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AmigaOS is a lightweight, compact, pre-emptive multitasking operating system which has evolved into a very stable and compelling system over the last 20 years.
History has benefited the AmigaOS with a unique middle-ground position that gives it extraordinary scalability and grants it many of the advantages traditionally associated with embedded Operating Systems as well the flexibility and feature-rich environment of a desktop OS.
The last version released is AmigaOS4, which is written and maintained by Hyperion.
AmigaOS4 running in all it's glory:
- Quick on / instant off
- Very fast booting. About 10-15 seconds from a cold start.
- No need to wait before shuting the system down. Just hit the power button.
- 680x0 JIT emulation and Interpreted machine code emulation.
- Fully integrated 68k emulator
- High compatibility
- Improved memory handling
- Memory stab allocating system.
- Virtual memory address space.
- Memory protection.
- Used to handle all kinds of fileformats this allows applications to support new filetypes written by third party datatype developers automatically.
- Several programs can make use of the same set of datatypes
- Menu systems
- Menu bar at the top of the screen allows easy access to OS functions.
- Dockable menus allow easy access to your most commonly used programs.
- Window stacking
- Allows you to arrange the windows in any order you like.
- You can use several screens at ones to make more space for applications.
- Screens can be dragged off in any direction
- You can drag drop files between screens and windows.
- 3D Graphics Acceleration
- The Warp3D API has provided a basis for new 3D games to be developed for the Amiga platform. Many titles has been ported from other systems.
- MiniGL has allowed easy portability of some OpenGL titles as well.
- ARexx script language
- Automate and integrate functionality between applications.
- Extreme interoperational capabilities between software.
- The Amiga OS kernel is extremely lightweight and efficient.
- Very fast inter-process communications and context switching.
- Fully pre-emptive multitasking scheduler that ensures important tasks will get a fair share of processing time
- Clever task scheduling makes OS feel fast and responsive.
- Icon handling
- Files can have a default icon representing the type of file or a custom icon specific to the individual file.
- Supports a variety of iconformats.
- Understandable file structure
- OS files are divided up into clearly labelled drawers so you know exactly where to find whatever you're looking for.
Another screenshot of the magnificent AmigaOS:
- RAM disk
- Virtual HD that stores files and data in memory rather than on your actual hard drive.
- The RAM drive takes up only as much of your memory as it needs to.
- Very fast to access (read/write).
- Can be used to temporarily store files.
- Cleared after a reboot so you won't be cluttering up your computer with unused files.
- OS4 is l ean, mean and efficient enough to run on the kind of hardware that these days you would expect to find in a PDA or advanced smartphone.
- Fully featured OS that can run high-end desktop or server applications.
- XAD provides a common library interface for archive files such as ZIP, LHA and TAR.
- By accessing the XAD library interface, any application can transparently read the contents of any archive in any format handled by XAD.
- The Grim Reaper
- AmigaOS4.0 has added the Grim Reaper, a smart crash handling system that will catch those "guru" errors and stop them getting out of control.
- It also provides information about what went wrong which is usefull for developers.
- Customisable GUI
- The ReAction GUI system is highly configurable, allowing you to create your own look for your computer, or use one someone else has created.
- Allows you to replace window gadgets, apply gradients or textures of your choice to most elements in the interface.
- Change the OS language on the fly, no need for a reboot.
- With catalogs you can change language files for applications as well.
- Better drive labels
Add an unlimited amount of drives. (Windows is limited to the letters A-Z)
- Each device/driver/folder can be given a name (or several names).
- The Shell
- Environment for accessing your system through text commands.
- Allows drag and drop of files and folders onto the Shell window
- Save / Use / Cancel
- Select "Use" in your applications to use the configuration temporarily.
- If you select "Use", only the RAM drive config files are changed, and after a reboot you will have your old settings back.
- Dock menu
- AmiDock is a fully configurable docking bar for icons, allowing quick access to your most used applications, wherever they are.
- These dock bar icons are fully dynamic, which means they can show real-time content and act as useful micro tool