|[Rant] AmigaOS + POP/PPC petition official web site||ANN.lu|
|Posted on 06-Jun-2002 04:30 GMT by Seehund||280 comments|
AmigaPOP.8bit.co.uk is finally online!
Here you'll hopefully find all information you could possibly want about the "AmigaOS distribution policies and POP/PPC hardware petition". I hope the background information and FAQ will be especially helpful to clear up any confusion surrounding these issues.
If you have not yet signed the petition, then please do so now! Please help spreading the word by linking to AmigaPOP.8bit.co.uk. It's not too late to save our favourite OS and a unified POP-based hardware market!
In other news, I have finally managed to get in touch with the PetitionOnline.com administrators. The few abuse and sabotage attempts so far have been removed from the signatory listings. Not that any garbage would ever reach the recipient of our petition, but I understand some thought that it didn't look too good...
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|AmigaOS + POP/PPC petition official web site : Comment 14 of 280||ANN.lu|
|Posted by Samface on 06-Jun-2002 06:09 GMT|
|In reply to Comment 10 (Tbone):|
1. Amiga Inc. owns the AmigaOS and the Amiga trademark, they can write up any kind of license restrictions they like. They don't need permission from anyone, not from us or any hardware manufacturer.
2. AmigaOS has been a ROM based OS requiring an appropriate ROM/Kickstart in order to run since 1985 which means that this isn't exactly news. It's been like this for atleast 17yrs now and it doesn't make sense to get upset about it now. Furthermore, if this was such an evil thing, how come Amiga became succesful in the first place and how come Apple that is even more restricted for hardware competition is still successful as a business today?
3. Ben Hermans explained several times that they are open for licensing any hardware capable of running AmigaOS4 and no redesign of the hardware will ever be required. Individual solutions can be made for those motherboards not having FlashROM capabilities onboard, such as a USB dongle, for example. The *only* obsticle for getting AmigaOS4 to run on alternative hardware is the application for the license itself. The hardware manufacturer must want to have AmigaOS4 support and that's not a decision for Amiga Inc. or their partners to make.
4. The ROM code does NOT affect the use of other operating systems and the license does NOT restrict the hardware for use with AmigaOS only.
Noone but those not wanting to cooperate has been excluded from running AmigaOS4 on their hardware (only the Pegasos atm) and expecting Amiga Inc. to support manufacturers not wanting to cooperate simply doesn't make sense. Just because AmigaOS4 runs on one kind of POP motherboard that doesn't mean it will run on every POP motherboard out there, the OS will have to have a motherboard specific HAL for every motherboard made and this requires support from the hardware manufacturer.
Cooperation is needed and the license is the key to this kind of cooperation. Nobody is restricted from applying for one and that's also all they have to do if they want AmigaOS4 support.
Amiga Inc. and the AmigaOS4 partners simply cannot support every POP motherboard manufacturer out there without support from the manufacturer himself and if the hardware manufacturer wants AmigaOS4 to run on their hardware is a decision which is entirely up to them, not Amiga Inc. or the AmigaOS4 partners.
Furthermore, I don't see any problem with the distribution policy either as neither Windows or MacOSX are distributed along with other operating systems and having the OS bundled with the hardware is a policy that Microsoft has shown is a very profitable way of doing it. We want AmigaOS4 to become profitable, right?
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