KMOS, Inc. announced that it has completed all registrations to change its corporate identity to Amiga, Inc. Amiga also announced the launch of AmigaAnywhere version 1.5 and mentions a new Amiga SDK under development. For some background information with regard to this technology and a summary of past developments have a look here. Coming Sunday AmigaWorld.net will arrange a Q&A IRC session with Amiga’s CEO.
Live Q&A IRC session with Amiga CEO Garry Hare
2005-03-18 Amiga & AROS 22 Comments
So the project isnt as dead as some claimed on some websites. A good eyeopener nobody should trust what is claimed on fora. For what companies has the amiga ceo worked before?
they are back! i still waiting for OS 4? Where is it? 🙂
have you seen the n-gage qd in the website? can you run amiga anywhere on my n-gage!!!!?????
You can buy Amiga OS4 prerelease. Reviews of prerelease are good.
Garry Hare background
Question 1.1: You have a number of university degrees; a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science and a Ph.D,. These are impressive credentials and very unusual in the business world where MBAs are commonplace, but little else, could you make a comment on your intellectual development and what led you first into the entertainment industry and then into digital media?
Garry: I worked at The Walt Disney Company before stumbling into academia. My interest in media preceded these degrees. While at Disney I got my masters in the evening due to a side interest I’d developed. I wanted to get into the feature film side of the Company and several times a year I’d ask to be transferred, with the support of my boss and the head of the studio. Each time my request would be denied by the then president of Disney. I was in a four person division that generated more revenue than any division aside from theme parks. His reason was, I was “to valuable” to move. This was a little hard to believe as I wasn’t particularly well paid. One day my boss, who was a great guy, took me to lunch and said, “look, I’m an Executive Vice President of this Company, and I do exactly the same thing you do. As long as you are successful, you’ll never get moved to where you want to be”. Shortly after, I resigned.
Due to some other things I was involved in, USC offered me a scholarship to pursue a doctorate. I studied with Neely Gardner. His expertise was Political and Corporate Strategy, his passion was ethics. I know it sounds like a strange mix in today’s business world but Neely made sense of it. He is (was) the most remarkable person I’ve ever met. He had the greatest impact on my life. What I remember the most is he was totally honest, sometimes brutally so. No one ever asked for feedback from Neely. The one downside, there is no way I can live up to his legacy.
During my seven years in academia I had a hard time writing articles for academic journals. I didn’t think anyone would read them and, to be honest, I didn’t have much to say. Instead, to the dismay of my colleagues, I wrote and produced a couple films aimed at illustrating specific concepts. In a way, I never left media.
“Garry was Executive Vice President of Into Networks with worldwide
responsibility for Broadband Media. Into developed unique and proprietary
technology to aggregate rich media over broadband networks. He was President
and COO of OZ.com with offices in Reykjavik, Iceland and San Francisco
California. OZ is a leading multi-user communication company focusing on
wireless enabling technologies. Prior to OZ, Garry was founder and CEO of the
award winning digital publisher, Fathom Pictures Inc., specializing in sports
and vehicle simulations. He was founding Managing Director and CEO of Philips
Media Europe on behalf of Philips N.V. As head of this European digital
publishing company he built management teams to support the creation and
distribution of digital products throughout Europe. He has advised companies
such as LucasFilm, the Griffin Group, Philips N.V., Ericsson and Apple Computer,
among others, on joint venture and international partnering strategy. Garry has
held faculty positions at The Harvard Business School and The University of
Washington Graduate School of Public Policy. He began his career at Walt Disney
Imagineering and holds a Ph.D. in Organization Behavior and Development from the
University of Southern California.”
“Garry’s innovative productions include; the first interactive product simulator,
the first interactive action adventure, the first live-action, interactive movie
and the first coin-operated entertainment title. These and other products were
created with LucasFilm Ltd., ABC Sports, The National Football League, The
Professional Golf Association, The International Olympic Committee and others.
This work has been acknowledged with the Cindy Award, 5 InVision Awards, the
NEVI, CDIA and Paris Super Show awards as well as Best Consumer Product at
Japan’s Flower and Green, and others.
Garry is a frequent speaker on Innovation, Technology and Communications.
Recent conferences include: MILIA, The Forbes New Economy Conference, The
Conference on Disruptive Innovation, The American Film Institute, the Sedona
Conference on Technology and Education, the Edinburgh Conference, Personal
Technology Outlook, the World Affairs Council, the London Conference on
Interactive CD, CES, MipComm, CTIA, The Advanced Center for Computer Studies,
The Screen Actors Guild, USC and Harvard Business Schools. Multimedia Producer
Magazine selected him as one of the World’s Top 100 Producers.”
