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Old 28 May 2013, 18:22   #65
Cymru
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Amiga questions you've always been too embarrassed to ask

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Originally Posted by thomas View Post
I imagine that flash memory didn't exist or was too expensive back then. They considered the OS stable enough to freeze it into a ROM. For those machines which were ready before the OS was, they made it possible to load the Kickstart from disk (A1000, A3000).

I find it more stupid that they packed a whole operating system into the ROM but in order to activate it you still need a floppy disk. This floppy disk does nothing but call a specific ROM routine. This could as well be done from a button in the early startup menu. Everything needed to run a program is contained in the ROM.
Perhaps they were just following the PC's and Macs of the period not wanting the Amiga to be looked upon as another C64?
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