Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 22:33 UTC
Amiga & AROS Yes, we are continuing our new-found fascination with the Amiga platform, by reporting to you straight from the floors of AmiWest and Pianeta Amiga. Chris Handley consolidated all the information from these two Amiga shows into one handy post, and the future of the AmigaOS looks bright indeed! Update: More planned features have emerged. Read on for the update.
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RE: Port it to x86
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 10:43 UTC in reply to "Port it to x86"
Thom_Holwerda
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You say it as if it's that easy.

I'm sure Hyperion has looked at porting it to x86. Common sense. However, they probably ran into the following roadblocks:

- I'm pretty sure AmigaOS is optimised quite heavily for the PowerPC. Mac OS X, to name one, has always been running on x86, even since the NEXT days, so that wasn't really "porting". With only about 10-30 people onstaff, it would be a monumental task.

- They'd need to design and write an x86 PPC AND 680x0 emulation/virtualisation layer into AmigaOS. Again, no small feat. Without it, the x86 version of AmigaOS would be without ANY applications. At all.

- x86 Isn't easy to support - there's too much variation, too much stuff to support, too many variables. It's not something a 10-30 man group can effectively handle. It makes much more sense to focus on a tight few PPC machines.

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