Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th May 2010 22:29 UTC, submitted by Plexus
Amiga & AROS Ah, the AmigaOne x1000 - now that the summer is approaching, the powerful next-generation Amiga machine is getting ever closer to being officially unveiled and launched. The hardware is being developed by A-EON Technology, who formed a strategic partnership with Hyperion Entertainment, the company behind AmigaOS 4.x, with the "express purpose of developing new hardware for AmigaOS 4 and beyond". Obligement has a long and detailed interview up with Trevor Dickinson, long-time Amiga enthusiast and collector, and one of the prime forces behind A-EON.
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Because they have no other choice
by BigBentheAussie on Tue 11th May 2010 06:54 UTC
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It is unfortunate that they bet on the wrong horse, being PPC, a long way back. Anyone can see, with the benefit of hindsight, that it was the wrong choice. Apple's switch from PPC to x86 only compounded the problem for them in diminishing their options for desktop-spec PPC based CPUs.

Basing the AmigaOS on PPC made sense at the start of the century, for numerous technical reasons I wont get into. Hard-core users had already taken to PPC accelerators for their classic Amigas, so I am sure it felt right at the time. Amigans like to be different with everything, and always seem to play the underdog.
PPC is also a huge dongle to satisfy Hyperion's paranoia regarding Amiga IP.

Unfortunately, with a host of development delays (for a whole range of reasons I wont get into) I believe they find themselves in a situation where a port of AmigaOS to x86 would cost them much much more time and money, than the development of custom PPC hardware by a third party. Hopefully, this will be better quality hardware than previous attempts.

So, with their choices being limited this is all they could possibly do. I would not be surprised if this is the last harrah for AmigaOS on PPC. Once they modernise the OS platform and get some revenue they may be able to afford a port to an x86 based architecture if they truly want to.

Oh and before some asks, they would never ever consider AROS as a start for an x86 system. They suffer from NIH syndrome more than most companies.

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