|In reply to Comment 81 (Don Cox):|
Don Cox said,
>Is it really a good idea to saddle AmigaOS with license fees payable
>to Tao for ever?
In my opinion, it's fine, if they're planned for the eventuality; Amiga and Tao both have the same goal- massive adoption of the VP system. I still believe that, if they can ever pull it off, Tao can loosen the reigns a bit- much as Sun has with Java, and eventually, perhaps, to where Bell Labs got with C. If ever there was a company that could survive off implementation/support fees, it's Tao- every new CPU will need a new translator, and further adoption may inspire more "outlandish" CPU designs, requiring further translator and HAL writing.. and yet, the translator, at least, is simple enough that they can realize reasonable turnaround, rather than steering a whale (viz MS trying to keep all WinCE flavors in sync, before defaulting on StrongARM).
I'm more worried about the companies that, unfortunately, are more bit-players to the eventual goal. I still consider the ROM bit done for the protection of Eyetech, and while I've got the utmost respect for everyone at Hyperion, what happens to the OS4 IP if they ever become marginalized, like a certain other software house? Or is the contract better for both parties in this deal? :)