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: Amiga OS is dead...
by bdalzell on Sun 29th Mar 2009 05:13 UTC in reply to "Amiga OS is dead..."
bdalzell
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2009-03-29

"Right now, I could use a utility that would read my saved Amiga-formatted hard disks so I could get all of the data off of them and into my Linux PC."

The affs switch in the linux mount command will allow you to mount full Amiga formatted hard drives under Linux. If they are SCSI you need a scsi pci card.

here is the format for the command that I use to mount a a partition from an Amiga drive under Ubuntu linux on my Desktop in a folder :

sudo mount -t affs -o setuid=1000,setgid=1000 /dev/sdb1 /home/me/Desktop/AmigaWD/amigaWD-00

sudo is because root has to mount

mount -t affs gives the switches to mount

-o setiod=1000, setgid=1000 sets the owner and user

/dev/sdb is the location of the drive - it is the second drive in my system. sdb1 means it is the first partition on that drive

/home/me/Desktop/AmigaWD/amigaWD-00 is the path to the folder on my desktop where i will access the partition.

i have been running Amiga OS 3.9 using Amithlon for 5 years now on a 1.3 GHz Athlon intel architecture machien as a dual boot with Ubuntu Linux. I use the linux ability to read the Amiga drive to allow me to share files. Mostly I still use the Amiga for graphics as I really like ImageFx. However the lack of memory protection means I crash fairly frequently when I do too intensive a graphics manipulation. On the athlon according to sysinfo the Amiga OS is running at least 1000 times faster than it did on a standard Amiga. Graphic manipulations that used to take hours take seconds.

The success of Amithlon in running the OS sitting ontop of a linux kernel shows that Amiga OS can operate on intell hardware. Amithlon is much faster on my machine than is E-UAE and I can make full use of a wide screen lcd monitor.

When I initially had Amithlon running I was using the specially formatted "amithlon hardfile" but since then I have discovered I can put the Amithlon kernel and boot files in my linux boot partition and boot Amithlon from the multiboot linux booter GRUB. Once Amithlon boots it finds my native Amiga harddrive and uses the OS from there - no more hardfile and full access to all my amiga files from either OS. The only problem I am currently having is that I seem to have lost my ability to use USB from amiga. Of course I cannot read an Amiga floppy/

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