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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RE[2]: Needs a niche....
by tylerdurden on Tue 26th Jan 2010 22:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Needs a niche...."
tylerdurden
Member since:
2009-03-17

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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RE[3]: Needs a niche....
by TheDAX on Tue 26th Jan 2010 23:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Needs a niche...."
TheDAX Member since:
2010-01-05

@tylerdurden
Performance can be achieved in may ways these days, (Teraflops through GPUs and up to 106.000 Mips through transputer-like Xmos CPU clusters) so I don't think the X1000 is much behind anything.
On the software side their working on it and finally for the "mainstream" useless talk, once and for all: this is NOT aimed at the main stream.

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RE[4]: Needs a niche....
by tylerdurden on Wed 27th Jan 2010 03:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Needs a niche...."
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Way to completely miss the point...


Amiga as a system is a good decade (or two really) behind in SW. Nowadays, people can run all sorts of niche OS, which support far larger bases of HW (and most of them at a much lower cost than this PPC thingie), and in most cases the OS itself can be had for free.

Taking on the current market with an approach that is over 2 decades behind in order to offer technology which is over 1 decade behind... can't be construed as any sort of logical value proposition. Alas, if these guys manage to sell enough copies to sustain that half assed business model.... then more power to them I guess.


However, on a personal level. If I want to revive the old Amiga days of my youth, I can either spend a couple of bucks for a used one, or fire AmigaOS up on an emulator that will run faster than any Amiga would have ever done nativelly. And then satisfying my craving until the next time. I would most definitively not go out of my way and invest over $1K on a fairly outdated HW platform running an OS which in real terms does very little, and has basically no application support... and that at the end of the day, the only thing "amiga" about it is reflected in a few court order proceedings...

Edited 2010-01-27 04:00 UTC

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RE[4]: Needs a niche....
by 7valleys on Fri 29th Jan 2010 03:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Needs a niche...."
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2008-09-22

I hve no problem with XMos, it's interesting stand alone technology, but what I can't fathom is what is the purpose of the expensive microprocessor board A-Eon wants to graft to it. I mean they

1) aren't on the bus and can't really access memory
2) can't do floating point
3) Would take 256 of them to reach the computing power of a good core 2 duo.

Somebody really hasn't thought this out, beyond this are cool let's stick them onto our machine.

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