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AROS Research Operating System 22 December, 2008

Posted by aronzak in Uncategorized.
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AROS is an open source operating system that builds on AmigaOS. It can be run on powerpc and x86 hardware. Here’s its description from its sf page:

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 3.1 at the API level (like Wine, unlike UAE), while improving on it in many areas. The source code is available under an open source license, which allows anyone to freely improve upon it.

and wiki:

AROS Research Operating System (AROS) is a free software/open source implementation of the AmigaOS 3.1 APIs. Designed to be portable and flexible, ports are currently available for x86-based and PowerPC-based PCs in native and hosted flavors, with other architectures in development.

So there you go. I don’t actually know that much about it, I just used it because I thought that it would be fun. As with ReactOS. Except that this one has an interesting logo.

In order to virtualise it, you can download a linux program that will display a window that has AROS running. You can also download a live system called vmwaros. Humourously, in the version that I downloaded, it does not start under QEMU, or Virtualbox, but does start in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, a proprietary virtualisation system. Ironic.


AROS is pretty cute. You can do stuff like play doom. Lots more software is being ported to AROS.

doomIt’s ironic that the only virtualisation solution that has worked for me is a Microsoft product running on XP. Then again, it reminded me of the limitations of Windows when I used paint to paste the screenshots, which created 2.5 MB bmp’s, which wordpress can’t use, while GNU IMP converted them to 70 KB Jpegs. When you use Linux for long enough, you are surprised when things don’t work.



1. John - 23 December, 2008

Actually, If you include the extension when you save your file in paint, you can get jpgs.
Just type image.jpg inestad of image ;)

2. aronzak - 27 December, 2008

Yes, but it can’t do png’s can it? Plus, the interface sucks. GNU IMP isn’t that much better, but I’m used to it.

3. Duesiasauntee - 11 January, 2009


Nice Blog! Happy to keep following this!


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