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05.Apr.2001
Sébastien Jeudy via E-Mail


Interview with Fleecy Moss
Sébastien Jeudy, author of l'Annuaire Amiga Francophone and editor at Planet 100% Amiga has done this little interview and permitted amiga-news.de to publish it:

Sébastien Jeudy: Following the announces of Saint-Louis, here are some questions concerning AmigaOS vs MorphOS: The next AmigaOS (4.0 to 5.0) will upgrade to full PPC and include the AmigaDE part. Now AmigaOS and MorphOS are really in competition. How will you react?

Fleecy Moss: We work to forward the Amiga, as always. How our company reacts depends upon too many things to go into here.

Sébastien Jeudy: What do you think about MorphOS?

Fleecy Moss: I think it was a brave attempt by people to continue the AmigaOS when it looked as it no one else was going to. I think the people working on it are all highly skilled, and I have spent a large period of the last few months trying to get them to work with Amiga to forwards the Amiga. I am always open to talking to them.

Sébastien Jeudy: Do you think that you (Amiga Inc.) and the Ralph Schmidt Team could work together? (MorphOS has already some interested PPC parts...)

Fleecy Moss: Amiga Inc. will work with anyone who wants to work with us, but they have to understand that in doing that, Amiga will also work with others and that that is our choice, not theirs.

Sébastien Jeudy: Have you contacts with the Ralph Schmidt Team?

Fleecy Moss: I met them in Cologne, I have spoken to Ralph a few times and have spent much time dealing with intermediaries.

Sébastien Jeudy: Will you stop their works or will you let them to continue their MorphOS development?

Fleecy Moss: I would be very happy to involve them in the team advancing the Amiga. If they chose to do their own thing and are doing nothing illegal, then they should have nothing to worry about.

Sébastien Jeudy: Don't you think that this competiton will divide our little community ? :-(

Fleecy Moss: Consumers, dealers and developers must follow their hearts. I can guarantee them that we will do our utmost to provide the best solution for them, and for all those out there who should have their lives improved by the Amiga experience...but I cannot, and would not force them.

Sébastien Jeudy: bPlan has said that their Pegasos will run with MorphOS. Can you confirm us that the Pegasos will also run with the future AmigaOS (i.e. the full PPC + AmigaDE version)?

Fleecy Moss: Last time I checked, bPlan still said they wanted to produce an AmigaOne. I shall be checking again this week.

Sébastien Jeudy: Thank you very much Fleecy and Best regards, Sebastien Jeudy.

Fleecy Moss: Thanks Sebastien, and a big hello to all the french. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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05.Apr.2001
Sven Drieling on ANF


St. Louis 2001: Nothing has Changed
On the 5th of April 2001 Sven Drieling published his estimation of Amiga's currently published plans. Excerpt:

»Last weekend Amiga published their current plans in St. Louis which were announced beforehand to be a ground shaking event. According to what I have read about that in the Internet since Sunday nothing has changed.

Amiga's long term target further on is a portable, independent running AmigaDE combined with TAO's Elate. New is that the plan to develop AmigaOS v5 including memory protection, SMP, and other features as an further foundation component for this system was added. Furthermore there is Sharp featuring a cooperation to develop applications for Sharp's Zaurus PDA basing on AmigaDE.
[-snip-]

By that and 15 month after their foundation Amiga should now meet the wishes of both, the people wanting an AmigaOS for PPC as well as the people recommending AmigaDE, and not at the expense of any of these groups.

It is completely incomprehensible to me, why Amiga is not capable to put this across the public. «

The entire text (German) is to find under http://olis.north.de/~indy/NichtsGeändert.html. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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05.Apr.2001
Michael Ulbrich on ANF


IDE-SCSI-Adapter Available
From now on we provide the IDe-SCSI adapter by the Hantz company. This adapter makes it possible to connect cheap IDE harddisks to a SCSI host. Reasonable useable with the SCSI-Kit for Blizzard cards, BlizzardPPC, FastlaneZ3, WarpEngine, 4091, a.s.o.
Up to now it was Successfully tested with FastlaneZ3, Blizzard-Kit on 1230/4, CSPPC.

The transfer rates achievable are impressing: more than 17MB/s on a CSPPC, close to 8MB on FastLaneZ3 or the Blizzard-Kit.
Connection of the adapter is trouble-free, cause it is completely transparent for the host, meaning there is no additional software needed. Just plug it in, start any HD installation program and configure the disk.

Compared to a SCSI harddisk one absolutely can save several hundred Dollar! One advance compared to common IDE solutions is the observable lower CPU charge due to the DMA possibility of the usual SCSI host adapters.
Answers to questions are to find under the title link inside of the forum of SHOPnFUN (German). (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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05.Apr.2001
Rainer Benda on ANF


Metabox Selling ICS
Metabox selling ICS
As it became known from management circles Metabox AG, manufacturer of set-top-boxes, currently are in negotiations regarding the sale of their 100% subsidiary ICS. ICS produce bargain cash systems and was able to gain sales at the value of 2.29 USD in 1999. But meantime ICS has made application for insolvency at the district council of Hildesheim, Germany.
No certain reason was given. According to press reports staffers did not get payed since about two months and a preponderant part of them do not go to work, anymore.
Currently Metabox shares are dealt at the price of 1,40 Euro. The 52-weeks-high is at 45,80 Euro. The current price represents the 52-weeks-low. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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05.Apr.2001
Diverse Sources


Software News
Warp-Datatypes
Oliver Roberts has updated the following of his datatypes: WarpJPEG.datatype V44.19 - (68k,PPC/WarpOS,PPC/MorphOS) - WarpJPEGdt.lha - 133 kB
WarpPNG.datatype V44.14 - (68k,PPC/WarpOS,PPC/MorphOS) - WarpPNGdt.lha - 140 kB
WarpDTPrefs V44.3 - preferences program for Warp-Datatypes - WarpDTPrefs.lha - 27 kB

BoingBag3.9-1
Since 04-04-2001 there is an updated BoingBag3.9-1 archive on the OS3.9 support site containing minor changes. The current file size is 5.254.174 bytes. So, who has downloaded BoingBag3.9-1 before 04-04-2001 might get it once more. The following changes were made:
1. German localisation of IconEdit now is okay.
2. The commodities Blanker, CrossDOS, Exchange and FKey are now really included as their latest versions.

