In the early 90’s the PowerPC chip was one of several joint ventures to counter the growing Microsoft/Intel dominance of personal computing. When the first PowerPC products reached the market, they were met with much enthusiasm. The first implementation of the architecture was the PowerPC 601, released in 1992. Apple Launched a new line of Macintosh computers based on the chip, and eventually released them as the 601-based Power Macintosh during March, 1994. The first 64-bit PowerPC implementation is the PowerPC 620. PowerPC processors have been used in a number of video game consoles such as the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Hyperion Entertainment Belgium released AmigaOS 4.0 in April 2004 and the latest release(4.1.9) of the operating system was in 2016. The operating system is compatible with ACube’s AmigaONE 500 and several AmigaONE (X1000,X5000) models released by A-EON Technology. With the presumable demise of the low-cost X1222 motherboard on the horizon, things are starting to look frenzy. MorphOS an alternative Amiga operating system is compatible with many Apple Mac PowerPC computers, sadly enough AmigaOS 4.1 is not. There are still millions of 2nd hand Apple Mac PowerPC computers out there. A few weeks ago one of my friends purchased a Mac G5 and hoped to install AmigaOS 4.1, still having good memories of his Commodore A1200. Sadly enough it failed to install on the G5. It would be nice to run AmigaOS 4.1 on authentic PowerPC hardware and Hyperion Entertainment should be capable of releasing a new update offering support for Apple Mac PowerPC computers. Maybe Hyperion Entertainment should ‘Kickstart’ the idea to get some funding and sales/users of the operating system will probably increase. At least it’s something instead of nothing, sometimes I even wonder why the company is so frisky about legal fights with Cloanto and Co for claiming the ‘Amiga legacy’. They want it so bad, they have it! (Cloanto lost every legal battle in court) Act accordingly!

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