Linked by clusteruk on Mon 31st May 2010 08:46 UTC
Amiga & AROS The journey that started 18 months ago to create a next generation Amiga on commodity hardware has now reached its first major milestone by becoming a completely driver native Aros system powered by the energy efficient Intel Atom processor. This has been achieved with the supply of hardware and in some cases financial rewards to key developers in the Aros world. The plan with the following steps has been to create a base reference platform for Aros and the Amiga community to build on and support.
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Well done.
by vodoomoth on Mon 31st May 2010 10:58 UTC
vodoomoth
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2010-03-30

Flash is disabled in all my Opera installs, whether on Mac or Windows so there are some blank areas on the page.
But, I congratulate the team and all developers for the efforts.

One thing I don't understand though is this: why are project like Aros and Haiku forced to reimplement what has now (code-wise) fallen into the deepest cracks of "forgettable land"? Don't get me wrong, I'm just waiting for Haiku to provide a WPA Wifi support and I'll be switching. My question is: "why can't today's devs/projects/companies continue with the original source code?" Even for the assembly language parts, it seems easier to adapt than to rewrite from scratch. Had the rewriting been a decision, it would have been useful to know the internals of the old OS'es and save the reverse engineering efforts for other more useful purposes. Is it that the right owners are reluctant to release the code?

BTW, who holds the rights for BeOS and AmigaOS? Legally, are those projects safe? Aren't the right owners going to sit tight now and suddenly come back to life at the slightest possibility of moneymaking?

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RE: Well done.
by biffuz on Mon 31st May 2010 12:28 in reply to "Well done."
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

Your questions require a long reply, but in short, as far as I know:

- Amiga Inc. owns the rights on AmigaOS
- Access Co. owns the rights on BeOS
- as they have owners, they can't be legally distributed without authorization
- without the source code, you won't go that far anyway
- the source code is protected as well
- AROS and Haiku are now close to the feature level or better than the original products, so who cares?
- I presume the owners CAN attack these replacements, but I doubt it's worth the time, money, and reputation drop

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RE[2]: Well done.
by BigBentheAussie on Mon 31st May 2010 18:32 in reply to "RE: Well done."
BigBentheAussie Member since:
2008-03-29

AmigaOS is owned by Hyperion actually.

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