.plan by David 'zapek' Gerber
In his .plan David, author of CVS Management and co-author of many programs like e.g. Voyager3, describes why he bets on MorphOS.

IJPEG Tools V6.2B PPC-MorphOS Port
Fr3dY has ported "Independent JPEG Group's JPEG Software tools" to MorphOS. Download: ijpeg62b-mos.lha - 187 kB, It is vital to also read the readme.

ClassAction V4.0 und MainPrefs V2.20
Martin Elsner provides updated versions of ClassAction and MainPrefs for download. With MainPrefs now also variables can be entered and deleted and assigns can directly be added to the user-startup or deleted from it. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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05.Apr.2001
Digital Amiga Dream


DAD: Interview with Andreas Falkenhahn
Digital Amiga Dream (DAD) has interviewed Andreas Falkenhahn from Airsoft Softwair. Read the interview under the title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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05.Apr.2001
Thorsten Will via E-Mail


Invitation for MS2001 Party Published
Mekka & Symposium, the traditional demo scene party, on which many demo workers introduce their demos each year, is coming and the organization enters the final lap. The best demos will be honored with price money. The MS2001 will take place from 13th to 16th of April 2001 in Fallingbostel, Germany, in the Heidmark-Halle.

Mr.Vain of Secretly! (aka Thorsten Will) has done the invitation (unofficial mekka^symposium-invitation) including directions and map and an indication of the youth hostel. Download: scl_ms2001inv.lha - 320 kB. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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05.Apr.2001
Richard Kapp via E-Mail


Narr-Site News
From today you can download a theme for Voyager from my site. This again is about a stylish Netscape like image set containing all of the important buttons. There is also included in the archive a matching MacOSX like background pattern. There is a screenshot on the 'Projects site'. Furthermore a page for SendStuff was created containing screenshots and a small description of the program. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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05.Apr.2001
Michael Wilps on ANF


ahi.device 5.6 Available
Martin Blom has published the new version 5.6 of the ahi.device for 68k and PPC Amigas on his homepage. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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05.Apr.2001
Michael Burkhardt (IOM) on ANF


Red Zac General Meeting with Amiga 1200
On Monday the Red Zac (also known as Interfunk) general meeting took place in Nuernberg, Germany. On two screens 16 ft. of width Powerpoint presentations and live video from 6 cameras were shown. On customer's demand the computer's name should be faded in the video pictures. This cries for Amiga technology, downright.

IOM took the task of preparation and presentation of these so called 'tummy bandages' using a simple Amiga 1200, acceleration card 1230/40, Scala MM 300, 16 MB RAM, and Sirius II Genlock by electronic design. From my point of view this event was a full success. The Amiga worked trouble-less and it was just fun to admire the Workbench on such a big screen.

And as usual, if an Amiga gets set up anywhere, the same things happen: somebody catches sight of her, recognizes her, and calls out, "hey, an Amiga". After that a small group of people come together, who

a) have owned an Amiga themselves
b) are deeply impressed of this little thing, and
c) are interested in the current situation regarding Amiga.

But if you set up an PC anywhere this isn't anything special, even not if Windows crashes or the computer doesn't do what it is supposed to do. Conclusion: I love "the spirit of Amiga". (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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04.Apr.2001
Thomas Siegel on ANF


Online Music Module Compo started well!
Online-Module-Compo which started on March 1st 2001 has now 17 participants and you cannot send modules any longer. From now on you can download and vote the modules which were all made from the same sample-set. Just download, vote and listen to it - have fun! Thomas Siegel aka "d!RT!E - organiser&websitter of mOOdS" (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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04.Apr.2001
Diverse Sources


Software News
Turboprint for Linux V1.0
You can order version 1.0 of the printer driver software Turboprint for Linux at IrseeSoft. It contains printer driver (beta) for Canon S400, 450, 4500, 800; Epson Stylus Color 680, 880, 980 und Photo 790, 890, 1290.

Scalos News
There is an updated version of the 'Persistent Windows Plugin'. of Scalos which is a full replacement of the workbench. Download: Scalos-Plugin_PWindows.lha - 19 kB

iFusion
According to Paul Lesurf from Blittersoft on Fusion mailing list iFusion is being just duplicated. Distribution will start during this week. iFusion is a PPC-Mac-emulator for PPC-Amiga of Microcode Solutions.

ilbm-Datatype
Stephan Rupprecht has published version 45.3b of his ilbm-datatype for PPC(WarpUP). Download: ilbmdtPPC.lha - 11 kB

AmigaAMP
AmigaAMP-mailinglist has moved to amigaamp@amigaamp.de. All members has been entried to the new list automatically. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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04.Apr.2001
Neodym on ANF


Sharp Zaurus Really Exists!
Because many reports at least doubts the existence and availability of Zaurus-PDA I kept my eyes opened and went shopping in Tokyo. Zaurus does really exist! Two of them I held in my hands. It is written all in Japanese but the device gives a very solid and good impression. The silver metal housing (there were just dummies of the white and lilac variant) looks very fine and feels good (just like Palm V).

The display is very comfortable: Big, colourful and white lighted as well as rather sharp and well readable. Zaurus is just as thick as a PalmVx in its metal case.

