Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Mar 2009 23:34 UTC
Amiga & AROS Despite the recent emergence of several new ways to actually run AmigaOS 4.0, the supply of machines is still extremely small, and not very future proof. As such, one of the most recurring questions within the Amiga community is why don't they port the darn thing to x86?
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Does the debate even matter?
by MacTO on Fri 27th Mar 2009 00:57 UTC
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The Amiga was an amazing machine, both in hardware and software. It offered features in the mid-1980s that most personal computer users wouldn't see until the mid-1990s, or even later. The fact that it would do that on hardware that was pathetic compared to a mid-1990s PC (never mind a current PC) is beyond amazing.

But there are two problems with AmigaOS 4 and later. First of all, it is not doing amazing things on limited hardware. It is doing stuff that we now consider quite routine on hardware that we consider as obsolete. Worst yet, it isn't really compatible with older software. (The last time I checked: AmigaOS 4 users were using E-UAE to run most older software, or they were depending upon software developers to port it.) The hardware is dead in all but the hands of a few collectors of vintage computers, so we will never get the full Amiga package back again.

The second problem, again from my understanding, is that the operating system's architecture is quite antiquated. BeOS and NeXT deserve to live on because their architecture is not antiquated. At least not antiquated in the sense of AmigaOS or Win32. So what is the appeal of a new AmigaOS from the technical perspective? I cannot see any.

So just fire up WinUAE, E-UAE, or (better yet) a vintage Amiga and enjoy it for what it was.

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