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? :)


Two letters long, but a full blown Operating System.

I’ve been using GNU/Linux as my primary OS of choice for 12 years now. In the beginning it was Slackware, then Debian for a short period of time. Next came its mutation – Ubuntu, that lasted for few years. After the infamous Gnome revolution, like “hordes” of other Ubuntu users, I’ve migrated to Linux Mint.

After a year in relative calm and peaceful life, my old IBM ThinkPad T60 said “it’s enough”. Well, actually it was me who said that. Maybe I am an old fashioned, middle age freak, but I don’t feel good if a 3GB RAM system is swapping when barely running a browser and few small apps in the background.

I know, web browser is a beast nowadays, Linux kernel likes to cache as much as it can, and there could be gazillions of other reasons why my system leverages the benefits of the swap space. But… I simply don’t like it. It was a time to find an alternative.

There are several options of Linux distros that are shipped in somewhat less demanding packaging. No Gnome, no MATE, no Cinnamon, no KDE. And no XFCE, cause it never did look&feel right to me. After several clicks here and there, I found a candidate – CrunchBang.

That nice looking, minimalistic, but perfectly polished, Debian based distro did simply appeal to me. Before I ran a full backup of my /home, and got rid of entire /, I’ve tried it live booting my system with an USB stick. Three sessions and the decision was taken – a green light to install the system on the disk.

Maybe this is silly, but after few days with #!, I feel like using Linux again. It is simple, compact and… acts like an Operating System. Not like a gigantic application that eats all my sparse resources.