AmiZilla Project Continues to Grow
Saturday June 7th, 2003
David Gates (davidATdiscreetfx.com) writes in with an update on the AmiZilla project, which aims to raise a bounty for the first person or team to port Mozilla to Amiga OS. Since we last reported on the effort, the pot has grown to $3,661 and an AmiZilla FAQ and a set of AmiZilla guidelines have been created. In addition, an AmiZilla marketing campaign has been launched to gain publicity for the project and an AmiZilla Yahoo! Group has been set up to help coders collaborate on the port. Finally, the German Amiga Arena site has interviewed Bill Panagouleas, the founder of the project, with some AmiZilla-specific questions towards the end of the article.
Update! David Gates contacted us again with news that several parts of the AmiZilla site, including the FAQ and guidelines, have been updated. The FAQ now contains information about Hot CoCo, a future project to build a Java Virtual Machine for the AmiZilla port. The campaign also has its own mascot (think Green Mozilla after a series of oestrogen injections) designed by Eric Schwartz. Finally, Slashdot has reported on the porting effort and the booty now stands at $4,045.45.
You do realize that we are talking about an open-source initiative, Amizilla, launched by amiga and amiga compatible enthusiast programmers don't you ?
Personnally I don't give a damn about last century's Amiga history and obscure financial sides and conspiracies theories, and AmigaDE is probably a fine technology but is nowhere near completion and only share brand name with the current AmigaOS and AmigaOS compatible systems. In other words, the people trying to port Mozilla to AmigaOS/MorphOS/AROS are doing it because they want to, they don't care about your AmigaDE OS, they don't care about Amiga Inc, they don't care about what company X should have done or what product X they should do instead. They are doing it because they a/ want Mozilla for *their* OS b/ like the technical challenge c/ want to learn something d/want to participate to an open source project e/any other subjective and irrational reason inluding being found of big lizards.
As for your opinions states as facts: - Mozilla is impossible to port to Amiga -> early mozilla builds (in the M16 times) were already ported for AOS3.1 which proves that this is not impossible and other software packages were said to be impossible to port to Amiga, in the end they were ported and ran with much lower ressources.
- Nobody use it anymore -> Amiga OS is still visible on some web stat accesses on the web, more visible than BSD for instance (0.1% in germany last month for instance). And if nobody uses it, who are the people trying to port it now ? Ghosts ? There are dozens of companies making a living out of the amiga market and there are several professional productivity/design software only available for the amigaOS such as ImageFX.
- the only future is AmigaDE. -> sure, and I also wonder why there are windows versions of Mozilla when the obvious real good OS for the future is WindowsCE. Can you understand that the people trying to port Mozilla to AOS3/4 and Amiga-like OSes may not share your views about the future of the Amiga ?