Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 22:33 UTC
Amiga & AROS Yes, we are continuing our new-found fascination with the Amiga platform, by reporting to you straight from the floors of AmiWest and Pianeta Amiga. Chris Handley consolidated all the information from these two Amiga shows into one handy post, and the future of the AmigaOS looks bright indeed! Update: More planned features have emerged. Read on for the update.
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The future of AmigaOS 4 and beyond...
by Luposian on Sun 25th Oct 2009 20:19 UTC
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What AmigaOS needs now, is to break from the past in a way that cleanly delineates between the old and the new, while allowing users to use both in a user-friendly fashion. Maybe have two partitions on a hard drive (dual boot), or use a "classic"-type environment of MacOS X, or something.

Then, what they need to do is to keep the "unique" qualities of the AmigaOS UI (the way the AmigaOS operates), while upgrading it to modern system specifications, like memory protection, VM, multi-threaded, multi-core, etc.

Just as you cannot have an Atari 1040ST function in today's web-tied, high-end audio/graphics, 3D gaming world... so, too, you cannot expect to keep the "old ways" of the AmigaOS and it's hardware and expect to be relevant today.

You simply CANNOT have your cake and eat it too. Not only is it impossible, it's pointless! You cannot live in the 80's AND live in 2010 at the same time, computing-wise.

The companies that made the Amiga what it was (Psygnosis, anyone?) are either long since gone or have moved onto other things. Very few companies still support the Amiga, even in tribute.

What must be done is to revive AmigaOS as a alternative OS on an alternative platform. Make it an actual platform, not just a "revised relic OS" on a piece of PPC hardware.

The "Amiga" must be revived as a "new" hardware platform, not just the OS. AmigaOS cannot remain viable, so long as it tries to reach for the present/future, while maintaining hold of the past.

Then and ONLY then, will AmigaOS be more than it used to be and be supported by a larger base than just the few die-hard devs and users, yearning to live in the past, while trying to grasp the future.

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