Amithlon was an attempt (and a successful one) to get AmigaOS 3.9 running on cheap and modern x86 hardware. The goal was to make it feel as much like a real Amiga as possible. A linux kernel was modified to boot the x86 hardware and launch the Amithlon emulator, which has an advanced JIT 68k emulation at its core. Amiga-side drivers are capable of accessing the x86 hardware directly, or, using a abstraction layer that supports many underlying cards. It is also possible to compile x86 native code and run it within AmigaOS 3.9. The Amiga’s AGA chipset was not directly supported, however hardware-hitting games could still be run through UAE inside the Amithlon emulation.
The original authors (Mr. Bernie Meyer and Mr. Harald Frank), and the distributor (Haage & Partner) have abandoned the product. However, over the years there have been several updates to the Amithlon kernel from third-party developers. They are listed below.
Milan’s Kernel 4 Updated Amithlon Kernel and Drivers
Release Date: June 17, 2010
In 2010 an enterprising developer named Milan produced an updated Amithlon Kernel to support newer hardware. You can download the kernel below and read up on what hardware it supports. It includes all hardware updates previously added by Gary Colville for the 3.10 Kernel.
Alternate Download: SourceForge.
Supported graphic cards, hardware accelerated:
Nvidia FX series such as the FX5200, 5600, 5700, etc…
Nvidia TNT2, GeForce 256, GeForce 2/2 MX, 3/3 Ti and 4 MX, 4 Ti.
Matrox Millennium G100, G200, G400, G450, G550.
ATI Radeon 9200, 9600, 9800 PCI.
PCI-Express variants of those cards will run in VESA mode with no hardware acceleration.
Intel ICH7, 8, 9, 10
AMD/ATI SB400, 600, 700
Newer NVidia chipsets
SATA hard disks and DVD drives should work on all of those chipsets.
In addition with the new Drivers4 release, the following is supported:
More AC97 audio codecs, including the popular ALC based chips.
ATI/AMD based controllers in the SB400, SB600 and many others.
Audio support functions in CMI8788-Oxygen HD Audio, Creative Labs SB X-Fi
Sound Blaster Live!
Sound controllers as Emagic Audiowerk 2 sound card, Vortex 3D Digital Audio,
AU8820 Vortex and AU8810, ALi M5451 and others.
NVidia nForce based LAN adaptors, nForce 2, 3, 4. MCP51 nForce 430/410/405/400, MCP55 …
Intel LAN chips like 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R), Intel PRO/100 like 82801E Ethernet
and Intel PRO/1000 PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet adapters.
Realtek 8169 Gigabit Ethernet support.
Many 3Com based network controllers, Typhoon, 3Com Etherlink and Broadcom.
Gigabit Ethernet adapters.
Marvell Yukon 2 Gigabit Ethernet support.
and lots more…
Gary Colville’s 3.10 Updated Amithlon Kernel and Drivers
Note:The 3.x kernels were written by Gary Colville. I take no responsilibity for them at all. I am only providing them for download. Please visit his web page and make sure you make a donation to him!
Release Date: September 10, 2006
Support for more GeForce FX models (5700, 5100, etc)
Support for GeForce PCX PCI-Express cards.
General bug fixes to the GeForce and Radeon drivers.
SATA support for VIA 8237 and NVidia NForce 3/4 chipsets.
Gigabit ethernet via the VIA 6120 & 6122 Velocity chips.
Ethernet driver for NForce 3/4 chipsets.
Support for more AC97 audio codecs.
Gary Colville’s 2.04 Amithlon Kernel 2.04 Standard
Release date : 3rd April 2004
For all systems NOT using the NForce 2 chipset. The experimental Radeon driver is present, but the memory limit code isn’t as it still is not working correctly.
Other features of this kernel:
Hardware-accelerated GeForce 4 Ti driver with full resolution and refresh-rate control.
Non-accelerated GeForce 4 MX driver with full resolution and refresh-rate support.
IDE DMA/UDMA now functions on these chipsets: VIA KT333, KT400, KT400A, KT600 and nVidia nForce 2 (with nForce kernel only).
Gary Colville’s 2.04 Amithlon Kernel 2.04 NForce2
Release date : 3rd April 2004
For NForce2-based systems only. Features are the same as standard kernel, but this one also has NForce2 chipset support including on-board sound, IDE DMA, and Networking.
Older Kernels by Gary
Release date: unknown
Drivers 0.86 download
Release date : 7th Feb 2004 – I believe these work with the 2.04 or 2.03 kernels.
Optional Linux-side drivers for use with the kernels. These replace the drivers found in the Contrib3b pack and add support for, among others things:
A wide range of AC-97 codecs including the ALC650, AD1890 and VIA VT1616.
Audio support functions in the Intel ICH4, VIA 8235/8237 and nVidia MCP south bridge chips.
Broadcom 44xx 100MBit LAN chips.
nVidia nForce2 integrated LAN.
PCIlist – lists PCI devices
Release date : 11th November 2003
A little utility to scan the system for PCI device names and ID codes. Written by Bernie Meyer and updated by Gary Colville.
Official Amithlon/AmigaOS XL Update from H&P: AOSXL-Update1
Bernie Meyer’s Amithlon pages: http://www.amithlon.net [dead]
Amithlon updates from Bernie Meyer: http://www.amithlon.net/en/amithlon_updates.shtml [dead]
Bernie Meyer’s Umilator pages: http://www.umilator.net/blog/ [appears abandoned by Mr. Meyer]
Harald Frank’s Amithlon pages and updates: http://www.vmc.de/amithlon/index.html [dead]
Amithlon Update package assembled by Guido Mersmann: Download (read me)
AmithlonOpen mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/amithlonopen/ [link changed?]
Amithlon/AmigaOSXL FAQ at H&P: http://www.haage-partner.de/amigaxl/support-faq-e.html [distribution and support terminated]
Gary Colville’s Amithlon Kernel page: http://www.garycvl.f2s.com/amithlon.html [dead]
Note: As of October 19, 2011, Umilator, the announced and supposedly much improved “Amithlon 2.0” has never been released either commercially or as shareware/freeware, despite high demand and repeated requests from the user community.
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