Are we under-selling RISC OS?

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A while ago, we covered a comparison between RISC OS and AmigaOS from a 'political' angle, in terms of OS ownership and the battle of native hardware versus emulation. AmigaOS, like RISC OS, is a minority OS that has seen better days but after being handed from company to company, it's starting to look up. The closed source OS recently celebrated its 20th birthday, so its age is comparable to RISC OS. Its developers have created a new website, including a page with 20 key features. Of all the operating systems on the planet, comparing RISC OS to AmigaOS is probably the fairest. Despite Apple's image as the 'little guy' in the computer industry, Mac OS X benefits from billions of dollars in the bank, which afforded them a totally new platform and kernel. The Mac OS dock and filer are comparable to their RISC OS counterparts, but that's about as far as it goes. Microsoft's Windows couldn't be any more different, and the development model of Linux and its Unix roots set it apart from RISC OS.

This isn't an attempt to bash AmigaOS - far from it. The OS, which aims to make computing fun again, deserves kudos for setting up an informative and friendly online presence, and for its advances in modern hardware support. While we have a few things in common with them, it's also a source of ideas for the future.

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