|In reply to Comment 13 (Ben Hermans/Hyperion):|
... oh pleaseeee .... you sound sooo 20th century... you must be the last one using the Anti-Piracy speech to justify anti-comsumer measures. Everyone else have switched to the Anti-Terror speech instead. It's sooo much more powerfull ("Do YOU want to support terrorist? No? Well, then shove it and buy our überdongelised hardly usable product").
Anyway, how many years have softwarevendors been fighting piracy? 15-20 years? How many years have they been loosing?
So how many month will pass by 'till AmigaOS have been hacked, cracked and patched and starts to show up on various piratesites? It's just a matter of time. I know it, you know it, everyone knows it. Furthermore, pirates actually would end up with a better product, a product where the *user* gets to choose his HW-gear.
So why these anti-consumer measures, when they wont stop piracy anyways?
Well, one just have to look at the consequenses of Amiga Inc.'s licensing scheme(*).
1) When Joe Amigauser goes shopping for at new POP-board he will need to decide right then and there whether or not he might want to test AmigaOS4 sometime in the distant future (he will not be able to buy it later). Uncertanty propably will persuade him to buy a dongelised POP-board bundled with AmigaOS4, even though he might end up never using it. Increased sale for Amiga Inc. on questionable ethical grounds.
2) They've been FUDing bplan/MorphOS for years calling them thiefs, uncooperative and whatnot. But never actually providing any proofs for their claims to the public nor any judges (doubt Amiga Inc. will *ever* sue... smells like they've got no case whatsoever...). Now Amiga Inc. not only wants them to dongelise their Pegasos-board but to bundle AmigaOS4 alongside their MorphOS, thus increasing the price of a pegasos-board. Wonder why bplan aren't so keen on Amiga Inc.'s "offer". All this of cause makes the pegasos less atractive for those still undecided whether they'd like to test AmigaOS4 or not. Unethical and uncompetitive.
Amiga Inc.'s licensing scheme is just one step short of being a clone of the M$ OEM-deals that have been ruled illegal. Is this the company Amiga users wants to support?
... what puzzles me though, is what have happened to Fleecy to make him turn his back to the users and his "pro-user-quest" and go pure gatism?
(*)Well, I don't know Amiga Inc.'s licensing shceme i datail, so I've might have missed some bits here and there...