AmigaOS woes show ROS is not alonePublished: 6th Jan 2007, 14:24:14 | Permalink | Printable
Updated OS needs new computer? Been there, done thatRISC OS's fellow niche operating system AmigaOS 4.0 has been officially released - just one month after the last remaining Amiga-compatible computer went out of production. The substantially overhauled AmigaOS that took years to develop requires PowerPC processor hardware that no longer exists, although some new embedded and dual core kit may be on the way.
The history of Amiga from its early 4096 colour and digital stereo sound beginnings in 1985 to its current state is a glorious soap opera that makes RISC OS's progress look like a casual stroll to the corner shop. It further demonstrates that, in comparison with other niche platforms, RISC OS isn't doing quite as bad as some fear - at least we have Firefox, and a couple of BeOS users have mentioned to us recently that they wish they had an equivalent to the GCCSDK and its Autobuilder.
In an article for INQ, IT journo Liam Proven said: "Twenty-two years after its introduction, the Amiga is not quite dead yet. If you need a low-resource, high-performance Internet-ready graphical embedded or kiosk OS, even in 2007, you could do a lot worse than check out the world of the Amiga."
This humble Drobe hack recalls a recent conversation with Liam, over a drink in a south London curry house, in which he said the personality clashes in the Amiga world were not unlike those found in RISC OS. The chiefs of the hardware manufacturers and operating system developers didn't see eye to eye, apparently, which caused problems. It sounds awfully familiar.
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