Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Sep 2007 20:03 UTC, submitted by AmiKit
Amiga & AROS AmiKit 1.4.0 has been released. AmiKit is a free compilation of more than 300 Amiga programs. It runs under emulation on your Windows system (Linux install guide included). The new version has been graphically improved, is faster and supports dual core CPUs and Vista. For AmiKit to work, you do need Amiga ROMs and the AmigaOS, which can be obtained via AmigaForever, for instance.
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Clone ROMs
by Earl Colby pottinger on Sat 29th Sep 2007 15:48 UTC
Earl Colby pottinger
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2005-07-06

Why after all this time has someone not made a replacement for the Amiga ROMs. All the call points are documented (it is a series of jump tables at that) and no single call is that complex in code either.

All this years and so little progress from the Amiga Fans.

I am glad I jumped to BeOS, and I am watching Haiku closely.

Note the number of Amiga fans in it's hey-day, and compare to BeOS/Haiku-OS fans. BeOS was far out numbered and Amiga fans had a ten year head start yet today Haiku is the one showing real progress and the Amiga club is just sitting around boasting how good it will be once the right company buys out the rights to the Trade-Mark.

Why not go open-source and do it without depending on anal company officers? And why the refusal to use cheap off-the-shelf hardware. In 1985 the CPUs were not able to do it all, the custom hardware was needed. Today with quad-CPUs, high speed video cards, buffered-DMA sound cards all the function of a Amiga can be emulated for a very small percentage of the CPU load. Why demand PPC, it was not even the original CPU family in the Amiga line.

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RE: Clone ROMs
by gleng on Sat 29th Sep 2007 17:59 in reply to "Clone ROMs"
gleng Member since:
2006-02-16

Why after all this time has someone not made a replacement for the Amiga ROMs. All the call points are documented (it is a series of jump tables at that) and no single call is that complex in code either.


It is happening. There's a Kickstart ROM replacement bounty, along with many others, here:

http://thenostromo.com/teamaros2/index.php?query=open

Once the Kickstart replacement and the UAE integration is done, then AROS will be a fully Amiga OS 3.x compatible operating system. AROS is to Amiga OS what Haiku is to BeOS.

Nightly builds of AROS are available here:

http://www.aros.org/

All it needs is a web browser and it's good to go!

All this years and so little progress from the Amiga Fans.


The big problem is that there is a new version of Amiga OS waiting to be released, but the current legal battles have prevented its release for the past four years or so. The software and the hardware is ready. All we need is for the legal problems to be overcome.

Why not go open-source and do it without depending on anal company officers? And why the refusal to use cheap off-the-shelf hardware.


Well, that very argument is what created AROS in the first place. And now it's looking more and more like AROS is the only option for a desktop Amikalike operating system in the future. The current court battles between Amiga Inc. and Hyperion Entertainment could potentially go on for years, and it seems that MorphOS 2 is going to be more targeted at embedded computing applications.

Why demand PPC, it was not even the original CPU family in the Amiga line.


Back in the 90s, it made a lot of sense. For the same reasons that Mac OS went from m68k to PPC. I can't profess to know the technical details. ;)

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RE[2]: Clone ROMs
by puenktchen on Sun 30th Sep 2007 10:49 in reply to "RE: Clone ROMs"
puenktchen Member since:
2007-07-27

>> Why demand PPC, it was not even the original CPU family in the Amiga line.

> Back in the 90s, it made a lot of sense. For the same reasons that Mac OS went from m68k to PPC. I can't profess to know the technical details. ;)

m68 & ppc are both big-endian architectures, and the many registers of ppc are very usefull for emulation purposes. so ppc was the better alternative, at least until the end of the 90s.

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