Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Sep 2007 20:03 UTC, submitted by AmiKit
Amiga & AROS AmiKit 1.4.0 has been released. AmiKit is a free compilation of more than 300 Amiga programs. It runs under emulation on your Windows system (Linux install guide included). The new version has been graphically improved, is faster and supports dual core CPUs and Vista. For AmiKit to work, you do need Amiga ROMs and the AmigaOS, which can be obtained via AmigaForever, for instance.
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linux?
by puenktchen on Fri 28th Sep 2007 21:48 UTC
puenktchen
Member since:
2007-07-27

how am i supposed to install an .exe-file on a linux-system, or any other non-windows system?

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RE: linux?
by DHofmann on Sat 29th Sep 2007 00:03 UTC in reply to "linux?"
DHofmann Member since:
2005-08-19

There's an "AmiKit on Linux Guide" .pdf in the knowledge base on the AmiKit site. It would have been nice if they had linked to it from the Installation page. You will still need a Windows computer to run the .exe, or maybe Wine under Linux will work.

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RE: linux?
by ferrels on Sat 29th Sep 2007 04:51 UTC in reply to "linux?"
ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

Ever hear of WINE? It will allow you to install and run nearly any Windows exe.

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RE[2]: linux?
by aliquis on Sat 29th Sep 2007 06:33 UTC in reply to "RE: linux?"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

Ins't it better that he just get the same files and run them in UAE? ;/

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RE[2]: linux?
by Alleister on Sat 29th Sep 2007 12:20 UTC in reply to "RE: linux?"
Alleister Member since:
2006-05-29

>Ever hear of WINE? It will allow you to install and run nearly any Windows exe.

More like "almost none Windows exe". If it was nearly any then i have an remarkable ability to only try the very few ones it can't run.

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Very Impressive
by gleng on Sat 29th Sep 2007 00:20 UTC
gleng
Member since:
2006-02-16

I've been running this today, and I'm so impressed with what they've done with the ageing Amiga OS 3.9.

If anyone wants to play around with a pre-configured, hassle-free version of Amiga OS, then this is the way to do it. 100% recommended.

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RE: Very Impressive
by MacTO on Sat 29th Sep 2007 03:07 UTC in reply to "Very Impressive"
MacTO Member since:
2006-09-21

Hassle-free would be Amiga Forever, since it includes the ROM and OS as well as configurations that run the gamut from an ECS game machine to a fairly fancy and fairly modern (for the Amiga) desktop. Or maybe ClassicWB because it uses a somewhat more common version of the ROM and OS.

Granted, those AmiKit desktops look pretty slick.

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Something I never understood.....
by leech on Sat 29th Sep 2007 08:47 UTC
leech
Member since:
2006-01-10

Why is it that everyone always tries to make their Linux desktop look like a Macintosh when the Amiga desktop can look so much better?

Look at the icon sets that the Amiga has. MagicWB would just rock on a Gnome desktop, and it was made with a 16 color palette! The icons they have in the Amikit screenshots are just awesome.

Of course Amiga has always looked really great in my eyes. Probably one of the reasons I like Gnome / GTK so much, is that the themes remind me a lot of the way the old Amiga looked. I have tried to make my desktop more Amiga-like before, but never did get a response back from the author of MagicWB to see if I could convert the icons.

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Spellcheck Member since:
2007-01-20

Why is it that everyone always tries to make their Linux desktop look like a Macintosh when the Amiga desktop can look so much better?


Because lots and lots of us used to use Macs in the heady days of System 6 and 7 and we're trying to recreate the way it felt to us then.

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linux/osx
by puenktchen on Sat 29th Sep 2007 12:51 UTC
puenktchen
Member since:
2007-07-27

okay, this is the linux guid: http://amikit.amiga.sk/download/misc/documents/AmiKit_on_Linux_Guid...

could be much shorter: install under windows, copy everything to linux. the same method works for osx: http://amikit.amiga.sk/forum/index.php?action=vthread&forum=3&topic...

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I miss it
by merde on Sat 29th Sep 2007 13:41 UTC
merde
Member since:
2007-04-05

Damn I miss Directory Opus Magellan... I tried Windows version for some time, but it wasn't that good, simple yet powerful.
I want Magellan for Linux ;)

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Clone ROMs
by Earl Colby pottinger on Sat 29th Sep 2007 15:48 UTC
Earl Colby pottinger
Member since:
2005-07-06

Why after all this time has someone not made a replacement for the Amiga ROMs. All the call points are documented (it is a series of jump tables at that) and no single call is that complex in code either.

All this years and so little progress from the Amiga Fans.

I am glad I jumped to BeOS, and I am watching Haiku closely.

Note the number of Amiga fans in it's hey-day, and compare to BeOS/Haiku-OS fans. BeOS was far out numbered and Amiga fans had a ten year head start yet today Haiku is the one showing real progress and the Amiga club is just sitting around boasting how good it will be once the right company buys out the rights to the Trade-Mark.

Why not go open-source and do it without depending on anal company officers? And why the refusal to use cheap off-the-shelf hardware. In 1985 the CPUs were not able to do it all, the custom hardware was needed. Today with quad-CPUs, high speed video cards, buffered-DMA sound cards all the function of a Amiga can be emulated for a very small percentage of the CPU load. Why demand PPC, it was not even the original CPU family in the Amiga line.

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RE: Clone ROMs
by gleng on Sat 29th Sep 2007 17:59 UTC in reply to "Clone ROMs"
gleng Member since:
2006-02-16

Why after all this time has someone not made a replacement for the Amiga ROMs. All the call points are documented (it is a series of jump tables at that) and no single call is that complex in code either.


It is happening. There's a Kickstart ROM replacement bounty, along with many others, here:

http://thenostromo.com/teamaros2/index.php?query=open

Once the Kickstart replacement and the UAE integration is done, then AROS will be a fully Amiga OS 3.x compatible operating system. AROS is to Amiga OS what Haiku is to BeOS.

Nightly builds of AROS are available here:

http://www.aros.org/

All it needs is a web browser and it's good to go!

All this years and so little progress from the Amiga Fans.


The big problem is that there is a new version of Amiga OS waiting to be released, but the current legal battles have prevented its release for the past four years or so. The software and the hardware is ready. All we need is for the legal problems to be overcome.

Why not go open-source and do it without depending on anal company officers? And why the refusal to use cheap off-the-shelf hardware.


Well, that very argument is what created AROS in the first place. And now it's looking more and more like AROS is the only option for a desktop Amikalike operating system in the future. The current court battles between Amiga Inc. and Hyperion Entertainment could potentially go on for years, and it seems that MorphOS 2 is going to be more targeted at embedded computing applications.

Why demand PPC, it was not even the original CPU family in the Amiga line.


Back in the 90s, it made a lot of sense. For the same reasons that Mac OS went from m68k to PPC. I can't profess to know the technical details. ;)

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RE[2]: Clone ROMs
by puenktchen on Sun 30th Sep 2007 10:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Clone ROMs"
puenktchen Member since:
2007-07-27

>> Why demand PPC, it was not even the original CPU family in the Amiga line.

> Back in the 90s, it made a lot of sense. For the same reasons that Mac OS went from m68k to PPC. I can't profess to know the technical details. ;)

m68 & ppc are both big-endian architectures, and the many registers of ppc are very usefull for emulation purposes. so ppc was the better alternative, at least until the end of the 90s.

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