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Old 14 March 2009, 20:43   #1
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Enlighten a n00b: what is AROS?

I read the official website and all, bu I still don't get exactly what AROS is.

I understand it maintains compatibility with AmigaOS on an API level, but exactly what does that mean? how compatible is it with apps? Even new apps that don't use the chipset, are coded for 68k or PPC, how would that work under the AROS environment, if at all? Are there special AROS versions that run on x86? And is there an AROS compatible with PowrPC MAcs, thus ltting me use PPC apps?

Take this n00b out of his confusion
I'm tempted to install it on my notebook, but I am no timewaster!
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Old 14 March 2009, 20:57   #2
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I read the official website and all, bu I still don't get exactly what AROS is.

I understand it maintains compatibility with AmigaOS on an API level, but exactly what does that mean? how compatible is it with apps? Even new apps that don't use the chipset, are coded for 68k or PPC, how would that work under the AROS environment, if at all? Are there special AROS versions that run on x86? And is there an AROS compatible with PowrPC MAcs, thus ltting me use PPC apps?

Take this n00b out of his confusion
I'm tempted to install it on my notebook, but I am no timewaster!
Let's say that AROS is for x86 what MorphOS is for PowerPC. It's a specific install for x86 machines.

You need programs compiled specifically for it to run natively. But by my experience with it there aren't many around. If you want to work with 68k software you have to use E-uae.

It is a quite appalling experience and i think it is not worth the hassle. WinUAE with Amikit for instance is much better in all fronts. But hey that's me talking. Someone else say his/her thought.
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Old 14 March 2009, 21:00   #3
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IIRC there's a bounty to make UAE a part of the system so you could run 680xx code natively.
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Fucking hell, i was all excited about that Live install...
So, basically, it's pointless. What a shame ;(
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Old 16 March 2009, 00:06   #5
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It's a work in progress, but its slowly growing into a useful OS. It has a nice WebKit-based web browser, a decent number of emulators, the usual assortment of open source game ports. Lots of apps could probably be made Chances are that just about anything that runs on MorphOS can be easily ported to AROS as well and it's not exactly hard to port stuff from AmigaOS 3.x either, though the rampant use of ASM and other performance shortcuts in software of that era makes things a bit harder. Even Directory Opus 4 has been ported to AROS!

As for running olf software, recently work has started on a fork of e-UAE that will integrate nicely into the system and allow for both seamless execution of "well-behaved" apps and boxed execution of games and demos and other things that need full emulation. In a year or so, AROS will have classic software support good enough to make OS4 and MOS weep.

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Yeah, I think that once you get some JIT 68k emulation going like in MorphOS or OS4 it could be a pretty usable OS.

... and you can run Hively tracker on it, of course
 
Old 16 March 2009, 01:23   #7
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Fucking hell, i was all excited about that Live install...
So, basically, it's pointless. What a shame ;(
You should try booting the LiveDVD of vmwAROS (recently renamed to Icaros), everything is pointless to somebody but it can't hurt to look!

There is some more discuusion in this thread (eab)
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AROS offers a future-protected path for Amiga-style computing where AmigaOS4 and Morphos cannot.

It's the chips.
I expect x86 AROS will succeed where PPC Morphos and AmigaOS struggle.

I see PPC cpus and Amiga hardware as dongles I have no space for.
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As for running olf software, recently work has started on a fork of e-UAE that will integrate nicely into the system and allow for both seamless execution of "well-behaved" apps and boxed execution of games and demos and other things that need full emulation.
That was exactly what i was searching in AROS. When it's done i'll really consider it as a real alternative. Using amibridge as it stands, it's a no go.


And i agree also with vodley. In the future anything that is x86 compatible is much more appealing. I just wished that developers started picking up on AROS. Let's see in year time.
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The main problem with AROS these days, is the brake between the developers after a serious discussion.
Some left the project and started their own one, called Anubis OS, which (if I understand that correctly) will be something like a Linux kernel, with QT4 as the API for GUI and a PPC/68k "emulator" for Amiga software compatibility.
Sounds interesting, but now each project is WAY far from getting finished...
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I thought AROS was a homemade reverse enginered x86 port of 68k Workbench?
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I thought AROS was a homemade reverse enginered x86 port of 68k Workbench?
The truth comes out, as always.
AROS is to the Commodore Amiga as Linux is to Unix.
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