|In reply to Comment 12 (DaveW):|
"OK Mr Clever Clogs tell me how Amiga Incs current policy is NOT supporting POP?"
Because it uses a draconian licensing sceme that requires an existing POP board be modified for a limited market. This is obviously not going to happen unless said hardware is specifically manufactured for the Amiga as it is in the case of the AmigaOne. "Supporting a platform" means that when you buy the OS, it will work on the "Supported platform." This is not the case with AmigaOS.
"Because there is nothing in the current policy that sayes they are not supporting it it is pointless to start a discussion the way you cite."
The current policy doesn't say it supports the POP platform, that's the whole point my dear friend.
"Also there have been plenty of articulate discussions on both sides, and plenty of juvenile ones too."
"Why should we sit here and repeat them all?"
If you don't feel it's constructive, you don't have to participate.
"Rights? What rights? Right to do what? You guys arent making sense."
The right to install your OS on the platform your OS runs on. Windows doesn't have any restrictions on what motherboard I use, and it runs on all motherboards manufactured for the platform. That is why we have the concept of "platforms."
"Windows works on a subset of the platforms out there and Microsoft works hard with various OEMs and vendors to ensure that their platform gets supported - through a business agreement similar to what you see here."
Windows works on the entire PC platform, and manufacturers do -not- have to license their hardware with Microsoft. Microsoft does have certification similar to what's being discussed, but uncertified hardware is still supported, and still works!
" Do you think Intels mobo series has not been through stringent tests with Windows? Do you think the same of AMD?"
Tests are not "licensing", Windows doesn't check to see if a motherboard is "licensed" and then fail to run because it doesn't see a dongle'd ROM. Windows -does- however, have a dongle, but it works on -unlicenses- hardware, generating an ID based on system components. Intel and AMD do not have to license their hardware to gain permission to run the OS.
"If you create a new bit of hardware and dont talk to the OS provider dont expect it to work and dont expect the OS provider to bend over backwards to support you. "
The OS should be developed to support a "platform" not a specific motherboard, the benefits to this, are common sense.
"Who is going to but a motherboard without an OS?"
Most people. Most motherboards sold, are sold that way.