AmigaOS - Components - Kickstart

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. The function of Kickstart is comparable to the BIOS plus the main operating system kernel in IBM PC compatibles. However, Kickstart provides more functionality available at boot time than would be typically expected on PC, for example, the full windowing environment.

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. Later versions of the Kickstart contained drivers for IDE and SCSI controllers, PC card ports and other built-in 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.

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Kickstart can refer to:

  • kick start, the task of using the foot activated starter (the kickstarter) on a motorcycle
  • Kick Start, an album by the English band The Lambrettas
  • Kickstart (Amiga), the bootstrap of the Amiga computers developed by Commodore
  • Kickstart (Linux), a network installation system for some Linux distributions
  • Kick Start (TV series), a UK television series on motor bike competitions, and a spinoff computer game
  • Yahoo! Kickstart, a professional network from Yahoo!
  • Kickstarter, an online funding platform for creative projects
  • Kickstart, Homes and Communities Agency funding programme for private housing in the UK
  • "Kickstarts" (song), a song by Example
  • KICKSTART, a charity association
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... The first incarnation of the A1200 shipped with Workbench 3.0 and Kickstart 3.0 (revision 39.106), which together provide standard single-user operating system functionality ... The later Amiga Technologies/Escom models shipped with Workbench 3.1 and Kickstart 3.1 (AmigaOS 3.1), though earlier A1200 models can be upgraded by installing. 3.5 and 3.9 releases are A1200 compatible as a software update requiring Kickstart 3.1 ...
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... The HCA's Kickstart programme provided grants to developers in order to rescue stalled projects during the recession, helping to maintain employment and output of new homes ... One of the most groundbreaking Kickstart projects was a £45.6 million investment in Berkeley Homes to provide 555 new homes for rent on the open market, located in London ... However, after a campaign for disclosure by Building Design magazine, the agency revealed that many Kickstart projects failed to meet CABE's standards of good design ...
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... Kickstart is Next Wave’s major developmental activity, assisting young artists across artforms to develop new work in a supportive environment ... Taking place in the non-festival year, Kickstart projects are developed with a view towards inclusion in the forthcoming Next Wave Festival and artist's ... Kickstart participants undertake a program of workshops covering all aspects of project development including creative development, budgeting and marketing as well as receiving ...