[vox] AmiWest report
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[vox] AmiWest report
So I went to AmiWest 2003 today at the Holiday Inn in Sacramento.
It was a pretty cool little show. I saw a chap I knew from the Atari 8-bit community
(John Harris; he's the guy who wrote the Atari port of "Frogger"), met a woman who
did the board design for the "Commodore One"  - a new motherboard which uses
FPGAs to emulate the Commodore 64, but also has a cartridge port, slots for SID audio
chips, etc. 
I saw a number of systems running Linux, as well. I believe all were running Debian
and had KDE up on display. These were all running on the new "Amiga One" hardware,
which is PowerPC-based. The motherboard I saw had a daughterboard with the CPU on it,
and apparently you can plug in PowerPC, MIPS or x86!
Amiga OS 4.0 seems to be the latest and greatest for the die-hard Amiga OS fans.
I gave one fellow a brief rundown of Debian's APT, and showed him the ins and outs of
The Gimp, which was fun. (I seemed to draw a small crowd ;^) )
Genesi was there, with their Pegasos hardware running MorphOS operating system.
I spoke with some of the folks in that community, and based on what I saw (Quake II)
and heard, it sounds like I might soon have versions of my SDL-based games running
on this new OS. >:^) Hehehe...
Anyway, since Linux use is growing in the Amiga community, and some of this new hardware
is able to run Linux (and I know some of you out there are very interested in non-Intel
architectures... Henry?), I'm going to see if we can get a presentation or two at LUGOD
some time in the future.
To sum it up, I'm glad I went! Honestly, I should've gone both days... so much to soak in!
firstname.lastname@example.org Got kids? Get Tux Paint!
 The board itself is a riot. It has the words "PRESS PLAY ON TAPE" and
"DESTROY HIM, MY ROBOTS" on it. It apparently has a Pac Man on there.
It even has a cute punky outline sketch of the woman who designed the board
in between the SID sockets. She was quite goofy, obviously. :^)
Also, apparently, she's working on programming the FPGA to emulate Atari 8-bit
 People in the Commodore community love their C=64 SID chips. Admittedly, they ARE
excellent little sound synthesizers. But come on, do you really need to stick one
on a floppy drive controller card for your PC!? I'm _serious!_ :^)
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