AmigaOS4 beta-tester Elwood has written an AmigaOne review which includes some videos, including one of the alpha version of AmigaOS4 booting on his AmigaOne. Also NeRP recently uploaded a screenshot. And here is Amiga CTO’s 21st Q&A session.
AmigaOne Review and Videos
2003-10-16 Amiga & AROS 11 Comments
I should add that the screenshot shows the AmigaOne being online via ethernet using AmigaOS4 and using its default TCP/IP stack Roadshow.
Here’s another prefs screenshot by NeRP:
It’s an AmigaOne running AmigaOS 4. Any and all arguments of “vaporware” are now null and void. Yea.
Who cares that it’s a beta release. It’s running. We have 30Mb of MPEG video proof! Yea!
As soon as AmigaOS 4 picks up steam and starts showing off applications that take advantage of it, I’ll start considering buying one.
Get the gaming houses working for it! Games, demos, .MOD players/composers will perk my interest most.
Granted, I skimmed the article, but I skimmed it a couple of times…
Where exactly does the alpha of OS4 come into play? Most of the article’s talking about the motherboard, the installation of it, the installation of Debian, liks/dislikes, etc.
And then suddenly at the end there’s a brief paragraph explaining that the video (which isn’t working for me as I’m typing this!) is of him using an alpha of OS4 (under emulation on a Voodo3, etc.).
Where did this alpha come from? Are they including it w/the OS4 Mboards now, in addition to Linux?
How does it run? How finished is it. What’s missing? What stands out?
I’m not slamming the author by any means, but this is hardly a review of OS4… I was actually disapointed in that I wanted to see some proof that OS4’s nearing completion.
Instead, it’s a brief blurb about OS4, and several paragraphs about the motherboard. 8(
I agree; the OSNews.com headline needs revising. I’ve seen the same reference with a different headline on other sites. It’s basically a review of the motherboard and Linux, with a surprise video at the end.
Hyperion first demonstrated AmigaOS4 running on AmigaOne hardware about a month ago in Italy, I believe.
I was actually disapointed in that I wanted to see some proof that OS4’s nearing completion.
In that respect, the video is proof; I’ve watched it. It needs to be mirrored.
I’ll leave it to others (better-informed than I) to answer your other questions
@ Mr. Banned
> Where exactly does the alpha of OS4 come into play?
Just like the news item states, it’s a review of the AmigaOne hardware.
And as the news item states Elwood included a video of AmigaOS4 on his system and the video works here using mediaplayer as well.
> under emulation
Only the graphics system still runs under interpretted emulation. Within 2 weeks or so the PPC version of the graphics system is expected to be ready and will result into an enormous speed increase with regard to currently slow refreshing GUI system.
The fast 68k JIT emulator Petunia is also already intergrated into AmigaOS4 however and was recently demonstrated running a voxel demo. Also a native version of Quake was demonstrated at the Benelux Amiga Show and that ran at very high speeds using software rendering due to being written in native PPC code.
> Where did this alpha come from? Are they including it
> w/the OS4 Mboards now, in addition to Linux?
It comes from the AmigaOS4 development team. In addition to this large development team there are around one hundred AmigaOS4 beta-testers (Classic Amigas/Cyberstorm). NeRP and Elwood are two of such beta-testers and thus have gained access to the alpha version for the AmigaOne.
> How does it run? How finished is it. What’s missing?
> What stands out?
The feature set of the Cyberstorm PPC version is already completed and has been undergoing extensive beta-testing. The AmigaOne version is still in an alpha state but I don’t know exactly which features still need to be implemented. At least the TCP/IP stack and the core OS and various emulated and native applications already work with the AmigaOne version.
A list of all new features since AmigaOS3.9 can be found here:
> I’m not slamming the author by any means, but this is
> hardly a review of OS4…
Yes that would be rather silly as it’s not an AmigaOS4 review, but just like clearly stated a review of the AmigaOne hardware.
A small correction:
> A list of all new features since AmigaOS3.9
This should be new features since AmigaOS 3.9.2.
Anyway I recently went to the Benulux Amiga Show myself to test AmigaOS4 for myself on the AmigaOne:
A more extensive report was written by Ryu:
Where can I buy one of these?
> A more extensive report was written by Ryu:
Oops wrong URL… It’s been a long day. Gonna get some sleep soon …
> Where can I buy one of these?
It depends on where you live. Here’s an incomplete list of various online AmigaOne dealers:
AUS: Amiga Innovations: http://www.amigainnovations.com/
AUS: Anything Amiga http://www.anythingamiga.com/
AUT: Point.Design http://www.pointdesign.at/
CAN: LiveWire Systems http://www.livewiresystems.ca/
CHE: Relec: http://www.relec.ch/
SPA: Amiga Super Bit http://www.amigasuperbit.com/
FIN: Gnetle Eye http://www.ge.vip.fi
FRA: Amont Informatique http://www.amont-info.com/
GBR: Stellar Dreams: http://www.stellardreams.co.uk/
GER: Artista Multimedia: http://www.artista-multimedia.de/
GER: KDH Datentechnik: http://www.kdh-datentechnik.com/
GER: Vesalia Computer: http://www.vesalia.de/
ITA: Soft3: http://www.soft3.net
ITA: Vertual Works: http://www.virtualworks.it/
NED: Computer City http://www.compcity.nl/
NOR: DataKompaniet http://www.datakompaniet.no/
POL: Quedex http://www.quedex.com/
POR: Centro Amiga http://www.centroamiga.com/
SWE: GGS-Data http://www.ggsdata.se/
USA: CompuQuick http://www.compuquick-amigadirect.com/
USA: Computer Connection: http://www.compamiga.com/
USA: Extreme Computing http://www.extreme-computing.com/
USA: Forefront Technologies: http://www.forefronttechnologiesinc.com/
USA: Mr Hardware Computers: http://www.mrhardwarecomputers.com/
USA: Raymond Computer: http://www.raymondcomputer.com/
USA: Software Hut http://www.softhut.com/
Does the latest A1 motherboard support multiple monitors and desktops via a second video card on the PCI bus?
> Does the latest A1 motherboard support multiple monitors
You can use standard AGP/PCI PC graphic cards and I see no reason why this would be a problem from a hardware perspective. However I don’t know if the current AmigaOne port of Linux is ready to support such functionality. At least it’s not part of the initial AmigaOS4.0 feature set.
AmigaOS4 does support the concept of screens though (a standard feature since 1985) which shares some similar benefits and functionalities with multiple desktop support, but screens can be configured for individual applications.
Can someone please mirror the one where it is loading OS4 or provide me with a link to an existing extra mirror on the web.