patbud wrote:although I'm french, the forum is in english so this is the langage I use here. Just a suggestion : what is scary coming back to the atari world after 25 years of sleep (more or less) is to see the dispersion between the different mint versions, the same thing for the AES and for the front ends such as jinnee, magic, teradesk etc without mentioning the many incompatibilities between all those softwares. From what I have seen of myAES, my opinion is that it's good basis for a new inclusive OS, together with Emutos (even I think nobody cares at Atari about using a TOS from 1993, and even so it would be a very bad commercial move on their behalf to go against it). Otherwise what's left of the atari world will slowly die with its users...
It also means that, although it's fun to boost a falcon (a bit like tuning a car), it will hardly reach a decent speed for new usages. On the hand, the amiga world, with the vampire board, is making a clear move towards a new generation. Here some walls are still to be destroyed and limitations by-passed (screen resolutions and so on).
I share your opinion about the diversity of operating systems for TOS computers. But the faults were made in the past. If you take a look at today than there's only MiNT that's still in development as a multitasking system. Concerning the AES there's only XaAES as a part of MiNT that is still developed. As an alternative there's MyAES. MyAES is pretty cool but still it doesn't reach the stability and compatibility of XaAES. XaAES is much faster concerning all the realtime stuff but MyAES has a nicer look.
The atari developers often didn't unite and a lot of them did their own stuff because they didn't share their opinions. So we 've got a lot of different software for TOS today. I don't think that's bad but for the future it would be nice if more developers could join each other, I think. Looking at the current hardware we' ve got the Firebee that's a really nice computer. It's supporting TOS and MiNT. You can't compare it to a current PC. It's much to slow but for a lot of GEM applications it's a very fast computer. But the community isn't that enthusiastic about the Firebee due to its coldfire cpu and some incompatibilities with old 68k software. I think the Firebee is the right step into the future made for future gem applications. MyAES is such an application and it supports the Firebee.
Looking at our Amiga friends you may recognize that they 've got current state of the art powerpc computers and a lot of software delevopment for their computers. We are far far away from that. So I'm glad that there are guys like Olivier Landemarre who does a really good work by supporting users and trying to fix bugs that are reported by the users.
I'm not sure which way our TOS platform will go. Is the Firebee some kind of a fight of one's last stand? Will it be a pure retro platform in the future with no further developments anymore? MyAES does support old ST computers and the newest clones as well. On one hand that's very good on the other hand it would be better for some new applications not to try to reach a compatibility with every TOS computer that was build.
520 ST(M) (TOS 1.02), Falcon030 (16 MHz, 16 MB RAM, CF-Card, MiNT & MyAES), Milan040 (25 MHz, 48 MB RAM, EasyMiNT 1.90), Firebee, PowerMac G5 Late 2005 (2 x 2,3 GHz, Mac OS 10.5), iMac 4K Late 2015 (intel Core i7 4 x 3,3 GHz, Mac OS 10.11.6), IBM XT SFD (640 KB RAM, DR DOS 6.0), Compaq LTE 5300 (Pentium/133 MHz, DR-DOS 7.03), AT-PC (Cyrix 6x86L/200 MHz, Windows 98 SE/MS-DOS 6.22 & Windows 3.11)