Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Nov 2007 22:44 UTC
Amiga & AROS "AROS has gained lots of bugfixes and improvements in the lastest weeks. For istance, Neil Cafferkey has corrected some important bugs is his beloved AROS Installer; Nic Andrews has worked on his RTL8139 network driver; and Robert Norris has fixed file notifications, which previously broke preferences, just to name three."
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RE[5]: Re: Nice to see this
by jal_ on Thu 22nd Nov 2007 09:19 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Re: Nice to see this"
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"An experience that the x86 platform doesn't provide."

I've been hearing this stuff for ages now, yet nobody ever gave me a compelling reason why this obsession with clearly inferior hardware should hold the Amiga OS hostage.

Perhaps it is that you're to young to understand Thom ;) . I have never owned an Amiga or Atari myself, my first computer was a PC XT. However, the "clearly inferior hardware" was in its days clearly vastly superior: superior sound, superior gfx, superior CPU (well, not compared to the Atari ST which had the same 68K, but compared to the PC XT and AT). I think that the memory of having a superior machine is what the true Amiga fan still holds on to. Of course, that is nigh to impossible to achieve these days: the processor, sound chip and gfx card market isn't the wild west it was back then, there's only a few big players, and no start-up company can ever make something superior to what Intel/AMD and ATI(AMD)/nVidia are making (and as for sound, that's totally uninteresting nowadays as even AC97 provides enough for almost everyone). As a hobby OS developer, I don't like the x86 platform either, it's so uninteresting, everyone owns it, you cannot really make a difference. The 'feel' of running your OS on a different platform is just so different of having it run in Bochs or Qemu. It's the kind of magic we had in the "old days" (and perhaps I'm even too young, as I never owned a Z80, Atari 2600 or C64). But that will never return. When the PC was still progressing (in the 2nd half of the 90s), in the PC demo scene we always looked with pity to those C64 fans still holding on to that lousy machine. Today, I know exactly what they were (and still are) clinging on to.


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