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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You're wrong
by renox on Fri 27th Mar 2009 19:31 UTC in reply to "RE: That's right"
renox
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Yeah, because a PPC processor with off-the-shelf PC parts is so much more "Amiga" than an x86 processor with off-the-shelf PC parts.


PPC support big-endian whereas x86 are only little-endian, so *yes* a PPC is more "Amiga"-like that an x86.

Now, does it means that it was a good idea to choose PPC?
Well, at the time Apple was selling PPC so it was easy to buy a desktop computer with a PPC, now that Apple has switched to PPC, the PPC is dead for desktop computers IMO so x86 is the only option currently.

Sure, PCs have a huge selection of hardware which isn't possible to support, but just support one configuration and advertise it: users will buy this particular configuration: that's what I did when I bought a PC and I wanted to be able to run BeOS on it at the time: I selected the components known to work with BeOS..

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