Posts: 1335 from 2003/2/15
From: Central Europe
And of what nature were these "conditions" if not some sort of payment?
Besides the discussed financial incentives, there were a number of helpful conditions.
With regard to the Efika, certain MorphOS developers had access to the hardware before any agreement concerning a port had been reached. So, it was possible to evaluate the feasibility of a port to such an obscure and new, thus unproven platform from a technical perspective. Plus, there was at least some level of personal interest to have the hardware supported, even if it was not sufficiently high to do the required work for free. Afterall, the Efika was clearly the most cost-efficient hardware platform to run MorphOS until second-hand Macs finally became officially supported hardware platforms much later. (It still is in terms of brand new MorphOS-capable hardware. But then again, it is the only one that is currently available.)