I heard that V4 will have a good amount of chip ram as well as ethernet build-in? that is good news indeed
will the stand alone version (and maybe the A1200 version) of V4 feature build-in WIFI? How would WIFI even be handled in workbench 3.9 ?
on the other hand, there options for using WIFI through a LAN port, like for example using a pi3 to connect to WIFI and then letting it share its connection through ethernet to the vampire V4. That would also open up for stuff like maybe a VNC connection from the vampire V4 to the pi3
Only thing that would makes this project even more awesome, would be to have an additional FPGA that is configured to be a PPC accellerator, so a Vampire system could run AmigaOS 4.x as well as AmigaOS versions prior to 4.x (3.x and below)
Well, plan is to enterily skip OS 4 unless OS4 goes Vampire. AROS 68k is future VampOS.
Wi-Fi is not planned, while people do love wireless, as you say Ethernet ported can be just connected to router. Answer is simple: there is no Wi-Fi support in AmigaOS and AROS. I have tried one Prism card with OS4 and it needs manual config, its slow 11mbps or so (so ethernet does better) and has no visual display of network, selection etc. Its possible, but someone needs to backport some better drivers from OS4 and MOS and do the system part. Since AOS is trapped in "Hype hell" I dont see this coming.
Idea of Vamp is that in time, core advancement and tweaking 68k can level up to PPC in speed, rendering it unnecessary. Since PPC library, even including MOS and OS4 one, is quite minimal and most of good apps exist in 68k version, I see no trouble there.
In my now five years experience of OS4, its not worth of the number and name. Its just has AmigaOS look.