Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th May 2009 19:17 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ask OSNews is apparently quite popular among you guys; the questions just keep on coming in. Since David took on the first two, we decided to let me handle this one - it's an area I've personally covered before on OSNews: file system layouts. One of our readers, a Linux veteran, studied the GoboLinux effort to introduce a new filesystem layout, and wondered: "Why not adopt the more sensible file system from GoboLinux as the new LSB standard?"
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RE[2]: AmigaOS
by henrikmk on Sat 30th May 2009 19:28 UTC in reply to "RE: AmigaOS"
henrikmk
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2005-07-10

What a load of BS. The Amiga FS was just as fragile as any other OS FS,actually it was even more so because of the cluess cowboys like yourself who ran around screwing up their and other people's drives, and leaving people like me to clean up the messes they had made because they couldn't undo what they had done.


Nope, sorry. It's not true. You could always repair a screwed up AmigaOS installation, except for corrupted disks. Also if you had SnoopDOS, you pretty much always knew what was wrong, if a program wouldn't start.
A midlevel Amiga user, who has studied the file system can actually build his own working AmigaOS disk completely from scratch, build his own startup sequence and customized set of libraries necessary for just the programs you need.

By hand.

I did that many, many times to squeeze more space onto 880 KB disks, before I got a harddrive. I'm sure many other Amigans have done the same to make custom Workbench disks for very specific purposes. I also did it alot when playing around with WinUAE for a time.

Try that same process with Linux. Build an installation from scratch and see if you have a working computer tomorrow.

One example of eliminating unnecessary complexity through design, is how many operating systems want you to use a special program to determine which programs you want to start on boot. AmigaOS just reads the WBStartup directory. I don't remember using any package managers either. The GUI based installer was a 50 kb program with a simple scripting language.

Like I said, it's quite amazing that others are ignoring what AmigaOS could do in this regard, simply thanks to its extremely simple design.

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RE[3]: AmigaOS
by sorpigal on Sun 31st May 2009 18:10 in reply to "RE[2]: AmigaOS"
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2005-11-02

One example of eliminating unnecessary complexity through design, is how many operating systems want you to use a special program to determine which programs you want to start on boot. AmigaOS just reads the WBStartup directory.


Funny, that's exactly how sysvinit works. The only difference is multiple runlevels, but those are not strictly necessary. init just goes to /etc/rc?.d/ and executes everything that's executable in lexical order. Simple.

I'm sure Amiga had many nice things, but this was your only concrete example and it's not a very strong one.

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