The software-only company Amiga Inc. has published a marketing document outlining how it will sell AmigaOS4, which will run on third party POP-based (PowerPC Open Platform) hardware. Now, however, the open hardware seems to become artificially closed.In order to be allowed to run AmigaOS4, any hardware must be licensed by Amiga, its vendor must equip it with means of license verification like “OS4-specific extensions” in firmware, the vendor must also sell AmigaOS bundled with his hardware and get a license for himself as well.
AmigaOS will not be available for sale separately! The transparent excuses for this insanity is “anti-piracy measures” and “a total quality experience”.
More information is available at this web site. AmigaOS fans upset by being deprived of hardware and vendor options for no technical reason together with other users and developers angered by seeing an artificial split of the POP-based hardware market into “POP” and “POP, but for AmigaOS” are invited to sign an ongoing petition to help Amiga Inc. see the light again and leave hardware alone.