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«A»         what is the optimum for a developer box?

«fleecy»    For OS5Dev, any x86 box will serve as a base (233+) but since
            we intend to be on it for as short a time as possible, we will
            only write drivers for one or two cards so that will be your
            problem if you don't go with the AInc solution.

«fleecy»    We hope to offer a low end and a high end solution

«phoe»      will Joe Torre's departure affect development of the new machine ?
            and when can we expect to see the new machine (or proper specs)

«fleecy»    Joe's departure will affect it in as much as we'll miss the little
            bugger. He was working closely with the GW2K staff to get the dev
            box done but I think most of the design work was done. I work from
            the home and not the office so I don't know. The specs should be
            out by or at Cologne.

«fleecy»    As for seeing it, as I explained in csa.misc, the bits are coming
            together but we are not sure whether ALL the bits will be ready by
            Cologne. We will show it but it might not be available for sale by
            then. GW2K are getting 3000 orders a day more than they can fill
            so we may have to look elsewhere.

«Yoshi»     Fleecy: Why all this paranoia with having to sign up for news at
            the Amiga Inc. site?  Is it just a clever plot to collect email
            addresses? :)

«fleecy»    Yoshi : damm, there goes our QVC contract ;-)

«fleecy»    As Bill explained at Sacremento, we want to stay under the Radar
            for as long as possible, not just for us but also for our
            partners, who are MS partners and have no desire to be EX MS
            partners before we have proved ourselves.

«fleecy»    I know it seems paranoid, but many of them have been bitten once
            too often by MS and their henchmen.

«SlamDunk»  What language are we going to be using. I assume 'C' but will it
            be Gcc ? We need to spend this time before the release of the Dev
            system learning the language NOW

«fleecy»    Languages : C++ first and foremost, then Java. We are talking and
            the ICOA is working on a model to bring more languages as quickly
            as possible. I hope so because I HATE C++

«DrJekyl»   How close are you working with the "third party" h/w developers ?
            and how many 3rd ptys  are there ? 

«fleecy»    HW developers - I have spoken to Pios, DKB, P5, Index and A.C.T.
            They are all very keen BUT they want to see specs...since the MMC
            company is more shy than a virgin at a bachelor party, this is
            pissing them off.

«fleecy»    As soon as the MMC company opens up, we will get them in there for
            a first look but I don't see this being until next year... another
            reason for the OS5Dev step

«Cryto»     Are the new MMC chips coming along on time?  Also, any new info
            on them? Also, what will be the new CPU?  Or has that not been
            decided yet? Also, any preliminary OS features that are gonna be
            in the new OS?(Resource tracking, Multi-processing/Threading, etc)

«fleecy»    ok, the last time we spoke to the company, they were on time -
            however, that was THEIR word - we are supposed to be going up
            there to check on this but we have to be our chopsticks first ;-)

«fleecy»    Info on them will only become available when they let us, I'm
            afraid. Intel would crucify them if they found out.

«fleecy»    OS features - SMP, MP, MT, VM - all the advanced OS features you
            would expect a kernal to have.

«phoe»      How many major developers have actually indicated an interest in
            the platform - enough to make the platform viable once more ?
            Any 'killer apps' on the horizon ?  

«fleecy»    the 'pumpkins rock ;-)

«fleecy»    Developers- I have spoken to as many of the commercial developers
            as I can and they are a) looking forwards to developing for OS5
            b) wondering how they are going to stay alive long enough to get
            there. We have plans to help them on both accounts

«fleecy»    non Amiga developers ;-) Oh yes, there are plenty of them. Bill
            leaves up in Seattle and he has more lunch invites than you can
            shake a hairy stick at

«Kyle»      What is AI's opinion and "stance" regarding the closure of CU

«fleecy»    I am very distressed. I talked to Tony and Andy over the past two
            day (Bruce as well). Both wished us their best. I have bought CU
            for 4 years and I shall miss it. We are planning something
            special for CU's final issue, so make sure you buy it.

«Locutus»   Fleecy: exactly how many software/os people work at AInc? afaik,
            there's only Havemose atm? ga

«fleecy»    Well I am a project manager/system architect of no mean repute
            myself. However, you are correct. Until we get all our ducks in
            a row then we have most of our staff as contractors. No one wants
            to live in South Dakota (ask Joe!!!), including me.

