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Re: Retro OSes for retro computers

Postby gdjacobs » 2018-9-18 @ 13:12

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Re: Retro OSes for retro computers

Postby lolo799 » 2018-10-28 @ 21:04

Got a bit distracted with real life for a month, time to post again in here!

gdjacobs wrote:Coherent is free as of 2015.
https://www.autometer.de/unix4fun/coherent/index.html

Good to know, thanks.

Do you have any nostalgia for the AmigaOS?
Maybe you even used it this week on real hardware?
Or you got the latest 3.1.4 release for your original m68k Amiga from http://hyperion-entertainment.biz/index ... migaos-314

What if you want to run it natively on your x86 though, well, you can somewhat, with AROS and Icaros Desktop.
Never heard of AROS?
Here's what the website says: The AROS Research Operating System is a lightweight, efficient, and flexible desktop operating system, designed to help you make the most of your computer. It's an independent, portable and free project, aiming at being compatible with AmigaOS at the API level (like Wine, unlike UAE), while improving on it in many areas.
http://www.aros.org/

It's open source and its first native version for x86 was in 1999.
It also has native versions for amiga m68k, x86_64 and amd64, Sam440EP and Sam460ex, PowerPC Efika, ARMv6 based Raspberry Pi:
http://www.aros.org/nightly1.php

And hosted versions for Darwin and MacOS X on i386, x86-64 and PPC, Linux/i386 and Linux/x86_64, Microsoft Windows on i386 using mingw32, Android/ARMv6, Linux/ARM and Linux/PowerPC:
http://www.aros.org/snapshots1.php

Some screenshots made in 86box:
earliest version I could find, from 1999:
Aros 1.12b i386.rar
First native i386 port of AROS, found on a magazine coverdisc.
(4.16 MiB) Downloaded 3 times

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later version from 2001:
aros2.png
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https://web.archive.org/web/20021206062 ... tlin/aros/

Latest version:
aroscd.png
aroscd2.png


Icaros is a live-DVD or live-CD system based on AROS, coming with many applications ready to run.
http://vmwaros.blogspot.com/2009/12/ica ... plete.html
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Re: Retro OSes for retro computers

Postby xjas » 2018-10-28 @ 22:22

^^ ArOS/IcarOS looks really good, I've played around with it on VMs a bit but never set up an install on real hardware. Maybe it's time to do so.

I wish they'd get it to boot natively on PowerMacs to give MorphOS and their insanity-sauce "licensing" scheme/DRM idiocy some competition on that platform.
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Re: Retro OSes for retro computers

Postby CarlHopkinsUK » 2018-11-06 @ 21:51

xjas wrote:^^ ArOS/IcarOS looks really good, I've played around with it on VMs a bit but never set up an install on real hardware. Maybe it's time to do so.

I wish they'd get it to boot natively on PowerMacs to give MorphOS and their insanity-sauce "licensing" scheme/DRM idiocy some competition on that platform.


Unfortunately "insanity" and "Amiga" seem to have always gone hand in hand :-D
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Re: Retro OSes for retro computers

Postby brostenen » 2018-11-12 @ 20:05

CarlHopkinsUK wrote:Unfortunately "insanity" and "Amiga" seem to have always gone hand in hand :-D


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Re: Retro OSes for retro computers

Postby bifo78 » 2018-11-23 @ 05:39

xjas wrote:^^ ArOS/IcarOS looks really good, I've played around with it on VMs a bit but never set up an install on real hardware. Maybe it's time to do so.

I wish they'd get it to boot natively on PowerMacs to give MorphOS and their insanity-sauce "licensing" scheme/DRM idiocy some competition on that platform.


I've had IcarOS running on an old p4 laptop for a while but it hadn't been updated for some time and certain things were broken that made it less than useful (particularly the built-in VNC server, which is an absolutely brilliant idea except it was buggy and hogged a tremendous amount of resources), so I dropped something else to play with on it. I'll need to give it another look now that it's just been updated, though.

I feel like I should be surprised MorphOS still exists, but given that they only support a single set of cheap old powermacs they're hardly facing the same trouble that AROS has.
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Re: Retro OSes for retro computers

Postby Jo22 » 2018-11-30 @ 02:14

Ircaros is quite impressive, thanks for the insights! :D
I knew of Aros (aka that-OS-with-the-s*xy-kitten-as-a-mascot) before, but had no idea that it evolved so far.
It's been ten years or so, when I heard about it last time. Back then I totally was into alternate OSes (incl. MenuetOS, Minix, etc)

May I ask if there's any kind of port in progress for any of the popular x86 virtualizers/emulators on Icaros/Aros yet ?
If it is, I could make the switch to that OS on my aged main computer, so I wouldn't have to worry about
installing Linux/WinX/macOS or BSD.. (All I really need are my VMs and working printer/scanner support).
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