11 Sep 2019 12:00
|Adam Whittaker wrote:|
So I know this is a strange idea but how about a version of coffin thats cut down for use in a expanded CD32 or Amiga 1200?
I imagine that there are many Amiga fans who would love a Ready-to-fly Amiga installation. All of those cool tweaks, add-ons and software that make the Amiga just that bit better/easier to use complete the experience for me. But I find it tedious to have to install everything myself all the time.
But beyond the tweaks is the software/games that come with coffin. I suspect the key challenge is assuring legally, the right to distribute/publish/pre-install that software. Much of what comes in coffin is freeware/Public Domain/Copyright expired but also abondonware (i.e. software's rights holder is either unknown, vanished, or seemingly has no intent on pursuing commercial interests of the software). If you can't assure your own right to distribute a piece of software and ALL of its accompanying assets (images, audio etc), someone somewhere might decide to assert a claim which you will have to defend. And at your own cost, regardless of the merits of their claim. I suspect this is why we won't really see coffin style offerings, or at least for sale.
If you need proof of this trouble, than look no further than the Amiga OS debacle. To whom do you owe fees to when distributing OS3? Hyperion? Cloanto? Both? The mysterious others who claim to have rights on the software within the Amiga OS? And what about Picasso96? Bahhhh it is already very tiring. X-O
But in principle, I like your idea. And for sure you aren't the first to think about it!