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Events   Events : Breaking: AmiWest 2013 Keynote Report
   posted by Petah on 20-Oct-2013 16:33:38 (5137 reads)
As the annual Amiga convention AmiWest draws to a close later today, AmigaWorld.net is happy to present a short news report from yesterday's keynote held by Trevor Dickinson, founding shareholder of A-EON Technology and AmigaOS4 Team Lead, Steven Solie of AmigaOS ... (Title of Steve Solie edited by moderator per his request, and funding shareholder changed to founding shareholder for Trevor Dickinson)


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As expected, A-EON presented its Cyrus motherboard meant to serve as the hardware platform for an upcoming and yet unnamed Amiga computer. The Cyrus will sport the dual-core Freescale QorlQ P5020 PowerPC CPU running at 2 GHz and support up to 16 GB of RAM when AmigaOS will allow for it. Interestingly enough, the motherboard also features a Xena/Xorro-chipset described as "enhanced" to its predecessor. It remains unknown, however, in what way the chipset is updated. Telling from the applause and cheering, the audience was pleased to hear that A-EON will invest $1,200,000 USD in Amiga hardware in a partnership with British hardware manufacturer Ultra Electronics Varisys, paving the way for more and yet undisclosed future Amiga computers.

On the software side, Founder [of AEON] Trevor Dickinson also announced that Libre Office is still being ported to AmigaOS, and showed the first publicly presented screenshot portraying the open source office suite.

Behind Hyperion's doors, work with AmigaOS 4.2 continues. One of the major hurdles right now, as AmigaOS Development Team Lead Steven Solie implied, is getting the AmigaOS Exec-kernel to support multiple CPU cores. As part of the process, a new so called "scheduler" is being implemented. The new scheduler is apparently already running in the current, internal builds of AmigaOS although Steven suggested there will be room for improvement and optimizations prior to an official release. AmigaOS 4.2 will also introduce the Gallium3D WinSys API for hardware accelerated 3D graphics. Since the new API will allegedly support older PowerPC hardware targeted at legacy Amiga models, Steven made it clear no existing Amiga users will be left behind and that compatibility will be upheld.

Yesterday's keynote also established that future version of AmigaOS will support the NTFS file system used by most Windows platforms. Although Steven Solie didn't explicitly say whether or not NTFS for AmigaOS will support both read and write access, having support for NTFS will likely be a welcome addition to AmigaOS by users who want to be able to read USB-memory sticks and other removable media formatted with NTFS.

Despite the surge in interest the low cost Amiga laptop caused when it was announced at AmiWest two years ago, the project has now been officially declared as dead as Steven said the final product would have been anything but cost efficient. Apparently, the hardware manufacturer couldn't come up with a financially viable solution acceptable for Hyperion and its partners as the consumer product would have offered too little hardware for too much money. It does, however, seem like Hyperion still hasn't ruled out a portable Amiga since Steven stated that other options are currently being investigated.

Although the date of the release of AmigaOS 4.2 is still unclear, the AmigaOS development team doesn't currently rule out another 4.1 update. The contents and general availability of the update, which will be the 7th after AmigaOS 4.1 was released in 2008, is at this point unknown.

Courtesy of the AmiWest TV team, videos from yesterday's speeches are being uploaded to its YouTube-channel.
    

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Boot_WB 
Re: Breaking: AmiWest 2013 Keynote Report
Posted on 20-Oct-2013 18:46:46
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Some great information and insights into ongiong developments. Many thanks to the people involved in organising the event, and to those who make it possibloe for us to attend virtually.

But "Chief Engineer" - really? I sincerely hope that's a case of "lost in translation".

The many years I spent getting an Engineering degree, and subsequent years spent as a Junior Engineer gaining the experience to be able to call myself an "Engineer" let alone "Chief Engineer" were rubbed up the wrong way by that one.

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@ Boot_WB

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But "Chief Engineer" - really? I sincerely hope that's a case of "lost in translation".


Yeah, I scratched my head while correcting spelling and such, but couldn't think of any other term save, "Chief Code Monkey".....

Happy to change it, if you can come up with a better term?

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@Boot_WB

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But "Chief Engineer" - really? I sincerely hope that's a case of "lost in translation".

