2003 is a year of historical significance for Amiga users as this year new hardware and a new Amiga Operating System will make their debut. So many years have passed, so many hopes have been dashed as each year would pass without new hardware and a new AmigaOS to take the Amiga platform forward. The long wait is over for this year marks the rebirth of the Amiga platform with AmigaOne and AmigaOS 4 on the verge of being officially released.
The AmigaOne will be joining the Amiga family of computers, which first emerged in the 1980s and included such famous models as the A1000, A500, and the A1200. In contrast to the A1200 which had a 020 processor, the AmigaOne has a 800Mhz G4 PowerPC processor. According to Alan Redhouse, CEO of Eyetech, “some PPC experts reckon it is likely to deliver several hundred times the performance of an 030/50 with many applications”. In addition it will have all the features of any modern computer system with lots of Ram, hard drive space, a CD-Rom Drive/ Writer and even a DVD Drive if you like.
The AmigaOS has been one of the most successful and popular aspects of the Amiga platform and it remains the case to this day. When Hyperion released preliminary screenshots and some details about the status of AmigaOS 4 last year articles where published in the press, general computer websites covered the story, the website was overloaded with hits from visitors, and they received contact from an array of interested parties. As the recently released feature list reveals the AmigaOS 4 will maintain the qualities of the original but it will be modernised and most of the OS will be PowerPC native to take advantage of the PowerPC processor.
For users the Amiga platform will continue to offer a range of software whether it is for the serious creative user or for the gamer. For example, creative users such as musicians will be able to enjoy applications such as Audio Evolution 4 which provides easy-to-use multi-track recorder for home-studio applications, while graphics people will be able to use Realsoft's critically acclaimed and highly advanced 3D modelling and rendering package, Realsoft 3D Version 4. Gamers can expect a mix of original titles like Desert Racing, The Last Seal, and Voodoo Wars but also conversions from other platforms such as SIN and Soldier of Fortune.