Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2008 15:12 UTC, submitted by paolone
Amiga & AROS The first "point release" of the AROS distribution VmwAROS has been published, and it's available on its website. This version introduces a lot of changes and many new features that make it visually different from regular AROS build. Ken Lester's double state icons, for instance, make VmwAROS look more Amiga-like, and former Amiga users can also continue using their applications thanks to AmiBridge, a poweful scripting system which allows launching AmigaOS programs straight from AROS. A big effort has been made to enhance VmwAROS useability and user-friendlyness.
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RE: Too late, or just in time.
by madcrow on Mon 15th Dec 2008 17:53 UTC in reply to "Too late, or just in time."
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Actually, AROS is exactly the same kind of project as Haiku: an open source re-creation of Amiga OS, the same way Haiku recreates BeOS. The only real difference is that since AROS targets x86 and PPC, platforms which "classic" AmigaOS never ran on, binary compatability isn't an issue with AROS the way it is with Haiku, since there aren't really any binaries to be compatable with (at least unless you want to introduce a complicated emulation layer)

Vis a vis useful features of AROS compared to Haiku, the main one is probably source-level with AmigaOS 3.x. It's not 100%, but it is close enough that simple apps will compile on both and more complex thing often need only some code cleanup to rewrite bits of code that only work on M68K CPUs or that use odd compiler-specific constructs from various obscure Amiga C packages.

Edited 2008-12-15 17:58 UTC

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And since it is an open source project, it continues moving forward without worries about the squabbling companies.

This looks like a nice release! I am going to download it now...

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With apologies for extreme ignorance but will this run on any PPC Mac? I still have my G4 hardware under my desk...

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JLF65 Member since:

With apologies for extreme ignorance but will this run on any PPC Mac? I still have my G4 hardware under my desk...

It will run in hosted mode on linux on Mac PPC computers. I run AROS on Xubuntu on my iMac DV+ G3. Even hosted, the OS is VERY responsive. The menus feel so much better than the menus in either linux on the same machine, or OSX on the same machine.

It would be nice to eventually have native support for NewWorld Macs, but don't count on that any time soon. ;)

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