The many years I spent getting an Engineering degree, and subsequent years spent as a Junior Engineer gaining the experience to be able to call myself an "Engineer" let alone "Chief Engineer" were rubbed up the wrong way by that one.

then i'm sure you'll be pleased to know that steve has never referred to himself as chief engineer of anything. he is currently the development team lead for AOS, and that's all that was mentioned. IMO steve is an incredibly modest guy. i can't imagine him assigning a title to himself that wasn't merited.

so, yes, "lost in translation."

-- eliyahu

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@Yo

No problem, I'm sure whatever Steve calls himself is fine.

@Eliyahu

Just one of those bug-bears. I have to stop myself eveytime the "Gas Engineer" comes round to perform a perfunctory safety test that the average spaniel could master.

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Although chief engineer Solie didn't explicitly say whether or not NTFS for AmigaOS will support both read and write access...


Both reading and writing are supported and tested to be working. You can even format NTFS partitions normally using c:format or from WB although there is also a port of the mkntfs command line tool which gives more control on how the formatting is done.

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I've just downloaded Prisma Megamix PDF and I am wondering - is there on-soundcard some DSP effects [like reverb or fft filters] or it is just for output?

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Hats off to AEon for this level of commitment. Very pleasing to see. Would love to see a stable version of Timberwolf first though as I feel it is vital for the Amiga to progress.

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@Petah
I am a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) thank you but that is not my title nor occupation at Hyperion. I am the "AmigaOS Development Team Lead."

And Trevor's title is "Founder" as well. I just confirmed this with him personally.

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In many countries job titles are just descriptions what you do. They have no correlation to your degree. For example here in Finland we have engineers who never completed anything higher than the high school but they are called SW engineers and such because that is what they do.

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@Boot_WB
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The many years I spent getting an Engineering degree, and subsequent years spent as a Junior Engineer gaining the experience to be able to call myself an "Engineer" let alone "Chief Engineer" were rubbed up the wrong way by that one.

Sounds like "sour grapes" to me. It's not Solie's fault it took you so long to get promoted. Maybe it was a lack of engineering expertise.

It doesn't feel so good to be insulted, does it?

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So YoYo, what kind of monkey are you? All indications are that you're a "MODERATOR" monkey because a real MODERATOR would discourage the kinds of insults seen here.

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@Xenic,

The only insulting replies I see in this thread are the ones posted by you. Why are you so bent on trying to stir up trouble, where none exists?

I think if Steve Solie had taken any offense to Yo's term "Code Monkey", he would have defended himself in the message he posted as a reply to her naming him Chief Engineer.

Last edited by amigadave on 20-Oct-2013 at 11:17 PM.

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@Xenic

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Sounds like "sour grapes" to me. It's not Solie's fault it took you so long to get promoted. Maybe it was a lack of engineering expertise.


I beg your pardon, but you know nothing about my life and I presume to know nothing about yours.

Quote:
It doesn't feel so good to be insulted, does it?


Normally I'm not insulted, since I treat others with respect and they reciprocate. Congratulations on making youself a rare exception.

Incidentally, could you please point out where I have insulted anyone (Gas Engineer excepted).

Now look at your own comments.

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@salass00

Excellent news regarding NTFS

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Per a request directly from the AmiWest Show floor, the title of Steve Solie has been corrected to read "AmigaOS4 Team Lead", so please no further off topic comments about the mistake that was made, or insults that were unintentional, or otherwise after the fact. This is the only warning that will be given and any further discussion about the engineering title or perceived insults may result in a temporary vacation from posting on AmigaWorld.net.

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@petah

I loved your news post it was actually a great read (no kidding) - however as per tradition I ran it through your html validator and it reported:

1 Error(s), 1 warning(s)

Lol

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I see a bit of a tease there wih a Live Linux Remix. No details given. Plug and play would be good for Linux on X1000.

With NTFS AmigaOS will have one feature a common STB doesn't. Most of them, the ones that record and play on USB only support FAT uotp 32GB usually. And a PS3 can only read FAT as well a friend found out. Unless that fixed that.

Now all this is very well but what happened with the developer sessions and what's the news on that? I want to hear what was taught and what lessons were learned regarding AmigaOS development!

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@Hypex

There is this Amiwest lessons 2013.

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After all these news Acube was left out of the market?
They have not found the chords to make a joint development?
Does anyone know anything, and could kindly explain better?
I ask this only for my personal interest, not to make any controversy!
I have always supported the world NG Amiga see my signature. Thanks to all those who will respond

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@Boot_WB

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could you please point out where I have insulted anyone (Gas Engineer excepted).

It's all right - we all need to insult a Gas Engineer from time to time

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