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Zmatt
January 2nd, 2006, 08:30 PM
does anyone know where i can find the best prices on amigaone mainboards?

carlsson
January 3rd, 2006, 01:56 AM
I don't know if anyone has better prices, but Eyetech has (had?) AmigaOne-XE motherboards starting at UKŁ528.75 incl. VAT. That board has a G3 750FX @ 800 MHz:

http://www.eyetech.co.uk/search.php?SearchStr=&SearchCat=AMA1

They also sell prebuilt AmigaOne in a few configurations, starting at UKŁ900 for G3 @ 800 MHz, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB HD, 52x CD, Vibra 128, Radeon 7000VE 32MB, Ethernet, USB, ATX tower, Debian Linux PPC and OS4 enabled BIOS.

Apparently, AmigaOne now are manufacturing MiniITX sized µ-A1-C with similar specs to above, except the sound is CMI 8738 and only one PCI slot (dunno if they had more before). The card is from a company called Teron who seem to have been liquidated and Eyetech is said to relabel and sell the remaining cards as AmigaOne. I can't find any information about this on their own website though. Once these cards were sold out, no new AmigaOne cards seem to be available.

A Swedish dealer who currently does not sell AmigaOne, since the motherboards are unavailable:
http://www.ggsdata.se/Amigaone/eninfo.html

An early article on AmigaOne: http://elwoodb.free.fr/articles/AmigaOne/
A more recent review: http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/amiga.ars

To add further confusion, there is another project called Amy, which is a competitor to AmigaOne by another company, and AmigaOS 4 will be ported to run on both platforms. Amy'05 is supposed to be more available than AmigaOne. There is also another PPC based platform called Pegasos, which I'm not sure how Amiga compatible it is or if it is commonly available.

Conclusion, it appears to be a mess and you might have to look around to find a motherboard at all, not putting emphasis on how much it costs.

carlsson
January 3rd, 2006, 02:13 AM
See also http://www.troikang.com/compare.html

Zmatt
January 3rd, 2006, 04:08 AM
I could just be frugal but that seems to be way overpriced, for old powerpc technology.

carlsson
January 3rd, 2006, 11:16 AM
The technology may be a few years old, but the designs are rather new. You don't get an AmigaOne/Amy'05 or similar system for money efficient reasons, but rather because you're an Amiga enthusiast who are dying to use AmigaOS 4 and despite these new Amiga-esque computers only have parts of the operating system and name in common with the classic models, still think they're superior to any PC, Mac or otherwise.

I suppose if Troika would manage to sell Amy'05 bareboard for below US$400, it would be a reasonable price. It can't quite beat the price tag for Mac Mini, but it'd be in the neighbourhood. If AmigaOS 4 wasn't hardware locked or whatever it is called when the BIOS has to be enabled to run it, it could be another alternative system to Mac OSX. I'm sure people would make drivers and other support systems suitable for G4 and G5 based Macs and whatever else there are (IBM RS/6000 as a desktop computer is dead, right?)