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Amigaworld.net News   Amigaworld.net News : Introducing the A.L.I.C.E. Laptop
   posted by amigakit on 13-Nov-2015 21:51:24 (13070 reads)
Introducing the A.L.I.C.E. Laptop
A Laptop Incorporating a Classic Experience


Sacramento 17th October 2015
A-EON Technology is pleased unveil the A.L.I.C.E. prototype at AmiWest 2015. A.L.I.C.E. is an x86 laptop that boots straight into the AmiKit Classic Amiga environment.

A.L.I.C.E. utilizes ordinary PC Laptop hardware to achieve extraordinary results. A truly immersive "Classic" experience has been created in a modern portable package by leveraging commodity hardware and existing emulation solutions. The core of A.L.I.C.E. is Amiga Forever and the freely available AmiKit software environment running on top of Linux. The Linux environment is completely hidden, but easily accessed if desired.


A.L.I.C.E. also includes a "Rabbit Hole" feature which integrates both Windows and Linux applications into the AmiKit environment. Amiga document and media files now open up in Libre Office, MPlayer, Firefox, etc. In fact any application that can be installed under Linux can be run from the AmiKit workbench. A.L.I.C.E. also provides a platform to easily access AMIStore and all of the upcoming software releases planned for Classic Amiga users. Exclusive add-on features are also planned that will only be available to A.L.I.C.E. users.

Jn Zahurančk, the developer of AmiKit said, I have been dreaming about a portable Amiga computer ever since my real Amiga desktop could not keep up with my travel plans anymore. The A.L.I.C.E. laptop is the dream come true. Actually, the reality is more beautiful and more feature rich than the dream itself!

Trevor Dickinson added, "I've always been a big fan of Amiga Forever and the AmiKit distribution but running an Amiga on top of Windows always felt a little clumsy to me. Several years ago I came up with the A.L.I.C.E. concept for a Classic Laptop but it has taken the combined skills and talent of the A.L.I.C.E. team to make the idea a reality. Amazing-ly, not only is A.L.I.C.E. portable it also delivers a lightning fast Classic experience.

In addition to AmiKit, A.L.I.C.E. Can also boot into standard Linux and Windows environments and can support AmigaOS 4 Classic if the pre-requisite PicassoIV and PowerPC ROMS images are supplied.

The A.L.I.C.E. Team includes Jn Zahurančk (AmiKit), Ken Lester, Toni Wilen, Rex Schilasky, Kevin Saunders, Michael Battilana (Cloanto) and Pat Wall & Trevor Dickinson (A-EON)

www.a-eon.com
    

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Nice...now we only need a way to remove 128MB ram limit on PowerPc emu and a better gfx card to have a fully portable(and usable) AmigaOS4


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Sorry, I have red it, but don't understand.

Don't seem to be more elegant to start and use a windows program from Workbench, than start WinUAE from windows.

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It would be nice if the requirement for a PowerUP ROM was removed so that OS4 could be run out of the box too.

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It would be nice...


Lots of complains about slow OS4 hardware, and it would be "nice" to emulate it even slower on x86? Ehh...

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What next a C64 laptop all this retro stuff is cool but I would prefer more man power put towards OS4 on new hardware. Then we can have ALICE on top of OS4 "dream mode off lol" keep up the good every one.


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The ALICE team lineup is impressive for sure!

That said; any chance of a youtube/video demostrating the hardware/software in action?

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I don't see a finger pad or whatever, I suppose you have to lug around a mouse.

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I've never seen a laptop without a pad. The one you're looking for is under the cat.


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There is one that has no separate buttons on it. Quite common this time on almost every laptop while apple started it. Most of it IMHO is a crap especially when you need a right click.

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Well done!

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What is the MAX RAM that will be accessible by any of the flavours of Workbench that run on A.L.I.C.E?


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What is the MAX RAM that will be accessible by any of the flavours of Workbench that run on A.L.I.C.E?


OS3: 1.5 GB
OS4: 128 MB

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I havent rewatched the speech in a while, but didnt Michael Battilana mention that they where working with Toni to improve PPC emulation and lift some of the limitations? (RAM being one of them?)

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@Overflow

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I havent rewatched the speech in a while, but didnt Michael Battilana mention that they where working with Toni to improve PPC emulation and lift some of the limitations? (RAM being one of them?)


Yes, but RAM is not WinUAE limitation...

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Well, just repeating what he said during the speech.

There have been very little information beyond this press release, so what he meant with the comments will just be speculations.
Im just assuming he wouldnt have mentioned things like RAM unless they have plans for it.

Hence, it would be nice with spesific details beyond what was shared in the release.

I HAVE been thinking about getting a new laptop for a good while since my current one is on its last legs. So hardware specs AND the Amikit/WinUAE details would be very intresting to read about/watch.

I love AmiKit, so Im excited about Jan bein on the team for sure :)

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In the pdf press release it says read more at www.a-eon.com.
Is it just me that cant find it, or is the news totally missing from a-eon's site?

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It's not the only one, the last time a-eon's site updated with news where on 3rd of June.


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Amikit is a permanent and often used application on my Microsoft Surface 3 when I am out an about so I guess I already own an ALICE type machine


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http://a-eon.biz/PDF/News_Release_ALICE.pdf


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Yep, we've seen the PDF but even that says "For more information please visit: www.a-eon.com"

There is no more information on the site.


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