Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 12:46 UTC
Amiga & AROS The fabled Amiga X1000 has been spotted in the wild, in the homeliest of places--Station X, a.k.a Bletchley Park. "The AmigaOne X1000 is a custom dual core PowerPC board with plenty of modern ports and I/O interfaces. It runs AmigaOS 4, and is supported by Hyperion, a partner in the project. The most interesting bit, though, is the use of an 500Mhz XCore co-processor, which the X1000's hardware designer describes as a descendant of the transputer - once the great hope of British silicon." With thanks to Jason McGint, 'Richard' and Pascal Papara for submissions.
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Get real: it's 2010 !
by leo_ on Thu 24th Jun 2010 21:54 UTC
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@Amiga lovers: you really should get real ;)

It's 2010 and Amiga isn't ahead and hasn't been since 15 years. Picasso 96 had nothing revolutionnary in 96. Oh well, having retargetable Graphics standard was quite revolutionnary... on the Amiga. AHI came long after other OS had retargatable audio and had to wait maybe a full decade before allowing two apps to play sound simultaneously: how ahead was that ?!
I could go on and on...

- Amiga (hardware) was ahead in 1985. Ok in 1990. And old from 1992 to date.

- AmigaOS was great in 1985 (but wasn't the first multitasking OS), still ahead in 1990, was starting to lose advance in 1992-95 (yes: Windows had retargetable graphics with Win3.1 already, long before P96 appeared...), and became totally out with XP/MacOSX/Linux. Of course, it's still lightweight, generally (unless you play with it a little) more responsive than the three big OS. But that doesn't make it ahead... It lacks a lot of modern things.

Welcome to 2010. Nintendo just announced the 3DS, Microsoft announced Kinect, Apple just released iPhone 4 and the iPad. And, well, Amiga demoed the same old OS on some simple PowerPC board (yeah: noticed that the XMOS chip was *missing* from the board that was running AmigaOS ?), with slow graphics like Vesa, no 3D acceleration, and of course no resource-tracking, still 32bit, not able to handle the multiple cores,...

That may be good from an "Amigan" point of view (yes: new hardware shows up,...) but from outside this tiny community this is really laughable... Amiga has a long way to go before people start looking at it with a different vision than this one...

Oh, and btw it will take months (years ?) before this board can be fully used by AmigaOS... Seeing months before the release it still cannot run 2D accelerated stuff you will have to wait before using the multiple cores and 3D ;) And I won't talk about this XMOS stuff that makes it so much better ;) So: what's the point ?

Edited 2010-06-24 22:01 UTC

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