Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Feb 2011 00:09 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Oh. My. God. When I read this, and browsed the website, my face went like this. Do you remember the Amiga? That fun little computer that was miles ahead of its competition, but in recent years has been dragged through the mud by one shady figure after the next? Here's a new one: Amiga, Inc., the one 'run' by Bill McEwen, has partnered with a company called IContain to slap the Amiga logo on a bunch of low-end, incredibly sad products. Whether this is another shady deal I don't know, but worthy of the Amiga? I don't think so. I'm not putting this in the Amiga category, by the way. I refuse to. Forget it. It's going into our generic category. Fitting. Update: As was pointed out over at, not only are these nothing more than brandless OEM products with Photoshopped logos, the website itself is just a standard, unmodified WordPress theme. Oi. Doesn't instil a lot of confidence, now, does it?
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by ParadoxUncreated on Fri 25th Feb 2011 01:23 UTC
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What was good about Amiga, c64 and probably many arcade machines, was that they were programmed in assembly and pushed to the limits. There was little or no os overhead, as the hardware was accessed directly. This again turned out smooth images, without "hiccups", so commonly known in todays operating systems. However as os-jitter, the cause of these stalls, are lowered in modern operating systems, the feel and smoothness of these old systems are recovered, with full modern capability. I don't think one should look to Amiga for that. Rather pushing the performance of os's in that direction, seems to happen quite a bit on Linux. I've also heard people speak positively of the possible perfomance of more obscure projects, like TRON.

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by aliquis on Fri 25th Feb 2011 03:33 in reply to ":)"
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Look at RIMMs Playbook videos.

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by Bully on Fri 25th Feb 2011 08:47 in reply to ":)"
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Amiga OS was written in C. not assembly.
Sure you could program in assembly, but that was not the common practice.

There was not 'one' thing that was good about it. It was a well thought out machine with both custom hardware that was ahead of it's time and it's own OS that was ahead of it's time also.

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by Tuxie on Fri 25th Feb 2011 09:18 in reply to "RE: :)"
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Actually, most of the original AmigaOS (the Kickstart and AmigaDOS) was written in BCPL, a programming language from the mid 60s (7 years older than C) that nobody except AmigaOS developers used anymore. It was not until 4.0 that they had completely rewritten everything in C.

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by MORB on Fri 25th Feb 2011 09:28 in reply to "RE: :)"
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exec.library (the (micro)kernel) at least was written in assembly. The source code for version 3.1 had been leaked a few years back.

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