|In reply to Comment 170 (Björn Hagström):|
"They get the boards in their hands and then certify them as needed. Or for that matter uncertify them as needed."
As far as I can tell, you're guessing, as there is no information available from the executive update, or any discussion about the license to verify that. On the contrary, it's been stated many times by Amiga that all licensed hardware must be sold with AOS.
"Why make things more complicated than they have to be just to prove a point? "
I don't believe it's complicated at all, this sentiment has already been expressed by manufacturers about the license, so obviously it's a relevant criticism. Wether or not YOU or I agree with the license, the fact remains that when a manufacturer dislikes the license WE loose an option.
Amiga Inc. should be /rolling out the red carpet/ for anyone interested in manufacturing boards compatible with OS4! Has everyone forgotten the past decade? Amiga should be yelling "You face no risk in manufacturing for our market! You just make a board that meets our spec, and we'll take care of the OS" (well, If it were up to me, I'd be yelling from a mountaintop;)
Look at the Barbie. they just make boards, they're not into marketing. Amiga, with it's licensing, requires you to market the board with the OS. Most manufacturers don't want to touch marketing, especially to a risky market where they might be stuck with licensed boards they must sell with an OS. Even without the risk, what incentive does a manufacturer, who already have a POP board in production, have in marketing for AOS when the NON AOS versions are less complicated to sell, and have no license baggage?