The former joint Managing Directors of Commodore UK have joined forces once again to support and work with a new platform inspired by the spirit of the Amiga – FriendUP – and already the Amiga community is buzzing with the news, released today in a video conversation presented by Dan Wood of kookytech.net
The ‘dynamic duo’ of David Pleasance and Colin Proudfoot are delighted to be working together on the exciting new project following David’s first meeting with the Friend Software Labs team at the fan-organised Amiga 30 celebration in Amsterdam and Colin’s meeting at the Mountain View, USA event. Both of the highly-experienced former tech business leaders say they have been very impressed with the FriendUP project and have agreed to join the team as senior managers in the company. Colin has now come on board as Chief Financial Officer, with David taking the position of Director of International Sales and Marketing.
That’s what friends are for
Both of the highly-experienced former tech business leaders say they have been very impressed with the FriendUP project and have agreed to join the team as senior managers in the company. Colin has now come on board as Chief Financial Officer, with David taking the position of Director of International Sales and Marketing.
It’s well-known amongst Commodore fans and Amiga enthusiasts in the retro community that David and Colin were at one time front-runners to take over the Commodore business from the UK, including the Amiga tech, following the bankruptcy of the main company in the US back in 1994. Sadly, though it was a close-run thing, it was not to be.
Amazingly now, twenty-one years later, after all the excitement over the past year’s world-wide celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Amiga 1000, they are back in harness together for the first time since those heady days at Commodore.
What’s up with FriendUP?
FriendUP is a next generation web application technology for connecting users and developers to resources in a unifying way, say the company. The first product is an open source application called the Friend Unifying Platform (FriendUP), and it apparently takes many design decisions and concepts from the Amiga OS.
The product of Friend Software Labs, a software company with offices in Oslo and Stavanger, Norway, FriendUP allows you to take all your applications with you anywhere you go. It aims to give individuals and smaller organisations full control over their own data, including where the data is stored; who has access, and how the resources will be used.
FriendUP, which apparently allows different apps on different OS’s to come together over the internet, has just entered its first public beta phase and Friend Software Labs are seeking input from both end users and organisations. Friend Software Labs’ Chief Software Architect Hogne Titlestad says that the new professional platform will be ‘open like Linux but user-oriented like Windows and Mac.’
David Pleasance is hoping that the product will be adopted en masse, and is encouraging Amiga enthusiasts to take a closer look – he feels they will be blown away. Needless to say, Retro Computing News will be taking our own close look at FriendUP in due course.
Check out the video
You can find out more about the product and the project on the company’s website, and more about the former Commodore joint MDs’ involvement with it, in the video with David Pleasance and Colin Proudfoot in a fascinating and enthusiastic joint conversation with Hogne Titlestad which has been recorded and moderated by video podcaster Dan Wood, and is now available on YouTube.
See the video here: https://youtu.be/T7Kng6icsbY or click on the embedded version below.