Monday, January 4, 2010

Oooooooops - AROS

It's been FAR too long since I've posted..... Sorry!

I've long been interested in the Commodore Amiga and in emulating it.
WinUAE does a great job on Windows machines in emulating an Amiga and
I've tinkered before with Amithlon, which is a Linux kernel that takes
over the machine and basically turns it into an x86 Amiga. Well, there
are other options I've not explored before and the one today is AROS.

AROS is a recursive acronym - it stands for AROS Research Operating
System - a bit like MINT on the Atari ST ("Mint is not TOS"). It's a new
implementation of an Amiga OS and runs on x86 CPUs. It's not an
emulator. It's been around for some years but recently seems to have got
to a very usable state and runs on a large amount of PC hardware. I did
however discover that it didnt like to work on very large HDDs. I only
have 1.5Tb drives and that's too big. Luckily there is a "Nightly" build
of AROS that now can cope with larger HDDs.

I have a motherboard that I think is ideal for this purpose, as well as
for Amithlon, OSX (Mac) and Ubuntu (Linux). Hopefully I'll be quintuple
booting shortly. I've also been on a pre-Xmas splurge to get some
different kit - now I have two mATX boards and one ATX board suitable
for all the above OS. For the record, Gigabyte GA-EP31-DS3L (ATX),
Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L (rev1, mATX), MSI G31M-F (1600FSB rev, mATX). The
key things to look for are Realtek gigabit ethernet (RTL8111B/C ideally)
and Realtek audio (ALC662 or ALC888 for example) plus Intel ICH7 (found
in 945GC, P31/G31 and G41 chipsets). I went for the G31 as it overclocks
much better than the G41, according to reports.

Anyway, as a taster for Icaros, have a look at these YouTube videos from
ClusterUK who sells the iMica systems which are designed for Icaros.

No comments: