Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Dec 2006 17:12 UTC, submitted by AmigaRobbo
Amiga & AROS "Hyperion Entertainment is very pleased to announce the immediate availability (for registered AmigaOne customers) of Amiga OS 4.0, The Final Update. Originally released in May of 2004, Amiga OS 4.0 is the most stable, modern and feature-rich incarnation to date of the multi-media centric operating system launched by Commodore Business Machines (CBM) in 1985 with which it still retains a high degree of compatibility. Amiga OS 4.0, The Final Update is the culmination of 5 years of development and takes the form of a stand-alone ISO image which contains a full installation of all Amiga OS 4.0 components. A list of new features can be found here. Availability of PowerPC hardware suitable for operation with Amiga OS 4.0 will be announced by third parties early 2007." Together with Microsoft selling Linux and Apple switching to Intel, this is the definitive proof that hell is now officially frozen. I sure know I'm taking ice skates with me to the grave.
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leech
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2006-01-10

I used GEM (which is the actual GUI of the Atari ST. TOS was more of a wannabe Unix underbelly of the Atari Operating System, GEM was the actual GUI.) I completely agree with you though, it was pretty ugly. Even Workbench 1.3 was better looking, at least it had a default color of blue instead of green (never could figure that one out, GREEN?)

I could be wrong about this, but I think AmigaOS was the first to have color icons, plus it had the drop-down screens, etc. It was very much a innovative and very usable operating system. There are still many capabilities that still are not comparable in modern day operating systems.

The 2.x and above versions of it were simply works of art. Especially after you add in some of the third party mods like magic menu, mUI etc. They make it much smoother than Windows XP. I've tried several times to make my Gnome desktop more Amiga like, but it doesn't quite make it. There is the amiwm, but it doesn't quite do it justice either. Hell half the time I boot up uae just to play with the AmigaOS.

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