Frits Letteboer meldt dat Amino Development de Amiga naam heeft overgekocht van Gateway, die de merknaam sinds 1997 in bezit heeft. Sindsdien is er vrijwel niets op het Amiga front gebeurd. Het is voor de Amiga fans te hopen dat er nu eindelijk echt plannen op tafel komen:
Amino Development Corp., a privately held company based in Maple Valley, WA, has purchased from Gateway (NYSE: GTW) the Amiga trademarks and Amiga computer systems. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Peter Ashkin, Gateway senior vice president, said that the company elected to sell the name after deciding to fold Amiga's software engineering function into Gateway's product development activity as part of Gateway's overall strategy to develop and market the coming generation of Internet appliances.
"Amiga, as a personal computer brand, has a loyal following of fans around the world," Ashkin said. "Under Gateway's wing, Amiga morphed into a software development company working on a new Internet appliance operating environment software. Now that we're bringing that development work into Gateway product development, it made sense to find a buyer for Amiga."
"Yee-haw " said Bill McEwen, president and CEO of Amino. "This is a very exciting day, and now an even more exciting tomorrow. Now we can finish the job that was started 15 years ago."
The transaction, which is effective immediately, includes the transfer of all Internet domain names related to Amiga that were held by Gateway. Gateway will retain ownership of all patents acquired when it bought Amiga in 1997.