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27.Jun.2001
Ben Yoris (E-Mail)


KEINE Voodoo3-Treiber von Hyperion für Mediator?
Mit Erlaubnis von Ben Yoris (PR-Manager von Hyperion) posten wir hier eine E-Mail von der Amiga-Mediator Mailingliste. Aus dieser E-Mail geht hervor, dass Hyperion Entertainment mit Elbox keine Übereinkunft bezüglich der Lizenzsierung von Voodoo 3 Treibern erzielen konnte. Das bedeutet im Klartext, dass zumindest von Hyperion keine Treiber für das PCI-Board Mediator kommen werden.

Ausschlaggebend für diese Entscheidung von Hyperion war, dass Elbox von Hyperion verlangte, dass die Treiber für Elbox vor den Treibern für Matay (mit ihrem Konkurrenz-Produkt Prometheus PCI-Board) fertiggestellt werden sollten. Fakt ist aber, dass Matay die Verträge eingehalten und bezahlt hat, Elbox jedoch nicht.

Elbox war nicht davon zu überzeugen, dass es Mediator-Usern vermutlich völlig egal ist, ob der Prometheus-Treiber vorher da ist. Solange Elbox solche Bedingungen stellt und nicht einlenkt, wird es keine Treiber von Hyperion geben.

Lesen Sie hier die komplette Stellungnahme von Ben Hermans von Hyperion:

Response from Ben Hermans, managing partner of Hyperion Entertainment:

"Elbox and Hyperion did NOT come to an agreement about licensing Voodoo 3 drivers because Elbox insisted that the Mediator 1200 would be the very first PCI solution to be supported (of all PCI boards on the market regardless for which machine A1200 or A4000).

There never was discussion about delivery dates.

The fact of the matter was that Elbox wanted us to do something which was clearly impossible both practically and legally.

Practically: we can't "unsupport" the Matay Prometheus PCI solution. Drivers are shipping with the Prometheus for some time now and it's impossible to turn back the hands of time and allow the Mediator 1200 drivers to be shipped first.

Legally: We entered into a legally binding contract with Matay for driver support. They paid us, Elbox didn't. We cannot legally delay release of the Prometheus drivers (which are already released anyway) just because Elbox wants us to. This is a clear breach of contract and runs contrary to the requirement of good faith which is a general principle of contract law.

In short, Elbox was trying to impose an impossible condition on us and as a result we failed to reach agreement about Voodoo 3 drivers.

I have e-mails from several staff members of Elbox to back up these claims.

Despite numerous attempts we could not convince Elbox that Mediator 1200 users really could care less about the fact that the Voodoo 3 drivers for an A4000 solution were shipping first.

The result is apparently that there won't be any 3D drivers for the Elbox products unless Elbox drops this ridiculous condition. Or somebody could invent a time-machine.

As anybody could see at the Benelux show, the Voodoo 3 drivers are quite ready and could be adapted to the Mediator 1200 in a relatively short time.

Mediator 1200 users interested in Voodoo 3 drivers should e-mail Elbox explaining that they don't care if an A4000 PCI busboard is supported first as long as they can finally get their Mediator 1200 drivers.

The ball is clearly in Elbox's court."
--
Ben Hermans
Managing partner Hyperion Entertainment
(ps)

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