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[3]: Come on :)
by henrikmk on Tue 26th Dec 2006 17:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Come on :)"
henrikmk
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2005-07-10

Multiuser is a waste of resources.

As far as I remember from the original AmigaOS on classic machines, you could create different partitions with different AmigaOS installations and select which one to boot in the early start up menu.

This is one of the cool things about AmigaOS, because it works differently from regular multibooting: To create a new "user", you can simply copy the contents of the original partition to the new one and it will boot immediately from that, when you select it in the start up menu. You can do this, because the core system with libraries only take up a few megabytes. It's simply so small that you can throw it around like that, so you don't need complicated tools to handle this operation. You can do this directly from Worbench.

This is not a true multiuser environment in that it offers no security and locking down of the different environments, but only separate desktops with different settings.

You can also not just switch between them, but need to reboot. But that's faster than switching users in other OS'es anyway. :-)

This can be useful if you have a "developer" setup which launches a developer environment on boot or a "gaming" setup, which offers the games drawer to be opened on boot. It's also useful as a panic or mirror partition in case your original gets destroyed and absolutely need access to information on the Amiga.

If you are short on partitions, different startup scripts can be used to launch different environments. You don't need to launch the desktop itself if you are short on resources, but precisely only the applications or the game you need. No need to run a big and heavy desktop in the background when playing a game, right? Why launch an entire desktop and all sorts of funny services, when all you need is to play a game. That's silly! :-)

This can be created in a few minutes using a text editor and edit the S:startup-sequence file to ask for program launc options. It's so beautifully simple. Try doing that on any other OS.

Damn, I suddenly miss this OS now. :-(

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