I have taken away a Japanese flyer. If anybody should be interested in it I will try to scan it or to take a photo. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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04.Apr.2001
Torsten Dudai


New Caricature online: Doc Fleecy




Dr.Fleecy Moss, "chief-psychiatrist" at Amiga Inc., calms the people`s Amiga feelings... (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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04.Apr.2001
Brad Webb via E-Mail


Amiga Update - Newsletter of Brad Webb
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            O U R   " T A K E "   O N   T H E   S H O W

   A M I G A ,   S H A R P   Z A U R U S ,   A N D   O T H E R S

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    . . .   A N D   D E T A I L S   F R O M   C T O   F L E E C Y


Editor's Thoughts and Introduction:
 Below are items pertaining to the just completed Amiga 2001 show held
in St. Louis, USA, over the past weekend (March 30 - April 1). Due to
the importance of the show, and the buildup before it, we thought
we'd put together a small special issue to get information to you.
 As with most things, the true significance of events will probably
not be known for some time.
 Brad Webb,
 Editor
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            O U R   " T A K E "   O N   T H E   S H O W

3 April, 2001

By Brad Webb

 It was billed as "1985 all over again". In some ways, for some
people, it probably was.
 It was definitely the changing of the guard.
 It had it's usual share of organizational problems.
 It was fun, and the place to be this last weekend.
 The most important news from the point of view of our readers may be
that there will be additional versions of AmigaOS, and they will be
Power PC native!
 The most important news from the point of view of the Community and
its continuation is that there are once again good ways to make money
as an Amiga developer!

Logistics
~~~~~~~~~
 There were problems with getting classes and seminars started and
ended on time, and there was a terribly long wait to enter the banquet
hall Saturday night. These things seem endemic to many Amiga shows and
can often be traced to the small number of people willing to help. We
hope as the new market develops and grows, more people will be
available to help run Amiga shows. In the meantime, those who worked
on Amiga 2001 did a fine job given the circumstances, and those in
attendance were able to deal with the minor logistical problems and
get real benefits from the events.

The Sales Floor
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 The sales floor was well attended, especially on Saturday, and there
seemed to be a good amount of buying. The number of vendors was not
real high (about 14 or 15 key Amiga stalwarts), but the large booth
belonging to Merlancia seemed determined to make that up by itself. It
looked as if all the stock ever assembled by Amiga International was
there to be purchased. They also had a nifty assemblage of items in a
sort of mini-museum of Commodore and Amiga memorabilia. The two large
vats of free bottled beer on Saturday didn't hurt matters, and went
well with the incredibly huge pile of pizza in boxes brought in by
Petro for his retirement luncheon. The pizza itself was first rate.
 There were only a few new products, the most interesting of which was
a PC on a card from Mr. Hardware Computer. We haven't seen it in
operation, but hope to have more information in the future.

Petro
~~~~~
 Genuine emotions and deep appreciation were everywhere in evidence
for Petro throughout the weekend as his retirement was was both
celebrated and regretted. The roast, which certainly had its
hilarious moments, ran quite long as many in the Community wanted to
share their affection and memories. It might well have been an event
by itself on another night, so much needed to be said. A standing
ovation for Petro was just one of many clearly deeply felt attempts to
express appreciation. And just because he's retiring, don't be
surprised if you see him very much in attendance at future Amiga
shows.

The Future
~~~~~~~~~~
 When Bill McEwen finally got to the main presentation during the
banquet, he tried to compress his remarks to save time. As it turned
out, he had a lot of good things to say, and anything that had to be
left out was covered later during the weekend.
 Much applause greated the statement that Amiga OS is planned out
through vresion 5.0 and they're not going to stop there! The OS will
become native PPC, beginning by moving OS 3.9 to PPC. Eventually, at
version 4.2, the "old hardware" will no longer be needed and
standalone machines can be built. Once again, emphasis was made that
Amiga will not be making hardware itself.
 For the short term, a completed Amiga ONE board for the 1200 was
shown. We discussed the status of an Amiga ONE for the A4000 the next
day with Alan Redhouse of Eyetech. He tells us it's still firmly in
the plans, but must be a money-maker to remain there. If it doesn't
see the light of day, it will most likely be due to completion taking
longer than Amiga OS requires to reach 4.2, when it will no longer be
needed. It all depends on how fast the new versions of Amiga OS come
along.
 The Amiga ONE is headed into beta in the June/July time frame and
just might (no promises) be ready in time for the west coast Amiga
show in Sacramento, California, at the end of July.
 The other key point made by Bill McEwen during his banquet
presentation is that there is now, finally, a new and huge potential
market for Amiga developers, where they can actually make money! This
is where the comparison with 1985 has some merit. In 1985, Commodore
created a new market for developers with the original Amiga. Now, the
new Amiga Inc. has created another new market for developers with
Amiga DE.

New Market
~~~~~~~~~~
 Bill pointed out that the cell phone and handheld markets are
starving for content. This content needs to be small games and
utilities of the kind Amiga developers are well equipped to create.
 The Amiga DE provides a single solution for this new Java-centric
small appliances world. In Japan, the Sharp Zaurus is already
Amiga-able. More are coming, and coming to the rest of the world as
well. We have a press release below which should answer most questions
you have. Bill did point out there were over 1800 new Amiga developers
now due to this new market.
 Bill noted that after the Zaurus comes the Psion, and that's just the
beginning.
 It's a simple market. The user of the cell phone or PDA downloads an
application / game / ringer sound / what-have-you and pays for it
on-line. Price is perhaps $10 for a small game. 60% goes to the
author, 40% to the distributor. There are no boxes, no shelves full of
inventory, no manuals to take care of, and no returns. Simple,
elegant, and with millions of potential customers.

New Amiga OS Versions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Bill also stated that Amiga DE would roll into the Amiga OS as it
goes forward. During discussions Sunday morning, Bill explained the
reason for going forward with Amiga OS was a business one, which means
there's a good chance it will actually happen close to plan. The
business reason is simple - the new Amiga needs server machines it can
control for use as it's home server. There's nothing better for the
job than the existing Amiga OS. A second, but very important reason,
is that Amiga knows a number of the talented developers in the
Community won't develop on anything else.
 There are a couple words of caution. At this point, it's not clear
how compatible existing PPC based machines will be with the future
standards. Compatibility will not be ignored, we're sure, but of
course can't stand in the way of success for the future.
 In addition, this does mark a change in direction for Amiga from what
was announced in the past. The Amiga DE was supposed to be scalable
from PDAs to servers. Now it seems it is not, due primarily to its
lack of memory protection as we understand it. A change in direction
is not all bad when it's fine tuning an overall strategy. The problem
is the Amiga community has seen little other than changes in direction
in the past, with no direction lasting long enough to produce growth
and meaningful product. This change doesn't seem to be in the same
category as previous ones, but we're not surprised Amiga is being
taken to task in postings on the net by long term disillusioned
Amigans. As we've said so often in the past, "time will tell" - but
we're inclined to be more reassured than frightened by this change.

