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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Amiga OS is dead...
by StychoKiller on Fri 27th Mar 2009 05:15 UTC
StychoKiller
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2005-09-20

the body just hasn't stopped twitching yet. Having said that, I owned an Amiga in one form or another from 1986 till 2004. Without hardware, and more importantly, spare parts, no OS can survive. I really miss the Amiga OS, because every other major OS has too much "complexity by design" for my taste. Anyone with a year's worth of applied study could understand the entire Amiga OS, which is why there were so many games written for it. Currently, I'm using gentoo Linux in a custom PC table of my own design (http://www.frontiernet.net/~jimbot/allsparkproject.htm).
It's been a severe uphill struggle to figure out how to use wxWidgets or GTK+ in my own programs. Most of the struggle could be avoided if libraries such as these would simplify their design philsosophy -- why does every Linux program/library have to be able to network, for example? If AROS would just bite the bullet and COMPLETE their first goal of making a port of Amiga OS3.1 for the x86, more people would use it. "Swiss Cheese" OS'es are of no benefit to anyone.
Right now, I could use a utility that would read my saved Amiga-formatted hard disks so I could get all of the data off of them and into my Linux PC.

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