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Gareth Knight
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October 21, 2000 - Executive Update

Dear Amiga Family:

I am writing this to you as I am flying back from a wonderful two days in Melbourne Australia. It was indeed a great delight and pleasure to meet with all of the wonderful members of the Amiga Family downunder, and I look forward to the next opportunity of coming down to visit.

I especially want to thank all of the dealers, developers and end users who attended the seminars and the hundreds of you who joined at the dinner.

Amiga truly is a global family, and to many an unknown phenomena. It is the Amiga Family who has kept this amazing system alive and growing.

I would like to take a moment and recognize the efforts of two people especially who made my stay in Australia a delight, and educational as well. Jeff Rose, of Unitech the d'Amiga Distributor for Australia and Basil Flinter the Secretary of the Amiga Down Under Group or A.D.U.G. I want to thank them both for taking the extra time to help me truly understand what Australia and New Zealand mean to Amiga, and what Amiga can do to help our Family downunder. I can say that on the next trip, I will take the time to visit New Zealand, and say hello.

There are many exciting things happening with Amiga, and I wanted to tell everyone, what the attendees of ACE 2000 learned.

Alrighty then, here we go:

AmigaOS 3.9

Shipping this Christmas 2000 an upgrade for the AmigaOS! Version 3.9 of the AmigaOS will be shipping, and ready for your holiday season. AmigaOS 3.9 is being developed in concert with Haage and Partner GmbH, and a new web site that will include a feature list, and other bits of information will be available shortly. OS 3.9 will be available for under $40.00. Watch the site for more details. In the meantime, here's a screen shot.

While Amiga is still a Benevolent Dictatorship, and not a democracy or even a republic, we do listen to you, the community, and strive to create products that you would enjoy using, and even (dare I say) purchasing.

It is because of the community that we are pleased to announce the first in a series of new hardware that has been designed by Amiga, and soon to be manufactured by Amiga OEM partners.

The first in the AmigaONE series of products are the AmigaONE PPC 1200, and AmigaONE PPC 4000 cards from Eyetech. Available to developers in December this year, these new products are designed specifically for the Amiga Community.

We also are announcing another partner bPlan GmbH who is also creating a new AmigaONE PPC based desktop computer. More details will emerge shortly about bPlan and the products that they will be offering.

Please visit the AmigaONE web site to learn more.

I would also like to announce new versions of the Amiga SDK.

AmigaSDK version 1.1 will begin shipping on October 24, 2000. In addition to an upgrade for the Linux version, we are please to announce the Windows version of the Amiga SDK.

Now I made a mistake in the September 28 Executive Update. Amiga SDK 1.1 does not include the sound, UI, or 3D pieces. These will be found in version 1.2, will be out shortly. I am sorry for the error, but know that any purchaser of an Amiga SDK will receive free updates, and upgrades for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Possible Amiga Community Investment Opportunity:

Another announcement made in Melbourne was the possibility of a Registration A filing for Amiga. Since the announcements of the Amiga, Incorporated plan and strategy we have continually received questions, and offers of investing in Amiga.

We at Amiga have been trying to find ways to give something back for all of your efforts, and continued faith in what we are doing. We are investigating a method where we can offer 10% of Amiga to the community in a Registration A filing.

Now as with any investment there is risk associated, and before anyone should invest we will of course encourage people to read the plan, prospectus, and risks.

We are investigating this in earnest, but before we continue down this path much further, we wanted to see what the community thought. We have established an e-mail address of investor@amiga.com where members of the Amiga community can send us a message with their interest. We are looking for no less than $250.00 per investment. If you are interested please send an e-mail message along with the dollar amount that you would be interested in investing.

We have not decided on whether or not we are going to do this, but to date we have investigated many opportunities and this looks to be a great option.

Now each country has its own rules about Registration A filings, so you would want to check with local authorities to learn what rules may apply to each of you.

Closing:

It has been an amazing 10 months since we started Amiga Incorporated. The community has seen the delivery of the Amiga SDK, an upgrade, and an upgrade to the AmigaOS, and now the announcement of three PPC based AmigaONE products.

Well, we have a long ways to go, and many more battles to fight, but I am confident that with the community with us, and the continuing enhancements to the product line that there is a long and exciting future for Amiga.

Again thanks to Greg, and Michael, and the thousands of other Amigans downunder who made ACE 2000 such a great event.

To the user group members around the world, it is time to start calling the others who have drifted away, and let them know what is happening, and that they can be part of continuing the legacy that is Amiga.

Get Boinged!

Bill McEwen and the rest of the Amiga Team

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