The Transition
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 It might have escaped notice by some, but this event marked a
significant transition for Amiga. Petro's retirement was one element
of this, though mostly symbolic. The second is more subtle, but more
important for the future. Amiga Inc. is now taking a firmer guiding
hand. In the past, Amiga OS 3.5 and 3.9 (for example) were pretty much
farmed out on a "bring us something" basis. From now on, Haage and
Partner and other key contributors will be functioning more as project
managers within an overall strategy maintained by Amiga. This will
give the market some much needed direction and should be a help to all
who depend on it. It's a sign of the maturing of the company, and is
quite welcome.
 Interestingly, Bill McEwen stated Amiga enters this new state with a
new Vice President of Engineering, a person he would not identify yet
to spare him loads of e-mail, but who came from MicroSoft. The
operating system side of development is being handled by Fleecy Moss
and his team.

Word Pictures
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 There's always so much more to an Amiga show than the speaches and
sales. We'd like to share a few "word pictures" with you from the
weekend.

 40 or 50 Amigans talking about every Amiga topic under the sun at
Amiga's Hor's D'overies party Friday night. We finally got to meet
Phil Vedovatti, the man behind New Icons, and found him delightful.

 Living in yet another hotel with strange floor arrangements. Last
year's Henry VIII was torn down due to airport expansion, but this
Sheraton maintains its spirit. We entered on the ground floor, then
took an elevator down two floors to our room on the first floor.
There, we had a door out onto a ground level patio. Shades of
"Castrovalva" from Dr. WHO.

 Getting tossed out of the dining room along with "Mrs. Brad", JoAnn,
Florence and John Zacharias (of "AE Mail" fame) when they closed it
for the night. There was a lot to be gone over, so we just moved on
...

 The first day, the phones didn't work. Not just in the hotel, but all
over this section of St. Louis. Someone cut a key cable somewhere. It
was NOT a MicroSoft plot to keep the word from getting out.

 The Mardi Gras beads being handed out by Kermit Woodall of "Nova
Design". No, we're not going to tell you what you had to do to get
some. Yes, we do have some. They were everywhere in evidence, all
weekend long.

 Seeing Dave Haynie and Leo Schwab again, Leo in full medieval costume
as in days of old. Wonder where he gets the hats? "Schwabbies"
(remember them?) might be just "the thing" for the new small appliance
market.

 Rollie and his clarinet, performing "A Very Good Year" for the
banquet crowd. Actually kept everyone quiet in appreciation of the
music, no small task! High marks for the organizers for this one!

 The dancing Petro baby during the Petro roast video. Not to mention
the speach by video from Bill Gates - or a darn good rendered
likeness, anyway.

 The stories of Petro's driving. It's a good thing he's skilled at it,
or we might be short a large number of Community members.

 The UGN folks in the corner, doing their best to get the word out to
the world. We didn't get to discuss the phone failure and how it
affected them, but it can't have been a help.

 The many good restaurants, bars and shops in the West Port area right
outside the hotel. Definitely an improvement over the old venue. There
are a lot of word pictures to come from events in a few of the bars,
which we won't be bringing you.

 The collision of the Amiga crowd waiting to enter the sales floor on
Saturday morning and 100 or so children with parents heading through
the same area on their way to an early Easter Egg hunt. Can't blame
the organizers for this one. Incidentally, the wandering Canada geese
outside the hotel seemed slightly confused by all the colored eggs
lying about.
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   A M I G A ,   S H A R P   Z A U R U S ,   A N D   O T H E R S

 ST. LOUIS, MO, March 30, 2001 - Amiga Incorporated, a pioneer in the
development of multi-media and content, today announced a long-term
partnership with Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of
innovative products and core technologies in electronics, in which
Amiga will develop content for next-generation Sharp handheld
computing devices.

 In March, Sharp announced its plans to market the Zaurus PDA in the
United States and Europe as one of the world's first Linux-based
handheld device. The Linux operating system is gaining wider
acceptance in the computer server market because its underlying code
is freely distributed on the Internet. Easily adaptable for different
hardware devices, the Sharp handheld will be able to run software
written in Sun Microsystems' versatile Java software language that
supports different operating systems.

 In this partnership, Amiga announced that its developer community
would either develop new content or adapt existing content for PDA
applications, using their reputation for innovation and leadership in
gaming, 2D, 3D, animation, video, and music applications.
Amiga-developed content can be downloaded directly through wireless
networks, using desktop computers, or ported directly into the new
device.

 "By working with Amiga as one of our content partners we are able to
expand the applications and content available for our new devices,"
said Dr. Hiroshi Uno, Ph.D. Division General Manager - Mobile Systems
Division, Communications Systems Group, Sharp Corporation Japan.

 Amiga has an outstanding reputation for software development. We
anticipate that the alliance with Amiga will create a lot of momentum
for the Zaurus PDA."

 "Amiga is excited to be part of the Zaurus PDA project, and we look
forward to bringing the excitement, brilliant content and magic of the
Amiga community to Sharp," said Bill McEwen, President/CEO of Amiga
Incorporated. "Amiga is adding new dimensions of content for the next
generations of computing devices, and we see the new PDA platform as
an important area of strategic business growth and applications for
the Amiga community. We intend to develop some really great
applications as consumers more fully understand the great potential
and skill set of the Amiga community."

