Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Jan 2007 12:40 UTC
Amiga & AROS Genesi has 'announced' it is going to release AmigaOS4 for their EFIKA motherboard as soon as the next release of MorphOS is released. "We have clearly indicated in this thread, we don't need Hyperion's support to port OS4 to the EFIKA - legally or technically." True to the Amiga scene of the last few years, a discussion spanning 300 posts ensued. My take: I actually advocated 'porting' AmigaOS4 to Genesi hardware last year, but I do hope it all happens within the boundaries of the law and that the developers get what they deserve. Update: The latest post asks an interesting question.
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Okay, I still don't get it
by phoehne on Fri 26th Jan 2007 15:22 UTC
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I looked at OS 4 coming out a while ago and I thought: "Gee, that'd be cool to try out." So, I looked at getting a copy of OS 4 and hardware to run on. Apple was shipping G5's at the time and the only new hardware I could find were 800Mhz to 1Ghz G3's and G4's. Okay, that's great if it's a $300 or $400 G3 or G4, but a $800-$1000 G3 or G4? Come on guys! Mac Minis with G4's were 599! By the time everything was said and done, I was looking a $1200 to $1500 computer with the best of two year old processor technology. And what if I don't care for OS 4? I've got a very over-priced Linux desktop.

I would think that people who want to see OS 4 get more exposure would want to see it on the most desktops possible. That means either coming up with a less expensive board, where a whole PC is $500 or becoming compatible with mass-market hardware. I would think that Hyperion and the all the licensees would be bending over backward to get OEM's to ship it on a working system, installed on the boot disk.

I keep seeing comments like "the spirit of Amiga" but I don't get it. I guess they'd rather go around swap-meets, trading 10+ year old equipment than doing anything useful. I kind of always wanted an Amiga, but I'm not ready to blow $1200 to get a pile out outdated hardware.

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