Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Mar 2009 23:34 UTC
Amiga & AROS Despite the recent emergence of several new ways to actually run AmigaOS 4.0, the supply of machines is still extremely small, and not very future proof. As such, one of the most recurring questions within the Amiga community is why don't they port the darn thing to x86?
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My general take ...
by -pekr- on Fri 27th Mar 2009 13:32 UTC
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My general take is, that anyone claiming that move to x86 would kill an AmigaOS, is actually an idiot. I belong to the older Amiga generation, remembering many things, and working 4 year for Amiga Review as well se helping with Czech Amiga News, I got good insight into the agenda.

The only reason why Amiga Inc. kept to PPC was:

1) they were not interested in AmigaOS at all - all they started to care in 2000-2002(?) was AmigaDE, Tao Intent based environment

2) For AmigaOS itself, there was a strong agenda. And the agenda was a political one - allow to survive to few Amiga HW companies, namely EyeTech at that time. Ask yourself, where are they now, with their A1?

I understand when someone wants to support own companies, developers. But - that is not the situation nowadays. PPC is over, period. Freescale will not surely to talk to you, unless you quote for 200K chips. So don't expect any new PPC chip developments, unless meant for embedded devices.

I think, that port to x86 would surely not kill an AmigaOS, quite the opposite would happen. And in fact, there was one solution, using underlying Linux kernel - an Amithlon. It was the fastest Amiga ever, and it was so good, that AInc. decided to kill it, because they were scared, that this emulator could ruind their business.

Nowadays, if Amigan's still want to have their niche, I at least suggest to move to ARM, because few nice netbooks are about to appear.

Cheers,
-pekr-

Edited 2009-03-27 13:34 UTC

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