Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Dec 2015 23:19 UTC
Amiga & AROS

Generation Amiga has reported today a tweet from Hacker Fantastic saying that the Amiga OS source has been leaked, including both Kickstart and Workbench. Looking at the @hackerfantastic's tweet, there is another user with the handle @TheWack0lian that offers a link to download the OS in a 130MB tar file which expands to 540MB of source code.

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Apparently the source code is really related to Amiga OS. The tar file name refers to OS 3.1 but folders from the source code refers to version 4, which could mean the source code is pretty much up to date.

From what I can gather, it's not fully 100% complete, but it's still a pretty significant leak. With the number of times this software has changed hands, it's remarkable it's taken this long.

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RE[2]: Good?
by henrikmk on Thu 31st Dec 2015 17:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Good?"
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2005-07-10

When it came out, it made a crazy impact on what was possible with computers for under $2000.

Most notable at the time was the ease with which you could extend it with custom hardware for special effects creation for television. This extensibility was part of its design. This was mostly used in the US, where in Europe, it was considered more a machine for gamers.

It made Apple crap in their pants for a short while, until they found out Commodore didn't know how to market the Amiga.

Consider that most PCs were still text based MS-DOS machines with CGA graphics and 8-bit computers produced fairly crude graphics and sound.

Of course, as the PC gradually and slowly caught up, the differences diminished, but the PC only won through brute force and not design elegance.

There are still aspects of its design that hasn't been taken advantage of again since.

Was it any good? It was fantastic. It was amazing. It was so elegant. It was and is the best computer I've ever used, during the time when it was popular.

But, eventually its design became its own enemy, because to continue developing, they had to continue that level of ingenuity, and Commodore would not let them, as it cost too much money.

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RE[3]: Good?
by tylerdurden on Thu 31st Dec 2015 23:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Good?"
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2009-03-17

The Amiga was cool for the state of the art in the mid and late 80s. However, I would say its design was the opposite of elegant; it was not very scalable and full of side effects. And this applied to the HW and SW stacks. The demo scene though, that's what made the Amiga such a cool toy as a kid.

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