 About Sharp Corporation

 Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of the core digital
technologies that are playing an integral role in shaping the next
generation of mobile computing products for consumer and business
needs. Since creating the Wizard(R) electronic organizer in 1989,
Sharp has led the market in introducing innovative handheld computing
products. Sharp is also the global leader in LCD technology, which is
incorporated into leading-edge LCD monitors and projectors. From the
small office/home office (SOHO) to large corporate environments, Sharp
provides a variety of innovative, computer-related solutions designed
to help increase productivity while providing functionality to meet
customer demand. Dedicated to improving people's lives through the use
of advanced technology and a commitment to innovation, quality, value
and design, Sharp Corporation employs approximately 60,200 people
worldwide in 30 countries. More information is available at
http://sharp-world.com/index.html.

 About Amiga

 Amiga Inc. provides technology to developers for writing and porting
applications to a new multi-media operating systems which is hardware
agnostic. AmigaDE is a joint development effort between the Tao Group
of Reading England, and Amiga Incorporated. AmigaDE based applications
can run unchanged on x86, PowerPC, M Core, ARM, StrongARM, MIPS R3000,
R4000, R5000, SH 3, SH4, and NEC V850 processors. The Amiga OS can run
hosted on Linux, Embedded Linux, Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, CE and
QNX4. Amiga is based in Snoqualmie, WA, 28 miles east of Seattle and
has offices worldwide. Amiga can be reached at (425) 396-5660 or visit
Amiga on the web at http://www.amiga.com.
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   S O M E   D E T A I L S   F R O M   G A R Y   P E A K E   . . .

 {The following items were found posted on the net and should help
clarify the announcements from Amiga 2001. Brad}

3 April, 2001

As has been discussed here several times, AmigaDe has no
memory protection. This and a couple of other issues are
the reasons for the announcement.

Basically, here is what we are doing and why:

1. Developers are starving to death and will leave
unless we find a way to help them make money fast.
Dealers have the same problems. We need more oomph to
take advantage of higher fps games, etc. This IS a
multimedia platform community after all. My mail box
tells us developers and dealers need something quickly.
We can get AmigaOne and OS4.0 out by summer without
losing any time developing the DE. This is with our
thanks to Haage & Partner and Eyetech who have agreed to
meet PRD's we set before them. We could not implement
this plan so quickly without their valued help. Also we
should include Hyperion who is assisting our team with a
level of GL and video capability that will enhance game
developers potential.

2. Users want new hardware. Amigas are starting to fail
and frankly it is just too expensive to start R&D for
new (modified) chips in the amounts we would probably be
able to sell and just as expensive for fabbing the older
chips as well. So, off the shelf, open designed, new
machines based on PPC is the most inexpensive way to get
the Amiga user onto a newer platform.

3. Amiga users have always been partial to PPC. Dean
Brown, Dave Haynie, Mick Tinker, and Joe Torre (four of
THE best and brightest Amiga minded hardware gurus I
know) are all for a PPC based platform advance. Dave had
the PiosOne design that he allowed us to release openly
to help people see what can be done with an open
hardware design based around PPC. We did not release
Dave's specs the week before the announcements by
accident. It was to open people's minds to what can be
done by thinking outside the box. Dave Haynie doesn't
know what a box is. Remember, we already run on a bog
standard PC.  :)

4. Our Zico base specs are an open spec based around
PPC. Alan Redhouse at Eyetech has a full plan, knows
when to freeze the design and ship, and has met our
Product Requirements Document. Dean Brown has approved
his design. Dave Haynie saw it in St Louis and thought
it was cool. Joe was there also and while I didn't ask
Joe specifically for his ideas, he is open enough to
have said if he thought the design was bad. Haage &
Partner have met our PRD's on the software side. Both
have excellent reputations for actually meeting
deadlines and shipping product when they say they will.
While they are contracting to us, these projects are
being managed by us now.

5. Amigade provides us with binary compatibility,
distributed processing capabilities and many other
things we can get no where else. This line of
development will continue as previously planned. Note:
There are NO changes to what you have been told we plan
to do with AmigaDE.

6. We intend, as we have stated all along, to cover
everything from PDA's and cell phones, set top boxes,
and servers. This plan allows us to do that with ease.

7. AmigaOS will continue to be developed and will be
merged into or under AmigaDE so that we eventually have
our own familiar base to play on and it will be a full
AMIGA base that is server capable and cell phone capable
as well. But we will not drop Windows and Linux
compatibility either. Think of this as adding yet
another playground for AmigaDE. It is no different from
deciding to also play on top of Be or any other OS out
there. We will continue to find playgrounds that provide
us, our developers, and dealers even more opportunities.

8. As far as splitting the community and the developers:
We have over 2,000 developers currently involved with
us. Another 30 added themselves today after the news
from St Louis. My mailbox is so full I spent all day
JUST answering new mails from developers and companies
wanting to come to Amiga and play and I didn't get them
all answered yet. Half of the developers are firmly in
the PDA, cell phone, and set top box camp. The other
half are either desktop oriented or want to do both.
This gives everyone a place to utilize their talents and
make money.

9. Most notable request from developers I have
is "please also give us a desktop". As Bill noted in his
banquet speech, he made certain promises to me based on
what Team AMIGA members (6000 plus) and others in the
community have said they want from whomever has the
Amiga name. I took this job based on those promises.
Bill keeps his promises.

10. This is a business and this is fun. We do what we do
because we want to and we can. If someone tells us we
can't, we do it just to show them we can. This is also a
family. This was very evident over the weekend. I hugged
more people in St Louis than I do at a family reunion.
Bill had tears in his eyes as he talked about us losing
Bob Cosby. We care. We have to make sure our friends and
family can finally make money but we have to do it in
ways that keep us afloat as well from a business
standpoint.

11. Tao Group is a great partner and is providing Amiga
with opportunities we have never been able to land
before. Good business means taking advantage of this
opportunity they provide and we intend to do that with
their help and asistance.

12. Listen to the facts and ask questions here and in
other Amiga forums where we are there to answer your
questions truthfully. Don't listen to the naysayers, the
hype, the conjecture, and the innuendo of people who
have no clue. We will tell you the truth. Bad or good,
you get the truth.

13. We have taken flak from certain people because they
say we provide no value. Our value is in uniting as many
people as we can into a formidable force. We can not do
what we plan alone. It takes unity, solidarity, team
work. All of us must work together and together we will
slowly conquer the world ... just because we want to.


