posted by Fulvio Peruggi on Mon 17th Jul 2006 11:14 UTC

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Useful Links

MorphOS community sites:
The center around which everything turns is MorphZone; other important sites are: Pegasos.org; Obligement; #amigazeux; Amiga Impact.
News sites and Forums:
MorphOS-News; Amiga-News; ANN; Amiga.org; Moo bunny.
MorphOS development sites:
MorphOS-Team; Ambient Desktop; MorphOS Developer Connection.
Hardware related sites:
Genesi; PegasosPPC; MorphOSPPC; Freescale MobileGT Platform.
Software related sites:
Aminet; MorphOS-news; MorphZone.
Amiga history:
Amiga history guide; The history of the Pegasos.
Manuals (PDF format):
Le livre du Pegasos; and its translations: The Pegasos Book, etc..
Reviews and FAQs:
DoctorMorbius_FP Homepage.

Historical Notes

Ultra-condensed classic Amiga history:
Probably you know that Amiga was considered an extraordinary game machine that gained a large user base in the late 80's and early 90's. But if you think it was only a game console masked as a computer, you are completely in error. It had 4096 colours when PC screens were black and green, it had sound and voice when PC's were dumb, it had preemptive multitasking when PCs ran one program at a time. So Amiga also collected a community of advanced users, who adopted it for professional uses. After the demise of Commodore in 1994, the Amiga people slowly dispersed. Gamers migrated towards PCs and super-consoles; and most software houses and professional programmers converted their programs and migrated towards PC and Mac platforms. However many hardcore people did not migrate. Some software houses and hardware producers, a few professional programmers, together with many non-professional programmers, hobbyists, amateurs, and advanced users unified themselves into an extremely argumentative (thus vital!) community strongly glued together via the Internet.

Ultra-condensed Pegasos/MorphOS history:
For a number of years the Amiga trademark passed from hand to hand without any real evolution, mostly used just as a brand for advertising. In the meanwhile, some extraordinary members of the Amiga community slowly emerged and were able to create something that no other nostalgic community of retro PC amateurs has ever been able to do. They created from scratch a new PowerPC-based hardware platform and a new operating system that were able to collect the Amiga legacy and revive the residual community of hardcore users. The hardware wizards are the guys of bPlan/Genesi, while the software wizards that started everything (Ralph Schmidt, creator of Quark, and Frank Mariak, creator of CGX) are the leaders of the MorphOS Development Team.

Ultra-condensed AmigaOne/AmigaOS4 history:
Another PowerPC-based community emerged in the new century. The penultimate owners of the Amiga trademark, mostly interested to use the brand in another market, outsourced the hardware/software design/production of desktop computers and AmigaOS. This originated the AmigaOne/AmigaOS4 PowerPC platform. While AmigaOS4 is still in development, the hardware is now missing because it originated from a developer board that is no longer produced. That half of the Amiga community is now stuck in the difficult search for new hardware, complicated by a penalizing licensing scheme.

Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Gunne Steen and Stefan Blixth for providing almost all the pictures, and Ed Vishoot and Frank Mariak for careful reading of the manuscript and important suggestions for its improvement.

About the author

Fulvio Peruggi, Professor of Physics - Department of Physics, "Federico II" University - Naples, Italy.
Mr. Peruggi has used computers since 1977, when he started his research activity in Theoretical Physics (field: Statistical Mechanics). His life with computers started on an IBM mainframe programmed via punch cards. Then he used PDP and VAX workstations, early Apple and IBM-compatible PCs, Macintosh computers, and so on up to the most modern PCs. At home he worked on an Amiga 2000 since 1988 (with the ABSoft Fortran compiler, AmigaTeX compiler/previewer, and an editor for writing programs and articles), then he used an Amiga 4000 (adding the Maple 5 package for symbolic mathematics), and now has a PegasosII (where AmigaTeX and Maple V still run at very high speed). Having used extensively Unix, VMS, CP\M, MS-DOS, Windows, MacOS, and Linux on the computers available at the university, he still largely prefers MorphOS at home.


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