Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Nov 2013 13:15 UTC
Amiga & AROS

A-EON Technology, the company behind the AmigaONE X1000, has not exactly been sitting still. They're hard at work developing the successor to the Nemo motherboard (which powers the X1000): it's called Cyrus, and is built around Freescale QorIQ processors, ranging from 32bit 1.5 Ghz (the P3) to 64bit 2.4 Ghz (the P5). Users have been invited to join the beta test programme for this new board, which will eventually power the successor to the X1000. On top of that, A-EON will invest $1.2 million in their partnership with Varisys, the company that builds the Amiga hardware.

Hyperion, the company that develops AmigaOS, hasn't been twiddling their thumbs either. The biggest hurdle the AmigaOS 4 developers are facing right now is SMP, but work on this issue is progressing.

One of the major hurdles right now, as AmigaOS Development Team Lead Steven Solie implied, is getting the AmigaOS Exec-kernel to support multiple CPU cores. As part of the process, a new so called "scheduler" is being implemented. The new scheduler is apparently already running in the current, internal builds of AmigaOS although Steven suggested there will be room for improvement and optimizations prior to an official release. AmigaOS 4.2 will also introduce the Gallium3D WinSys API for hardware accelerated 3D graphics.

As always with these niche products built by and for enthusiasts, it's hard to tell where it will lead to. However, fact remains that the X1000 was apparently a big enough of a success for A-EON to invest into the next generation, and for Hyperion to continue work on getting AmigaOS to support SMP - something that only benefits A-EON's machines.

While everyone else is whining about iOS and Android, the Amiga people are still doing their thing. You have to respect that.

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Hyperion not twiddling their thumbs
by sforstall1983 on Sun 17th Nov 2013 17:15 UTC
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Thats a load. SMP was promised back in 2011, yet no sign of it. The netbook project, cancelled. Reportedly, because of pricing but some question whether its existence was real or made simply because MorphOS had a major release about the same time the Netbook project was announced. The community is ripe with people who cannot acquire machines, sales have been refused to people who want to buy machines. Users upset because support requests are not being honored and when they complain about it their support forum credentials are revoked. The last year in Amigaland has been nothing but attacking outside developers, attacking users and issuing legal threats regarding IP and trademarks that they dont even own and arent even valid. At the helm of it all you have Steven Solie. Now its public knowledge he is Canadian, guess what the Obamacare website was developed by Canadians. See the correlation here. In 2015 we will all sign onto and what the headlines will read, still, is "Hyperion promises SMP support in AmigaOS 4.x" Development is non existent as a platform, you cant even watch a DVD with the thing, it crashes every hour and a half. AmigaOS doesn't even support half the hardware on the X1000 and probably supports less than half on the newer machines if I had to make a prediction. If you are a hobbyist and want something you have to tinker with constantly, AmigaOS is for you. As a major platform that suggestion is ridiculous. A-EON's hardware is great for PPC Linux and PPC BSD that's the only place you will find a true return on investment. Otherwise take the 4,000 dollars it costs for an AmigaOS system, buy a couple of x86 PC's and use Linux.

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