Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Jul 2009 15:30 UTC
Amiga & AROS So we finally meet! You can't imagine how hard I've tried to get my hands on a machine that could run AmigaOS 4 in all its glory. I've never used the Amiga before - not during its heydays, and not during its afterglow - so it meant an unexplored world for me. You can imagine my excitement when ACube Systems, makers of the sam440ep board that runs AmigaOS 4.1, offered a review machine to me, built around their own PowerPC sam440ep flex motherboard.
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Good, balanced, critical write-up
by lproven on Wed 15th Jul 2009 13:01 UTC
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Like it.

One of the serious problems of a number of the old "legacy" OSs fighting for survival today - e.g. RISC OS, AmigaOS in its various forms, and arguably Solaris and the BSDs - is that they are far too keen to hang on to their old-fashioned ways from when the world was young and there were no "standard" ways of doing things.

I think one reason for the success of Linux is that it doesn't tend to do this. It emulates bits of the leading OSs. Unix used to have focus-follows-mouse, but the legions of Windows and Mac users aren't used to that, so Linux dropped it. Unix GUIs never had file and folder icons on the desktop, but that's what people are used to, so we got KDE and GNOME, which behaved the way newcomers expect. Same for cut&paste, permanent app menus (instead of on a desktop-middle-click) and so on.

Then you look at the Amiga variants, which default to behaviour unlike any other GUI from the last 25 years. I've not tried OS4, lacking suitable hardware, but I have an Amiga 1200 with OS 3.1 and I've tried AROS. It's very weird indeed if you're used to any other OS.

Compare with BSD and its insistence on its own system of "disk slices" and whatnot. Guys, you're on a platform with its own partitioning system.

For the Amiga types, for instance: guys, we all have near-terabyte super-fast hard disks now. We're not booting off floppies any more. You can drop the RAMdisk support, we no longer need it. Leave it as an installable option for the retro-heads who are stuck in the 1980s.

Adapt to change. Be like a reed not a tree; bend with the wind, rather than snap.

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