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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Anything but x86
by Moochman on Sun 18th Oct 2009 09:11 UTC
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2005-07-06

To me, porting it to x86 seems to me like the most illogical next step to take. First of all, what is the point of x86, if the OS supports just a very limited hardware configuration? No, if they are to be truly serious about making AmigaOS a world-class competitor (which I'm not sure is their goal anyway), then there is only one way to go: the embedded/mobile/ultra-low-power segment, whether on PPC or ARM. It is in this segment that AmigaOS has its biggest advantage, because it's insanely fast and lean, plus in this segment a limited, well-defined hardware platform is the norm.

ARM would probably be best, since it's seeing tremendous growth right now. Still, PPC isn't dead yet in the embedded space, either. Witness the Cell--actually, wasn't there already some talk about a port to it?

Sure, x86 might be nice so you can test it out on your desktop, but that's what emulators are for, no? AmigaOS is so fast that even in an emulator things are likely to fly.

Edited 2009-10-18 09:17 UTC

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RE: Anything but x86
by Quake on Sun 18th Oct 2009 14:53 in reply to "Anything but x86"
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2005-10-14

I have to agree. A small OS company can't possibly support all the thousands or millions of hardwares of x86 configurations out there.

If they focus on the PPC or ARM platform, they might find a profitable niche of users.

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RE[2]: Anything but x86
by mckill on Sun 18th Oct 2009 19:21 in reply to "RE: Anything but x86"
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2007-06-12

just because they go x86 doesn't mean they have to go full support for every piece of crap out there.

look at apple, they've decided to only support intel and only really core 2 duo/quad and up.

the big issue will be trying to use any sort of recent graphics card with a working driver. i really don't see that happening at all unless they get a wrapper going.

Edited 2009-10-18 19:21 UTC

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