Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jan 2010 23:21 UTC
Amiga & AROS It seems like only yesterday, but in fact it's already six months ago. July last year, we published our review of AmigaOS 4.1 running on ACube's sam440ep motherboard, and here we are, six months later, and Hyperion has released AmigaOS 4.1 Update 1. This free update brings with it quite a number of new features, and since I still have the sam440ep on my desk, I could test the new features first-hand.
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RE[4]: Nice
by Raffaele on Wed 27th Jan 2010 03:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Nice"
Raffaele
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Amiga OS 4.1 will not be running on the crappy i386 netbooks anytime soon, so Joe won't be buying Amiga there. It won't be running on the laptops and desktops you buy either. So how is it going to be a contender?


Well AmigaOS 4.x can't... But AROS ICaros Desktop iMica netbook does it... ;)

http://www.clusteruk.com/SitePortalPage.aspx?siteid=1&cfid=9&did=24

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0Kuvt_qUfg

And OMG... This iMica thingie sports all the Joe User Joe Citizen does on Winnet Intel Atom machines...

- Origyn Web Browser for Aros (Webkit Safari engine)

(And it surf uses Google Suite Office too)

- Email Client

- IM and chat programs

- Graphics Programs

- MPlayer Entertainment Software

(MPlayer can play most movie formats and also play MP3 music files, put a DVD in the drive and watch a movie, play an audio CD, or transfer your albums to your new Aros system.)

- E-UAE and AmiBridge

(To run any Motorla 68K still useful Amiga sofware)

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Also we in Amiga are very curious if it will suitable as AmigaOS platform the 199 US$ PPC Based Netbooks "LIME PC"

http://www.limepc.com/

http://laptopcom.blogspot.com/2009/01/199-lime-pc-netbook-with-free...

Sure a PPC core based netbook running AmigaOS rather than Linux will leave in the dust any Intel Atom runnng at same clock speed.

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Despite of the fact many people believe that Amigans are a bunch of nostalgic people we are seriously discussing any alternative about our systems future and any alternative to PPC.
Google search on Internet and/or take a look at discussions like these (there are plenty of them on Amiga sites):

http://www.morphzone.org/modules/newbb_plus/viewtopic.php?forum=11&...

http://www.amigans.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=32710

But IMHO converting AmigaOS in IntelX86 code, then it will mean that then AmigaOS will be just one of the "others" alternative to Wintel solution and piracy will hit & destroy AmigaOS immediately.

In the meanwhile the AmigaOS must fill various gaps with other operating systems like Windows and MacOS X, such as it should first gain Multi-User capabilities and SMP (Simmetrical Multi Processing) feature to run on multicore systems.

So in the meanwhile the PPC world it is still a confortable niche in which to grow (A secure pool) without being harasssed by intel based (so called Mainstream) big sharks Operating Systems (which are diving large at sea).

When AmigaOS will be sufficient mature, then it could be interesting to leave PPC world and seek for Intel and/or ARM based platforms.

Edited 2010-01-27 03:47 UTC

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