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21.Mar.2018



Ethernet driver for Tabor reaching beta status (update)
A-EON has been pointing out for quite a while that the Tabor motherboard is finished and the only thing preventing sales to end users is a port of AmigaOS 4 to the hardware. The biggest roadblocks usually listed are the FPU emulation and a driver for the onboard ethernet chip.

Earlier this month in a posting on amigaworld.net, the distributor adressed this problem more blatantly than usual by pointing out that Costel Mincea from Hyperion Entertainment had been contracted in August 2015 and paid in full in September 2015 to develop and/or finish ethernet drivers for X1000, X5000 and Tabor. Today, the 'Updater' component of A-EON's commercial Enhancer bundle started offering an 'a1222eth.device' to users (Screenshot).

According to our information, this is not the driver Mincea has been working on, A-EON contracted another developer to write a driver instead. This has not been confirmed in public yet, but A-EON betatesters and external developers are also referring to the newly released driver as "A-EON's own driver" in a discussion on os4welt.de (German).

Update: (22.3.2018, 13:00, cg)

In a posting on os4welt.de (German) Mincea reacts to Amigakit's claims by vehemently denying that he was "ever paid any money" for the ethernet driver: According to him, his payment for the driver was a tabor motherboard and nothing else. Since Mincea was busy with a multitude of other tasks related to the development and distribution of AmigaOS 4, finishing the network driver simply got delayed.

Since ethernet could also be accessed using a USB to ethernet converter, Mincea had to take care of other, more pressing issues first. Payment for the X1000 ethernet driver was also just a X1000 motherboard, that driver hasn't been finished yet for the same reason as the Tabor driver: lack of time and relatively low priority. (cg)

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