Among the various things, the latest months have seen AROS improving under many aspects, ranging from HW support, thanks to the new PCI subsystem, to GUI enhancements. Read the full status report and don’t forget to take a look at the new screenshots.
AROS Status Update
Submitted by Fabio Alemagna 2004-03-09 Amiga & AROS 16 Comments
wow… maybe it’s just my imagination, but a slashdoting without slashdot… what joy…. oh, and the one pic that has loaded looks pretty
i really need a new hard drive.
anyone else here knows other amiga os ‘distro’ out there?
This is the “Open Source” community that has formed from the original Amiga Community.
AROS is to Amiga what Linux is to Unix….
I’m impressed with what you guys have achieved with so little resources and so few programmers.
Imagine how big this could get if some of the Linux community catches on to how much fun this OS is to use???
great work guys
looking much better than os4 imho.
My days are always brighter after a aros update!
This looks very good given that only 6 developers gives this project attention. I still have to run it, but from the screenshots it looks quite appealing. At this point I find it more interresting than the Windows-like OS project and I am willing to give some of my time to this project. If I do though I will make sure I can spend enough quality time on it, as nothing is as bad as a lot of half-baked ideas/applications i.m.h.o
“Imagine how big this could get if some of the Linux community catches on to how much fun this OS is to use???”
They would try to turn it into yet another Unix clone.
“They would try to turn it into yet another Unix clone.”
They’d add X11 and POSIX support and replace the Amiga Shell with bash. Then they’d port both vi and GNU Emacs and have a flamewar about which one’s better. 😉
“…and have a flamewar about which one’s better”
Sounds like you guys want to start a flame war. I’m a Linux user, but I also like other operating systems. I love to see new and innovative ways to manage files and services. In fact I would rather see Linux pick up some of these non-Windows ways than see another OS become Linux. I already got Linux so I don’t need another copy of it. One of the mistakes of the early KDE and Gnome projects was to try to copy Windows’ user interface. Enlightenment is on to something though, go to http://www.enlightenment.com and check out DR17. When it releases it will blow anything else in the UI dept. away.
Even if you do port some of the GNU stuff to AROS it would not make it Linux or mean it is a Unix clone. I personally can not see the problem with doing that as some developers used to using Linux might find it easier to migrate if they have some of the familiar tools at hand. My opinion is as long as the main developers steer the project in the right direction i.e by not trying to duplicate the Linux environment exactly there should be no problems with some GNU and POSIX stuff. The focus however should be on developing truly new and innovative applications.
To the poster above : What exactly does a flamewar about which is best between Emacs and vi got to do with the OS? It seems you visit too many forums run by kindergarten hackers.
How many 😉 do I need to add to make you not take my postings too serisouly? It has all been done already anyway (http://www.geekgadgets.org/ ).
After a decade of bankrupcies, takeovers, and lawsuits revolving around the Amiga IP, keeping almost any improvements from reaching the userbase, AROS really shows the strength and long-term survivability of an Open Source solution.
It’s also really nice to see an Open Source bounty system working. I’ve always thought there was a lot of merit in the use of monetary bounties to push an OSS project along.
That is exactly what I mean. As for stew, I didn’t take the post seriously, but raomar sure did. I could really care less about running down others opinions, I just wanted to take the oportunity of pointing out that Linux should absorb influences from more unconventional sources such as AROS and not become a monolithic, inflexible, system. Microsoft has already shown us how to do that. Aros could learn a few things from Linux or even, God forbid, Windows, but being a clone ain’t where it is at.
You check the screenshots from the late 1990s up to today, and it’s amazing just how far and how fast things have gone.
Keep it up, AROS team!