Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Dec 2015 00:09 UTC
Amiga & AROS

Two major developments related to Linux hosted version of AROS reached significant milestones in November. Jyrki Koivisto continued development of the USB driver that communicates directly to Linux USB subsystem and brought it to a state where storage devices now can be accessed on the AROS side. Second development, the ALSA based AHI driver developed by Krzysztof Smiechowicz reached release level and is now included in the AROS nightly builds. It replaces the obsolete OSS based driver. This development was done based on bounty hosted by and this bounty has been closed as well.

While on topic of bounties, a bounty to deliver a working implementation of FUSE filesystem and read/write driver for NTFS filesystem has been completed by Frederik Wikstrom. The bounty was also hosted by The sources of the port are not yet integrated into AROS, but are freely available on GitHub.

AROS has finally been posting development news on its website again, making it a little easier to follow what's going on. Great progress!

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by on Fri 4th Dec 2015 08:23 UTC
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This trend of reusing linux system code in alternate operating systems is probably the mark of the times. afaik kolibrios does the same thing wrt some drivers. It's probably a great way to speed up development of smaller projects, but i feel like it kills the innovation.

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by Cymro on Fri 4th Dec 2015 10:19 UTC in reply to "Comment by"
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This trend of reusing linux system code in alternate operating systems is probably the mark of the times.

This work doesn't apply to native AROS, just the Linux-hosted version. Linux-hosted AROS has been around for longer than I care to remember. So I agree with your points, but not in this specific case.

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"innovation" really is not a factor in a project intended to re-create an old OS.

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Comment by Yasu
by Yasu on Sat 5th Dec 2015 17:54 UTC
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Now if only they could complete Zune ... :-)

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No x64 port?
by Giorgos on Sun 6th Dec 2015 16:08 UTC
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I can't see an x64 port. Only 32-bit.
If I'm wrong please correct me, but why switching from my Linux distribution, only to downgrade to a 32-bit OS?

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RE: No x64 port?
by zizban on Sun 6th Dec 2015 22:40 UTC in reply to "No x64 port?"
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I'm not trolling here but does you actually need a 64 bit OS? Most people don't unless they have a computer with a lot of RAM and/or applications that demand it. For most people, the difference between 32 and 64 bit is irrelevant.

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RE[2]: No x64 port?
by Giorgos on Sun 6th Dec 2015 23:33 UTC in reply to "RE: No x64 port?"
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Yes I agree, but x64 is the present. 32-bit is history. :-)
For actually answering to you question...Yes x64 really makes a difference IF you are using a program with a big number of complex math calculations.
The most well known (that I'm using) is XBoard (or actually, the back-end command-line chess engines, eg. Crafty), for analyzing positions.

Of course, for an older machine (with <1GB memory), x64 could be a problem (and actually a dissadvantage), because it's cpu registers are double the size of the 32-bit respectives, consuming double the memory.

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