«Yoshi»     Fleecy: Gary said you'd also ask question to us.  I'd be
            interested to hear those :)

«Yoshi»     Fleecy: Besides, I don't really understand how the AmigaOS5dev
            machine can be out before the MMC is revealed, I always thought
            the OS5dev machine would already emulate it?  ga

«Dave_C»    IRC is a two way street and he MAY have some for us.

«fleecy»    When you design a chip, you do it in SW first and create
            emulations for it. This is WHY we have to use x86, despite P5
            wanting us to use PPC.

«fleecy»    Plus you can design an OS on another platform first and then port
            it - remember the Amiga was designed on Suns first.

«NdK»       This may sound a bit negative, but I am an seeing-is-believing
            kinda person.

«NdK»       You just told that the team that is designing OS5 is pretty small.

«NdK»       Why do you think you (and your team) can create a complete new OS
            in so little time?

«NdK»       I mean, BeOS for example had a lot more developers for a longer

«NdK»       And even if it could be done, why do you think it will be better
            than other OS's

«fleecy»    As a PM of some ten years experience, I can tell you that small
            teams ARE the best - always. They maintain focus and consistency
            in a design. Once the design is completed, then you can bring
            more programmers in on the job.

«fleecy»    Why do I think it will be better? Because of Allan, and the ppl
            he is bringing into this? These ppl are top in their fields and
            once we take them on board and announce them, you will see that.
            These are ppl who want to be the next great thing and who feel 
            stymied in existing companies. They have found a home with us.

«Barnes»    What do you see as the main selling point of OS5 over rival os's
            of the future, I mean, Linux will be awesome by the time it is
            released (with the support which is growing for it at the moment),
            so what will it offer to make it better? ga

«fleecy»    Linux is a lovely OS but that is all it is - it is for techies
            for love editing with VI. The Digital Convergence market is much,
            much bigger than anything that exist so far but it requires an OS
            that ALL ppl can use

«fleecy»    The same way Be started from scratch with its assumptions, so we
            started with us - luckily for us, the Amiga OS was already half
            way there. We are just taking the next step, and moving onto
            faster HW.

«Eyesy»     yeah, er, well, what's the plan with PPC? a lot of people are
            not buying PPCs not only because of their hackish nature but also
            because of the announcement. What do you plan on doing with it?
            AltiVec sounds like it will be excellent, are you going to give a
            firm announcement on what you plan on doing with it?

«fleecy»    PPC is a very nice processor family. Altivec will show the world,
            yet again, how something should be done. However, it is a
            standalone CPU. Add all the extras you need to turn it into a
            computer (a la iMac) and you still have a price. The MMC delivers
            what we need, high price/performance all across the spectrum.

«Agima»     How aggressively has the OS5Dev machine been marketed, and how
            aggressively do you plan to market both OS5Dev and the OS5 machine
            in the near / far future?

«fleecy»    OS5Dev is and will be marketed back channel. Our PC inflicted
            partners and the Amiga community will be in on the secret so that
            when we go public, we will give the world one hell of a surprise.
            Ppl thing the Year2000 problem refers to time, it is going to
            refer to a new Amiga that kicks PCs all over the face of the new

«DrJekyl»   fleecy:  How far is the OS4 dev s/w and when is it estimated to go
            to beta ?

«fleecy»    OK, first, we boobed with OS4 - stupid name, stupid idea. What we
            are doing is skipping OS4 alltogether, since many ppl associate it
            with a PPC classic OS. Instead we are calling it OS5Dev and

«phoe»      Should we be worried about GW2K's stockmarket problems ?  What
            would stop Bill Gates buying GW2K out, and shelving all
            opposition to his 'evil empire' ? ga (thanx and goodnight)

«fleecy»    phoe: errr, nothing at the moment 8-( That is one reason for
            looking for partners. Many partners holding minority interests
            would give us much better protection.

«Multiview» The only question I have is the same one I put to everyone....
            "If Amiga chooses another CPU (ppc or other), why can't they
            just port the OS and make a new 68k-Datatype that would enable
            complete backward compatibility with all exisiting software?

«fleecy»    Multiview : not sure I understand here. Why would you want
            a 68K datatype? For backwards compatibility with OS3.1?

«Multiview» Well the big Q is ...will my software work with the new OS...
            Ihear it allthe time.

