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    Damn the Amigas were fast!

    I've got two of them. And they are really fast.

    Here's a video-out of them: (captured using a TV card)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01Vf-u-idG8

    Why can't all computers be that fast? We have much more power than the 14mhz Motorola 68000k. If one were to build a computer today they couldn't even achieve the 7 second bootup, but why not? I believe the closest you can get is to image Linux onto a BIOS chip.
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    Re: Damn the Amigas were fast!

    Quote Originally Posted by tom66 View Post
    I've got two of them. And they are really fast.

    Here's a video-out of them: (captured using a TV card)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01Vf-u-idG8

    Why can't all computers be that fast? We have much more power than the 14mhz Motorola 68000k. If one were to build a computer today they couldn't even achieve the 7 second bootup, but why not? I believe the closest you can get is to image Linux onto a BIOS chip.
    More stuff to load?

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    Re: Damn the Amigas were fast!

    the amiga 500 come stock with a 7 Mhz 68000.was a computer wwwwaaaaayyyy ahead of its time
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    Re: Damn the Amigas were fast!

    But why is there more to load. I guess we can't expect them to load in 5-7 seconds, but at least 20 seconds to load everything.

    I guess a good source of optimization would be only loading what is absolutely necessary. For example, a computer with a wifi chipset only needs to load the driver and have that on its HDD, it doesn't need the other wifi chipset drivers.

    Meh, I'm a speed freak. I would like a fast computer.
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    Re: Damn the Amigas were fast!

    23 seconds here. I think the thing slowing me down most is GDM, I should really use something else.

    There was less to load back then - about 10 seconds of my boot up time is loading the GUI, the Amigas weren't messing around with any of that stuff. I'm not sure what's been added over the past 20 years (other than the GUI), but most modern OSs probably wouldn't even fit in the Amiga's HDD.

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    Re: Damn the Amigas were fast!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yes View Post
    23 seconds here. I think the thing slowing me down most is GDM, I should really use something else.

    There was less to load back then - about 10 seconds of my boot up time is loading the GUI, the Amigas weren't messing around with any of that stuff. I'm not sure what's been added over the past 20 years (other than the GUI), but most modern OSs probably wouldn't even fit in the Amiga's HDD.
    mine is 23 seconds aswell (According to bootchart)

    I think its modprobe and udev thats taking the time on this machine

    back on subject, the amigas were abit before my time, i have one in the wardrobe that my neighbor gave me, but i havnt got around to playing with it yer
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    Re: Damn the Amigas were fast!

    The first video only shows Kickstart loading, and then asking for the OS disk. Would the modern equivalent not just be a computer running the BIOS tests and then asking for an OS?

    Have you seen the PC's with the 'LinuxBIOS'?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuzRsXKm_NQ
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    Re: Damn the Amigas were fast!

    Try an optimized distro like Arch Linux.
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    Re: Damn the Amigas were fast!

    My Amiga 1200 had an awesome GUI system called MUI (Magic User Interface) that had so many plugins available for any job, and ran so quick on 14mhz... What happened to that simplicity, and the fact that is was only 800k in total for everything...

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    Re: Damn the Amigas were fast!

    Quote Originally Posted by TenPlus1 View Post
    My Amiga 1200 had an awesome GUI system called MUI (Magic User Interface) that had so many plugins available for any job, and ran so quick on 14mhz... What happened to that simplicity, and the fact that is was only 800k in total for everything...
    It's still available, you just kind of have to do it yourself. Of course, I don't know if you can pare down a manageable and functional PC system to 800k, but proportional performance is possible.
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