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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RE: Clone ROMs
by gleng on Sat 29th Sep 2007 17:59 UTC in reply to "Clone ROMs"
gleng
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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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