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Old 19 January 2019, 16:04   #1
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Amiga Unix - awesome!

Unix on an Amiga!! This is awesome. I downloaded Amix just to see if I could get it to work ... and yes, sure did ... within WinUAE.

Can relive some of my old university days ... command line Unix, C programming etc
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Old 19 January 2019, 20:50   #2
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Cool, I'm going to try it this weekend too.
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Old 19 January 2019, 22:52   #3
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Cool, I'm going to try it this weekend too.
The install instructions are well written & not terribly difficult - a bit of basic familiarity with partitioning a drive for Unix-type OS helps

and it is a full-fledged Unix system
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Old 20 January 2019, 01:08   #4
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Nice, I’m a Linux Admin or so they say. I’ll figure it out, thanx for the tips.
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Old 21 January 2019, 13:03   #5
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FYI, you can get linux running on an Amiga as well - I set it up on my A4000 in the late 90's ;-)
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Old 21 January 2019, 20:54   #6
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FYI, you can get linux running on an Amiga as well - I set it up on my A4000 in the late 90's ;-)
Yup! that would be cool as well ... imagine it would be roughly comparable to running slackware around 1995ish
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Old 21 January 2019, 21:20   #7
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Yup! that would be cool as well ... imagine it would be roughly comparable to running slackware around 1995ish
Please no! I'm having palpitations just thinking back to that, let alone reliving it!!
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Old 21 January 2019, 21:26   #8
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I too ran Linux on my A4000 in the 90's. At the time there were no distributions. All I had was an old bootable image from an Atari user. Using that I formatted my drives and slowly built a more modern Linux from source. Great learning experience!

X-Windows was perfectly usable. Even apps like GIMP worked.
Debian/68k is available now but it's probably outdated.

68k is still supported in the mainstream kernel. A guy called Geert Uytterhoeven keeps the fire burning!
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Old 21 January 2019, 21:34   #9
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I wish I had run Linux on my Amiga 4000 in the 1990’s.
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Old 22 January 2019, 10:04   #10
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Yes but installation of a mix takes a long time because of the decompressing. I think installation takes 60 minutes. It did for me but it is great
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Old 22 January 2019, 12:29   #11
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I too ran Linux on my A4000 in the 90's. At the time there were no distributions. All I had was an old bootable image from an Atari user. Using that I formatted my drives and slowly built a more modern Linux from source. Great learning experience!

X-Windows was perfectly usable. Even apps like GIMP worked.
Debian/68k is available now but it's probably outdated.

68k is still supported in the mainstream kernel. A guy called Geert Uytterhoeven keeps the fire burning!

Yes, Geert was also behind lots of the stuff back in the 90's. I too assembled my installation from bits from here and there - compiling a kernel took like a whole day or something..



I remember trying the "Lightning" window manager on the Amiga - slow as hell. On the other hand, I used 'AmiWM' as window manager on the Sun workstations at the university, which ran really well
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Old 22 January 2019, 16:50   #12
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It's neither Unix nor Linux, but if someone is just looking for a Unix-like experience, then NetBSD supports Amiga and is actively developed:

https://netbsd.org/
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Old 22 January 2019, 20:48   #13
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Yes, Geert was also behind lots of the stuff back in the 90's. I too assembled my installation from bits from here and there - compiling a kernel took like a whole day or something..
It certainly took a while I was lucky as I had a 'fast' 060 with SCSI.

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On the other hand, I used 'AmiWM' as window manager on the Sun workstations at the university, which ran really well
I used a 68030 Sun Workstation in 1993/4. Chatting to Amiga nerds across the world on Usenet was great. It didn't have a floppy so transferring Aminet downloads to my A500 was tricky.
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Can only assume everyone who used Linux had a graphics card as I have tried it on an 060 with AGA and even the console output was painfully slow. Completely unusable.
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Old 24 January 2019, 15:14   #15
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Can only assume everyone who used Linux had a graphics card as I have tried it on an 060 with AGA and even the console output was painfully slow. Completely unusable.

Nope.. Never had a gfx card, just A4000 with A3640 and AGA.
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Can only assume everyone who used Linux had a graphics card as I have tried it on an 060 with AGA and even the console output was painfully slow. Completely unusable.

likely, modern kernels spawn a ~640x480 256 color fb, it wasn't so bad back in the day with a 1bpp or 4bpp fb.
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I tried to run the installer but it failed at the last step when patching the kernel. Wonder what I am doing wrong,
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68k is still supported in the mainstream kernel. A guy called Geert Uytterhoeven keeps the fire burning!
Not just him, though he is the m68k git repo maintainer and all 68k related submits must be acked by him to slip through to main kernel repo.

Before he jumped to Linux, his main reason for fame in Amiga land was MuFS.
http://aminet.net/search?readme=Uytterhoeven
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