Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal

Friday March 12th, 1999

The DoJ has given a thumbs-up to the AOL/Netscape/Sun acquisition/merger/strategic alliance. You can read about it at and at Infoworld.

#30 NG Amiga Targeted Features

by Kovu <>

Tuesday March 16th, 1999 5:13 AM

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For any interested, the somewhat vague Amiga Inc.'s (owned now by Gateway) targeted features for the NG Amiga are below. They intend to have a lower level system out by year's end, and if you think the weak-ass iMac, which doesn't have a one of these features (well I shouldn't say that) can sell, well this should top it. They are using QNX as their base OS, not BeOS, as some might have expected (see <> for more details) because QNX is small enough to run credit card machines and yet is a fully real-time OS. I really think these guys have a chance this time, and if you don't well I'm sorry.

The Amiga Developer system, an extremely high scale x86 machine, should be out within a couple of months, and then let the convergence begin. Neither Gateway nor Amiga is stupid enough to put out another machine that will be killed by lack of support-if you can't beat 'em do it better.

As for Windows, projects like Mozilla are designed specifically to make OSs IRRELEVANT, because of MS abuses. It is MSs worst nightmare and the reason they crushed NS with IE and tried to make Java Windows dependent. Once this happens, with the "write once run anywhere" fully engaged, hopefully, the last OS anybody will want to use is Windows.

Finally, you are once again not taking into account the DOJ trial, which looks to be over this summer. MS has done HORRIBLY in court, whether they admit it or not, and there is every indication that A) get broken up or B) have to license Windows or C)have to stop writing exclusionary contracts. In any of these cases, MS loses, and the industry wins. And this is all likely to happen by next year, over a year before MS could possibly put out another consumer OS.

And as for $30,000 not being enough, the point is not the one-time donation, it is indicative of the industry leanings. SGI is financing Open-GL development on Linux, Intel is financially assisting in helping Linux work best with their new chips. HP and IBM are not merely putting up machines for those who ask for them, they are developing lines based on them because, in the end, they are SICK of paying over-inflated prices for a nightmarishly bloated OS that is bottle-necked by all of MSs marketing stategies, MB after MB after MB. The DOJ commissioned a program that removed IE from Win98 completely, and allowed them to install Netscape in its place--and lost NO functionality. I really wish I could get that program, and do my Windows a favor.

AMIGA NG FEATURES: Operating System Core Features

Scalable and modular design Fully Protected Preemptive Multitasking; with processes and threads Efficient and compact OS (under 4MBs) Full 32 bit True RTOS Virtual Memory support ROM-able Multi Processor support Distributed processing support Open standards architecture Support for industry standard API's


High performance 3D (Open GL) Full 24-bit true color Support standard TV, SVGA and resolutions up to HDTV Multi-Media Gaming centric Real-time animation (audio/video/graphics)


Network centric architecture High performance Internet solutions Full Java support Consumer networking Convergence

Support new digital interface standards Amiga convergence API's where no standards exist Support leading convergence processing hardware