In the early 2000’s Haage & Partner commissioned 2 software engineers Bernd Meyer and Harold Frank.
The goal was to secure the survival of the Amiga from uncertain death on the X86 platform.
What is Amithlon and how did it ended up being the biggest legal debacles of the Amiga scene?
It’s a Linux and latter QNX kernel based emulator. The beauty of Amithlon comes from the fact that the software had direct hardware access and custom chip emulation disabled the Amithlon outperformed the almighty A4000. Haage & Partner was developing Amiga Os 3.9 at the time. So it was natural that Amithlon got upgraded to 3.9 along with tree Haage & Partner software packages, Amiga Writer and ArtFx. Amithlon also had two extras that are mouse and Wacom yes you heard that right Wacom support. Amithlon was the serious developer s software suite rather than the emulator of the everyday amiga gamer. However good software needs good hardware. This is where Haage & Partner comes in with some jaw-dropping prebuilt computers of the time jawdroppinly expesive that is.
Many x86 Amiga Packages from Haage & Partner
There where two main lines of these x86 Amiga clones the H&P line and the Extreme line. The H&P line is consisted of 4 machines.
The Silverblue 1800+ , bigtower 1800+ and midtover 1600+ the common point in these machines where the processors, soundcards, and videocards. Creative SB 128, Athlon XP 1800+ and Nvidia GF2 MX440
The Extreme computers line had 2 machines the all in one Amiga XL Ex and the X1200.
Amithlon was great at it’s hayad the problem is that the everyday hardware we used to run it became outdated like the VIA KT 233 chipset boards or Nforce 2 boards. In 2006 a freelancer dev by the name of Garry Colvile created a Kernel patch to fix many issues. In 2010 an enterprising developer named Milan Milosavjevic produced an updated Amithlon Kernel to support newer hardware.
But all good things must come to and end, like all amiga products this ended in a minefield of ownership right battles. This battle went down between the former Amiga Inc and H&P
Here is an Excerpt from the statement Bernd Meyer released
In the early hours of March 9th, Melbourne time, I received an email from Amiga Inc, In which Amiga Inc informed me that they considered the distribution of AmigaOS XL to be in violation of their intellectual property rights and thus illegal. The details of their third party intellectual property claim were such that they related, among other parts of AmigaOS XL, to the Amiga IP embedded in the file “isolinux/bigird.gz” on the AmigaOS XL CD.
According to the distribution contract for Amithlon, I am fully and exclusively responsible for defending and/or settling any third party intellectual property disputes that arise from any part of the software I
have provided under the contract. The file “isolinux/bigird.gz” was provided by me to Haage & Partner, and was included on the AmigaOS XL CD unchanged.
Conclusion regarding Amithlon distribution
I would like to state that, when the Amithlon distribution contract was agreed upon, I was led to believe that Haage & Partner had secured the required licenses to Amiga Inc’s IP. In fact, being able to provide
such licenses was the main, if not the only reason H&P was chosen as the distribution partner. Until I was informed by Amiga Inc of their different view of the situation, I had no doubt that Amithlon, as distributed as part of AmigaOS XL, was a fully licensed product.
Thank you for reading my first article i had a great time investigating and compiling all that you reed here, i hope to build my own machine someday soon , Matthew Newcastle.
Haage and Partner