Acolyte of the Butterfly
Posts: 128 from 2008/7/22
All my friends who are primarily AmigaOS4.x users, and secondarily AmigaOS3.x, and/or MorphOS, and/or AROS, users, who I usually see each year at the AmiWest Shows, will probably dislike this comment, but . . . .
I hope that Hyperion (Ben Hermans specifically), get slapped really good by Colanto, and Ben Hermans, or Hyperion are forced to pay Colanto tons of penalties and legal fees. It would not bother me much if Hyperion got hit so hard that they lose everything to do with "Amiga", including AmigaOS4.x, and they are forced to close down Hyperion Entertainment permanently, similar to how Hyperion put Amiga Inc. out of business (effectively, since taking AmigaOS4.x away from them pretty much killed any hope Bill McEwen had of saving that company).
LOL. Bill and Fleecy sent Amiga Inc on downward spiral all on their own. Amiga Inc only started to care about Amiga OS4 when it became clear that it was the only bit of I.P. left that might have some kind of monetary value. It was obvious pretty early on the Amiga Inc didn't care about the OS and they were all about following Fleecy's vision. It may be worth your time reading Bolten Peck's story. It gives insight into how Amiga Inc and how they really viewed things.Quote:
The arrogance of Hyperion is quite sickening, and the vindictive and abusive behavior toward Colanto has lowered my opinion of Hyperion even further, which amazes me, since I didn't think my opinion of them (him) could be any worse.
I don't think either company is some kind of white knight in the episode, tempting as to may be to absolve Cloanto of any wrong doing simply due to a despisal of Ben Hermans. Taking the Amiga brand by stealth is pretty shady and (maybe I've missed something)it's not exactly clear how Cloanto ended up with everything else.Quote:
The sad thing is, I would not put it past "him", to vindictively lock up and through away, everything Hyperion owns, with regards to AmigaOS4.x, rather than sell, or give (open source) it to anyone in the community, just out of spite, should Hyperion close its doors, and shut down.
Hyperion don't have the right to open source the OS. It explicitly stated they don't in the settlement agreement. The rest I don't know. I couldn't make a prediction on what he'd likely do since I've obviously had far fewer personal interactions with him than you.Quote:
Edit: Thinking about the above further, maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing if AmigaOS4.x and Hyperion were to cease to exist. A-Eon would then be forced into supporting an alternative OS, like MorphOS, and if A-Eon had supported MorphOS with the same amount of enthusiasm and monetary investment, who knows where it would be today?
Most of OS4 is independent works. They'd probably cut deals with the various developers and replace the parts they can't get to keep the OS on the market but we are moving into the realm of fantasy here since nobody knows how this will play out. [ Edited by rob 30.12.2017 - 20:28 ]