18 Facts About AmigaOS


AmigaOS is a family of proprietary native operating systems of the Amiga and AmigaOne personal computers.

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Early versions of AmigaOS required the Motorola 68000 series of 16-bit and 32-bit microprocessors.

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AmigaOS is a single-user operating system based on a preemptive multitasking kernel, called Exec.

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AmigaOS is a single-user operating system based on a preemptive multitasking kernel, called Exec.

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AmigaOS provides an abstraction of the Amiga's hardware, a disk operating system called AmigaDOS, a windowing system API called Intuition and a desktop file manager called Workbench.

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AmigaOS is formed from two parts, namely, a firmware component called Kickstart and a software portion usually referred to as Workbench.

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An unusual feature of AmigaOS is the use of multiple screens shown on the same display.

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AmigaOS 4 introduced screens that are draggable in any direction.

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AmigaOS was one of the first operating systems to feature speech synthesis with software developed by SoftVoice, Inc, which allowed text-to-speech conversion of American English.

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AmigaOS has a dynamically sized RAM disk, which resizes itself automatically to accommodate its contents.

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AmigaOS has support for the Rexx language, called ARexx, and is a script language which allows for full OS scripting, similar to AppleScript; intra-application scripting, similar to VBA in Microsoft Office; as well as inter-program communication.

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The biggest difference is that the AmigaOS could operate fully and multitask in as little as 250 K of address space.

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AmigaOS provides a modular set of system functions through dynamically-loaded shared libraries, either stored as a file on disk with a ".

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The AmigaOS can make use of any filesystem for which a handler has been written, a possibility that has been exploited by programs like CrossDOS and by a few "alternative" file systems to the standard OFS and FFS.

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AmigaOS 4 introduced new system for allocating RAM and defragmenting it "on the fly" during system inactivities.

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Instead of the AmigaOS screen being the only shareable screen, applications could create their own named screens to share with other applications.

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AmigaOS look and feel, though still largely based on the earlier 3.

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Finally, the operating system of the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer bore a very strong resemblance to AmigaOS and was developed by RJ Mical, the creator of the Amiga's Intuition user interface.

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