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Old 16 January 2008, 11:17   #21
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I call it either AmigaOS or Workbench, depending on my mood
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Old 16 January 2008, 13:02   #22
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When the Amiga came, it was a mix of 3 components. Kickstart was like a BIOS on steroids with lots of functions above hardware (driver) level. Most of the DOS was commands in the c directory. Occasionally you had to start Workbench cos a game required it, which I guess was the GUI.

Kinda like the structure of Windows 95, except the "BIOS" was proprietary and luxurious, and when you were in Workbench programs usually used libs to do file stuff, while in Windows 95 pretty much everything was done with DOS interrupts, IIRC.

So what was later to be called "AmigaOS" is all those three. On PCs nowadays the BIOS is excluded from the OS, but on most brand computers the BIOS is and was part of the OS - in fact, early machines' OS was the ROM chip and nothing else.
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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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I call mine frank.
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Old 19 January 2008, 17:13   #25
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<=3.1 = Workbench
=>3.5 = AmigaOS
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workbench - although if thats (c) Cloanto maybe i'll start calling it steve / kipper / frank instead.
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Old 19 January 2008, 19:02   #27
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Frank is appropriate enough.

Was one of the best singers on the Planet, ever. Was one of the best OSes on the planet, ever.

(so is the thread going stupid enough or not yet)
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Old 20 January 2008, 01:13   #29
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I've always reffered to it as Workbench from the early days of seeing the handlogo on wb 1.3 > 3.1

Nowadays refer to it as 'the lady'. Mmm using workbench is like making love to a beautiful woman. Simple in execution, fast, has everything you need without added preservatives such as Vista bloatware and comes on 1 floppy disk and it faster than Windows for bootup from a floppy disk drive.

Workbench = the beautiful lady wearing stilettos and glossy red lipstick...
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I Mmm using workbench is like making love to a beautiful woman. .... comes on 1 floppy disk



up until that point, it seemed such an innocent analogy!
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In the ROM Kernel manuals it's usually referred to as simply "the Amiga operating system". I used to call it Workbench in the old days, because it was printed on the disks. Today I usually call it AmigaOS.

I read somewhere that the printing of "Workbench" on the disk was due to a misunderstanding within Commodore. I'll have to dig around and find out where I read that.
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I called it AmigaDOS back in the day thanks to the title screen when loading the startup-sequence having that in the title with the copyright by Commodore-Amiga below it.

Workbench was just part of the operating system (an implementation of a GUI using Intuition from the ROM), as I saw it, loaded by the LoadWB command in the startup-sequence. You didn't need to have the Workbench running to use the operating system.
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