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-~~NOTOC~~**Welcome** to the (newly restored) **Amiga Unix wiki**! +~~NOTOC~~ 
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 +**Welcome** to the **Amiga Unix wiki**!
  
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-{{ :borntorun_banner.png?nolink&600|}} +**Amiga UNIX (also known as "Amix")** was Commodore's port of AT&T System V Release 4 Unix to the Amiga in 1990. Like many early Unix variants, Amiga Unix never became wildly popular, but it is an interesting sidestep in the history of the Amiga.
-**Amiga UNIX ("Amix")** is Commodore's port of AT&T System V Release 4 Unix to the Amiga from 1990. Like many early Unix variants, Amiga Unix never became wildly popular, but it'an interesting sidestep in Amiga'history. +
  
-The two "official" machines that could run Amix are the Amiga 2500UX and 3000UX models, however it can run on any Amiga that meets its [[requirements|hardware requirements]]. The awesome Amiga emulator WinUAE has been able to run it since 2013 (from version 2.7.0).+The two "official" machines that could run Amix were the Amiga 2500UX and 3000UX models, however it can run on any Amiga that meets its [[requirements|hardware requirements]]. The awesome Amiga emulator WinUAE has been able to run it since 2013 (version 2.7.0 onwards).
  
 This site is dedicated on preserving Amix's history and sharing information and instructions on what Amix is, how to install it (either on real hardware or in emulation) and what can you do with it. Mainly, it tries to cater to people who wish to run AMIX for whatever reason on their hardware. By documenting experiences with it, it is hoped that subsequent SVR4 junkies will find the way more smooth than it might have been without any guidance at all. For even a relatively experienced modern Unix or GNU/Linux administrator, System V UNIX is sufficiently different to present difficulty in installation and administration. Not so much in moving around between directories, and using common utilities that persist to this day - although many of those are hoary and somewhat forgetful in their retirement - but of doing more in depth tasks and understanding the differences. This site is dedicated on preserving Amix's history and sharing information and instructions on what Amix is, how to install it (either on real hardware or in emulation) and what can you do with it. Mainly, it tries to cater to people who wish to run AMIX for whatever reason on their hardware. By documenting experiences with it, it is hoped that subsequent SVR4 junkies will find the way more smooth than it might have been without any guidance at all. For even a relatively experienced modern Unix or GNU/Linux administrator, System V UNIX is sufficiently different to present difficulty in installation and administration. Not so much in moving around between directories, and using common utilities that persist to this day - although many of those are hoary and somewhat forgetful in their retirement - but of doing more in depth tasks and understanding the differences.
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-**Wanted**anything related to Amix! Do you have floppy/tape of third-party software for Amix? Copy of an exotic hardware driver? Have you written guides to do something weird and wonderful with Amix? Happen to have copies of files from litamiga.epfl.ch or amiga.physik.unizh.ch? Please let us know!+ 
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 +{{:amix_ebay_2020.jpg?nolink&500| }} 
 +<caption>In november 2020, boxed copy of Amix sold for quite a bit of money on eBay.com.au 8-O 8-) </caption> 
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-===== Table of contents =====+====== Table of contents ======
  
-=== History and Documentation ===+==== History and Documentation ====
  
-  * [[history|History]] +  * [[history|History and background]] 
-  * [[boxed|Original box and manuals]] +  * [[boxed|Original box, disk/tape labels and manuals]]
-  * [[requirements|Hardware]]+
  
-=== Tutorials & How-To'=== +==== Hardware ====
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-  * [[installation|Installation]] +
-  * [[dual-boot|Dual boot installation of AMIX and AmigaDOS/Workbench]] +
-  * [[tape-creation|Creating a real installation tape / Other tape commands]] +
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-  * [[patch-disk|2.1 Patch disk]] +
-  * [[y2k-dst|Y2K and DST fixes]] +
-  * [[X11|Amix with graphics: X11, Color-X, OpenLook]]+
  
 +  * [[requirements|Compatible hardware]]
 +  * [[tape-creation|Creating a real installation tape / Using a tape drive]]
   * [[networking|Networking with Amix]]   * [[networking|Networking with Amix]]
-  * [[a2232|Using the Commodore A2232 Serial Expansion Board in Amix]] +  * [[a2232|Using the Commodore A2232 Serial Expansion Board]]
-  * [[more_software|Installing software / Compiling]] +
-  * [[tips-tricks|Tips and tricks / Performance tweaks / Daemons / MKFS / misc]]+
  
-=== General topics ===+==== Tutorials & How-to's ====
  
-  * [[vi-editor|Using the vi editor]]+  * [[installation|Installation (real hardware or WinUAE)]] 
 +  * [[dual-boot|Dual boot installation of AMIX and AmigaDOS/Workbench]]
  
-=== To-Do's / Coming soon ===+==== Software ====
  
 +  * [[patch-disk|2.1 Patch disk]]
 +  * [[y2k-dst|Y2K and DST fixes]]
 +  * [[X11|X11 / Color-X / OpenLook GUI]]
 +  * [[more_software|PKG-files, installing/compiling software]]
   * [[downloads|Downloads]]   * [[downloads|Downloads]]
-  * [[misc|Misc restored texts from archive.org]] 
  
-=== Discussion forums ===+==== General topics ====
  
-  * Probably the most active discussion area currently: [[http://eab.abime.net/forumdisplay.php?f=125|support.Amix on English Amiga Board]] +  * [[tips-tricks|Tips and tricks Performance tweaks Daemons MKFS / misc]] 
-  * Not that active anymore, but still a good reading: [[https://forum.amiga.org/index.php?board=51.0|Amiga UNIX Discussions in Amiga.org]]+  * [[vi-editor|Using the vi editor]]
  
