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© 1997-2006
Gareth Knight
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pOS LogoThe p.OS operating system was ProDAD's attempt at a successor to the AmigaOS. In development since 1996, pOS was intended for several processors, including Amiga 68k/PPC, Apple Macintosh, Intel/Windows, PIOS TransAM, and possibly A/BOX. This would have been achieved  using a Java-like approach, providing the ability for a native pOS application to on a range of CPUs without recompilation.

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The major advantage of pOS is the compatibility with standard Amiga systems whilst providing upgrade possibilities to faster processors. The pOS system will be entirely based upon retargetable graphics and sound, with built-in networking and multi-processing, as well as multi-monitor support being planned. The finished version will also include an entirely new DOS system that has been dramatically improved, BCPL coding that has plagued the AmigaOS since version 1 is replaced with C. Data compression and decompression during read and write is alleged to be standard feature, as well as a partition limit is 1.09*10^12 bytes (1 terabyte).

pOS for the Amiga

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ProDAD claim that the Amiga version of pOS will require a 68020 processor with 4 MB, or more. At the moment it runs alongside the AmigaOS rather than a complete replacement. The pre-release CD features a number of pOS applications and features to get a taster of the OS, including a fully featured task manager, task bar, pOS shell, HTML viewer, UNIX emulation, a Directory Opus-style file manager, a FFS compatible filesystem, and an updated version of Amiga datatypes.

p.OS Screen
pOS has gained some support over the last year since the pre-release CD was launched. Several major applications have been released, most notably Finale's Web Cruiser suite,  including a web browser, news and e-mail reader. A UAE port is also available. However, the World of Amiga 1998 announcements made it difficult to accept a 3rd party imitation and the OS was abandoned.
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