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: Good?
by mlankton on Fri 1st Jan 2016 23:29 UTC in reply to "Good?"
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This is coming from the perspective of someone who missed the Amiga bandwagon and caught up with classic Amiga via emulation much later on. I was a NeXT user from 1996-2002, when I bought my first Mac and switched from OPENSTEP to OS X.

To get to something we would recognize as a modern user environment you have to get to Workbench 3, released in 1992. Contrast that to NeXTSTEP 2.0, the first release that supported color, two years earlier in 1990. Add to that that NeXT was based on a unix userland and supported multiple users and networks in a way that Amiga wasn't really made for, and NeXT appears even more ahead of its time on many levels, in retrospect. NeXT machines were prohibitively expensive, so the fanbase for NeXT would never approach the numbers that Amiga generated with its easily accessible hardware and the attraction of its library of games. To this day I find NeXT/OPENSTEP the most elegant user environment I've ever used. I miss it very much, although I do not miss the software limitations that hindered it.

I like AmigaOS and use 3.9 in emulation. My persepective is looking at it quite after the fact, although I guess 3.9 came out in 2000 so it isn't all that old. As a year 2000 os, Amiga seems clunky and antiquated. But if you look at its user environment and go back in time to pre-1995, the Amiga desktop was shockingly good. NeXT notwithstanding, Amiga had a user experience that pretty much destroyed Mac and Windows, and no one was really running linux or the BSDs at home until around 1994 at the earliest, and it took the desktop experience there a few years to polish itself and become compelling.

So yeah, Amiga was astonishingly good for its time, and a pretty decent chunk of users got their hands on it, all equaling a legacy that extends to 2016.

Believe it or not, this website used to be primarily about operating systems. Back in the day there were a lot more of them around, and some of us got bit by the bug of rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty inside as many of them as we could get our hands on. Unfortunately today we don't have that wealth of os'es to play with because it takes a lot of people and a lot of code to produce an experience that we would find worthwhile on a computer. Unfortunate, the hobby os is dead, long live the hobby os. But that's what this site used to be about, and if you have some interest in operating systems and user environments, by all means go get Amikit and what you need to get classic AmigaOS running, and go get Aros while you're at it. Very fun systems and not remotely related to the windows/mac/unix experiences you're used to.

TLDR; meh, NeXT was way better, but yeah AmigaOS is still a good time as well as ahead of its time. Try it out and think about the time it existed in when you judge it.

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