|In reply to Comment 21 (Ben Hermans/Hyperion):|
"Why do you keep saying the hardware needs to be modified?"
Because it requires the manufacturer to create a separate product line, even Eyetech has to have separate boards for POP, and AmigaOS. Separate BIOS's have to be produced for each one.
"It need not be modified at all: other schemes may be adopted to ensure that OS 4 is running on licensed hardware."
Great, then why not the other scemes? Why licensed hardware? There's already manufacturers on record saying it stands in the way of their product running OS4 with their help. We'd like more freedon where/what we but, and we'd like you to have more options where you sell.
"Besides, we've talked with people from IBM and Motorola, the AmigaOne is the first attempt at commercialisation of the POP design in large quantities."
I'm sure they told you about the benefits of platform standardization, and how easy it was to provide linux users with chipset drivers that work on all existing POP boards.
"There are no other candidate producers out there at the moment and if you stop and think that the POP design has been available for many years now without anybody mass-marketing them, this is hardly surprising."
Yet you chose this platform anyway, right? Obviously because of the benefits.
"The issue of the market being flooded by cheap POP boards by a wide variety of producers is completely theoretical at best."
The whole reason we HAVE the AmigaONE as it exists today, is because the POP market is moving faster than anyone could develop a Proprietary board, this is why Eyetech went POP in the first place, remember?
Obviously it's not theoretical at best, it's a perfect example of why we even HAVE an AmigaONE at all. If it wern't for the POP market, there'd be no AmigaONE as Eyetech cancelled the prototype many months before they decided POP was moving too fast to ignore.
Add to that Eyetech already have another board lined up, again from the speed the POP market is moving, another chipset appeared! And we haven't even recieved the first one. Obviously the POP market is "greased lightning" in it's speed, especially when you consider the Amiga market ;)
Again, I appreciate your taking the time to discuss this, thank you.