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[2]: Comment by MORB
by leech on Fri 27th Mar 2009 15:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MORB"
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In defense of the *nix platforms, they also use codecs, and through gstreamer it's very pluggable, not to mention Nautilus does use mime-types for identifying what files actually are.

Granted the DataTypes that AmigaOS has is one of the coolest things I've seen in an OS, but they're really only a 'driver' file for different formats. Though it definitely makes applications slimmer, because you don't need to have every program have it's own libraries for displaying jpegs (for example). But in that respect again, they are like shared libraries that Unix systems have. It was Commodore's answer to DLL hell, before it really became an issue.

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