Linux Mozilla On Amiga
Wednesday July 21st, 1999
James Russell writes in with information regarding Mozilla on the new Amigas: "...Amiga has announced the NG Amiga MCC (multimedia convergence computer) will have an OS written atop the Linux kernel (and Java2, Jini, C++, and more) and X Windows as a lower-level piece of the new Amiga Workbench (GUI) which Amiga has said they will release back into the Linux open-source environment (yes, the Workbench) for people to improve on.
For this reason, Linux Netscape will run on NG Amiga 'seamlessly', as they put it, and therefore those programming Linuxzilla now are actually programming NG Amigazilla along with it."
Interesting news - it'll be interesting to see how Amiga accomplishes their goal.
#6 More specs
Wednesday July 21st, 1999 1:59 PM
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A Few More Specs- The Amiga MCC will have more connectivity than a $2000 PC: the MCC supports seven USB ports (two in front for easy access), DVD drive standard (and DVD-RAM when available), still image capture acceleration, analog TV connections, S-Video & composite video, a full channel TV tuner, 44khz 16-bit CD stereo, AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 channel decoding, S/PDIF Dolby Digital output, infrared for remote control devices, a microphone input, a display touch-screen controller ... even an FM radio tuner is under consideration. Amiga will support older plugs via USB adapters, for those who wish to use existing hardware and upgrade slowly. THAT'S multimedia convergence, and it's also just the beginning.
Amiga has hooked up with ATI technologies for the 3-D chipset for the Amiga MCC (with advanced SuperScalar rendering 24-bit true color depth 2-D & 3-D hardware accelerator and pixel support for 640x480 to 1920x1200 [HDTV] resolutions) most specifications regarding graphics hardware have not been released yet. At least I know the Amiga MCC graphics chip will be able to do this stuff:
"Texture lighting & compositing, alpha blending, vertex- & table-based fog, video textures, reflections, shadows, spotlighting, bump mapping, LOD biasing, texture morphing, hidden surface Z-buffering, dithering, anti-aliasing, gouraud- & specular-shaded ploygons, perspective correct mip-mapping texturing, chroma-key, bilinear & trilinear texture filtering." Additional features will of course be announced when ATI releases chip specifications.
Amiga's CPU has yet to be announced, for example, although it is termed a "next generation" processor, one capable of running both Classic (Commodore-style) Amiga, Linux, and Java "better than any computer in the world" even. The choice is widely guessed to be either the Transmeta chip being optimized by Linux creator Linux Torvalds for Linux even as we speak (and with whom Amiga has aligned), or a Motorola Power PC G4 chip (due out late this year). Amiga says they have gotten 10 times the speed of Windows NT with the AmigaSoft OE and the still undisclosed CPU. No benchmark specs have been released yet.