Sincerely,

Gary Peake
Amiga Inc.
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   . . .   A N D   D E T A I L S   F R O M   C T O   F L E E C Y

{Also found on the net, and dealing with things at a bit more
technical level, are these notes from Amiga's CTO, Fleecy Moss. We
found this as a posting from Alexander Lohrmann and answers from
Fleecy, which we indicated with *s. Our thanks to Mr. Lohrmann for
asking the questions! We've removed a few things for clarity but added
nothing beyond the *s. Brad}


Apr 1, 2001

 Will there be any improvements over OS3.9 like:

 - A really integrated TCP/IP-stack

 *Brand new, written from scratch.

 - Memory Protection for new apps (I know it is impossible for old
ones)

 *Virtual Memory will come in OS4, which will make a big difference.
MP is much harder and will be done in OS5.

 - recource tracking

 *the Amiga Component Model will give you that.

 - SMP

 *OS5

 - A new datatypes-system, especially for streaming and anims

 *The ACM and streaming system will give you that.

 - a new and better soundsystem, with support for surround and 3D

 *The Audio system will be the best of any system out there. We have 5
of the best audio people in the world working on it.

 - 2D and 3D APIs, integrated into the gfx-system instead of hacked-in
like now

 *Already underway, and with our close alliance with Matrox, there
will be not only standard high level APIs but GLIDE like low level
APIs to really take advantage of Matrox cards.

 - a new Workbench

 *OS4.5

 - an improved intuition.library (we really need one !)

 *OS4.5

 - hardware-independancy

 *OS4.2

 - a new filesystem

 *OS4.0 -

 - a good printer-system with drivers for more printers

 *Probably OS4.2, waiting for USB, and for the full benefits, OS5, the
PDP media system.


  2) AmigaDE

 We always heard that the AmigaDE will run on everything from PDAs to
servers. I think you have left this idea behind, I have understood it
that way that it will run on STBs and PDAs and the new AmigaOS 4. Is
this right

 *That's correct.

 ? Do you think that there will be a really native version for x86 &
co, I mean a real desktop-os, later in the future ?

 *It will integrate into existing desktop OSs. That is what all of our
big customers tell us is necessary for success.

 What I liked about the AmigaDE as it was announced in the past was
the fact that (as I understood it) developers would have the
possibility to write an application or a game for the AmigaDE and
contribute some kind of runtime-environment including all necessary
stuff like the translator, the Elate-kernel, GUI, Sound and 3D-APIs or
whatever is needed by the product for every supported operating system
with it. This could bring developers to the AmigaDE and if there is a
version of AmigaDE hosted (or really part of) on AmigaOS 4 then there
would be many new apps and games and then maybe there will be some new
(or old ? :-)) users. Will this still be possible ?

 *Yes.

 Will the AmigaDE still contain stuff like OpenGL, a sound-API or some
gui-stuff ? Or will it only contain things PDAs need ? If it would
contain everything needed by big apps like office-packages or games I
think many developers would come along, even companies, because they
could increase their sales from let's say only Windows-users to Mac,
Linux and AmigaOS 4 users without the need to make several version.
Write once run everywhere

 *The AmigaDE has a capabilities system which dynamically matches
requests to capabilities. If you are on a desktop, you can use AmigaDE
desktop apps.

 P.s.: Will AmigaOS 4 run on existing PowerUP-hardware ? I think this
is a must-be, otherwise many users will feel traited ... (Is this the
right word ?)

 *At the moment no 8-( Anyone who has bought PPC accelerators
understands the drag the architecture has placed on those products. To
code an AmigaOS4 around that solution is to condemn it before it even
begins. The new AmigaOnes will be cheap enough and expandible, and
will be orders of magnitude faster than the existing products. It is
hard, but this is the first Amiga certified hardware in over five
years - the line has to be drawn somewhere, and this is it.

 *There is a possibility of a software compatability layer, but the
performance would most likely kill its usefulness compared to an
AmigaOne.
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Sven Ottemann via E-Mail


LHA 1.14i for UNIX Amiga-port
Sven Ottemann has compiled LHA1.14 for UNIX for AmigaOS. This version supports -lh6- und -lh7-. You can download versions for 68000, 68020+ and PPC (WarpOS) under the title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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04.Apr.2001
FORE-MATT via E-Mail


100%Amiga issue 11
The English software distributor 'Fore-Matt' has published a new Amiga magazine. The magazine is called '100% Amiga' and is distributed exclusively on CD-ROM. It has a seperate surface which leads the reader through the magazine.

Current issue 11 which is being just pressed contains mainly a report about St. Louis Show. Furthermore the CD contains a report about WoA Show of Fleecy Moss, a review of Payback, a first view on 'Silencer', the topic datatypes and much more.

Contact:
FORE-MATT Home Computing (Dept e)
PO Box 835
Wootton Bassett
Swindon
SN4 8RX

Tel: +44 (0)8700 11 22 34
E-Mail: sales@forematt.idps.co.uk
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04.Apr.2001
Rainer Benda on ANF


Finance Online: Chairman of Met@Box Resigned
»Today Met@Box which is quoted on the New Market announced that chairman Geerd-Ulrich Ebeling resigned. Private reasons were named for that. There will not be a successor because the company is going to name a new chairman as a financial chairman.

Further more the company informed of selling off its shares of Interzart AG 3D Commerce. The share finished at 1,82 Euro.«
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04.Apr.2001
ADR (BAUD) on ANF


Amiga Apache 1.3.19 - PHP 4.0.4 pl 1 Published
You can download the new patch-level of webserver Apache version 1.3.19 - PHP 4.0.4 pl 1.