-=== Links ===+==== Links ====
  
   * Article about Amix in "Virtually Fun" blog: [[https://virtuallyfun.com/wordpress/2013/01/13/amix/|AMIX]] (2013).   * Article about Amix in "Virtually Fun" blog: [[https://virtuallyfun.com/wordpress/2013/01/13/amix/|AMIX]] (2013).
   * WinUAE and the beginnings of Amix support [[http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=67210|in EAB forums]]   * WinUAE and the beginnings of Amix support [[http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=67210|in EAB forums]]
   * Great Amix site with re-done manuals and other useful files (in german): [[http://www.amigaunix.de]]   * Great Amix site with re-done manuals and other useful files (in german): [[http://www.amigaunix.de]]
-  * <del>Telefisk.org gopher site:  [[http://gopherproxy.meulie.net/telefisk.org/1/amiga/Amix/]]</del> +  * Telefisk.org gopher site mirror to grab files: [[http://gopher.muffinlabs.com/telefisk.org/amiga/Amix/]] 
-  * Another gopher site to grab files: [[http://gopher.muffinlabs.com/telefisk.org/amiga/Amix/]]+  * Not that active anymore, but still a good reading: [[https://forum.amiga.org/index.php?board=51.0|Amiga UNIX Discussions in Amiga.org]]
   * Old, and riddled with Spam, but there once was a thriving Newsgroup dedicated to Amiga Unix. Seeing the Internet "never forgets", you can find the old discussions at Google Groups: [[https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/comp.unix.amiga]]   * Old, and riddled with Spam, but there once was a thriving Newsgroup dedicated to Amiga Unix. Seeing the Internet "never forgets", you can find the old discussions at Google Groups: [[https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/comp.unix.amiga]]
  
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-**Why would you like to try Amix?**+<WRAP half left round help> 
 +**Where to get help with Amix?** 
  
-{{:c-banner.jpg?nolink |}} The short answer is, you don't want it. Stay with me for just a minute here.+Currently the most active Amix-related forum seems to be [[http://eab.abime.net/forumdisplay.php?f=125|support.Amix @ English Amiga Board]]. Ask there if you need any help! </WRAP> 
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 +**Wanted**: content for this site! Do you have a piece of third-party software for Amix? Copy of an exotic hardware driver? Would you like to help write guides? Have copy of files from //litamiga.epfl.ch// or //amiga.physik.unizh.ch//? [[https://amigaunix.com/contact/contact.html|Please let us know!]] 
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 +{{:c-banner.jpg?nolink |}} **Why would you like to try Amix?** The short answer is, you don't want it. Stay with me for just a minute here.
  
 Amiga UNIX is really, really real UNIX. AT&T System V Release 4, ported by a team at Commodore that quit the day that 1.0 was released - at least, as legend has it. All the releases have their share of issues, and none of them have been updated in well over a decade. It runs on old hardware that was expensive when new and hard enough to find now that “RARE!” tags on eBay aren't hyperbole for once. You can cheat and get it installed without the tape drive, at least, but it's not for the faint of heart and has its own caveats such as a completely broken package system. Amiga UNIX is really, really real UNIX. AT&T System V Release 4, ported by a team at Commodore that quit the day that 1.0 was released - at least, as legend has it. All the releases have their share of issues, and none of them have been updated in well over a decade. It runs on old hardware that was expensive when new and hard enough to find now that “RARE!” tags on eBay aren't hyperbole for once. You can cheat and get it installed without the tape drive, at least, but it's not for the faint of heart and has its own caveats such as a completely broken package system.
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 So if you have the requisite hardware and you have girded yourself for what is in store for you should you venture into the m68k-cbm-sysv4 dungeon, you might enjoy this site and the dusty treasures it contains. But seriously, if you just want to try UNIX or GNU/Linux out, the most expedient way to do it is on x86 or just something better supported on Amiga hardware. There are lots of choises for you. So if you have the requisite hardware and you have girded yourself for what is in store for you should you venture into the m68k-cbm-sysv4 dungeon, you might enjoy this site and the dusty treasures it contains. But seriously, if you just want to try UNIX or GNU/Linux out, the most expedient way to do it is on x86 or just something better supported on Amiga hardware. There are lots of choises for you.
  
-Good luck, and enjoy.+Good luck, and enjoy!
  
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 ===== Acknowledgements =====   ===== Acknowledgements =====  
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 Thanks to Folkert "Tahoe" de Gans for hosting the site! Thanks to Folkert "Tahoe" de Gans for hosting the site!
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 +Thanks to Ville Laustela for images & scans and updating the Wiki.
  
 Thanks to Toni Wilen for maintaining the WinUAE emulator and making it possible to run Amix inside it. Thanks to Toni Wilen for maintaining the WinUAE emulator and making it possible to run Amix inside it.
  
-This site is dedicated to Andrew "Failsure" Whitlock, the original creator and maintainer of this site. [[https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/atlanta-ga/andrew-whitlock-7629725|RIP, agw.]]+Dedicated to Andrew "Failsure" Whitlock, the original creator and maintainer of this site. [[https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/atlanta-ga/andrew-whitlock-7629725|RIP, agw.]] 
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 +To contact us, please use [[https://amigaunix.com/contact/contact.html|the contact form]]. 
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