|In reply to Comment 97 (priest):|
>> "What you *should* compare (if price levels is what you want to compare) is
>> what MiniITX boards costs in *2005*, and what features and performance they
>> offer for that price!"
> No! (IMHO, though!)
> As long as you want to continue with AmigaOS, you either stay with the
> classic Amigas or buy AmigaOS4 compatible HW. So, for AOS4, we can only
> compare between other A1 models.
I know the options if you want to continue with AmigaOS, I wasn't talking about that. I was more talking about survival of the A1 HW platform; I was more at a strategic level. OS4 is not ready enough for real usage, for real users outside this little community, and it won't be for a *considerable* amount of time. When it is (and when/if there is something (anything!) running on OS4 that will actually make people outside this community considering the investment of purchasing A1/OS4), will there still be an A1 HW platform alive to run it on? That may depend on how many boards Eyetech sells!
Eyetech's sales to this little saturated "Amiga" market will be so small that it hardly will pay any bills at all. However, sales to Linux market could! And then it becomes *very* relevant to compare the options!
What does the MiniITX A1 have, that other MiniITX boards of 2004/2005 doesn't, that justifies this **huge** price difference? Note that this was a rethorical question, because we all know the answer: Not much! At this price level, this HW platform is quite doomed IMHO (without even considering the effects of the Articia-S).