I think its no secret that my first true love (in a computer sense) was the Commodore Amiga, its operating system and the PD scene. Its purpose? To be an OS thats compatible with AmigaOS 3.1 at the API level.
When reading that, my excitement grew, is it possible that my first love will be coming back to me (albiet via an AMD processor) rather than a Motorola? Downloading the liveCD (at 50mb) was done in seconds, and having burnt the ISO, I was ready to boot. After about 10 seconds of loading, my screen was filled with a desktop that did indeed look like the days of Workbench, and whilst asthetically it has been brought up to date, its easy to see its roots.
So I started to tinker, getting used to right click to bring down the task menu again. The habbits of old returned frighteningly fast, and after a few minutes I was a teenager, back at my parents house desperately scraping together enough money to buy 10 blank 3.5″ disks in order to do some duplication with Xcopy….what memories!
Now whilst this OS is still in its early stages, basic functionality can be achieved from many of the packages, however the developers need help, AND THAT MEANS YOU!
This really is a great project, although with packages needing to be ported to this platform, its software library will depend greatly on how well recieved it is by the “old timer” Amiga user and new user alike.
In terms of operational speed, it absolutely flys! and the fact I was using a LiveCD was forgotten.
So will I be using it? In its current development stage (IMO) its not viable as a replacement yet, however (and I mean this sincerely) that when/if it gets to a stage where the tasks I require of an OS are facilitated within AROS, I will probably be at least dual booting. There is support for ADF via UAE within the OS, however UAE is something that has been enjoyed for many years so I dont believe it needs to be mentioned as a feature.
What would I like to see in future versions? ADF supported natively instead of through 3rd party software, maybe even a config prog where your Amiga ROM files could be set (along with CPU emulation settings) so that ADF could be run by simply a double click. I understand that this is not the main intention of AROS, but since the Amiga has such a massive catalogue of excellent software, it cannot all be ported to AROS. The other thing is mouse speed. Even on the fastest setting, the mouse pointer didnt move as quickly as I would have liked, I do not believe this was due to CPU resources, it was merely an issue with the code (since everything else flew!) To visit the site and download the latest build, please visit The Official AROS site!