AmiZilla Project Continues to Grow

Saturday June 7th, 2003

David Gates ( 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.

#9 Re: AmigaOne XE G4/800 MHz?

by coffeemonk

Monday June 9th, 2003 9:03 AM

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indeed they are, and have been for some time, in fact. PowerPC accelerators have existed for the Amiga pretty much since around the time the first PowerPC Mac was produced. There has never been a native PPC AmigaOS for these accelerators, but there were certain ways in which programs could make use of--or run entirely on--the PPC instead of the native 68k processor.

Now the current Amiga (trademark) owners have established a roadmap to 1) get the AmigaOS moved into the 21st century and 2) eventually make it processor/hardware independent. The first steps on this roadmap are a ground-up rewrite of the "classic" OS to modernize it and make it more portable, and to move it over to PPC native kernel and OS components.

The AmigaOne hardware with PowerPC G4 processors exists and is selling *now*. AmigaOS version 4.0 is on the way.