Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Oct 2009 22:03 UTC, submitted by mbpark
Amiga & AROS It's really been an Amiga week, hasn't it? As such, it seems only fitting to close this week off with some seriously epic news from the Amiga community. As most of you will know, Hyperion and Amiga, Inc. have been embroiled in a tough legal battle over the distribution and development rights of the AmigaOS, and all its associated trademarks. The epic news is that this situation is now completely and utterly resolved.
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And now Hyperion, port the Amiga OS....
by Ralf. on Sat 17th Oct 2009 23:39 UTC
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to x86!

I am really serious about this. Face the reality - but in 2009, the hardware did not count anymore - like back in the good old Amiga days. It is all about software nowadays.

Lets think of what a OS, like the Amiga OS, with its ground up design for multitasking, multiprocessing, multi CPU awareness and small memory footprint could do on a state of the art hardware machine!
It must be incredible!!

And put a PPC and 68k emulator in for the good old stuff.

Edited 2009-10-17 23:41 UTC

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tonymus Member since:

Can Amiga get back in the game? They could become a niche player, but there's so much work to be done:

1) port to x86 (how about a 128 bit OS as Windows 9 is supposed to be?)
2) utilize GPUs to complement CPU processing (I'm a bit out of my league here, but I think supporting Nvidia's CUDA, ATI's Stream, or something similar is essential). Build it right into the OS for maximum speed
3) find a niche that's not yet saturated (AmigaOS, in it's day, was a leader in desktop video). Maybe the Amiga could be the manager of integrated audio and video throughout the home (organizing video, getting movies from the cloud, etc)
4) keep it lean and mean (both the OS and the company)
5) Hyperion needs to decide whether it's a hardware company (like Apple) or a software company (like Microsoft). A hardware company would mean higher risk (design expense)/higher reward (profit on both hardware and software. They cannot waste precious working capital wavering between the two (see Be, Inc.)
6) Do something unique (I don't know, maybe design computers that have no spinning drives, do everything in SSD or the cloud)
7) Court developers. Design an app store. Give developers free hardware/software.
8) Forge partnerships with content providers
9) A thousand different ideas I'm not smart enough to think of

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3rdalbum Member since:

1) port to x86 (how about a 128 bit OS as Windows 9 is supposed to be?)

That might work, except for the fact that 128-bit Intel processors don't actually exist!

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theCyberHawk Member since:

I've just posted something similar then I noticed your comment.
I agree with your ideas.

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