Ethics in business….
…ya I like this guy so far. He seems very….
…in the Amiga spirit?
Just why? A group of obviously bright people undertaking a massive effort to achieve what exactly?
If it’s for their own personal satisifaction then fine, but as a commercial offering, why would anybody pay for this? What does it do that existing commerical or OSS alternatives have totally failed to address?
Prehaps an MBA might not have gone amiss?
the people making amigaos are amiga users. They do this also for personal satisfication and they think they can achieve something better than microsoft and apple in a few years time. maybe port to cell processors in the future?
With amiga anywhere they think they can make a good profit in the immediate future. Because the technology can already run on millions of gadgets. Now smart phone and pda games.
A 64-Bit exokernel-based Amiga OS on x86-64 would destroy Windows.
“So the project isnt as dead as some claimed on some websites. A good eyeopener nobody should trust what is claimed on fora. For what companies has the amiga ceo worked before?”
Uhm, where does it say it’s not dead? The Amiga is dead, no matter what if this kmos guy bought it like 1 year ago and this is the first we here from him.
According to http://www.amiga.com/amigaos/ it’s pretty much dead now.
“According to http://www.amiga.com/amigaos/ it’s pretty much dead now.”
According to http://www.amiga.com/news/ there is quite a suggestion that it is not dead 😉
MAYBE the new Amiga, Inc. doesn’t give a flip about OS 4 and its high-priced AmigaOne, and can’t do anything about existing contracts or something.
The new Amiga, Inc. has mentioned ***Amiga OS 5.0*** 🙂
“General, our spies have heard rumors of a MAGICAL new OS in the works at Amiga. But damn if we can’t find out anything about it.”
beos wasnt dead when it first came out too.
Amiga isnt dead until its users and developers say its dead. Be was unlucky first with Apple and later with Microsoft. Maybe if they continued the bebox they would still be alive.
So first Amiga Inc. sold part of IP to Itec, then Amiga Inc. went bankrupt. In the meantime Itec transformed to KMOS. Now KMOS is new Amiga Inc. with former CEO as “vicepresident of product and market”. Come on it has nothing to do with Amiga, these are just small dirty “business” games.
Amiga Inc. didnt bankrupt after selling amigaos to itec and later KMOS Inc. bought amigaos from itec.
I have used Amiga OS 4.0, it is a nice update and a very fast solution operating system wise. It does not bang the hell out of the harddrive like Windows XP Media Center does on my 3.2 Ghz Pentium 4 PC.
“Amiga isnt dead until its users and developers say its dead. Be was unlucky first with Apple and later with Microsoft. Maybe if they continued the bebox they would still be alive.”
I’m one of them, I say it’s dead.
>> I’m one of them, I say it’s dead <<
As far as your opinion goes, which isn’t very far…
You are welcome to have the Platform be dead for you.
For others, it is quite alive and growing.
Thanks for your positive and sunny outlook on life!
It was like a breath of fresh air around here!!!
@ Johan Krüger-Haglert
>> Amiga isnt dead until its users and developers say its dead.
> I’m one of them, I say it’s dead.
Why do you develop for or use a “dead” platform? Seems a bit contradictionary to me. 😉
Why the general AmigaOS4 user/developer doesn’t agree with you:
Thanks for putting a link to that video! I just watched it and I am very impressed! If the Amiga is dead, couldn’t tell by watching that video!
> Thanks for putting a link to that video! I just watched it
> and I am very impressed! If the Amiga is dead, couldn’t
> tell by watching that video!
BTW, that video mainly focusses on demonstrating some components which will soon be released and have gone through extensive beta-testing. Some of these components shown include:
– WarpOS emu wrapper: This allows you to run older PPC Amiga software seamlessly with AmigaOS4.
Example: Screenshots of WarpOS version of Wipeout2097 on OS4
– Petunia JIT: This is a faster seamlessly usable 68k Amiga software emulator than the one which is currently available to ordinary OS4 Developer Pre-release users.
– Warp3D 5.0 – 3D driver system / a low-level API for programmers to access 3D hardware on Amigas. MESA (OpenGL API) can sit on top of Warp3D.
Although it’s great to be able to use your old 68k and PPC Amiga software seamlessly with AmigaOS4, IMO (much) faster OS4 native software does the OS more justice for public demonstrations, at least when showing the OS to people without any Amiga background experience.
All the BeOS/QNX/Zeta/etc users I know who have seen AmigaOS4 multimedia performance using natively written software have been thoroughly impressed:
http://uniweb.free.fr/os4/moovidamp.avi (older video)