1. The future's bright, the future's Havemose!!! (AF interview)
For anybody who hasn't read the interview in AF then I'm providing a
summary of what I feel are the most important points raised in the
article. Please note that I take no responsibility for anything! If I've
misread stuff and passed it on to you then tough! ;)
Point Number 1 - Amiga Inc are not deserting the home computer market.
When asked about the new Amiga's, Dr Havemose said that it is likely
that there will be an A1200 style-computer.
Point Number 2 - He also expects A4000-style workstations. He also said
that "Our technology is also well suited to the next-generation of games
machines and set-top-box's". Which leads me to believe that one of the
nest-generation consoles will be running AmigaOS-5. Weather that be
PLaystationII, Nintendo's next machine, or something else remains to be
Point Number 3 - QNX's kernel isn't the only part of QNX to be used by
AmigaOS-5. As well as the kernel, device drivers, virtual memory, TCP/IP
stack etc will all be taken from QNX.
"Amiga Inc will concentrate on multimedia, 3D graphics,.mpg, gaming
interfaces, digital convergence API's, preferences and user interfaces.
Amiga Inc will develop everything that a typical user will come into
contact with, while QNX provide much of the underlying operating system
Point Number 4 - The developers machines will be Intel boxs running OS-5
and it's development tools. Windows will *NOT* be required. The whole
development will be possible under Amiga OS-5 and no other operating
system will be required on the development machine.
Point Number 5 - Classic Amiga software should be easy to port and the
developers tools will be aware that many applications will be ports
"Most well-written [Classic Amiga] applications should port easily, but
to get all the benefits of the new architecture [developers] will want
to take advantage of the new API's. We'll offer significantly better
development tools than are currently available for the Classic Amiga,
which should aid transition"
Point Number 6 - The New Amiga will have some form of backward
compatibility with OS 3.5. This is mainly guess-work on my part. Dr
Havemose said "For the development system, we're investigating either a
'Classic Amiga PCI card' or a 'Classic Amiga Emulator'. It is my guess
that an emulator will be used, and this will also come as part of the
AmigaNG's software package. Although this will possibly be omitted from
certain machines running Amiga OS5 (such as the games-console, should it
be developed by Sony, Nintendo etc).
If you haven't already got AF and read the interview I urge you too.
It's the most solid info on the New Amiga's yet and shows a lot of
promise. It's certainly brought a smile to my face! :)
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