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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Loved Amiga/Aros
by DFergATL on Tue 24th Jul 2012 14:35 UTC
DFergATL
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2006-02-09

I loved my Amiga back in the day and Aros is a nice homage to Amiga. But, anyone who wishes to try it out I wish them the best of luck. The driver situation is horrible. Not that this is their fault, per say. But there are very few drivers for anything even remotely out on the market. Finding compatible pieces of hardware takes great care, and lots of ebay. I wish anyone wishing to build an Aros box the best of luck.

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RE: Loved Amiga/Aros
by ferrels on Tue 24th Jul 2012 19:52 in reply to "Loved Amiga/Aros"
ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

I think you're being overly critical of the hardware support. Sure it's narrow in scope, but so is Apple's hardware support or any other alternative non-*nix OS for that matter. Right now I have Icaros Desktop running on a Dell D800 laptop and everything is fully supported. Sure, I had to buy a different wireless card but that only cost me a whopping $6 USD.

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RE: Loved Amiga/Aros
by paolone on Wed 25th Jul 2012 15:03 in reply to "Loved Amiga/Aros"
paolone Member since:
2007-09-24

I loved my Amiga back in the day and Aros is a nice homage to Amiga. But, anyone who wishes to try it out I wish them the best of luck. The driver situation is horrible. Not that this is their fault, per say. But there are very few drivers for anything even remotely out on the market. Finding compatible pieces of hardware takes great care, and lots of ebay. I wish anyone wishing to build an Aros box the best of luck.


Well, you can always improve it by writing some missing drivers. Quite annoying answer, I know, but absolutely legitimate with a open source project. Anyway, I don't think that finding an AGP or PCI Express GeForce card (from 5xxx-era to Fermi), any SATA board able to run the controller in IDE emulation mode, a SB 128 or Live! card and a RTL8029/8139/8169 card would be so difficult, at least no more than buying a wi-fi card supported by our Atheros5000.device. You don't even need eBay since many people around you may have the needed components laying somewhere in a unused PC. Situation with notebooks may be thougher, however any 2nd hand netbook from the first Atom platform era should be fine. My Acer Aspire One A150 has practically re-born when I installed Icaros over it. I can browse the web in less time than Windows XP needed to boot up the system, not counting loading Firefox.

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