|On the bright side:|
1) This is where some wanted such things to be settled, anyway--in court, where the findings or rulings are definitive; rather than in the 'court of public opinion', hashed out across internet forums and such (which it still will be, but that becomes moot in light of the current legal proceedings).
2) Keep in mind that the current blockbuster of all OSes (in the sense of popularity) began by stumbling and outright failing with its first products, before finally gaining momentum and becoming profitable. (re: Microsoft's early beginnings).
I think Amiga will probably require yet another month before it begins to gain traction, but by mid-December should be well on its way to putting such damaging things behind it. There seem to be several important court-related deadlines coming up (I think I saw two for early October (2nd and 3rd?), and another for November).
At least there is something more to discuss in the forums these days :-)
Maybe Amiga could put a PayPal thingy on their site for contributions to a Legal Defense Fund, or general contributions (maybe they already have, I haven't checked). I suppose if Amiga had any nutcase-fanatics in its 'community', they would have all rushed to the Amiga store to buy things just to help out their idol company (or is idle?). Ok, just kidding there, but I still have to wonder where they are and if they're buying things to do that. Bumper sticker? T-shirt? Anything but what they really wanted all this time?
I hope they don't have to declare bankruptcy, but if they do they still keep the name. It's not like Thendic/Genesi will ever get it or the trademarks, intellectual property, patents, etc.
And nothing prevents Amiga, Inc. from designing a brand new OS, anytime--even separate from what Hyperion is doing for them. If things ever get to that option, I suggest:
* A 64-Bit Amiga OS built on top of an original 'exokernel' (this is what I'm building my OS on; they allow the OS to do things traditions OSes cannot)
* A LibOS (as it practically was since the 80's) to accomodate full compatability with everything Amiga, from the first programs on up to the AmigaDE, and all of it 'native' and present together. It will satisfy the 'retro market' (which can continue to grow that way) and those who don't want to leave the past behind; and it will satisfy those who DO want to leave it behind, because all of that will be within a brand new OS without the legacy constraints and problems. It should even be possible to install any previous version of Amiga OS into the new one. There are many ways to accomplish this.
* Gear it toward the 'regular PC motherboards' out there, with a keen eye toward Abit and AMD (Amiga, Abit, and AMD...AAA can't be wrong :)). But basically any PC motherboard. The company doesn't have to guarantee that it runs on motherboards other than the ones listed, but it shouldn't block the user's desire to try it on other boards.
* Add a third desktop mode to Amiga OS (a 3D mode called WorkSpace). (mine will have 4 modes). With advances in technology of the years--especially graphics chips, almost anything is possible now. And its the different creature that catches the eye of consumers. Don't just 'Think Different', BE different.
I could go on, and the lawsuit is the current thing, but Amiga does need to plan and organize some major wave-making moves. In a sense, there are no rules by which to go, considering the possibilities of computing. The trend does seem to be the formation of a new core for Desktops and Servers: 64-Bit. The 32-Bit, 16-Bit, 8-Bit, and so on...continue to move away from it and become satelliting objects and devices, yet still interacting with the core (some of them doing that, rather).
One last fact: detractors of Amiga can never hold it down. This lawsuit is as low as Amiga will ever go. Sure, they need help, but it can't die, and it's not going to for a very long time. It's the successor to the Microsoft dominance.