Amiga Forever DVDs.

A package awaited for me at home. I was little puzzled because it has been sent out from US. Didn’t I order it at Cloanto, Italy? No single word about content on the envelope made me wondering what the hell is that…

Do you like to unpack postal packages? I do :) Let’s do it.

Amiga Forever 2013 - coverAlright! This is my Amiga Forever Premium Edition copy. A low quality cover (I am not a pedant, but hey, it should look better!), 3 DVDs in the box as promised. Wait… what’s that smell? Burned DVDs? Come on.

Anyway, my laptop’s old DVD drive did not have any problems with reading them thus far. This is the most important thing. A nasty taste has not vanished yet though…

Amiga Forever 2013 DVDs

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Cloanto makes this possible.

I was planning to buy Amiga Forever a year ago. It is not a heck lot of money, but you always find something more important you really need to spend that 50 euros on (fifty, because the Premium speaks to me louder than Value or Plus editions).

Another obstacle was Windows as the primary OS for the Amiga Forever platform. As I am a Linux user, I don’t consider Cloanto doing right thing investing so much in M$ software. Spending €50 on soft I won’t be able to run on my Linux based laptop, is not necessarily the best use of that money. Yeah, I know I can boot from DVD, I can extract Amiga stuff easily, but the player and all these utilities will be useless.

There are another important aspects, however. Respect to heritage, so called legal aspects, and something called convenience :) I do have A1200. It is not fully usable, and I have to use emulator instead. I do have images of my A1200 ROMs and rights to use them. I do have images of my Workbench 3.0 disks. If I wanted to use WB 3.1, it wouldn’t be legitimate anymore. Moreover, I would have to “pirate” all the additional stuff to make my system as usable as my original system back in the day. Which in fact died along with my Amiga hard drive…

I know, it may not sound convincingly to everyone, but it is how I feel about it anyway. The Cloanto offer looks great for people who needs an Amiga emulator environment ready to use, without additional hassle. And I know who I pay to.

Last click in the Cloanto shop, and I could download the Windows installer. DVDs will be shipped soon. MSI file… What I can do with it? My Linux is an Ubuntu based distro – OS/4 OpenLinux (another Amiga motive :) I decided to install Wine, 1.7.2. Without much hope I ran the installer. It started. The license key and ‘next’. Progressing… Few minutes later it is done. I felt little embarrassed. Does it work? :)

TBC…