Feeds

Sharp Linux PDA to be first next-gen Amiga device

Amiga Digital Environment to drive content generation

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

Amiga's next-generation operating system is at long, long last to get a home of its own: Sharp's upcoming Linux version of the Zaurus PDA.

While Sharp's comments on the new device have focused on Linux and Java as the twin foundations of its plan to return to the top of the PDA totem pole, we noticed that the Java implementation the company will use is UK software developer Tao's Intent Java Edition, a kind of platform-independent hybrid Java virtual machine/just-in-time compiler.

Now, Tao's technology also forms the basis of Amiga's Amiga Digital Environment. Amiga DE is essentially an object-oriented rich media operating environment designed to be scalable across multiple devices from cellphone to PCs, and - thanks to Tao - operable on almost any CPU.

An interesting connection between Amiga and Sharp we thought, and now we learn it's more than coincidence. The two companies have entered into a "long-term partnership" that will see Amiga develop "content" for Sharp's new PDAs.

The deal certainly marks something of a turning point for Amiga. It finally provides the company and the Amiga developer community with a broad platform to work with rather than the ever-dwindling band of die-hards still hanging on to their old Amiga games machines.

It will also provide Amiga with a real-world demonstration of its software's capabilities. That may help it evangelise DE to other developers and hardware makers.

That said, even Sharp seems only partly convinced, which is probably why it's been touting Linux and Java rather more than it has the Amiga DE. It undoubtedly expects more third-party apps - it's predicting over 10,000 by this time next year - to come from Java developers than DE coders.

In other words, Sharp is covered if the Amiga component fails to draw development work.

Which, given the size of the Amiga community, it may not. Then again, if Sharp's sales predictions come true - one million units sold by the end of March 2002 - that could be just what the community needs to stir itself to action. ®

Related Stories

Sharp to beat Palm with Linux, Java - official
'Amiga is Back and will change computing forever, again'

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.