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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About stability of AmigaOS4: What does mean this phrase? This is clearly marketing words by some liar trying to atract nostalgics..."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."

About reboot speed of AmigaOS4: That feature is interesting for a desktop-oriented operating system, byt it's better not needing that. In Linux is rarely needed, only for certain stuff like kernel upgrade, but MorphOS only needs very few seconds for starting/rebooting (less than AmigaOS4).

About network security of AmigaOS4: You said it, nobody worries about developing viruses/malware for an operating system nobody knows. Maybe the vulnerabiilties are there, but nobody used it. Malware/virus stuff has usually commercial interests, so unpopular systems are mostly a lot less focused in this.

About AmigaOS4 being the most modern AmigaOS: Probably it can be by name and version (4.0) but there are unofficial clones like AROS and MorphOS with practically the same features if no more. The features of AmigaOS4 are practically the same of the latest 68k AmigaOS with some freeware addons from Aminet or new unofficial clones.

About software support and the OS developer: The OS developer has a lot of responsability about software avaibility for it's operating system. A videogame system don't sell without games, a computer don't sell without software for it. Look at Microsoft operating systems and understand the main reason because are the most used, the availability of all kind of software for it. Like others said, even Risc OS has Firefox, and MorphOS is having a WebKit-based port and a browser using it named Sputnik.

About the "massive" software update for AmigaOS4: Simplemail is GPL and being available for AmigaOS classic and it's clones, including MorphOS and AROS. Ibrowse update seems interesting, but still years away of browsers like Opera nd WebKit-based ones. Directory Opus 4 is GPL and ported to most amiga-like operating systems ( and having a MorphOS (maybe AROS too) version in development using MUI. With Mplayer that is good because the MorphOS port seems a bit outdated, but the mad (and genious) guys at mplayer/ffmpeg recommends to using the latest SVN code (sadly there aren't periodic builds for amiga-like OSes).

About Haiku progress: I'm sure there are other people here and others I know that can inform you a lot better than me, but check a bit for some more info.

About "final release" term only for AmigaOne and custom hardware: I agree about this is a very stupid idea trying to get more money from users, resulting in the contrary. About living with it, that's wrong because sadly practically all AmigaOS-like operating systems has no exclussive killer apps so most people will not worry about them, only used by a few enthusiasts and nostalgics.

About submitting this to OSNews: It's nice you post news about the Amiga community on news sites with more general information and people know this is still moving, but it's very wrong you paste the text from the Hyperion site. At least you can write a small objective news witthout all that annoying marketing crap, that text is totally ridiculous and gives very bad impression to everyone has technical knowledge and reads it.

Edited 2006-12-25 00:03

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