Amiga to use Linux rather than QNX kernel

That's the word on the street

Updated Amiga has now confirmed that it will use Linux as the kernel for its next generation operating system. The company signed a deal to use QNX last year, but now Jim Collas, president and CEO, has confirmed Linux is the favourite. Part of the reason, according to Collas, is because of the enormous interest in Linux in the computer industry. But another reason is that endorsing Linux will allow Amiga to run with a spate of applications almost straight away. Go here for the Amiga press release. It's not immediately obvious. Go to the first paragraph headed More news from Jim Collas... Press News in the second line and then press More News. The press release points to more information in the Executive Update. There Collas says in an Open Letter to Amigans: "After months of research and in-depth discussions with all of our technology partners we have decided to use Linux as the primary OS kernel for the new Amiga Operating Environment (AOE). "I know this decision is a shock to many of you given the previous announcements and activities relative to QNX. This was a very complicated and difficult decision to make and I assure you that I didn't make this decision without a significant amount of research and deliberation. "We have been researching Linux since February but didn't finalized our decision until several weeks ago. We were planning to communicate it to the Amiga community in the technology brief that will be released in the next few days." ® See also QNX developer pleas for Amiga community support

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