Fleecy responds to criticisms about Amiga Inc Link
Posted on 02-Nov-2001 01:21 GMT
Fleecy Moss explains the troubles and issues regarding their PR/information
policies and regarding AmigaOne/OS 4.x development.
"regarding publicity, we initially took the very sensible decision to
not announce anything until something was ready. This worked well for a few
months until we were innundated with rumours, misinformation and angry complaints
from the community that they wanted to know what was going on. We then tried
to let people know what was going on, but no business anywhere can publish details
of business projects, schedules, delays and problems. Unfortunately, everytime
a show came upon us, we were faced with the situation of having a lot of people
wanting information and there being no information that we could really give.
Trapped between wanting to only give pertinent information and being asked to
give all the information, we could only give peeks, and the danger with that,
as Gary pointed out is that it both never tells the whole story, and people
will fill in between the lines.
I am not making excuses, but a bit of insight into our situation may at least
As to the idea that there has been no work on OS4, that is rubbish. The AmigaOne
board itself has had lots of work done on it, not to the point where it could
be released on the 3rd Nov, but enough to have it ready to ship early next year.
For OS4, we have been planning, and work has been going on - anyone who has
tested the new stack and file system will know that.
Eyetech, Hyperion, H&P and many other groups and individuals have been
working on OS4 in many different capacities over the last several months. That
it has not come together as we had hoped for when we had hoped is due to many
reasons, and I cannot share them with you.
However, I will give you the same answer I gave the companies who sent us emails
saying that we have obviously given up on the AmigaOS, so why don't we just
let them take it over?
The AmigaOS is crucial to the future of Amiga Inc and with improving resources
and revenue streams now appearing, it will get the attention that this importance
I don't enjoy sitting here typing this email to you on Windows, with Outlook
crashing every day or two. I want to be doing it in Yam on my AmigaOne with
OS4.0. Unfortunately things don't always go the way you want them to when you
I have personally been very quiet for the last few months because I firmly
believe not saying anything until we have something to say is the right way
forwards. This doesn't mean nothing is going on, far from it, but what it means
is that you, the community get a blank wall. Magazines and websites get no news,
people think the Amiga is dead, and the worst is assumed.
The St Louis announcement stating Nov 3 was just such an example. At that time,
everything looked good for that date. No malice or misinformation was intended.
Once the difficult times engulfed the computer world, and us with it, we were
very conscious of not wanting to get into a monthly 'boxer like' announcement
of more delays.
We should have made a single statement when we knew for sure that we could
not hit those dates, but it would have been of the form. 'Work is progressing
but it will not ready on Nov 3' That in itself gives no dates, but how would
that go down?
I am not trying to be flippant here, just trying to share some of the problems
we have in giving out any information." (A1 mailing list)