Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 12th Jan 2004 05:21 UTC, submitted by Simon Strandgaard
OSNews, Generic OSes When new operating systems gets designed today, great systems such as Amiga, Atari and VMS, seems to get overlooked in regard to their original features not found on other OSes. It might be time to collect and categorize those special unique features under the great/lost ideas wiki, so new OSes don't have to re-invent the wheel and re-innovate.
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Re: VMS logicals
by Solar on Mon 12th Jan 2004 14:16 UTC

VMS logicals sound much like AmigaDOS "set" / "setenv" - "set" did set a variable for the shell only, "setenv" sets it globally (by creating a file in ENV:, which happens to be located in RAM). Copying the file from ENV: to ENVARC: made it persistent across reboots (since ENVARC: resides on the system partition, and is copied to ENV: upon reboot).

@ Ucedac:

You're not alone. AmigaOS had many designs that were so *simple* yet so utterly *effective*. I pretty much adopted the whole Amiga page in that Wiki, and often have to restrain myself from crying "AmigaOS, too" when I read some of the other OS's pages... that OS was a beauty in its time, too bad that all the foster parents from 1984 onward were either careless, clueless, or both...