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31.May 2013



Trevor Dickinson explaining the failure of the AmigaOS 4 Netbook
In October 2011, Steven Solie from the OS4 team announced a netbook for AmigaOS 4 for a price "between 230 and 300 Euro". That same day Ben Hermans and Hans-Jörg Frieden from Hyperion delivered some additional information, but there were no official statements since then.

In April the British computer magazine Micro Mart published an interview with Trevor Dickinson from A-EON (PDF), during which the possibility of an AmigaOS 4 Laptop or Netbook was adressed:

Dickinson explains that they had a closer look at the LimeBook - the very same hardware many people assumed to be the base for the announced AmigaOS Netbook back in 2011. After a detailed cost analysis - hardware engineering, porting the OS, driver development, licence fees for AmigaOS and branding, importing the hardware - they realised that even when producing batches of 1000 units they wouldn't have been able to get the end user price below 580 Euro.

This, in combination with the very weak CPU, prompted A-EON to abandon the project and to look for other solutions. When the interview was discussed on amigaworld.net, Solie finally posted another statement about the project, apparently without having read the article in question: "official word from Hyperion is that the original Netbook project is on hold. Nothing has changed yet". (cg) (Translation: dr)

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