The Amiga PC, which was launched in 1985 and featured a 32-bit structure and multitasking long before other personal computers, is to be relaunched soon - using Linux as the kernel of its new operating environment (OE).
In an announcement on the Amiga Web site (www.amiga.com), company president Jim Collas said: "We decided to use Linux because of the incredible momentum and the fact that it is solid technology and a good foundation for our new Amiga OE." Robin Bloor, CEO of Bloor Research, said: "This is extremely bad news for anyone who (wants to see) Linux (fail). It's quite an astonishing announcement, and an extraordinary boost for Linux. It will create a huge market for games on Linux and means that the new Amiga will already have applications written for it." It is not yet known which chip the machine will use, but it will not be an Intel processors.
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