I'm afraid Buck has exceeded even his usual level of bullshit and innuendo
on this one.
My take on this:
Our announcement of the G4 availability and pricing, and of the (solved)
Articia problem at the WoA SE was not what he expected. Since then we have
been innundated for dealership agreements from ex-Amiga dealers who have
(and their customers have) good memories of the Amiga OS and a growing
hatred of Windows. The polls, such as they, are show that the A1-XE G4 is by
far the most popular PPC platform for the Amiga community and this must also
have been a bit of a shock. (Is it also a coincidence that we've been the
recipients of an intense, targeted virus campaign since then, I wonder?)
Meanwhile Hyperions work on PPCBoot and linux has allowed the Teron
reference boards to get to a level where they can be usefully sold in the
Linux Market. As most on this list will know we have the rights to
distribute these boards in Europe and now Terrasoft do in the US. (We also
have distribution rights on the Teron based designs for the Amiga marker
worldwide). This has knackered Thendics plans for world domination of the
PPC Linux market.
Reading between the lines it seems that they are prepared to drop MorphOS
altogether if they can get their hands on OS4 to at least salvage something.
Buck plans to do this by suing Amiga Inc (for what?) and bribing us to
abandon the AmigaOne and Hyperion to port OS4 to the pegasos hardware .
Sorry, thats not on. You can only have sensible business arrangements with
people who are trustworthy and behave with integrity. There are plenty of
instances (which are inappropriate to reveal here) where these principles
have been completely abandoned on his side.
On their so-called relationship with MAI, we/hyperion have done more to help
MAI get the Teron design to the linux market than ever bplan have, alltough
I don't doubt that Gerald Carda made an important contribution to
identifying the Articia bug - I've every respect for him as a hardware
As far as Thendic making their own boards is concerned thats a complete
joke. Its a matter of public record that Thendic-France incorporated as a
one-man company with the minimum 7500 euros of capital. Thendic, like us and
MAI do not actually make anything themselves, manufacture is all
subcontracted. In our case its to a Tiawanese specialist, in Thendic's its
to DCE. Based on our past experience of quality assurance and after sales
service from DCE I personally would never buy any DCE manufactured products
for resale again.
Well you did ask