«fleecy»    Ahh, Ok. For OS5Dev there will be a classic card - it will be
            an Amiga on a PCI card and will give you complete

»TA«        How long is this going on?

«fleecy»    compatibility - it is an Amiga after all. For OS5Prod, we are
            not producing the machines. I presume the third parties, if
            they see a market advantage will provide compatibility, perhaps
            through siamese, perhaps through the OS5Dev cards, perhaps
            through AROS or UAE

«Yoshi»     Fleecy: Are there any plans to update the Amiga.com website more
            regularly? A site that changes every two months doesn't make
            a very good impression on future (1999) customers, IMHO.  GA

«fleecy»    I know - it is an eyesore and we are working on doing something
            that will provide a great deal more information. It will take
            a month or so to get it up and running. I do apologise for this.
            If everything had panned out the way we expected
            at WoA, there would be a lot more news on it by now.

«Harv_»     (a) what's up with the 4060t situation and (b) give us ONE news
            "headline" - something NEW we can take away from this. GA.

«fleecy»    The 4000 situation is gunged up with lawyers, screwy contracts
            and a lot of other stuff. We are doing all we can BUT it is out
            of our hands at the moment. WE can't even get machines......

«fleecy»    something new???

«Harv_»     something we haven't heard over and over.

«Harv_»     spill one (1) bean.

«fleecy»    Clinton is innocent ;-) I'm afraid there isn't anything - we are
            trying to give CU Amiga an exclusive BUT that depends on another
            partner...sorry Harv, have to disappoint you (again)

«Jamesc»    My question is similar to Multiview's. If I spend money purchasing
            a second hand A4000/060 with PPC card now. Will I be able to make
            use of it still when the new OS5Prod comes out?

«fleecy»    Sure, it will still run all the apps that are there now, and which
            are coming out over the next 12 months, without tying up your new
            machine, and as with the C64 and Amiga 1000, it will be 6 months
            to a year before there is a decent amount of SW out. I know I am
            going to get a Boxer when it comes out.

«fleecy»    We are also planning something for the classic Amiga that should
            make all those accelerators, cards and whatnot worth their money
            - how about that, Harv?

«Harv_»     I am still reeling from your plan to give a dead magazine an

«fleecy»    OS5Dev is in progress - that's all I can say.

«hesido»    What does Gateway expect with amiga, will they see her as an
            important portion of their business and advertise on CNN media
            report etc.or do business on a smaller scale, much less ambitious.

«fleecy»    GW2k has a tightrope to walk. It NEEDS a very close relationship
            with MS or it is screwed so it will keep us at arms

«Eyesy»     Maybe a silly question, but: I have read that you hope to have
            Amigas out for $500. How would you be able to manage to sell
            a product like this at such a low low price? (and do you mean just
            the motherboard for $500 or HD, CD, Monitor etc..). How can GW be
            willing to fund such a high risk project at such low profit
            margins, are they planning on dumping the PC for the SuperAmiga?

«fleecy»    length (hence the "under the radar" bit) - but we can leverage off
            of it in private in ways that Commodore could only dream of

«fleecy»    Have you looked at the Dreamcast specs and price, the Project X?
            HW technology is coming together, and the MMC adds several new
            twists to it. Will GW2k abandon PCs - not until we have prooved
            we make them redundant ;-)

«fleecy»    2 more and then I must go - sorry 8-(

«Agima»     The iMac has sold (I believe) 150,000+ since it's launch. How
            confident are you of similar early sales figures for
            OS5Dev/OS5Prod? GA

«fleecy»    OS5Dev is a developer machine - we will be delighted if users buy
            it but we see it as a seed. OS5Prod is a different matter. It will
            be sold hidden in products and out in the open. The launch and
            marketing strategy is still being worked out with the partners,
            but is should make the iMac one look like a christmas party at an
            old ppl's home

«Darwinz»   any plans for a laptop Amiga? and will ARexx still be part of
            future AmigaOS's? (updated maybe?) GA

«fleecy»    As I said before, the MMC can work perfectly well in a laptop if
            Pios or P5 or someone wants to make one then it will be fine with
            us. Arexx? Allan likes it, I like it.

*           Dave_C thanks all who submitted questions and thanks fleecy for
            giving us his time.

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