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.
#26 Re: what's with the Amiga?
Tuesday July 1st, 2003 5:13 AM
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No. If you think about Classic Amiga (A100, A500, A2000, A1200, A3000, A4000 etc, then fastest Motorola 680x0 CPU you can use is 68060 66Mhz. That's a lot faster than 68030 40Mhz. There is so called accelerator boards for the Amiga. First accelerator were released already many many years ago. I have A1200 with Blizzard 1260 accelerator with 68060 50Mhz CPU. That's something like Pentium 90Mhz when you think about speed.
But it's also possible to connect PPC accelerator to you A1200, A4000 etc. Depending on you Amiga model you can buy eg. PPC603e 240Mhz or PPC604e 200Mhz. Those PPC accelerator were also released first time many years ago.
BUT. There is now also new next generation Amigas (AmigaOne Pegasos). Those were released just recently. Those Amigas are based on PPC G3 and PPC G4. So those are same CPU's which eg. MAC computers use. Fastest G4 you can use right now is G4 800Mhz. Those new motherboards do have also standard PCI, AGP, USB etc.
So there is no reason why you could not run Mozilla on current Amigas. There is enough power to run it. Hardware is not any problem anymore.