|[Rant] Former 'killer' Amiga applications||ANN.lu|
|Posted on 15-Apr-2001 00:44 GMT by Christian Kemp||34 comments|
"Only 5 years ago there were all sorts of high-class applications for AmigaOS. Now it seems, all the work and techniques in these applications is just sitting in these software companies archives."
The odds are that development work on these programs will never be restarted, so it seems a total waste for the source code to be just sitting there. The software companies won't make any money out of it any more.
I know this idea has been banded around before but nothing has come of it, it'd be cool if we lobbied these companies to release their source code to the Amiga community, where perhaps some developers can start to improve and continue work on these great programs.
I am talking about things like Wordworth, SAS/C, Imagine, Cinema 4D, Maxon C++, Final Writer.... all the great programs that made the Amiga great as a serious computer. If AmigaOS 4.0 and above is to survive we need applications - and there are tonnes of them sitting around gathering dust... if only we could persuade some software companies to release them then it would give AmigaOS 4 (and AROS and MorphOS) and really good flying start!
What does everyone else think?
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|Posted by nOw2 on 15-Apr-2001 22:00 GMT|
|In reply to Comment 19 (Don Cox):|
>In some cases companies have used much of the Amiga source code again
>in their PC versions, so they can't release it.
Experienced this. Offered a licensing deal, was ignored.
>In other cases, the source code is on a hard drive in a broken or dead
>Amiga, and cannot be retrieved. (If you put an A4000 away in a
Experienced this, offered to buy the A4000. Then offered to ship it from
<far away country> to me, rescue the source from the HD, then ship it back.
Then offered instructions on how to get it via Linux. Ignored for a year and
a half now.
>In one case an A3000 with the source code to an important program was
>offered as a bundle, but I don't think anyone bought it.
If I have enough to cover what somebody wants (and leave me with 2 months of
beans & vodka money), I will do things like this.
>Some of the best Amiga programs (Brilliance, ProPage, ProDraw) were
>written in assembler, which is not so easy to either port or update.
If I were worried about that I wouldn't have bothered at all :)
Believe me, you should see some of the C code people write. It's no wonder
they don't want anyone else to see it! :)
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