A TCP/IP stack is what you need if you want to go on-line. Today all of the most recent operating systems like Windows, MacOSX, MorphOS or even Linux have it included as standard. However, the situation is different for those using AmigaOS as their main operating system. AmigaOS 3.1, which is one worlds oldest still selling commercial operating system, still doesnt have it included as standard. But Roadshow is for sure a product that Cloanto should add to their AmigaOS 3.1 package for sure.
Now and Then, Here and There
In the past, we have seen many ok solutions for Classic Amiga, like AmiTCP, TermiteTCP and Miami. But these were not user friendly at all. Miami did a nice effort, but even Miami got issues regarding requirements and a GUI that can be a mess to get used to. Roadshow from APCTCP however is so Easy to set-up that it doesn’t need a GUI and it fully supports DHCP protocol. This TCP/IP stack should have been chosen as standard since start for AmigaOS. Yes, even a basic Amiga 1200 set-up with only 68020 14.17MHz CPU even gets on-line!
A brief list of some of Roadshow’s features
Internet usage on Classic Amiga
Once you have bought Roadshow (there is a 30min timeout demo for download), you open the Internet experience to your Classic Amiga. Now you can surf the web, check e-mails, use FTP sites and even chat on IRC. But don’t expect modern browser compatibility and speeds when it comes to experience world wide web. The browsers that works for Classic Amiga lacks a lot, but if you browse Amiga only sites with pure HTML code to them you will be amazed about the speed. I tried to check out www.amiganews.de and www.amigaworld.net and they are opened faster on my Amiga 1200 68030 50MHz with 64MB of RAM than on my Intel MacBook Pro Retina!
The Classic Amiga lineup is known for thousands of games. Amiga was also one of the first computers to actually support link between two machines with Stunt Car Racer etc. However, gaming over TCP/IP on Classic Amiga can be a challenge if you have anything less than a FPGA Vampire or 68060 CPU card installed. But there are a few games that actually runs fine on slower systems.
Here I describe two that I know works on slower systems thru TCP/IP:
Dynamite, that is a on-line bomberman clone. You can play it against many Amiga users worldwide. This game also works on PowerPC OS’s like MorphOS and even AmigaOS 4.x. Dynamite requires a 68030 as minimum and some mem. The game works on AGA, although a graphics card is recommeneded. Then we have HBmonopoly. A on-line Monopoly game for Workbench. A bonus with this game is that it also works nicely on MorphOS. Also this game doesn’t require too much. You should be able to play it fine on a basic 68030 Amiga etc.
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