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Amigaworld.net News   Amigaworld.net News : Former Commodore UK Bosses David Pleasance and Colin Proudfoot Join FriendUP
   posted by danwood on 3-Feb-2016 16:45:46 (3435 reads)
The two former joint managing directors of Commodore UK have joined the new Amiga-inspired FriendUP platform.

After first meeting the Friend team at Amiga 30 in Amsterdam, both have been very impressed with the project and agreed to join as senior managers in the company. Colin is now CFO, with David becoming Director of International Sales and Marketing.

David and Colin were once the favourites to purchase the entire Amiga technology, after the downfall of Commodore in 1994. 21 years later, this is the first time the pair have worked together since Commodore.

FriendUP is a next generation web application technology for connecting users and developers to resources in a unifying way. The first product is an open source application called the Friend Unifying Platform, and takes many design decisions and concepts from the Amiga OS.

David Pleasance and Colin Proudfoot have recorded an interview with Dan Wood on Youtube, to explain why they wanted to be involved.

See the video here: https://youtu.be/T7Kng6icsbY
    

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elwood 
Re: Former Commodore UK Bosses David Pleasance and Colin Pro
Posted on 3-Feb-2016 21:59:55
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I read the friendos.com website but it just doesn't explain what it is about

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ne_one 
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@elwood

I concur, the details on the site are limited. Evidently that's the first sales and marketing task.

I'd also like to get a sense of the backing. The Kickstarter campaign appears to have been a dud.

Last edited by ne_one on 03-Feb-2016 at 11:54 PM.

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Birbo 
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Posted on 4-Feb-2016 5:54:47
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In what way this is related to Amiga?

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bitman 
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I also read the info on the website and did not understand what it is....

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danwood 
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Here's an interview with their lead dev, Hogne: https://youtu.be/Y5n0f5DSbSM

He explains it in depth.

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OlafS25 
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I think they say it shares some ideas...

but on .NET you can install components by copying files in a directory like on amiga, is that making .NET to amiga related? I think not.

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Templario 
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Amigavaporware.

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It's certainly not Vapourware, as I recorded both of the videos using FriendUP and its internal chat client, you can even try out the beta for yourself:

https://friendos.com/en/beta/index.html

For those asking how it is Amiga-inspired. Well, not just the default GUI looks and reacts like the Amiga, it also shares a similar directory structure and the Shell is very similar to the AmigaDOS CLI, it uses many of the same commands.

Their lead developer, Hogne, previously worked on AROS, so the project came out of that.

Last edited by danwood on 04-Feb-2016 at 11:12 AM.

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@thread

If not for the names Pleasance and Proudfoot being involved, I would consign this OS to the yet another weak attempt to revive the Amiga feeling through yet another Amiga-like OS. These two people helped keep C= UK alive and profitable. It is possible that this attempt may actually gain a large following unlike CommodoreOS, AROS, MorphOS, AmigaOS4.x, Syllable, and Haiku. Who knows?

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It is the way he reimagines Amiga in 2016. I am cautiously optimistic about this.

I really think if the Amiga were being designed now it would be in the cloud.

Last edited by persia on 05-Feb-2016 at 06:17 AM.

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Its a interesting idea, I think the internet is slowly moving this way anyway, there some cool online/html5 apps out there. So I be interested to see where this goes and wish them luck if not for anything else just for sponsoring some cool Amiga 30th shows last year.

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kamelit0 
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It look like they want to be a lower cost Citrix.
Kamelito

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David & Collin should have got involved in vampire/apollo project thats the future.

FriendsUP...... did watch the web feed from amiga30 (USA) and I dont see how friends up has anything todo with amiga.

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So its a OS in a web browser whats the point. ? Or am I issing something

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Excellent videos as always.

A lot of infectious enthusiasm, although the elevator story still isn't emerging yet.

The problem with platitudes like "it does so much we have a tough time describing it", "we hope it will be the commercial version of Facebook" and "we want it to be a more user-friendly version of Linux" is that they make it sound like another... (gasp) Digiverse.

Technically, it sounds a lot like ChromeOS with interoperability extensions.

I think.

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They have nothing to do with Amiga other than that Hogne came to the Amiga 30s shows and promoted a product that no one understands what is.

I dont understand their marketing neither. Silly company.

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Quote:
They have nothing to do with Amiga other than that Hogne came to the Amiga 30s shows and promoted a product that no one understands what is.


Dont understand why they was part of Amiga30

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They just follow what Be Inc did in 1996 or 1995 don't really recall precisely.
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@tangoone

It should be pretty obvious... they're preaching to the choir.

Attending and sponsoring Amiga events afforded them the opportunity to meet many others who could potentially be interested in the technology and willing to contribute or help promote the cause.

I'm sure that they were also hoping that Hyperion, A-EON etc. would sign on as partners - even just to endorse the effort.

Besides the predictable "it doesn't have anything to do with the Amiga" comment, the other quip that keeps popping up in Dan's channel is "this won't be able to compete with [x]."

Why do members of the Amiga community think that every product or service must be dominant to be viable?

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iggy 
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THAT'S IT!
WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT!

Will it run on my Amiga?
Should we start a bounty to port it?
WTF is it exactly?

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