AROS: Run an Amiga OS like it’s 1993

We read this article on oddball open-source operating systems by [Bryan Lunduke] of the “Linux Action Show” podcast, and it caused us to play around in an Amiga-like operating system (running as a VM) for an hour. We’re pretty sure that you’ll succumb to the same fate. But even worse, the article is just the first in a series. There goes your weekend hacking productivity for the foreseeable future.

AmigaOS_3_and_clonesAROS is an open-source, API-compatible rewrite of the Amiga OS. Now, AROS is no fancy-schmancy AmigaOS4. No sir, the AROS project started in 1995 and settled on Amiga OS API version 3.1, and it stays true to its roots.

But this doesn’t mean that you’re going to have to give up the creature comforts of life in the 21st century. Get yourself a full-fledged AROS distribution, like icaros desktop, and you’ll find a pretty beefy ecosystem of applications included. It’s mostly what you’d want out of an Amiga — games, audio, video, and graphics editing software, a WebKit-based browser, and even a super-minimal word processor.

It’s retro, it’s sexy, and it’s fun. Just the ticket for running on that unused craptop gathering dust in the corner. (It’s also reported to run on Raspberry Pi running Linux.) Still not convinced? Lemmings.

7 thoughts on “AROS: Run an Amiga OS like it’s 1993

    1. When I looked at the code years ago, it was ugly – macros, scripting, and lots of makefile. The developers are on linux.o their priority wasn’t to make the compile environment standard. It makes back porting code and compiling natively on Amiga OS very difficult.

  1. Retro gaming is probably shifting away focus from other interesting uses for Aros; once stripped to the essentials it would make a heck of an OS for small embedded devices, control panels, kiosks etc.

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