Porting ShapeShifter

From: Johan Klockars <rand_at_cd.chalmers.se>
Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 12:11:22 +0200 (MET DST)

As you might recall, I sent a letter to the author of ShapeShifter (the
Mac emulator for the Amiga) regarding a possible port to our hardware.

A couple of days ago I received a reply! :-)

I did not get a definitive yes, but at least he didn't say no either.
What he did say was that it would be rather difficult, which I guess is
to be expected, and that most of the 32k lines of code have to do with
the hardware interfacing.
I would expect much of that to be mappings from the MacOS/hardware to the
Amiga OS, since ShapeShifter multitasks with the rest of the system, so it
might not be all too difficult to modify to run under MiNT instead. Knowledge
of the MacOS internals will probably not be necessary, but the people
involved will definitely have to be prepared to study parts of AmigaOS.
It will definitely be a lot of work.

Before replying, I thought it would be best to check on this list what
you all think about this.

- Should we do this?
  - Are enough people likely to be interested to make it worthwhile?
  - Would the necessary hardware and software requirements be small enough?
- Can we do this?
  - Are there enough people with the necessary knowledge?
  - Do those people have enough free time?
- Who would do this?
  - Where and how should we look for programmers?
  - How would it be coordinated?

Perhaps you have more things to bring up, but at least it does seem like
we would indeed be allowed to do this.

If the response on this list reasonably positive, I'll send another letter
to the author to find out what his conditions might be if we decide to do

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