Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Wed 10th Sep 2008 14:32 UTC, submitted by AmiKit
Amiga & AROS AmiKit 1.5.0, the high-end Amiga on your PC, has been released. Main new features include a fresh new look, faster and more stable engine, support of new 24bit themes, improved Windows installer, choice of two automatic installers for Linux platforms and much more. For AmiKit to work, you do need Amiga ROMs and the AmigaOS, which can be obtained via AmigaForever, for instance.
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RE[2]: How it works...
by AmiKit on Wed 10th Sep 2008 21:47 UTC in reply to "RE: How it works..."
AmiKit
Member since:
2006-09-10

Hello, let me explain it.

Both AmiKit and Amiga Forever use the same emulation engine called WinUAE.

The main difference is that while the Amiga Forever is a commercial product that includes the legal ROM and system files and provides you with default (and very basic) AmigaOS environment, the AmiKit is freeware and doesn't include the ROM and system files. However it includes more than 300 pre-configured programs that are not part of the default AmigaOS installation - which turn the default OS into the ultimate environment.

AmiKit can be considered as an add-on for Amiga Forever but that would be inaccurate. AmiKit installs into its own separated folder and during the installation it copies the the ROM and system files from Amiga Forever to AmiKit. Since this point the AmiKit is complete and standalone application.

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RE[3]: How it works...
by Bobthearch on Wed 10th Sep 2008 23:22 in reply to "RE[2]: How it works..."
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Thank you very much for that explanation. Reminds me of the "good old days" on the OSNews forums...

Are there any legal sources for obtaining the basic Amiga ROM files and necessary OS files, without having to purchase the entire Amiga Forever package?

And a quick question regarding the AmiKit CD. If I support AmiKit by purchasing the physical CD package, is there an American distributor? Or does it have to be shipped from Europe?

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RE[4]: How it works...
by AmiKit on Thu 11th Sep 2008 06:52 in reply to "RE[3]: How it works..."
AmiKit Member since:
2006-09-10

Are there any legal sources for obtaining the basic Amiga ROM files and necessary OS files, without having to purchase the entire Amiga Forever package?

You can buy eg. AmigaOS3.5 or 3.9 CD from some US distributor (for example www.amigakit.com) but you will still be missing the ROM file. This can be obtained from your real Amiga if you find some in your attic.

Still, it seems to me that the "Value edition" of Amiga Forever is the cheapest way how to obtain the system files (cheaper than AmigaOS3.5 or 3.9 CD itself) and ROM files in one package. And it's the smoothest way too (no need to digging the ROM file from your old hardware). In addition you get a nice package (more ROMs are included) that is ready to run older and newer Amiga games easily (few are included).

And a quick question regarding the AmiKit CD. If I support AmiKit by purchasing the physical CD package, is there an American distributor? Or does it have to be shipped from Europe?

It will be shipped from Europe. The shipping cost is 3.30 EUR worldwide. The package usually arrives to US within a week or two.

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