Feeds

Gateway sells Amiga to ex-Amiga employee

Former marketing boss Bill McEwen snaps up brand, hardware, OS

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Gateway has finally rid itself of the legacy of its acquisition of Amiga with a close-of-year sale of the Amiga hardware spec., system software and brandname to Amino on undisclosed terms. And who do we find runs Amino? Step forward, Bill McEwen, the former Amiga, Inc. marketing chief who quit the company earlier this year just before ex-president Jim Collas was given the boot. McEwen is well respected by the Amiga community, so his acquisition of the Amiga is likely to be received postively -- doubly so since Gateway has long been viewed as the Amiga world's chief bete noire, responsible not only for giving Collas the push but for masterminding the software-only strategy pursued by his successor, Tom Schmidt, a move that for many Amiga users was a tacit admission that Gateway was never really interested in reviving the Amiga brand. In fact, it may well have been interested in doing just that but to use it as the basis for its own Internet appliance line. The snag here is the brand's poor level of recognition outside the community, and the company may have felt that a new brand, one not sullied by years in the IT wilderness, is probably more appropriate. The work on the next-generation software technologies begun under Collas and continued under Schmidt will be folded into Gateway's own Net device product development operation, the company said. Not surprisingly, the deal doesn't include Amiga-related patents awarded since 1997 -- Gateway is hanging on to those. Given Gateway's lack of interest in the 'classic' Amiga, the sale should at least see its continued existence as a computer platform. As yet, Amino hasn't said what its plans for the classic Amiga, but a move into the open source world seems a likely move. The Campaign to Open Source the Amiga (COSA), has been negotiating to open up the classic Amiga OS for some time, so far without success (though Schmidt did seem broadly receptive to the idea). COSA's argument is that the Amiga platform only has a future if it expands its user base, and the best way of doing that is to open it up in the hope of winning the same kind of broad support that Linux has achieved. Certainly, the influx of new talent that such a move would encourage if the Amiga platform isn't to dwindle further and become nothing more than a refuge for die-hards and 80s retro fans. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable
Floats exam program to help IT employers lock up talent
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.