Amiga – Amiga on the web

5/31/2012 5:19:50 PM
The words ‘Amiga’ and ‘online’ might not sound like a match made in heaven, but you may well be surprised.

Although the Amiga platform predates the web, it’s surprisingly prolife rate on the internet. In fact, if anything, it’s a little bit too confusing; pop ‘Amiga’ into a search engine and the term needle in a haystack comes to mind. To give you a hand, here are the main sites you’ll find useful.

Description: Amiga – Amiga on the web

Amiga – Amiga on the web

Main OS

If you’re starting off and want to get an overview of the current version of the official AmigaOS from Hyperion Entertainment, then your first port of call should be The site was put together primarily as an end-user centric portal for the resurrected platform, with the fully PowerPC Amiga operating system as its centre.

Description: The new(ish) official AmigaOS portal site at

The new(ish) official AmigaOS portal site at

The alternative ‘Amiga-like’ PowerPC OS is MorphOS, which can be run on various PowerPC hardware including certain PPC Macs. The main site to start with is

Possibly of more interest to the PC user is AROS, which has a confusing array of websites for someone coming fresh. The best place to start I would suggest is with the Icaros Desktop distribution of the ‘Amiga-like’ OS. Popping to will give you the option to download a DVD-ROM image of Icaros Desktop Live, which you can boot directly.

Of course, if you want the retro vibe, your best port of call if you’re a PC owner is, where you can grab the full classic Amiga emulation experience.


Of course, if you want to use Amiga OS 4.x, because it’s PowerPC, you’ll need something to run it on. There are currently two producers of hardware for the OS, with a potential other waiting in the wings.

A-Eon Technology is bringing the AmigaOne X-1000 to market, which is the very high-end, high-spec and ‘bulletproof’ computer system that the OS itself is growing into. Check them out at

Alternatively there’s the not-quite-so-high-end AmigaOne 500 from Acube Systems, which also has Sam motherboards, so you can put your own system together (the Sam 460ex is the board in the AmigaOne 500). Check them out at

Of course, the best way of getting hold of either is to go through Amiga Kit at


The main repository of software on the internet for Amiga computing is Aminet. Offering filters so you can easily find classic Amiga, PPC AmigaOS 4.x, MorphOS, and AROS software, the packages go all the way back to 1992. Aminet can primarily be found at but is mirrored profusely.

AmigaOS 4.x has its own software site in the form of, which itself is eight years old. It’s where you would go to get Timberwolf, the Mozilla port to AmigaOS 4.x

There’s plenty more out there, so jump in and I’ll bring you some of my favourites another time!

Amiga news sites

There are still several Amiga news sites and forums running around the net. There are three main sites to pop to. is the site primarily aimed at AmigaOS 4.x and classic Amiga users and enthuiasts.

Meanwhile, a broader cross section of the Amiga and Amiga-like OS sectors is found at or that site that you could argue is the progenitor of the other two,

You might also want to check out, which often beaks news before the others.

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