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Review: Workbench distribution AmiKit XE 11.8.0 for Windows
About two weeks ago version 11.8.0 of the workbench distribution AmiKit for Windows/Mac/Linux was released ( reported). Our reader Thomas bought the latest version for his Windows computer and kindly tells us his impressions:

"After the purchase, you will receive an e-mail with the download link quite quickly. Before that you should definitely install VcRuntime, otherwise the installation will fail. The version Amikit 11.5.0 is delivered, which can be updated later. Original Amiga ROMS are necessary, otherwise the installation will fail. In which form or better said from which source the ROM's come, is up to you. Whether Amiga Forever or original AmigaOS (OS 3.1.4, OS 3.2, OS 3.9 etc.) does not matter.

The installation process runs through smoothly. In between, Picasso96 is downloaded and installed independently. After the installation process has run through and Amikit has been loaded, the Morpheus Updater opens automatically. There you can update Amikit 11.5.0 to version 11.8.0. This update is the biggest one (23 MB) and for this reason it seems to cause problems. Always only 12-14 MB arrive. This gave me no peace, so Jan was written to on Discord asking him what the problem could be. He answered promptly and wrote me that a few had the same problem. He then sent me the archive of 11.8.0, since the error could not yet be narrowed down. So I could update to version 11.8.0 myself. Many thanks Jan to the fast and smooth help.

The next step is to install AmigaOS 3.2 and the corresponding update 3.2.1. For this you put all AmigaOS 3.2 ADF's, the Amiga1200.Module, Update3.2.1.lha into the Rabbithole directory and start the Morpheus Updater again. There you can select and install the AmigaOS 3.2 installation. This is done quickly, after an automatic reboot it is freshly installed. So you have the latest AmigaOS running in the WinUAE installation. Amikit uses WinUAE for the AmigaOS emulation on the PC.

So Amikit transforms the PC into a modern Amiga. The Rabbithole is used to start PC programs directly from the AmigaOS. So you can run programs like VLC, Chrome etc. on the screen of the AmigaOS and don't need to switch to Windows. In addition, Amikit is faster than any Amiga hardware depending on the PC model, even if turbo cards etc. are used.

But it will never replace the feeling of real Amiga hardware. But it is not so easy to use it on the go. That's where Amikit makes sense. If you want to use the AmigaOS everywhere, Amikit is a good choice. It is a complete AmigaOS for people with little time and desire to build their own AmigaOS.

For myself it only serves as a replacement to real Amiga hardware. Mainly I use Amikit to transfer files from the PC via NAS to the Amiga and vice versa or when I want to use the AmigaOS mobile. The purchase was worth it."

Herzlichen Dank, Thomas. (dr)

[News message: 28. Jun. 2022, 06:40] [Comments: 0]
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