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New GOD on the block!
So I've been working on the update of the AROS Manuals, doing some Locale adding in AROS (added a few countries and flags), working on the translation of some catalogs to Portuguese. Because of alternative OS shows (more specifically a greek request), I've also made a 3 fold leaflet type promo for AROS. You can find it AROS Archives: Document/misc I was really getting my head into AROS, and learning a few basic things about locale and zune...
When I woke up this morning I found a cryptic post in AROS-EXEC by damocles, which would turn my mind upside down.
There's a new name on the block regarding AmigaOS Family OSes. It's name is Anubis (The ancient Egyptian God of Death - no comments as every is already been made!) and it's main premise is to build an Amiga like OS on top of the linux kernel. And guess what?! In the developper team there are some pretty top names from the AROS development, such as Ola Jensen, Robert Norris, Alex gappern, Hogne Titlestad, Michal Schulz, Michael Grunditz, Oliver Brunner, Olivier Tigreat, Pavel Fedin, Stanisław Szymczyk... As it's in planing stage, there's still very few info and detail is scarce at the moment, but if you would like to know more check it's web-site (Still WIP): http://anubis-os.org/
More info also on the #anubis irc channel in freenode.
I can't quite express myself, but let's face it AROS lack of developers, and lack of interest by most of the Amiga Community always plagued it's advance. Still it got where it's reckoned as a wonderful reincarnation of the AmigaOS original API (but a lot better). However the lack of direction, some technical issues and it's proposed roadmap wasn't helping the advance in future. Everyone always asked, and when AROS reaches 1.0, what then? It's not new, (check an old entry in this blog) a fork was once proposed by AROS developers and although Rob Norris did not refer to it as the reason as for leaving AROS, it had it's significance no doubt. Dr. Michal Schulz also sided with Rob on this subject at the time, and he had already expressed it's wish to leave AROS, so it should be no surprise his involvement (although I admit it was a bit shocking for me at first glance).
A next generation OS which aims to be hardware independent requires hardware drivers. Linux kernel has them in plenty... That combined with a more pragmatical attitude regarding other technical issues which plague the development of AROS and AmigaOS in general. So the move towards Anubis (arix in sourceforge) is not entirely surprising, and makes general sense.
Does this means the end for AROS? Not according to the people behind Anubis - they're entirely diferent projects which have their own space. AROS might shape to be the best AmigaOS encarnation in any and all platform available. Anubis is aiming a bit higher and not compromising with AmigaOS altogether.
I just would like to say: GOOD LUCK ANUBIS-TEAM!
Don't worry... I'm still wandering around AROS. But who knows, maybe I'll wander in Anubis too...