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                           REVIEW: AMINET SET 1
                              Jason Compton 

Some people hold that information is power.

If so, the Aminet Set 1 is a nuclear reactor that fits in a double-jewel

The Aminet is something that has for the most part quietly become a huge
repository of Amiga information: games, hacks, utilities, music, and, of
course, online magazines.  There's a romantic story of its growth from a
50 meg partition on an Amiga 3000 to the international monolith it is
today, but that's not the subject of this review.

Besides, you can find that story, along with roughly 900 other documents,
on the Aminet Set 1.

Aminet CDs have been more or less quarterly for over a year now.
Apparently, though, there was demand for more than just the newest
releases-people wanted the boatload.

And a boatload they get.  Broken down into 4 CD-ROMs categorized along
Aminet's primary divisions, and with the newest releases tossed on Disc A
along with "dev"s and "util"s, the Aminet Set gives over 2 gigs of
compressed data (estimated at 4 gigs uncompressed) to its buyers.

The now-familiar AmigaGuide interface for accessing the CDs is present,
allowing the whole of Aminet as of January 1995 to be accessed at will.
While AmigaGuide isn't the prettiest thing on the face of the earth, the
method is sound and efficient, and allows quick access to what you're
looking for, through the Aminet Search utility.  Of course, everything is
structured along the exact same paths as Aminet, so you can browse it with
the method of your choosing.

Complaints?  Very few.  One is that it's missing two back issues of Amiga
Report (as Aminet was up until very recently), but that's nobody's fault
in particular.  Had I been in charge, I might have orgnized the discs
slightly differently, particularly on Disc A, in consideration for BBSes
which have only one CD-ROM drive.

The price is hard to beat-for 59DM (US$40), you're getting one serious
mixed salad collection of software.

Of course, the flip side is that you'll never use all of this material.
But in a pinch for an obscure file, your friends will love you.

Certainly, you can get CD-ROMs with more MODs, more pictures, more
3D-objects...but you probably won't get 4 CDs with such a sampling for
less money.

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