Since obtaining my A500 Mini and joining the unofficial users group on Facebook , I’m seeing a few people asking about running emulators within the AmigaOS via the Mini….. OK, sure, I guess its something you can do, but do you really need to ?
Do it once for a bit of nostalgia maybe, but that would be it for me I think.
But then there’s the options of running actual other OS’s on the A500 Mini hardware.
If I really wanted a multisystem option, I’d have stuck with my Raspberry Pi 3B+ and just had different SD cards depending on what OS/system I wanted to play around with on the day. And of course purchased a case for it that looks like an Amiga.
Its bit of a premium in my eyes to purchase the A500 Mini and treat it like a Raspberry Pi. The A500 Mini was designed just for Amiga, to avoid any headaches around emulation etc, literally plug and play.
Don’t start introducing issues via other OS’s on it.
It does what it was designed for perfectly, don’t start trying to run other ecosystems on it then start complaints pages that it doesn’t work properly etc…..
Its an Amiga (or as close as you’re going to get these days), and leave it at that.