Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Aug 2015 22:06 UTC, submitted by BloopFloop
Amiga & AROS

The story of the Amiga family of microcomputers is akin to that of a musical band that breaks up after one incandescent, groundbreaking album: the band may be forgotten by many, but the cognoscenti can discern its impact on work produced decades later.

So the Amiga 30 event held at Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum in late July was more than a commemoration of some interesting technology of the past. It was also a celebration of the Amiga's persistent influence on personal computing.

The Amiga was easily 10 years ahead of its time. Too bad the good ones rarely win. This is also a good moment to repost the 8-part series on the Amiga at Ars.

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OS Kernel
by henrikmk on Tue 18th Aug 2015 19:47 UTC
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AFAIK, the OS kernel never changed much between 1.0 and 3.9, so it never gained that many features, other than the ability to suspend programs, which only half-worked.

I think, that if Carl Sassenrath had stuck around for a rewrite (he wanted resource tracking at the very least in the OS, but never had the chance to do it), he probably could have gotten those things in there for a much more stable OS. Alas, Commodore never embraced an MMU as a standard thing for Amigas.

But for 1985, it was pretty damn good and performance was through the roof. Reboot times were fast for the time, which was perfect if you had a crash, or if there was a power outage.

The architecture of the OS was fun too: Build your own Workbench laboriously from scratch with exactly the features and programs you need. Did that many times. Try that with Linux.

I used my Amigas until 2004 and at the end, they could still do things, my PCs at the time couldn't, but they were left in the dust with regards to CPU power.

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