Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 2793 from 2006/3/21
From: Northern Calif...
Tabor isn't likely to be available until 2017.
And once available, A-eon isn't likely to introduce something that is too close to that spec or price.
And a T2 board would eat up X5000 market space.
My guess is that we have at least two years or more before A-eon will move to use either CPU.
What facts are you basing your assumptions of for such a late release date for the Tabor? From what I have read on forums, it appears to me that some Tabor boards, or full systems, may have been available many months ago, perhaps even as long ago as a year, or more. This might mean that the port of AmigaOS4.1FE could be completed and the Tabor be released for sale much sooner than 2017. I don't have any inside information on how far along the process of porting AmigaOS4.1FE to the Tabor has progressed, so you might be correct, or close with your 2017 release date estimate, but my gut feeling is that it will be ready for release and sale before then.
I think the biggest stumbling block for A-Eon to design and release a new motherboard design using the T2080 CPU is market saturation and lack of sales for the X5000 and Tabor, which would make investing additional money in yet another PPC based motherboard design unwise and financially hurtful for A-Eon. In my opinion, the only way we are going to see additional new motherboard designs, beyond the Tabor and X5000, is dependent on A-Eon's ability to sell over 200 X5000's and at least 400 to 550 (or more) Tabor's, unless Trevor is able to re-negotiate the commitment to purchase 1,000 P1022 CPU's, or resell them to someone else.
I doubt anyone would expect Trevor to purchase 1,000 P1022 CPU's, then design a motherboard for the T2080, if he can't sell enough of those systems or motherboards.
Since Trevor, Matthew and A-Eon/AmigaKit are also involved in so many projects to provide other hardware or software for AmigaOS3.x, AmigaOS4.x, and to a lesser degree, MorphOS and AROS, I sincerely hope that they can succeed in selling the Tabor as well as the X5000, so they can continue investing time and money into those other projects. The Amiga universe would be a much duller place, if A-Eon ever needs to shut down, or scale back on their plans, due to slow, or low sales, of their X5000 and/or Tabor projects. I totally support Trevor's vision of trying to provide more software content, as the most important part of maintaining, or attempting to grow the Amiga community.
With all that said, I do not propose that anyone purchase either the X5000 or Tabor, solely because they want to support A-Eon, if the product they purchase is not useful and satisfying for them to use and enjoy. Buy their products only if they fit your needs and expectations, just like you would for any other company, but I will support them also by speaking up on forums like this one, when anyone posts messages that are unfairly harmful toward A-Eon, Trevor, or Matthew of AmigaKit. (Jim might have been a bit harsh in the choice of the words in some of his messages, or the original title of a different thread, but over all, I know he is an active supporter of A-Eon and Trevor Dickinson, so these comments of mine are not directed at Jim, or what he has written recently.
MorphOS - The best Next Gen Amiga choice.