Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jan 2010 23:21 UTC
Amiga & AROS It seems like only yesterday, but in fact it's already six months ago. July last year, we published our review of AmigaOS 4.1 running on ACube's sam440ep motherboard, and here we are, six months later, and Hyperion has released AmigaOS 4.1 Update 1. This free update brings with it quite a number of new features, and since I still have the sam440ep on my desk, I could test the new features first-hand.
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Needs a niche....
by 7valleys on Tue 26th Jan 2010 15:41 UTC
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If the AmigaOne X1000s (it is AmigaOne, the Amiga name in computers doesn't belong to Hyperion) are produced and if they come at a reasonable price tag there's still the issue of why would some one buy one?

In 1985 it was an immature market, now we have hardware and software that is very well developed. Catchup is all well and good, but in the end it's just tomato sauce, There needs to be a reason to buy it, more than nostalgia, nostalgia doesn't mean beans when you carry a €1500 price tag (could be more, there's no price yet for X1000).

The thing is a dream for virus and worm writers, so if it ever becomes popular you'll have to deal with that. There's no software, so you'll have to deal with that. No memory protection, no multi-core support.

I am still looking for a reason to buy it, if I want an alternative I just open up Virtualbox and fire up Haiku, I've just saved myself €1000s....

I loved the Amiga back in the '80s but frankly Hyperion is just animated the corpse of a dead machine. I programmed for Amiga, I demoed Amiga, I evangelised Amiga. When Amiga died, I went to death bed vigil parties, and swore Amiga would never die and awaited the resurrection. It didn't come.

Amiga will always be a part of me, but this thing, it's not Amiga, Amiga was forward thinking, not a misty eyed recreation of the past. I am sad that this is where Amiga ended up, it would have been better to let it die with dignity.

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RE: Needs a niche....
by TheDAX on Tue 26th Jan 2010 17:49 in reply to "Needs a niche...."
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I see a tendency to speak about future products based on what was true a year ago.
And while doing so you fail to realize that all you are asking is indeed coming. Not all the features you mentioned at once, but some in each update (and they are hard at work).
Software is no problem if you exclude 3D games (2D ones are heavily covered) as apps that handle basically anything are either present or in the works as we speak.
Aos developers and Amiga Programmers know what's missing and are working at filling the gap.
Things have been slow up untill now because there was no clear direction (with the lawsuit and all) but things have changed, attacking a newly re-born platform (settlement was signed on 30th of September 2009) based on yester year (as I've seen done here sometime) is rather pointless.

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RE[2]: Needs a niche....
by tylerdurden on Tue 26th Jan 2010 22:00 in reply to "RE: Needs a niche...."
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I believe the previous poster was referring that if you are going to ask a lot of monetary value from your customers, you better provide a product with a significant value propostion.

As it stands, requiring your customers to shell over a thousand bucks... just for the privilege of being beta testers of a platform which is generations behind in HW, even further behing in the SW department, with no killer applications (or any major apps really) to speak of, and which bear little resemblance for the original system it is supposed to trigger all those "melancholy impulses." All of that doesn't seem to be much in terms of providing significant value in exchange for the expense that getting this platform up and running entitles...

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