AmigaOS is a single-user operating system based on a preemptive multitasking kernel, called Exec. The Amiga intellectual property is fragmented between Freeware & Shareware 2001. CD ROM PDF Inc. The copyrights for works created up to 1993 are owned by Cloanto. On December 29, 2015, the AmigaOS 3.
AmigaOS is formed from two parts, namely, a firmware component called Kickstart and a software portion usually referred to as Workbench. 1, matching versions of Kickstart and Workbench were typically released together. 5, the first release after Commodore’s demise, only the software component has been updated and the role of Kickstart has been diminished somewhat. Kickstart is the bootstrap firmware, usually stored in ROM.
Kickstart contains the code needed to boot standard Amiga hardware and many of the core components of AmigaOS. Kickstart contains many core parts of the Amiga’s operating system, such as Exec, Intuition, the core of AmigaDOS and functionality to initialize Autoconfig-compliant expansion hardware. Upon start-up or reset the Kickstart performs a number of diagnostic and system checks and then initializes the Amiga chipset and some core OS components. It will then examine connected boot devices and attempt to boot from the one with the highest boot priority. If no boot device is present a screen will be displayed asking the user to insert a boot disk, typically a floppy disk.