Last weekend at 4 different Amiga shows held across the world Amiga fans were introduced to AmigaOS4, AmigaDE and MorphOS solutions. An in depth show report by GFXBase of an earlier show in Austria, includes many interesting pictures regarding the AmigaOS4/AmigaOne and Pegasos/MorphOS (PPC AmigaOS clone) projects. Some additional pictures of this event can be found here at Elbox’ website.MorphOS has already matured to a point that some polished eye-candy is being added. MorphOS is an extremely AmigaOS-like OS, it supports all common Amiga icon formats combined with 24bit PNG icons support. It is unlikely however that MorphOS will support animated GIF icons like AmigaOS 3.9 does and AmigaOS4 will do so too.
With regard to MorphOS it is known that the boot times are very AmigaOS-like, booting up into a featureful GUI environment within around 10 seconds (including BIOS bootup!). Gigatron, an Amiga user reports (600 Mhz G3 PPC / 8MB SIS card installed): MAME with Metal Slug runs at a steady 60fps, Speed test: Mips 688 Mflops 580 and a solid fullscreen DivX movie output. (can easily play around 3 times too fast).
With regard to AmigaOS4, several components were being demonstrated running on classic hardware. The new BIOS ROM developed by Hyperion for the AmigaOne was shown. Notice: While viewing the screenshots do note that some talented Amiga graphic artists are still developing the standard GUI/icon eye-candy for AmigaOS4. Many people outside the Amiga community have judged early screenshots by the shown “eye-candy”, note however that these early screenshots are focussed on functionality instead of eye-candy, especially considering the fact that AmigaOS can be almost completely customized. To understand in what ways classic AmigaOS can be customized, have a look at these user screenshots.
Furthermore there are Amiga shows planned for almost every week until the end of the year. The two most important events however are: The World of Amiga SE 2002 Show to be held on 2nd of November 2002 in Essex, UK and the big German Amiga Fair to be held on the 7th and 8th of December 2002 at the Eurogress in Aachen. To see what last year’s main German Amiga Fair was like, watch this great video coverage.