Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Sep 2006 20:40 UTC, submitted by John
Amiga & AROS The Amitlon Kernel Project has released new versions of its software. Amithlon is an emulation-based system allowing users to run AmigaOS 3.9 on regular x86 PC systems, without the overhead of having to load an underlying operating system, unlike WinUAE, UAE, Fellow, or AmigaXL.
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Blimey...
by PJBonoVox on Tue 5th Sep 2006 21:54 UTC
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2006-08-14

Was I the only one that thought Amithlon died in the water when the original developer had problems with rights/money? Bernd [something], can't remember his name.

Oh well, I must check this out ;)

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RE: Blimey...
by trezzer on Tue 5th Sep 2006 22:14 UTC in reply to "Blimey..."
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2006-01-05

Parts of Amithlon was released after it "died" - and IIRC the kernel portion was available from the start.

It's nice to see that it's being updated but it's sad that it's so difficult to install. The strength of Amithlon was that you could pop it in a cd drive, boot off it and have a working Workbench in front of you. When you have to install on a harddrive it it's a very, very different story though.

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RE: Blimey...
by digitaldisaster on Tue 5th Sep 2006 22:14 UTC in reply to "Blimey..."
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2006-01-02

Bernd Meyer was the original Amithlon dev and IIRC the project died after licencing issues with H&P and Amiga Inc.

Edited 2006-09-05 22:15

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hw compat
by _df_ on Wed 6th Sep 2006 01:16 UTC
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2005-07-06

wow. their hardware compat page is EXTENSIVE. Extensivly barren...

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Guru Meditation
by jjmckay on Wed 6th Sep 2006 04:35 UTC
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2005-11-11

The gurus have been meditating on this for some time! Nice going I didn't know about this one!

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Why?
by proftv on Wed 6th Sep 2006 04:51 UTC
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2006-01-01

I still don't understand why people keep extending dead platforms when more capable mainstream alternative platforms need their help. Can someone explain this to me?

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RE: Why?
by jjmckay on Wed 6th Sep 2006 04:59 UTC in reply to "Why?"
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2005-11-11

Not everyone likes chocolate. Some people like strawberry or vanilla. Amiga isn't dead though. Did you ever use it? Relative to Windows or other platforms it might seem dead but many people have very fond memories of Amiga long before Linux. Amiga was doing what MS Windows didn't do until 10+ years later.

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RE[2]: Why?
by atezun on Wed 6th Sep 2006 09:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?"
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2005-07-06

Yeah, like pre-emptive multitasking and protected memory!

...wait a minute.

In all seriousnesss, I have never used an Amiga, I hope to one day though, but it is true there are some ideas from the Amiga that were years ahead of their time and it hardly surprises me why former users would feel such a strong attachment to the platform, not everyone wants to work on linux. I tip my hat to the developer(s) of this project for working to bring a piece of computing history (and possibly future) to all of us.

Edited 2006-09-06 09:32

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RE[3]: Why?
by rhyder on Wed 6th Sep 2006 21:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
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2005-09-28

Amiga had pre-emptive multitasking. Not protected memory though.

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RE[2]: Why?
by proftv on Wed 6th Sep 2006 19:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?"
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2006-01-01

Yes, I used the Amiga for many years and I love it. It was a really great computer for it's time. That time has passed though. I spent a lot of time hoping someone would revive the platform, until I realized it was not going to happen. I still have my A1200, but I never use it because it can't compare to what my PC can do now. I can understand people spending a little time on dead platforms as a hobby for nostalgia, but I think it would better serve the computer community as a whole if they spent their time on Ubuntu, Haiku, ReactOS, SkyOS, and others. That's just my opinion.

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RE: Why?
by viton on Wed 6th Sep 2006 08:53 UTC in reply to "Why?"
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2005-08-09

I still don't understand why people keep extending dead platforms
because these platforms are fun to use, in contrast to typical geeky linux distribution

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What is Amithlon anyway?
by fithisux on Wed 6th Sep 2006 11:35 UTC
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2006-01-22

Is it a customized linux kernel?

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RE: What is Amithlon anyway?
by alex on Wed 6th Sep 2006 20:46 UTC in reply to "What is Amithlon anyway?"
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2005-07-06

I've never used it myself, however I believe the special thing about Amithlon is that it allows AmigaOS, though emulated, to have direct access to the graphics, sound etc hardware of the host PC. I think there's also a way to compile programs to run directly for x86 (eg for CPU intensive plugins). All this makes it the next-best-thing to a native x86 port of AmigaOS.

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but..
by csynt on Wed 6th Sep 2006 15:53 UTC
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2006-03-19

is there any chance to see this project resurrected ? too bad that they not sell it anymore...

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Just a thought...
by leech on Thu 7th Sep 2006 02:23 UTC
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2006-01-10

How is it that Amithlon kernel can get Hardware accelerated nvidia drivers (I'm guessing fully open sourced, since I can't see nvidia providing drivers) yet Linux doesn't have this? Any ideas if the code can be re-used at least for the older geforce cards?

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