The functional configurations included in Amiga Forever consist of different
- Low-level emulation of "Classic" Amiga hardware
- Operating system (running on top of the emulated hardware)
- "Classic" Amiga software (running in the operating system)
The operating system, which in Amiga Forever is referred to as "Workbench", consists of a set of original ROM and system files which run on
emulated Amiga hardware. Amiga Forever uses
primarily two hardware emulation engines: UAE and Fellow. The operating
included on Amiga Forever are compatible with various ports of UAE and
Fellow, most of which are included on Amiga Forever itself.
It is only the combination of full hardware emulation and operating
system that makes it possible to achieve maximum compatibility with
thousands of existing "Classic" Amiga software applications. Because the
emulation software includes the option to adjust the functionality of the
emulated CPU (e.g. 68000, 68020, etc.) and custom chips (e.g. OCS, ECS,
AGA), as well as a choice of operating system versions, compatibility with older programs is often higher than what would be
possible with a "real" Amiga.
Different Amiga Forever Versions
The Workbench 1.3 environment is included in all versions of Amiga
Forever: the Value Edition, the Plus Edition,
and the Premium Edition (which includes the Plus
Edition and two video DVDs).
The Plus and Premium editions of Amiga Forever additionally include
the Workbench 3.X environment and other ROM and
system disks released between version 0.7 and version 3.1, inclusive of
the A1000 boot ROM and extended CDTV and CD³²
ROMs, and additional post-3.1 updates by Cloanto and others.