Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2005 20:02 UTC, submitted by fylfot
RISC OS "Comparing AmigaOS and RISC OS is an interesting exercise, especially when it provides inspiration for things like scripting languages, friendly internationalisation configuration, and transparent file format handling. However it also shows areas where RISC OS is grossly under-selling features we take for granted every day, but are seen as almost revolutionary elsewhere: For instance, being efficient on a sub-1GHz RISC CPU, anti-aliased fonts, supporting virtual disc labels, using a RAM-based temporary disc, and providing an iconbar."
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Differences, differences
by on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 07:15 UTC

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Please, stay in topic.

Differences and similarities must be compared in this discussion between AmigaOS and RiscOS, and not with other systems like BeOS and MacOSX.

Well, first things that I can remember of two OSes (And amongst the most important ones):

1R) RiscOS is Posix (is it???) compatible, so almost any application from other OSes can be ported on it.

If I remember well, Firefox (for example) is already avaliable for Risc-OS.

1A) AmigaOS is not Posix compatible. It deals with fixed libraries and applications invoke these libraries at their wish.

For example Workbench GUI deals with Workbench.library.

Amiga still lacks of a Mozill/Firefox porting due to the fact that the functions of gecko engine, must FIRST be ported (or translated with similar funtions) on existing graphical engines of Amiga, and transformed into libraries objects (a library called gecko.library).

But, when such a translation work is completed, almost any Amiga application (even if not a browser, if it is well written) could invoke gecko.library and use its functions, gadgets and features.

For example Multiview, the all-purpose datatype based viewer of Amiga, with an available gecko.library, it could load and run any html page supported by gecko engine.

More similarities and differencies, as long as I remember them.

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RE: Differences, differences
by on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 07:31 in reply to "Differences, differences"
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Other things I remember about these two Oses:

2A) Amiga is not multiuser. It is only single user.

2R) Riscos is now single user too
(RiscOS 5 lacks of multiuser feature hat was present in its predecessors)


3A) Amiga is fully preemptive multitasking

3R) RiscOS is still cooperative multitasking

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RE: Differences, differences
by on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 08:24 in reply to "Differences, differences"
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Differences and similarities must be compared in this discussion between AmigaOS and RiscOS, and not with other systems like BeOS and MacOSX.

Considering that you have to pay for both of these operating systems (until recently for Zeta, but that isn't BeOS the real thing) what do you expect us to do.

If someone wants to pay me to buy a whole amiga machine and a BeBox then they're welcome to an informed comment.

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RE: Differences, differences
by on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 15:36 in reply to "Differences, differences"
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risc os is NOT posix compliant. it has some unix libs to help make it that way a little bit, but its not, out of the box, posix compliant at all. And the guy that did the firefox port has a lot of trouble with it iirc and it was very slow going.

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