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The Amiga circa 2010: Dead and Loving it.

Orion Blastar (457579) writes | more than 4 years ago

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" rel="nofollow">Orion Blastar writes "While many Amiga users have moved on to Linux, Mac OS X, and even, gasp shock, Microsoft Windows some of us don't want to give up so easily. There are two open source projects that are keeping the Amiga legacy alive even if Amiga Inc. seems to be deader than a doornail and not really doing much but selling old Classic Amiga games for new platforms.

Like WINE there was a project to run AmigaOS 3.1 software for Linux and other platforms but it was made into an open source operating system named Amiga Research OS or AROS. It is best run inside an emulator and while it is not a modern OS as Linux it can be downloaded and run inside of Linux and the downloads section has more. While it is not ready for prime-time yet it is a promising OS that is being ported to many platforms and uses the user friendly Amiga GUI we Amiga users grew up with.

OK maybe AROS is not modern enough for you, and you like Linux instead. Then you might like Anubis OS as it is a hybrid of AROS and Linux. Much like when Apple took NextOS (based on *BSD Unix and the MACH kernel) and Classic Mac OS to make Mac OS X, this project wants to take Linux and AROS and do the same thing.

For those who want the classic Amiga there is UAE the Universal Amiga Emulator that needs kickstart ROMs and boot disk images to work. You can buy them from the Amiga Forever software and the emulator comes with all the files you need plus other goodies.

For the classic Amiga 68K series it is recreated via the Minimig that uses SD cards instead of floppy disks. A must for retro computer hobbyists. AmigaOS 4.1 exists for PowerPC based SAM 440EP systems like the SAM 440Ep systems and parts sold here. I am not associated with Amiga Kit or Amiga Inc. or any Amiga company. I am just an Amiga user since 1985 and very much into retro computing.

While the Amiga may seem dead, and it has been dead since 1994 when Commodore went out of business, the Amiga still exists in some form. The Amiga is dead and loving it, and the Anubis OS name is named after the Egyptian God of the Underworld, and when the Amiga repaired a floppy disk it renamed it as "Lazarus" the man Jesus raised from the dead. So the Amiga has a history of dying and coming back from the dead. It is the Kenny McCormick of computer systems and technology."

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Re-writing history, what about NMS etc? (1)

GuyFawkes (729054) | more than 4 years ago | (#30622340)

As one of those old enough to have been an adult when personal computers became commercially available....

There came a time when I "needed" a personal computer.

I have never had anything but the most BASIC (sic) coding ability, anyway, it was 1986 and I found myself doing lots of repetitive calculations, of the kind related to tuning wet exhaust systems for yachts etc.

Sure, a programmable TI calculator could have done this, but I "needed" a computer, see...

The Amiga was one of the choices available. There was a lot of back and forwards stuff about 8 bit vs 16 bit.

I did a lot of research, and talked to a lot of people, and decided not to buy an amiga, as they were touted as being great for things like music and image editing (yes, I know, but at the time this sort of thinking was normal) and I wanted something less "arty" and more of a "workhorse".

I ended up buying a Philips branded NMS MX2 machine, which came with Windows 1.1

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/1373/Philips-NMS-8245-MSX2/ [computinghistory.org.uk]

or google cache

http://209.85.129.132/search?q=cache:42LbkysPXJEJ:www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/1373/Philips-NMS-8245-MSX2/+philips+NMS+computer&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=firefox-a [209.85.129.132]

Philips NMS 8245 MSX2

1986 Made in Japan
RAM 128Kb + 128Kb VRAM ROM 64Kb
CPU Z80A - 3,579 Mhz
Operating System MSX 2: MSX BASIC v 2.1, MSX Disk BASIC v 1.0, MSX DOS v 1.0
Text (Cols x Rows) 80x24, 40x24, 32x24
Graphics 256x192@16 colors - 32 sprites; 512x212/424@16 of 512 colors
Sound 3 sound channels (8 octaves) and a channel of white noise
Storage memory Floppy 3,5" 720Kb

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