Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jan 2016 23:19 UTC
Amiga & AROS

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is going on right now, but unless you're interested in Samsung or LG smart fridges, generic smartphones from generic vendors, or smartwatches nobody will remember or care about two weeks from now, it's kind of hard to find decent news among the cavalcade of irrelevance.

Well, there's this - an official statement from Hyperion, the developer of AmigaOS 4, regarding the source code leak late last year.

The days between last Christmas and New Year were actually clouded by the sad fact that the source code of AmigaOS 3.1 and additional content dating back to 1994 was published and widely spread without permission of the rights-holder. Note that no code of AmigaOS 4.x was released or distributed.


While this would be already more than enough of a reason to care about the unauthorised disclosure and distribution, it is also the very same settlement agreement which made all of this possible in the first place, which contractually requires Hyperion to enforce and protect any intellectual property rights associated with AmigaOS including the AmigaOS 3.1 source-code.

So yeah, Hyperion is obligated to combat this source code leak, but as we all know - this is the internet. It's out there now, and it's not going anywhere any time soon.

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RE[2]: Would be hilarious....
by bitwelder on Thu 7th Jan 2016 11:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Would be hilarious...."
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Well, availability of the source code is an excellent opportunity to find possible exploits (and if it's old code written when security was not a primary OS concern, even better).
There are not that many AmigaOS boxes on the wild internet but some are.

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