I must warn you that this is, an unusual kind of an article,
starting by the way it was made.
I started to write it, even before I could put my hands on the
Amiga DE. I'm hopping that by doing this; showing you how it all
evolved, you could get a better impression of it, through the
experience I had, seeing what kind of disappointments I may had
encounter on the way (or may not)
from the moment I've beginning
to write it, until the moment I've finally finished it
I had imagined it would be, and what it really is.
As an avid Amigan such as myself, I've fallowed the steps of
all Amiga plans, back from the Commodore time, where Amiga was
alive and kickin, through its bankruptcy, passing by Escom, Viscorp,
Gateway, and the actual owners, and I must confess you, most of
the plans were great and made a lot of sense, but they never got
enough backup of the owners companies.
I recall with joy, the great time at Cologne98 with the QNX presentation,
where I saw a great potential, accomplished with either a great
leadership in the person of Jim Collas, a great partner- QNX and
a big company to put the money where the mouth is, but
got all wrong, Jim Collas begin to diverge immensely from the
original plans, Linux was going to be the next big thing, a technology
used by anyone else and their cats, with little or no space to
the rebirth of the Amiga Philosophy (after all that is what the
Amiga is, an philosophy, a better way of doing things), so my
hopes were vanished, or so I thought
Amino, founded by Fleecy Moss and Bill McEwen ex-employees
of Gateway, had stepped in and acquired Amiga. They had a plan,
so I started seeking what this plan was all about, one more time...
as I've searched for all the other plans. They share a fate already
seen before, their plans also like Gateway, turned into another
direction, but these time they didn't step so deep as Gateway
did. They opted for reviving the AmigOS, which is not an entirely
a bad thing, integrating both AmigaDE and AmigaOS by its 5th revision.
The main focus this time was putted on the OS, instead of the
Hardware, as many in the past, so they've chosen TAOS has
their foundations and TAO, its creator as their partners.
This departure from the Hardware brings for the first time, the
independence from the machine itself, giving the possibilty of
conquering a much wider market, without having to worry where
it runs, and giving the possibility to 'write once, run it everywhere'
unlike others systems, where even if you have the possibility
to run in many CPUs, the programs had to be compiled for each
one of them. Other great feature was that it could run on multiple
CPUs, fine, others also do that; you may say, but others can't
run on different processor like TAOS can.
Another thing that this plan brings that others don't, is the
fact that these one takes a much more realistic approach, and
not a megaloman one as Gataway did. This plan turns to be affordable,
even for a company as Amiga Inc., and, if the foundations on wich
Amiga Inc. is building its core, share the main elements from
the AmigaOS with a nice presentation, it has the potential to
be successfull, bringing the Amiga name to where it belongs, with
a new earth, but with the same soul.
This can be the turning point on Amigas fate, we could actually
see the rise of a new paradigm shift in how the user interacts
with the "digital being". Amiga can again lead the computer
We will see the time, where the programmers starts to take in
special account the optimisation of their programs, and here,
Amiga with its VP assembler takes a major role in easing this
People will be tired of boggus software that crash all the time,
has its standards controlled... they will see the options out
there, seeking for the best, a solution that don't cause them
a nervous breakout, that leads them the way they want, and not
the way around, this shift will turn peoples more productive at
what they do, not feeling that kind of loss we feel knowing that
there is a better way to do things...
After all this merchandise from Amiga, saying that they will
implement all the Amiga spirit based on these foundations, one
felt curious to know how good these really are... the pics shown,
reveals only its potential, but don't do any good when it comes
to know about performance. So when I found such an opportunity
to get my hands on it, I simply couldn't resist... seeing for
myself the new system in action without having to go to the shows
(not a bad thing, but in Portugal there are none, and to travel
to other countries is a rather difficult task).
Some pictures shown on the net, shows it in action, but give
us no clues about its smoothness, of how it all behave.
Hey!! It just arrived!! Let's Party!! : )
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