Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Aug 2011 17:27 UTC
Amiga & AROS AmigaOS 4.1 has seen another update; we've hit update 3 already. This one's got all sorts of fixes and updates, including updated PATA and SATA drivers, updated Intuition and GUI components, updated USB stack with USB 2.0 (EHCI) support, updated and improved Warp3D support, faster 2D graphics support, various kernel fixes for increased stability, and lots more.
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I admire this but
by Dasher42 on Fri 2nd Sep 2011 16:42 UTC
Dasher42
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2007-04-05

I think that what the Amiga was all about was applying forward-thinking hardware design for multimedia, before most of us knew what multimedia was, and utilizing it to the best effect. The industry has reached a point where the Amiga style of design should be the inspiration to do things that are revolutionary now.

There've been some interesting platform concepts under the Amiga name, and some really dull ones, but I don't get too excited about these PPC designs. Honestly, the CPU ought to be commodity at this point. Many of us ex-Amigoids had a 7MHz processor when the rest of the computing world laughed at anything under 20Mhz, and then got puzzled at the wicked demos we had. CPU - big deal. The Amiga had hardware acceleration beyond the desktop industry's norms. It had system bandwidth that the PC industry didn't surpass until AGP and PCI became common.

The LLVM (low level virtual machine) project shows how the CPU particulars can be abstracted away in the style of TAOS, the operating system which used "nanokernels" to virtualize processors of widely divergent families and make them able to process in parallel. Demo machines had a 486, MIPS, DEC, and Sparc processor all running in parallel on 3D rendering. Incidentally, ex-Amiga engineers were on its design team. LLVM can do that now. Virtualize the legacy platform.

What's really exciting is that you could pair together general-purpose GPU processing, FPGA chips, and CPUs and use them to terrific effect. Imagine using other chips built around paradigms like clockless computing or computing with merely "good enough" precision which requires a fraction of the silicon of standard high-precision hardware, and using each type to its best effect.

If FPGAs are standard and you hardware-accelerate to a degree not seen before, you carry on the Amiga spirit. It just so happens that an FPGA also produces some of the best hardware recreations of legacy Amiga platforms, so, why not?

To me, that's truly in the spirit of the Agnus, Paula, and Denise chips.

Edited 2011-09-02 16:44 UTC

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