Everybody who is interested in the topic Amiga-Apache can find three articles online at Amiga-Magazin:
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04.Apr.2001
Thomas Dellert via E-Mail


DCE Microserver G3/G4 - Press Release
Product-info "DCE Microserver G3/G4"

Starting from Q3/2001, DCE Computer Oberhausen will offer a G3/G4 PowerPC® based PCI card. The so-called "DCE Microserver G3/G4" will give you the complete functionality of a Server System. The PCI card can be either used as Master or Agent. By this flexibility there are several possible configurations for this machine to fit the user's personal convenience. Possible options are:
  • usage in a DCE PCI expansion as Amiga PowerPC® card
  • using a passive backplane to build a complete standalone system
  • creation of a PowerPC® cluster system in conjunction with the Pegasos mainboard (www.bplan-gmbh.de)
  • industrial use as single pcb high end solution

Due to the highly optimized design of "DCE Microserver G3/G4", the price of this solution without CPU will be in the range of backplane-only expansions.

Technical information:
  • G3/G4 CPU 450-733 MHz 1-4 MB Cache
  • up to 1 GB 133 MHz SDRAM
  • 100 Mbit Ethernet
  • optional Firewire
  • PCI 2.1 Master/Agent

DCE MicroServer G3/G4, GREX 1200/4000 as well as the existing PPC board user base will be supported by MorphOS. This will guarantee that Amiga users can use most of their software with that system. In the near future there will be a JIT (Just in time) emulation included in MorphOS that will allow execution times of 68K software far beyond current 68060 50MHz level even on the existing Phase5/DCE hardware.

Furthermore, MorphOS opens the door to real PPC OS software, like
  • CyberGfx
  • SFS
  • Datatypes
  • MUI
  • AmiTCP V5
  • Voyager
  • YAM
  • CED
  • Bochs (Windows-Emulator)
  • Office-Paket Papyrus of Rom-Logicware, which was ported by Titan.
  • Many more important programs are being ported right now.

Thomas Dellert
R&D Department
thomas.dellert@dcecom.de
http://www.dcecom.de

DCE Computer Service GmbH
Kellenbergstr. 19a
D-46145 Oberhausen
Phone:+49-208-660673
Fax: +49-208-630496
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04.Apr.2001
Christoph Meier on ANF


Elbox publishes MediatorUP2.1
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04.Apr.2001
Christoph Meier on ANF


MakeCD 3.2 beta6 with Video CD Support
It has been announced version 3.2d public beta6 (videoCD-edition) of the writing software MakeCD. All CD-RW-driver has been updated. You can now import .toc (cdrdao) images which are generated with VCDTools and .cue (CDRWin) images which are generated with VCDGear. Please have a look at History for further information. Download: Is still not possible. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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04.Apr.2001
Christoph Meier on ANF


Cinemaware offers TV Sports Football and -Baseball for Download
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the last offering, Cinemaware proudly presents these two innovative classics! Take a nostalgic journey back to the birth of the modern sports craze! The TV Sports franchise was original and new in that it presented the game like it was an actual television broadcast.
They're only going to be available for a limited time, so run to the Vault quickly to download TV Sports Football and TV Sports Baseball. Don't forget to stop by at the forums and tell us which other classic titles you'd like to see made available. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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04.Apr.2001
Christoph Meier on ANF


Meternet Reworking Hardware of their SimpleBox
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03.Apr.2001
Ruediger Hanke via eMail


Aladdin Ghostscript 6.50 for Amiga
I have compiled Aladdin Ghostscript 6.50 for Amiga. You can download it from my homepage (title link), I will upload it to the Aminet in the next days. There is a 68k- and a PPC-version available. The PPC-version needs the latest WarpOS version (5.0)

With Ghostscript you can convert and print Postscript and PDF files. Most interesting is may be the fact that you can convert Postscript files from Pagestream or FinalWriter to PDF, like the Adobe Distiller, Ghostscript 6.50 is the first Amiga program that can handle embedded fonts (PageStream does not (yet!) support font embedding, and 5.10 converts fonts to graphics, which results in huge PDF files in poor quality.)

An archive with sources is available, too, but I created Ghostscript with the StormC-Compiler and not with GeekGadgets. This means there are no Amiga-makefiles but only StormC-projects. If you want to recompile please make sure to read the !!!Source.readme in the archive. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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03.Apr.2001
Alfred Sturm


New Aminet Uploads
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ps2m.lha             hard/hack   21K+Ultimate Amiga PS/2 Wheel Mouse Controll
TestGear-Notes.lha   hard/hack    7K+Test equipment projects, general notes.
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03.Apr.2001
Christoph Meier on ANF


osOpinion: Be and Amiga: Ominous Parallels?
»The difference between the two companies lies in the management. Whereas Commodore had faceless suits who were disconnected from the technology, Be, Inc. is run by people who are actually passionate about the operating system.«
More: title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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03.Apr.2001
Dirk Stoecker on ANF


XAD-System V10 Released
The latest version V10 of the archive extracting system XAD is released in the Aminet. There is a new version of XFD, too. New are bugfixes, new archive types and main improvements. The readme contains the complete (and long) list.

Attention OS3.9 users: This version is not a special version and should not be installed over the OS3.9 version, if you do not like the annoy requester. OS3.9 users can update for half the price. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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03.Apr.2001
Christoph Meier on ANF


Amiga.org Online Again
As reported was Amiga.org due to too much traffic caused by the fair pictures and the webcam disconnected by the provider. Now Amiga.org is online again. Amiga.org looks out now for a cheap and reliable provider. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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03.Apr.2001
Martin R. Elsner via eMail


News about ClassAction and MainPrefs
News to ClassAction
V4.0 is already finished. I am looking for translators, that can create catalog files. A list of catalogs you can find on the homepage. If you are interseted send an eMail.

After installation of BoingBag1 the program seems to crash if you open a drawer in the directory "Variablen" (variables). The bug is fixed, the latest version 2.20 with more improvements will be available, if the new translations are finished. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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03.Apr.2001
Martin baute via eMail


Personal Estimation From Martin Baute
This article in German

My final article - Author: Martin Baute

April Fools?

