$2,000+ Offered to First Person to Port Mozilla to Amiga OS
Wednesday May 21st, 2003
Several people wrote in to tell us that DiscreetFX has started a fund for the first person to port Mozilla to Amiga OS. An initial contribution of $2,000 has been provided by DiscreetFX's CEO, Bill Panagouleas, and donations are welcome from other individuals and groups. To get the bounty, all a programmer/team has to do is get either the browser portion of the Mozilla Application Suite or Mozilla Firebird up and running on the Amiga, even in beta form. At the time of writing, the fund stands at $2,667.
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Thursday May 22nd, 2003 4:28 PM
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Amiga floundered during the 1990s after Commodore died. The first company to buy Amiga went bankrupt the next year. Then Dell and Gateway fought over Amiga, and Gateway won and then proceeded to do nothing with it. In 2000, Gateway sold Amiga to an independent company, now Amiga Inc. Amiga Inc. has been working since then to bring Amiga into the 21st century.
They have two plans:
The Amiga ONE computer, based on the PPC processor, the hardware for which is already done. Amiga OS 4, which is PPC native, is nearly done. So, while there are not a great number of users of the original Commodore-era Amiga, the first Amiga in nearly a decade is nearly ready for release.
An Amiga digital platform based on intent, a real-time OS that has been ported to every major platform and can run on anything from PDAs to servers. CompUSA is already selling this new Amiga software for cellphones.
The two platforms are supposed to converge in Amiga OS 5. Amiga OS 4.5 will be the first with a completely new GUI system (I believe). Amiga OS 4.2 will be the first to implement real memory protection. Amiga OS 4.0 is the first PPC native version, and it's just a month or so from release.
More info on Amiga Inc. can be found here: <http://www.amiga.com>
More info on Amiga OS 4 can be found here: <http://os.amiga.com/os4/?…fe460ea84b2898017dcc1f8d9>
More info on the Amiga ONE can be found here: <http://www.eyetech.co.uk/amigaone/>
Note that SourceForge.net already has a Linux kernel for the Amiga ONE here: <http://amigaone-linux.sourceforge.net/>