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[4]: Is there REALLY a need?
by paolone on Mon 30th Mar 2009 16:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Is there REALLY a need?"
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Can I get Java for AROS? I have Java on my phone, and it's not even a smart phone. Lets assume I connect to the internet wirelessly, does it have wireless drivers? What if I wanted to download music, does AROS have a client for that? Can I Sync my Ipod? Can I run a virtural machine? Last I checked there was a crude Python port, but it wasn't all that useful. I don't think I'd be asking too much from a desktop replacement to have all these things. This is what I was talking about when I said that AROS is nowhere near finished, and not a viable replacement OS.

You can connect an AROS box to a wireless network if you have a prism-II based wi-fi card so yes, there is a way to connect it. You can also run AROS hosted on Linux and take advantage of any kind of ethernet/wireless driver it has, but this would be only a half-step solution. Unluckily we haven't got yet a Java virtual machine, but AFAIK no other AmigaOS-like flavour has got one, so this is a common problem for people faithful to AmigaOS. Anyway, we both have Java on our smartphones, and even in the operating system laying on the partition next to AROS one, so that's no problem at all. To 'download' music I generally use the music store near home, and for my internet browsing OWB is complex enough to support all the websites I use. We still lack a emule/bittorrent client? Well, it will come, as the email, IRC, messenger, GG and other network clients didn't exist in the past but they came in the meanwhile. I'm not so worried about all this. I know I could use Linux, or Haiku or many other interesting OSes in the world, but sorry: I prefer AROS. All in all it's a hobby, not my reason of life, and hobbies can always patiently wait.

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