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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by Darkmage on Fri 27th Mar 2009 02:20 UTC
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The biggest problems with these alternative OSes are:
1. 3d graphics support. Without it whatever you're trying to do is pretty meaningless. Unless you want to go embedded and even there 3d is starting to take off so your OS will become irrelevant at some point. If they ever port to x86 they had better have some 3d hardware developers if they want anyone to use their software at all.

I don't use AROS purely for this reason. Software 3d isn't good enough any more. Hardware acceleration is assumed. It's 2009 not 1985. Hell Amiga was primarily used for multimedia so it's kind of stupid to not have 3d support. Nvidia has gpu acceleration of video on windows and linux and there's highly optimised code on mac to get all the 1080p vids working on that platform.
Aros and Amiga will need this before they can begin to look half serious.

2. Windows software compatability. Yeah I know this is unpopular but it needs to be said. Both wine/Linux and Mac/bootcamp have this nailed down as best as can be done and they both have issues. Any new comer is going to have to be able to provide compatability with windows equal to linux/mac's. Of the top 5 operating systems I can list Linux, Mac, Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris. 4 of them use wine to provide compatability. I doubt we're going to suddenly see an aros wine port but it should be possible and I'd welcome it.

I'm a subcontractor by trade 90% of my clients are using windows.

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