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Old 18 January 2008, 19:28   #23
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There is no BIOS layer in the Amiga, nor is it correct to refer to the kickstart as a BIOS.

A BIOS is a masking layer between hardware and your software, basically just a translator that keeps all hardware looking the same to your software, no matter what IDE controller or SCSI controller you have for your hard disks, etc. Almost like a driver collection but they are a lot more generic and do a lot less than an OS native device driver would.

The Kickstart is akin to if the Windows kernel and some of the drivers came off a ROM chip on a PC. Coreboot is the closest thing to Kickstart you can get on a PC. :-)

Oh, and ever since 3.1 came, I called the Amiga's OS, AmigaOS. :-)

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