|In reply to Comment 29 (Tbone):|
>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.
Nonsense. The AmigaOne *is* a POP board, whether it has the Amiga ROM installed or not. The ROM protection code isn't instead of OpenFirmware boot code, but in _addition_ to it. Adding the Amiga ROM enables the board to run AOS4+.
Also, don't confuse BIOS and OpenFirmware: BIOS (there are several) are proprietary, and apply to x86 boards intended to run some flavour of Windows.
There is no requirement to have a separate product line. The boards will quite happily run Linux as-is. Eyetech - or anyone else prepared to produce mobos guaranteed to run AOS correctly - don't have to produce non-AOS-enabled if they don't want to.
If the demand is big enough, they will. Meantime, it's in everyone's interest - including yours and Seehund's - to have a minimal, non-invasive, form of copy protection for AOS *so that Amiga and its partners can make enough money for the Amiga to continue to exist*.
In the meantime, I don't see Eyetech complaining about the hypothetical extra problems this ROM might involve.