[uae] Re: OffTopic: Interest in other Amiga Emulators?

  • From: "Anders Andersson" <pipatron@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: uae@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 12:52:24 +0200

Hi Jochen! Having been completely ignorant about OS 4, and about
'modern' Amiga hardware in general (to me, it was just a macintosh
without the OS, that had nothing in common with the Amiga I love
except the company name), is there any hardware that's specific about
the AmigaOne, or do you have any links to information about the
hardware requirements? I thought it was just a generic PPC-based
computer, and that you could probably use Qemu to run it in linux and
windows, or is there anything else that made it special?

If you can't use any existing PPC-based emulators, this is a great
idea, and I think a lot of people would like it.

Kind regards,

On 9/15/07, Jochen Becher <jochen_becher@xxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> WinUAE and E-UAE are (like most software systems) never ending stories:
> There are always some more features you can implement and there is
> always a last bug to fix. My personal interest on E-UAE is not so much
> to emulate every hardware that was done for Classic Amigas in the past
> but to save the possibility of executing AmigaOS 1.0 to 3.9 in the
> future when all existing Amiga Hardware is broken. A future-save
> hardware solution (including 680x0, AGA, some supported I/O, graphics
> and sound cards that were also available for Amigas) would be a even
> better solution for that problem.
> Now I am looking forward: I believe that Amiga OS 4 has a serious
> problem with its hardware platform. I was never able to get my hands on
> an AmigaOne (in the time when they were manufactured I had no time to do
> anything with it and I didn't expect that they vanish so fast from
> market). Today there is no desktop PPC hardware platform that may be
> used for that OS in the (near) future. Embedded boards always have
> strong limitations (expandability, speed, standards, availability).
> I would like to see an emulator that runs AmigaOS 4. One could start
> emulating AmigaOne hardware and sooner or later replace hardware
> emulation with AmigaOS 4 drivers that directly access the hardware or
> call drivers of the host OS (linux).
> I don't want to see this AmigaOS 4 dieing just because the hardware does
> not run anymore. It is now the time to start building an emulator! (As
> it was 10 years ago for classic Amigas.)
> I am not able to do this project by my own: I don't have an AmigaOne and
> I have not the time to run such a big project alone. But I want invest
> some hours per week and I am looking for others to join.
> What do you think about that?
> Regards, Jochen

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