KX Light is a GNU/Linux distribution based on
a modified version of
Knoppix Debian, specifically developed
to allow the Amiga Forever CD to be used to boot a PC, if so desired. At
the end of the KX Light boot process the GNU/Linux
version of UAE is started, featuring the Amiga Forever
Workbench 3.X environment.
KX Light is part of
the CD-based Plus Edition of Amiga Forever, and is not included with the
Value Edition. The use of KX Light remains
optional, i.e. the Amiga emulation can also be used under
Windows and other
operating systems (with or without hard disk installation, and without
booting or rebooting from the Amiga Forever CD).
KX Light design goals
- Smooth and fast boot process with no requirement for user intervention
for normal operations
- Compatibility with a large variety of hardware configurations
(significantly better than other emulation-related efforts)
- Safe to use on any PC (existing hard disks are seen as read-only by
- Compact distribution size (KX Light occupies about 55 MB on the
- Provide a superior Amiga emulation and OS experience (including Amiga
custom chips, JIT, RTG graphics, AHI sound, TCP/IP, DHCP, SCSI, Web
We believe that the introduction of KX Light, which took a lot of time
and work to develop and refine, represents an exciting
addition to Amiga Forever. Possible usage scenarios that come to mind
- Freedom to experiment, as the PC is fully write-protected by default
- Use an older PC, even without hard disk, as a relatively fast
emulated "Classic" Amiga system (Windows not required)
- Create an emulated "Classic" Amiga system with a small form factor mainboard
(e.g. Mini-ITX) and use Amiga Forever as a turnkey bootable environment
- Copy the environment to a USB key or flash disk and boot from there
- "Forget" the CD in a friend's drive, and see the reaction when the Amiga
Workbench appears instead of Windows :-)
Requirements: GNU/Linux-compatible PC that can boot from the CD or
DVD drive ("El Torito" specification). Most PCs manufactured after 1997
and most notebooks manufactured after 1998 support this functionality.
On some PCs the boot from CD option may have to be set in the BIOS
(enabling it and/or arranging the boot priority of the CD/DVD drive
relative to other drives).
Please understand that we do not have the resources to maintain a
GNU/Linux distribution that can support all possible hardware combinations,
which keep evolving. That is why our main focus is to create apps that work
under an existing operating system. KX Light should be considered
experimental. The boot code may not work with some hardware configurations.
If you are not satisfied with KX Light, you can use the cross-platform and
the GNU/Linux items in Amiga Forever to set up your own emulation
environment. If you are a GNU/Linux expert, you can always
re-build the environment. We always welcome contributions on this front.