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Posted on 15-Apr-2001 00:44 GMT by Christian Kemp34 comments
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RedPencil writes: "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 Anonymous on 14-Apr-2001 22:00 GMT
If it happens you will be really dissapointed. The effort to port most of these ( especially Brilliance ) to another platform is just too much.
There are only a small percentage of decent programmers left on the Amiga. It would be interesting to do a study on who is left. I would guess:
30% cheapskates who cannot afford to buy a PC ;-)
10% programmers who can actually write decent Amiga software
40% zealots who just like to join one faction or another for "belonging" sake most of whom are currently branding anyone that has a different opinion as malcontents etc. ( kids )
20% users.
So, with the 10% programmers what can we do? I bet we only got a small fraction of their time.
The only thing is to follow one of these courses:
(1) LEARN TO PROGRAM DECENT SOFTWARE AND WRITE IT YOUR DAMN SELF
(2) BUY AMIGA SOFTWARE FROM PEOPLE LIKE CLOANTO, HYPERION ETC TO GIVE THEM THE CAPITAL TO DEVELOP IT FOR YOU
(3) BLUDGEON THE 10%ERS INTO WRITING IT FOR YOU
Fellow Amigans, I say to you get up off your arses and learn to write code. ;-)
( or just port GNU based applications - "oh no its a build break - what do I do???" )
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