmigaOS has been started from scratch. Everything is different.

The *only* thing that links this new Amiga with the old is the name.

I'm genuinely interested in the thoughts of people who are excited about this new Amiga.

Why are you excited about this?

I'm all for OSes for the sake of OSes. Different ways of doing things.

What does the new Amiga bring to the table today? Aside from confusion, of course. Because that's what I usually get out of reading articles on Amiga.

Or is this really just a case of companies raping a grand old name?

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RE: Please help
by stone on Sat 16th Sep 2006 16:04 UTC in reply to "Please help"
stone Member since:
2005-07-06

- small and efficient
- low memory footprint
- fantastic scaleability
- by far best and most responsive multitasking of the bunch
- screens
- a system the user can control, and not a system that controls the user.
- dynamic ram disc
- libraries and datatypes

/stone

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RE[2]: Please help
by sbergman27 on Sat 16th Sep 2006 19:13 UTC in reply to "Please help"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

This is precisely the kind of confusion I am referring to.

Are you talking about the old Amiga, or the new?

And if you are talking about the new, could you please provide some links to back up your claims of:


- small and efficient
- low memory footprint
- fantastic scaleability
- by far best and most responsive multitasking of the bunch
- screens
- a system the user can control, and not a system that controls the user.
- dynamic ram disc
- libraries and datatypes

Talk is cheap.

Like I say, I'm all in favor of new ways of doing things.

But you've just contributed to my perception of the New Amiga being a bunch of hooey,

Could someone else step up and explain what the new Amiga brings to the table? With a plausible story to back it up this time, please?

Sorry to be so contrary. But no OS that has ever graced these pages has had such an evasive group of devotees when asked what they have to offer.

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It's over, man. Let her go.
by kjn9 on Sat 16th Sep 2006 23:06 UTC
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Member since:
2006-01-17

http://www.despair.com/persistence.html

The Amiga was once my main computer, and my favourite computer. After waiting so long for an official successor that never arrived, I've moved on. I just don't care any more.

Bill, fire your attorneys and cash in your chips. With the possible exception of the trademarks, there's nothing left that's worth having any more.

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