Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 08:49 UTC, submitted by kragil
Amiga & AROS A few weeks ago, Novell and Red Hat jointly fended off a patent infringement suit thrown their way by a patent troll. The patent in question more or less came down to the concept of virtual desktops - and thanks to Groklaw, several people helped in finding cases of prior art. The most interesting one of all? A carefully restored and working Amiga 1000 demonstrated to the judge and jury.
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by kragil on Sat 15th May 2010 09:05 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

Really cool that the Amiga has saved the day. AmigaOS is still one of the most advanced pieces of software out there ... sad really, because it is 26 years old.

Edit: They now work. When will we able to edit the title?

Edited 2010-05-15 09:07 UTC

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MORB Member since:
2005-07-06

AmigaOS is still one of the most advanced pieces of software out there ... sad really, because it is 26 years old.


It's pretty cool that using an amiga helped fend off a patent troll and I respect that. It might be the last useful thing the amiga ever does, and it certainly is the first useful thing it did in the last 15 years.

However calling AmigaOS "the most advanced piece of software out there" is displaying a scary disconnection with reality.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Total quote FAIL.

"one of the most" is what I wrote and that is still true. Many areas in AmigaOS have not been surpassed by any other OS. (want a example? Sure thing: Driver installation/removal, just copy/delete a file to the driver directory)

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jjmckay Member since:
2005-11-11

and it certainly is the first useful thing it did in the last 15 years.


Not that you are one to embellish either.

Windows Vista/7 still don't handle multiple screens as well as the Amigas did 24 years ago. Many programs or games can lock up when alt-tabbing. There's no visual representation of programs underneath others, and as is the case with the human brain, a clear visual representation makes a UI more intuitive and functional.

As far as functionality goes, yes, I'd say that the Amiga's layered screens system is more advanced than Windows 7, and perhaps also X's. Just because it was coded decades ago doesn't automatically mean it's inferior. It had access to fewer hardware resources, that's all.

Edited 2010-05-15 13:24 UTC

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viton Member since:
2005-08-09

Don't troll with Amiga or Amiga will come after you ^_^

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