Boys and girls, it’s time to dust off your Pegasos II machine, or maybe to reduce the size of your MorphOS partition, because there’s a new contender coming your way: ACube Systems Srl has announced the immediate availability of AmigaOS 4.1 for the Pegasos II. It’s 01:40 here, so I can’t check if the sky is falling, but I’m pretty sure it is.
If only a few months ago you would’ve told anyone in the Amiga community that AmigaOS 4.1 would be available for the Pegasos II, you would probably receive a pat on the head and a few reassuring words about going along with the nice man in the white coat. That was then, this is now: Pegasos II owners can enjoy AmigaOS 4.1.
When it comes to actually increasing the installed base of AmigaOS 4, the Pegasos II route isn’t exactly going to make a whole lot of difference; the machine is no longer in production, so you need one from eBay or similar locations. With both MorphOS and AmigaOS contending for the same machine, prices for the Pegasos II will only go up.
Releasing AmigaOS 4.1 this way is more of a mental victory; despite all the legal bickering and other incomprehensible legal nonsense, AmigaOS is still making its way to new platforms, paving the way for the release everyone is actually waiting for: AmigaOS 4.1 for PowerPC Macs. Support for these old Apple boxes is what both MorphOS and AmigaOS 4.1 need in order to actually make any seizable impact. I know I personally would shell out cash for both of them if they ran on my PowerMac G4 dual-450Mhz. To state it another way: apparently, Hyperion and ACube can market AmigaOS 4 for new machines now – then why on earth would you wait with at least a Mac Mini version?
In any case, AmigaOS 4.1 for Pegasos II is available immediately for 105 EUR.