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Guide for Users coming to Amiga OS from other platforms

Author mjn4414ff
#1 Posted: 28 Jul 2022 04:52 
Having never had access to a *real* amiga (here in Canada they were rarish, and teen me couldn't afford one) I got Amikit running on my pi400 just fine. Very slick, everything has just worked(tm).

), I was wondering if there was a sort of Rosetta Stone for new users. I know there is a user's guide for amiga os / workbench / dos at (?)

This post comes as I was going to write a changelog in some editor under amiga os, but I realized that I didn't really even know where the like «USER» folder (drawer) was traditionally located.



Author AmiKit
#2 Posted: 28 Jul 2022 09:53 
Hi Stu and thanks for your interesting post!

Honestly, I would never think that in 2022 someone new would jump into AmigaOS. Wow, respect!

Despite the following chapter from FAQ does not necessarily apply to you, I'll paste it here anyway:

If you're completely new to Amiga world, or you owned an Amiga back in the times and now you would only like to play some games again and nothing else, well, while that is certainly possible with AmiKit, there are probably more simple solutions for you (check Amiga Forever, for instance).

AmiKit aims to provide a full AmigaOS experience and beyond. That involves enhanced operating system capabilities and features. And while we made everything as easy as possible (everything is pre-installed and pre-designed), some basic Amiga knowledge is required to fully enjoy (and appreciate) the AmiKit package.
Anyway, before you start experimenting with AmigaOS/AmiKit, I strongly recommend to backup AmiKit folder in Manjaro Linux (simple Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V will do). If anything goes wrong later, simple restore the backuped folder and you're back on track without re-installing anything.

Here's a basic info about Amiga Workbench:
Note that AmiKit is based on 3.x version. And it uses Directory Opus Magellan II on top of it to improve user experience.

A quick googling revealed the following videos about Amiga Workbench for beginners:
Part 2:

However, on those videos you can clearly see how much AmiKit differs from default 4-color AmigaOS Workbench. Perhaps you could check some of my tutorial videos instead, even though they don't cover many areas:

Regarding your specific question, no, there's no «user» folder anywhere. Feel free to create one anywhere and store your data there

Hope it helps?

Author mjn4414ff
#3 Posted: 29 Jul 2022 04:10 
Thanks for the quick reply.
I got amikit just cause I wanted something that Just Worked(tm) and and not worry about emulation settings etc.
Also the install video in the 'required files / start here' folder is how tutorials should be done. - nice and quick!

: I've read about workbench/amiga, much as I looked at BeOS. Now that I think about it, my neighbour ~1991 had an amiga of some sort. I remember the text-to-speech talk app, and Falcon (f-16) flight-sim.

I was playing around a bit with RiscOS on th pi400 as well.


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