Tao Group throws in the towel
Software firm 'in administration'
Entertainment software platform maker Tao Group Ltd went into administration on 31 May it has emerged.
According to sources, the Reading-based firm's IP portfolio was sold in a private auction last week to venture capitalists Cross Atlantic Capital Partners.
Companies House currently lists the status of Tao Group Ltd, which operates out of Suttons Business Park in Reading, Berkshire, as "in administration".
David Rubin and Partners confirmed it is handling the administration but told The Reg that it was unable to comment on any details surrounding Tao's current position until investigations were complete.
Cross Atlantic Partners also declined to comment.
The Tao Group created and globally patented intent, an entertainment software platform for mobile and embedded consumer electronics devices.
Earlier this year, it launched a location-based gaming module after adding GSM support to its intent GamePlayer range. ®
Oh Pooh, the bother
>Amiga was uninterested in improving it's own "Workbench" Os
There's no such thing as "Workbench OS". The Workbench was the visual metaphor; like "Desktop" is to Windows. The Amiga OS is called just that. Don't confuse it with Intuition either. Or Exec.
>To those that are unaware, Amiga's new Os was supposed to be based on Tao's Intent.
That's not quite correct. The idea was to deliver compact, Amiga-like software and an "Amiga-like experience" on small lower-power systems. Ideally it would have eventually used virtual instructions for a sort of hardware-agnostic platform, in a similar idea of portability like Java or even TrueBASIC. In essense it was going to be a bit like UAE in that you could hopefully/eventually run Amiga software with it on lots of different things. This was Amiga Inc's interest anyway - what counts as "Amiga software" is open to interpretation. It would have been handy for the "new Amiga" since it isn't really an Amiga at all (much like how modern Macs are more or less just IBM clones running a unix derivative with bundled Mac emulators). The OS wasn't going to be based on Intent.
I'd like to know from Jasmine what exactly the real poop is on the specific former Amiga and Tao/Intent plans. There was so much marketroid BS flying that it was hard to read between the lines.
Tao / target processor
ISTR Tao would seamlessly load-share across _any_ hardware platform for which an interpreter had been compiled and thrown into the network, not restricted to hardware with m68k interpreters.
It was like a distributed computing Java platform on steroids, and it's shame to see such an innovative technology go to the wall.
re: Time Tunneling.
"M68K code"....um, not quite, it is/was a set of virtual opcodes and an indefinitely large set of registers.
"m68k interpreter" ....again, not quite. The virtual opcodes were translated to the host machine code, this could be done either in advance or on the fly. There is no interpreter.