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ROM and Operating System Files in Amiga Forever

 

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Q: Does Amiga Forever include all ROM and operating system files ever released?

 

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A: Amiga Forever Plus Edition (also included in the Premium Edition) includes ROM and system disks between version 0.7 and 3.X, including 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.04, 2.05, 2.1, 3.0 and 3.1.

Even the ancient 0.7 ROM image is included, as it is required to run some memorable software, such as the one that was demonstrated at the 1985 Launch of Amiga event in New York, with Andy Warhol and Debbie Harry. These items have been acquired or licensed by Cloanto from various successors of Amiga Corporation (formerly Hi-Toro) and include newer developments by Cloanto and by other third parties.

The disk-based versions 1.3, 2.04, 2.1, 3.0 and 3.1 are included as full floppy disk image sets, with 1.3, 2.1 and 3.1 also as preinstalled hard disk images. Other disk-based versions are included for historical reasons, in a more limited format sufficient to boot the system.

Amiga Forever includes a preinstalled Workbench 3.X environment (newer than 3.1), and also includes or supports operating systems not originally released by Commodore (e.g. AROS), as well as hardware diagnostic systems and operating systems not originally meant to run on Amiga hardware.

The Value Edition of Amiga Forever includes only Workbench 1.3 and versions 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 of the "Kickstart" ROM, which is in general sufficient to run more than 70% of Amiga games and other older software. Amiga Forever Plus Edition contains all the additional ROM and operating system versions.

The licenses for certain third-party files which were originally bundled with the Amiga operating system were not renewed by the successors of Amiga Corporation (formerly Hi-Toro), and are therefore in part missing in disks released after a certain date (e.g. in version 1.3 of the Amiga operating system as shipped with the Amiga 3000 in 1991). Cloanto was able to license some of these original components directly from the copyright holders, and to include them in Amiga Forever.

Cloanto placed a high priority on preserving and respecting the original look, feel and compatibility of version 3.1 of the operating system as it was released before its development team ceased maintenance of the operating system. Amiga Forever also includes internally developed or fully licensed additional preinstalled components, such as system patches, GlowIcons, TCP/IP, RTG, etc. Amiga Forever contains instructions on how to disable such add-ons without affecting functionality, if so desired, or to entire additional add-on packages, such as AmiKit and AmigaSys.

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Article ID: 13-114
Platform: All
Products: Amiga Forever
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Last Update: 2018-12-14
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