Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Nov 2013 13:15 UTC
Amiga & AROS

A-EON Technology, the company behind the AmigaONE X1000, has not exactly been sitting still. They're hard at work developing the successor to the Nemo motherboard (which powers the X1000): it's called Cyrus, and is built around Freescale QorIQ processors, ranging from 32bit 1.5 Ghz (the P3) to 64bit 2.4 Ghz (the P5). Users have been invited to join the beta test programme for this new board, which will eventually power the successor to the X1000. On top of that, A-EON will invest $1.2 million in their partnership with Varisys, the company that builds the Amiga hardware.

Hyperion, the company that develops AmigaOS, hasn't been twiddling their thumbs either. The biggest hurdle the AmigaOS 4 developers are facing right now is SMP, but work on this issue is progressing.

One of the major hurdles right now, as AmigaOS Development Team Lead Steven Solie implied, is getting the AmigaOS Exec-kernel to support multiple CPU cores. As part of the process, a new so called "scheduler" is being implemented. The new scheduler is apparently already running in the current, internal builds of AmigaOS although Steven suggested there will be room for improvement and optimizations prior to an official release. AmigaOS 4.2 will also introduce the Gallium3D WinSys API for hardware accelerated 3D graphics.

As always with these niche products built by and for enthusiasts, it's hard to tell where it will lead to. However, fact remains that the X1000 was apparently a big enough of a success for A-EON to invest into the next generation, and for Hyperion to continue work on getting AmigaOS to support SMP - something that only benefits A-EON's machines.

While everyone else is whining about iOS and Android, the Amiga people are still doing their thing. You have to respect that.

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leech
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2006-01-10

I was really looking forward to a 'cheap' netbook that ran AmigaOS4. I own a decked out Amiga 4000D, but would like to 'play' with AmigaOS4. I just don't see much of a reason to sink so much into the hardware for it though.

Hopefully the attempt at OpenAmiga.net will help standardize the APIs so that writing something for the Classic, Aros, MorphOS, and AmigaOS4 will all be the same thing.

Besides, instead of buying cheap x86 hardware and putting Linux on it, if you want an Amiga-like OS, get the hardware that Aros supports and go that route.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Besides, instead of buying cheap x86 hardware and putting Linux on it, if you want an Amiga-like OS, get the hardware that Aros supports and go that route.

Or one of the old PPC Macs supported by MorphOS.

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