One thing before I start, since Sunday morning (2001-04-01), I did only flighty check the situation around Amiga. Perhaps the interview given on this day by Bill McEwen at around 8 AM MEST was a single huge April Fool's joke, and I simply didn't get it. This way or the other, I am angry, upset, and most of all severely disappointed. Very quick something about me as a person. I wasn't an Amiga user since day 0, my "career" as Amigian started 1993 with a second hand A2000. But I was there when Commodore went bust. I have seen the Walker on the CeBit exhibition, and was stunned speechless by the senselessness of the design. I have been through the VIScorp misery, and as news-master of the Amiga News & Stories wrote my articles about it. I have been through the Gateway takeover, rise and fall of Jim Collas, and as "English master" of amiga-news.de wrote my articles about it. I have been through the Amino takeover, and subsequently evangelized the strategy of Amiga, Inc. at best I could, with articles, postings and meetings of the Bielefeld Amiga Users & Developers. I was there during the dark years, and I think this makes me an "Amigian". This "being Amigian" found a sudden, surprising, painful end in the morning of April 1st. The scene was set at the St. Louis Amiga Show. With big words it had been announced this show would be a "ground shaking event", a day that would put all previous presentations and announcements to shame. In a way, I think Amiga, Inc. stood up to this promise.

Preliminary

Amiga, Inc. had targeted a completely new concept, based on the Elate / intent technology of the Tao Group: An operating system (rather, operating environment), that could be deployed independently of the underlying hardware, on almost any architecture (PowerPC or x86 desktops, STB, PDA, server, ...). Additionally, there was the option of being installed "hosted", as a seperate application, under every major operating system.

The concept was simple and made sense: Software written for the AmigaDE would run on any operating system, any architecture. No more porting, no more making the wrong decision with the target platform. The capability for "hosted" deployment would have allowed to slowly penetrate the market, step by step drawing in developers and applications, replacing more and more of everyday computing by Amiga software, until the day the host becomes irrelevant.

Expectations

So I was sitting at my keyboard, hours before dawn, curious for what would come. Did they complete the SDK, including 3D and audio support? Did they convince one of the major Linux distributors to bundle the AmigaDE with their distribution? Did they find a strong financial support?

Shortly before the interview started, rumors arose Amiga, Inc. would announce AmigaOS 4.0 PPC native. That would be a bitter pill, I thought, further dividing users, developers and retailers - some focusing on AmigaDE, others on OS 4.0, and both projects failing miserably... On the other hand, I felt sympathetic with the users who did spend significant amounts into their PPC Amigas, and wanted to continue using that hardware.

Decisions

The decision, when it finally came, was about the hardest blow since Jim Collas left. Bill McEwen officially labeled the AmigaDE "no MP, no VM, for PDAs only". For desktop and server systems, AmigaOS 4.x PPC native would be developed, which would see memory protection being added "in one of the future versions". As a sidenote, this OS 4.0 would not run on existing hardware, but only on AmigaOne systems. Over the time, OS 4.x and AmigaDE would then be merged and Amiga be led into a golden future. Bill McEwen seemed to think this was very funny, as you can easily hear yourself by listening to the MP3 of the question-and-answer session.

I was dumbfounded. I felt sick, I was unbelievably angry, and if it wasn't early morning, I probably would have tried to shout at McEwen through the modem cable and shake him violently. So I only shook my head when some hours later I read on various online forums that this decision even found applause among users.

Consequences

I might be wrong. Amiga might make a furious comeback with this strategy. But I cannot believe in it anymore. What are the consequences of this decision?
  1. OS 4.x shall be deployed on servers. Memory protection on desktop systems might be a matter of taste, for servers it is simply a necessity. According to McEwen, memory protection will not be implemented until OS 4.2, which are a minimum of 12 months on Amiga, Inc.'s roadmap. Until then, AmigaOS will not be deployed on production servers, and I even doubt it will after this date: Who can name a company employing servers based on PowerPC CPUs?
  2. AmigaOS 4.x will not run on existing hardware. This means OS 4.x can only be sold to those purchasing an AmigaOne. Many "old" users will stick with their present systems. Some will jump to other platforms entirely. Why anybody from e.g. the Linux or Windows community should buy an AmigaOne (that cannot run *any*thing besides OS 4.x and LinuxPPC), is completely beyond me.
  3. The people who bought a SDK or even a d'Amiga have been completely left "under fire without air cover" by Amiga, Inc. For the foreseeable future, Amiga's plans for the AmigaDE and the SDK encompass PDAs, STBs and internet enabled laundry machines only. The few remaining programmers, which hungered for an opportunity to write applications like word processors, e-mail clients and 3D games for the AmigaDE, and did invest into what they thought is the first generation of the new Amiga, are now facing the decision to either do a summersault backwards by exchanging their x86 machines for new PPC hardware, or having to wait another couple of years until OS 4.x and AmigaDE finally grow together.
  4. Those who buy an AmigaOne can use it under AmigaOS 4.x or LinuxPPC. Should Amiga, Inc. fail with it's current strategy, only LinuxPPC remains. And this for a price tag that easily purchases a x86 PC, offering other options like the better supported x86 Linux, Windows, QNX, BeOS, AROS, WinUAE and over half a dozen other operating systems.
  5. Until Amiga, Inc. can stand up to it's promise of providing an operating environment that scales from mobile phone all the way up to servers, independently of the hardware, a minimum of another three years will pass, according to Mr. McEwen.

I will not speculate about the chances to penetrate a market that, until then, will be secured by Embedded Linux and Microsoft .NET. This year, perhaps even next year still, capabilities like scalability and binary compatibility could have earned a big success. But what a shame, competition is moving just the same direction, and history proves that superior technology doesn't win the race once Microsoft reaches "full steam ahead".
With all generosity, I cannot make sense of the current plans of Amiga Inc. anymore. They force old users as well as the developers on the "bleeding edge" to buy new hardware, they delay the time schedule for their big promises for years to come, and Bill McEwen laughs his head off over it.

Sorry, I'm fed up. I wish Amiga Inc. and the remaining community all the best, and it would be a very pleasant surprise to me should I be proven wrong. But since Sunday, April 1st, 2001 my time as an active "Amigan" is over, because in Snoqualmie, they obviously live in a red-and-white checkered padded cell, or an ivory tower, but in any case they seem to have lost any sense for reality. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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