Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Dec 2015 23:19 UTC
Amiga & AROS

Generation Amiga has reported today a tweet from Hacker Fantastic saying that the Amiga OS source has been leaked, including both Kickstart and Workbench. Looking at the @hackerfantastic's tweet, there is another user with the handle @TheWack0lian that offers a link to download the OS in a 130MB tar file which expands to 540MB of source code.

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Apparently the source code is really related to Amiga OS. The tar file name refers to OS 3.1 but folders from the source code refers to version 4, which could mean the source code is pretty much up to date.

From what I can gather, it's not fully 100% complete, but it's still a pretty significant leak. With the number of times this software has changed hands, it's remarkable it's taken this long.

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RE: Who cares?
by emerson999 on Thu 31st Dec 2015 04:37 UTC in reply to "Who cares?"
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I think the biggest thing is kickstart. It's essentially what holds back a lot of distribution of amiga software. And there really is a market there still. Take gog for example. They recently gained the rights to the goldbox dungeons and dragons games. The amiga versions are the best for the majority of them. But even if they have the rights to distribute the amiga versions, they can't bundle it with emulation software like they do the dos builds of the game. To do that they'd need kickstart. And to get that they'd have to licence some kind of deal with whoever owns the rights now. They might not be making much off that old software. But holding a way to get any kind of passive income is often something people are loathe to give away.

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