Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Mar 2009 23:34 UTC
Amiga & AROS Despite the recent emergence of several new ways to actually run AmigaOS 4.0, the supply of machines is still extremely small, and not very future proof. As such, one of the most recurring questions within the Amiga community is why don't they port the darn thing to x86?
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RE: Is it special under the hood?
by bugjacobs on Fri 27th Mar 2009 04:22 UTC in reply to "Is it special under the hood?"
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Its so much nostalgia for what it WAS back then,
with its for the time so unique custom chips, pretty good if not the best.

It was the last of the "home computers" before the split between consoles and PCs finally happened for the mainstream.

And with the demise of the Amiga the large demoscene went in a steady decline, never to be the same - thats atleast how it feels for me, the demoscene is still there, but the time when virtually ANY geek could hack on the bare metal of a computer and understand it fully from top to bottom must have ended back then.

Now computers are too complex for the average joe to start hacking. Sure anyone can get into webscripting and such, and there are plenty of BASIC compilers out there , but its not the same.

With the C64 and the Amiga virtually anyone could have a total image of the computer in their conscious mind, its capabilities and how to utilize them , now thats left to experts IMHO and you need these high level programming languages for everything, gone are the days of "banging the metal" (or silicon that is) .. :-)

Amiga for me was the tightknit custom chips and the OS and the SCENE around it. The OS was just a part of it.

I really hope the NATAMI guys manage to relase something btw. , They are recreating an Amiga in an FPGA chip, and this Amiga has additional features ! A product targeted for anyone wanting to revive the demoscene and do some Amiga Retrocomputing the way it could have been as the next step for the legacy .. ! SuperAGA and a highpowered 68000 class CPU core.

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jal_ Member since:

I really hope the NATAMI guys manage to release something

Probably not, the last message is from October (not counting the server move) saying something that "soon!" there will be hardware. That's almost half a year ago.

Sadly, these projects seem always doomed to fail. Jens S. and his Clone-A also seem to have disappeared (well, the Clone-A at least, I saw Jens last year at Breakpoint, but no mention from Clone-A, which he so proudly presented the year before) - there's also no mention on his site.


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SamuraiCrow Member since:

The Clone-AA project seems to have been used to produce the Indivision AGA scandoubler as it seems to replace the functions of one of the AGA chips with a separate board. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

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