Linked by paolone on Fri 20th Jul 2012 19:21 UTC
Amiga & AROS The AROS distribution Icaros Desktop has made its next step towards compatibility with legacy Amiga workbench applications, including an entire AROS enviroment compiled for the classic Amiga platform, which is almost binary compatible with the original Amiga OS 3.1 (and its extensions). When the user needs an old program, he or she only has to fire up the AROS M68K environment and run the application. The Amiga virtual machine can optionally be set to run at startup like a system service.
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RE[3]: AMOS Pro is included?
by djohnston on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 21:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: AMOS Pro is included?"
djohnston
Member since:
2006-04-11

Also, it's small. Linux (at least in the mainstream distros) has followed the path of Windows and Mac OS X, and bloated out into a multi-gigabyte monster. It's really too much of a good thing. I feel like if an OS can't fit on a CD-R, it tells me something has gone way, way off track.


Hate to rain on your parade. I am an enthusiastic Icaros user and a longtime Linux user. But, the Icaros 1.4.5 iso is 2.5GBs in size. That will hardly fit on a CD-R.

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RE[4]: AMOS Pro is included?
by Zobeid on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 00:20 in reply to "RE[3]: AMOS Pro is included?"
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2012-04-28

Well, it's an 800 MB download.... I guess they must have a lot of compression going on there!

I have to really wonder what's taking up all that space. This is supposed to be a near-clone of Amiga OS, right? I remember when Amiga OS came on six 880K floppy disks (not counting the Kickstart ROM!). I know AROS has got a lot of additional stuff: dev kit (it was available separately for Amiga OS), a TCP/IP stack, email, web browser... not to mention AMOS Pro, Hurrican and various other apps... and drivers... but still. How did it get this big?

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RE[5]: AMOS Pro is included?
by paolone on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 08:30 in reply to "RE[4]: AMOS Pro is included?"
paolone Member since:
2007-09-24

Well, it's an 800 MB download.... I guess they must have a lot of compression going on there!


Yes. That's 7zip magic: about 1/3rd of the real size.

I have to really wonder what's taking up all that space.


Easy. Download the distribution, mount the ISO somewhere, and use one of those apps that evaluate directory sizes.

This is supposed to be a near-clone of Amiga OS, right? I remember when Amiga OS came on six 880K floppy disks (not counting the Kickstart ROM!). I know AROS has got a lot of additional stuff: dev kit (it was available separately for Amiga OS), a TCP/IP stack, email, web browser... not to mention AMOS Pro, Hurrican and various other apps... and drivers... but still. How did it get this big?


Did the original 6x880k disks include a spreadsheet, a word processor, a couple of text editors, a data base, three different music trackers, a music composer, a multi-track audio editor, twenty games, emulators for about every old computer and gaming systems, a dozen of programming languages, tons of development tools and libraries, two internet browsers, many chat and mail clients, three full PDF manuals, an audio/video media player, a CD/DVD burning application, DirectoryOpus, and dozens of artistry stuff like pointers and wallpapers? I don't remember...

Edited 2012-07-23 08:46 UTC

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RE[4]: AMOS Pro is included?
by paolone on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 08:14 in reply to "RE[3]: AMOS Pro is included?"
paolone Member since:
2007-09-24

I am an enthusiastic Icaros user and a longtime Linux user. But, the Icaros 1.4.5 iso is 2.5GBs in size. That will hardly fit on a CD-R.


Icaros Desktop Live! is more than a operating system, it's a distribution. A full desktop environment. The OS itself is some MBs big and may fit on a 3.5" CD-R, while Icaros' Light version, which is "the OS + mandatory programs" (like a browser, a media player, the janus emulator and a little more), barely fits into a 700 MB CD.

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RE[5]: AMOS Pro is included?
by djohnston on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 19:11 in reply to "RE[4]: AMOS Pro is included?"
djohnston Member since:
2006-04-11

Icaros Desktop Live! is more than a operating system, it's a distribution. A full desktop environment. The OS itself is some MBs big and may fit on a 3.5" CD-R, while Icaros' Light version, which is "the OS + mandatory programs" (like a browser, a media player, the janus emulator and a little more), barely fits into a 700 MB CD.


You'll get no arguments from me, paolone. You're doing a fantastic job on Icaros. It just keeps getting better and better, with more features each time it's released. Being able to run original Amiga 68K apps on current x86 hardware is something I'd never have believed possible. But, it is!

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