Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st Oct 2007 21:55 UTC, submitted by SamuraiCrow
Amiga & AROS AmigaOS 4.0 for classic Amigas will go on sale November 30th (yes, this year). From the AmigaWorld.net news page: "On November 30 AmigaOS4 will ship for Classic Amigas. Hyperion Entertainment VOF made the announcement at the AmiWest banquet. The following will be included in the package: CD-ROM with AmigaOS4, one floppy disk to boot your Amiga (no pre-installed OS will be needed), and a manual."
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I don't get it
by bb_matt on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 06:30 UTC
bb_matt
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2006-01-04

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AmigaOne
http://os4.hyperion-entertainment.biz/

Aside from enthusiasts wanting a trip down memory lane, I really don't get the hype about Amiga.

Yes, it was way ahead of it's time way back when, but how can it possibly be taken seriously now?

In a world where PC hardware is as cheap as chips (excuse the pun) and Operating systems can be had for free, where could it possibly fit in?

The official website for AmigaOS4.0 has a strapline "Remember when computing was fun?"

Erm, excuse me Hyperion, we have Linux, an operating system that anyone can tinker with to thier hearts content. We have an overwhelming choice of hardware. We have the WWW. We have some of the most advanced and exciting games ever created. In case you hadn't noticed, computing is unbelievably fun!

So I guess, "enthusiasts only need apply"

I'm all for trips down memory lane, but don't try to hype up a product that has being trying to ship for years and tout it as "better than MacOS"

Edited 2007-10-22 06:31

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RE: I don't get it
by stone on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 07:46 in reply to "I don't get it"
stone Member since:
2005-07-06

its quite obvious you dont get it. it doesnt matter how many free operating systems there are. it doesnt matter that you got linux or whatever hardware, since none of it is amiga.

the line "remember when computing was fun" is very suitable as amiga isnt linux/macos/whatever. its different and better in some areas and actually very much fun and a joy to use in comparison- at least it is to me, as to many others. if you dont think so, or even worse, havnt even tried it before making you post, then fine its no problem, you can go an use whatever suits you the best, but that doesnt make amigaos any less relevant for all the strengths and unique feeling it adds.

and noone has tried to hype amigaos as being better than macos anywhere. aliquis made a joke related to the claim that the not-existing, not-revealed amigaos 5 would beat osx. so for those making continuous irrelevant posts regarding it, please realise that we are talking two different companies and two different operatingsystems. hyperion and amigaos4 can not be held responsible.

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RE: I don't get it
by paws on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 08:10 in reply to "I don't get it"
paws Member since:
2007-05-28

Erm, excuse me Hyperion, we have Linux, an operating system that anyone can tinker with to thier hearts content.


You can't add a decent GUI to it. At least not presently.

You could write one, but I don't know how much fun that would be.

We have an overwhelming choice of hardware.


An overwhelming choice of completely similar, mostly low quality, hardware.. all of which is dull rehashing of something that sucked in the first place. The PC has raw muscle. It does not have class and it isn't interesting at all.

We have the WWW.


You obviously don't work in web programming... the web is shit. Unbelievably shit. It's really much the same story as with the PC. Somehting that was just barely good enough was picked up and turned into a money maker, and now we'll be stuck with HTML for decades. Woopteef--kingdoo.

The Internet is a great invention. The web is quite possibly the worst thing to happen to it...

In case you hadn't noticed, computing is unbelievably fun!


Yeah. Hahahahahaha. Funne!

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RE: I don't get it
by Moochman on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 08:16 in reply to "I don't get it"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Of course it's for enthusiasts only! Viewing it as anything else if of course silly! The best analogy I can think of is antique car enthusiasts who insist driving their old cars is more fun, even though by today's standards those cars are difficult to maintain, relatively unsafe, have terrible gas mileage and in some cases can't even go that fast. Of course it's all about the reminiscing! But you can bet there will always be a decent-sized audience interested in this stuff.

Anyway, one of OSNews' big appeals has always been for me, the examining of exotic operating systems. Amiga is certainly exotic, and on top of that is one of the greatest legends of computing history.

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RE: I don't get it
by Redeeman on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 11:22 in reply to "I don't get it"
Redeeman Member since:
2006-03-23

todays games for the PC is a joke compared to those for the amiga.

You know, back in the amiga days, games were actually fun, people cared about gameplay, about fun. these days, all they care about is how big an nvidia card you are forced to buy, and how many custom pixel shader effects they can possible throw in

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RE: I don't get it
by aliquis on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 16:46 in reply to "I don't get it"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

Spoken as if from someone who only used MS-DOS back in the days your text makes sense because then you didn't knew anything better and stuff could only go better from there.

But today you can't get something cheap, technically superior, with an OS which is innovative, slim and just works, the best games, tinkerability, lots of freeware, a huge demoscene, lots of hobbie programmers, portability and easy to bring to your friends and so on all in the same package.

The Amiga would be like buying the ASUS EEPC for it's price and portability, get hardware performance comparable to the Mac Pro, a better and more innovative OS than OS X, all the games of Windows, the tinkerability of Linux, more freeware/shareware/PD software/images/music freely available on the net than your Linux dist has, a scene the size of the total current one, and so on, relativly speaking.
Ah, whatever, throw in the power of youtube and iTunes/last.fm/shoutcast aswell thanks to demos, intros and all the modules ;)

Or to keep on with that useless car analogy, Windows is like a Volvo (I'm swede), everyone else has it, it works for ok for all purposes, it's sort of pricy and not that very fun or intresting.
Linux is like your own home built kit car based on a Skoda, sure it was cheap, sure you have tweaked it like http://www.vedbil.se/.
MacOS may be your Audi or whatever, but AmigaOS is still that old Mustang...

Ok, that was useless, but anyway ;)


Btw, is it impossible to add more supported formats to iTunes? It suck to play ogg in MP3 in iTunes, OGG in VLC and modules in CocoModX. I want them all in the same player and I want all my music to be sent rapported to last.fm.

Edited 2007-10-22 17:01

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RE[2]: I don't get it
by aliquis on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 17:08 in reply to "RE: I don't get it"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

<quote>Btw, is it impossible to add more supported formats to iTunes? It suck to play ogg in MP3 in iTunes, OGG in VLC and modules in CocoModX. I want them all in the same player and I want all my music to be sent rapported to last.fm.</quote>

Even my DS can do it all in one player, why can't my mac? =P

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