Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Jul 2013 19:59 UTC, submitted by daff
Amiga & AROS The interview details, among many other things, the follow up to the AmigaOne X1000: "The Cyrus development is the future replacement for the Nemo motherboard when the supply of P.A. Semi CPUs finally dries up or the price becomes commercially unviable. The Cyrus board was the original Revision 1.0 prototype and was completed towards the end of last year. Cyrus Plus is the Revision 2.0 board which includes additional PCIe and PCI slots. The Cyrus design is based on the Freescale P5020 CPU which is a dual-core 64-bit PowerPC SoC. It also supports DDR3 RAM and includes an improved Xena/Xorro combination." Crazy powerful hardware for an operating system that doesn't even support any for of SMP. I admire the hardware they've been able to build and sell, but the real issue is, of course, AmigaOS itself - touch-ups, sure, but it's still heavily outdated in almost every aspect and can't really make much use of the powerful hardware it is given.
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I was an Amiga die-hard back in the day, and even developed products for it.

But generalization eventually wins over specialization. Eventually generic hardware catches up with highly specialized hardware. Software eventually starts doing jobs we had hardware do.

The Amiga architecture was brilliant, for a NTSC/PAL world. But the hardware and software was so tied to technology it was connecting to that it constrained progress. It wasn't long before the Amiga lost its advantage and then had to drag it around behind them.

There was a time when a lot of us thought PowerPC was the future. Intel rested on its laurels for far too long and was losing ground. But the sleeping giant woke up and got it's house in order. Now x86 rules the waves (not sure what happened to my metaphor there ;) ...

And PowerPC is sliding behind. It has advantages in the embedded world (though I generally pick ARM over PowerPC for that kind of high end embedded). It definitely has some plusses in the world of multi-core servers; but it is a bad platform for the desktop these days.

And it was a huge mistake not to do the extra work and make AmigaOS fully portable, instead of just typing it to the 680X0 and PowerPC platforms.

The AmigaOne X1000 is a very expensive system that doesn't perform well at all. XMOS is an interesting technology, but I still have yet to see anyone exploit it well. Nor can they seem to make them with any kind of regularity.

x86 wouldn't have saved the Amiga, its day really came and went. But I think it would be having a better (semi) retirement if it could run on commodity hardware.

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