I think I wont contribute with anything new here. I'm also a strong advocate of the real thing, there's really no point of having FreeMiNT on ARM or Intel for other than "I can do it" reason. As Jo correctly pointed out, there's no app or feature which couldn't be done on Linux/Windows, with much less effort.
So yes, if we're talking about a next gen computer, let's do "FireBee done right" -- a machine with slots for original custom chips, FPGA for the rest and ability to use current hardware (USB, PCI etc), if desired. That would give you a) nice toy to play with b) still a m68k computer c) a platform to expand/change in the future.
There has been news Rodolphe Czuba is considering something close to it (yes, with the Apollo 68080) but still, it's not totally the same. For me, Falcon version of this would be more than enough for another 10 years: https://icomp.de/shop-icomp/en/shop/pro ... oaded.html
I am also all for real thing. I just love the FireBee as it has so much potential to be developed further. But there is lask of support and developers. The problem is that developers are frustrated as there is not enough devlopers. But if we could gather some new developers to work on the project and get some old important developers back to the project I believe a lot can be done.
And I believe chances to get new support and developers will be stronger when all FireBees of the second serie will be delivered.
Also it seems a lot of Atari users dont know what is allready possible with the FireBee as they write in this thread thing they want but the FireBee allready has them integrated.
So Mikro, what is your idea how to do FireBee right? How to motivate the developers? You are one of them and already contributed to the project a lot. I use MxPlay a lot. Also ports of your SDL based games. Not to mention MiNT! Thanks for that!
Also Wongck is doing great job! PHGmap is great and I also use it a lot. I have new ideas hot to improve it a bit if Wongck is interested. And I think he is. He allready implemented my suggestion. Thanks Wongck!
There is a Lonny with his great GBE! His patches of the old software to run on the FireBee are also important! And codecs for the Zview! Tnaks Lonny.
Rajah is doing great job with his applications. Thanks to him we have good up to date (usable) emailer! Also GEM games and other applications. Thanks Rajah!!!
There is also Markus, Vincent, Joska, Jfl, ... from this forum just to mention some from this forum. There is no point to go further but thanks all the developers!!!
I believe many dont know what they did for the FireBee and what is FireBee capable to do thanks to them.
Maybe there should be more dicussion what developers and users expect from FireBee and what is allready possible to do with it? To potentialy set the development roadmap and find a developers to work on that?
I dont know. I also miss constructive discusion about the FireBee project in public ...
BTW. New FireBee serie maybe could get some hardware improvement. Fredi showed interest to work on new features if ...
I focused on the FireBee in this post.
But I am also for the native version of the EmuTOS and MiNT on the ARM platform