Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Dec 2006 17:12 UTC, submitted by AmigaRobbo
Amiga & AROS "Hyperion Entertainment is very pleased to announce the immediate availability (for registered AmigaOne customers) of Amiga OS 4.0, The Final Update. Originally released in May of 2004, Amiga OS 4.0 is the most stable, modern and feature-rich incarnation to date of the multi-media centric operating system launched by Commodore Business Machines (CBM) in 1985 with which it still retains a high degree of compatibility. Amiga OS 4.0, The Final Update is the culmination of 5 years of development and takes the form of a stand-alone ISO image which contains a full installation of all Amiga OS 4.0 components. A list of new features can be found here. Availability of PowerPC hardware suitable for operation with Amiga OS 4.0 will be announced by third parties early 2007." Together with Microsoft selling Linux and Apple switching to Intel, this is the definitive proof that hell is now officially frozen. I sure know I'm taking ice skates with me to the grave.
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RE: Remember when computing was fun?
by Kroc on Sun 24th Dec 2006 18:29 UTC in reply to "Remember when computing was fun?"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

I was under the impression that AOS4 would only boot on dedicated PPC hardware (and not a normal PPC like a Mac) very much like RISC OS (except they sell a specialised commercial emulator too).

I can't quite understand this choice, as it only limits the users, increases hardware costs and lowers hardware availability. It's like deciding to make a great game, but rather than releasing it on all major consoles; deciding instead to release a special console solely for that game and that game only.

I used to use Amiga OS (and great that it was), but now as an outsider, my only opinion is that the next version should run on generic hardware (I've got a macmini that would dual boot Amiga), and forgo compatibility by emulating/virtualising an older environment for old software, in order to add proper multi tasking and memory protection, etc.

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ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

@Kroc

This has been discussed too many times. However consider that Amiga Inc. mentionned that AmigaOS 5 will run on Intel CPUs.

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

"This has been discussed too many times."
It's all that's left to discuss about AmigaOS; even RISC OS has a port of Firefox.

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Earl Colby pottinger Member since:
2005-07-06

Which means when it is release it will be on the bleeding edge again. No thanks!

I got into BeOS only after they moved to Intel because I knew if I did not like it I could change to any number of alternative OS out there.

I am looking at new machines that can support BeOS/Haiku, that is limiting me enough as it is. There is no way I will have any interest in a machine with limited OS support.

Call me when 5.1 for Intel is released.

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