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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The Amiga wasn't the graphics or the sound...
by Ucedac on Mon 12th Jan 2004 16:43 UTC

The Amiga was the high level of integration between its hardware and software, but above all the flexibility of the Operating system.

The dynamic Ram disk, the locales, the preferences system, the Icon tool types, the fixed menu bar, the draggable/multi screens, the assigns (path alias), the devices, the file systems built in on the partitions, the partitioning system, the mount lists... the data types, and a long etc.

But it doesn't matter, if you haven't used any of these features before, you won't appreciate them because someone tell you about them.

I did explain the concept of the Amiga?s Dynamic Ram disk to many people, and everybody keeps saying like donkeys: "Yes you can do a ram disk on Windows/Linux". Then the only think I can do is shut up because they won't get it.

If you try to show the good old Amiga to anyone, they start that stupid song of how ugly the interface is, and then start an endless speech about how a modern graphical interface should look like?

I will love if some Linux advocates grasp some of the good (not the bad ones!) Amiga concepts and mix then in Linux, that could be the Kick Linux needs to become the mainstream OS it deserves to be.