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Ralf Schülke (ANF)

Status Report from the BeOS Front
[note from translator: this is a very long article from Matthias Breiter about various good news related to BeOS. Rather than translating the whole darn thing, I will loosely cover certain points and provide link information]

BeOS, currently enjoying a small rise, runs on X86 PCs and on many old Macintosh computers.

There are two new news sources for BeOS information:


You may also see what the future holds for BeOS by going to a current site of much development:

YellowTab: There is a lot of software there and they are also looking for developers.

There are also some BeOS events coming up:

What-Is-Art (Mannheim):
Begeistert (Duesseldorf):

So be sure to check out BeOS! (nba) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 04. Sep. 2003, 21:58] [Comments: 0]
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Merlancia Industries

Merlancia: Reservations for the Merlancia Amiga MCC 1000 and 1200 Possible
Merlancia Industries is taking reservations immediately for the offered computer series Merlancia Amiga MCC 1000 (AMD x86) and Merlancia Amiga MCC 1200 (IBM PowerPC). Read the following for the whole press release:

Starting September 4th 2003: If you would like to be one of the first to purchase a Merlancia Amiga MCC 1000 or 1200 Series Computer upon their release in a few weeks, please send an email to . The subject line should be "I wish to reserve an MCC."

In your email, please state which computer you would like to purchase, along with your real name, email address, and City and State location if you are a US resident, or your City and Country location if you reside outside of the US. Emails not containing the requested information will be ignored, and will not be acknowledged.

We will add your name to the list of those who will be the first to be able to purchase these new machines as soon as they are ready to ship. The first production run of machines will be a limited number of units, and they will be offered for purchase to those who have followed these instructions, in the order the emails were received.

Please do not send more than one email. Your email will be acknowledged with a reply that it was received.

Your email must come from a legitimate ISP address, not from a "throwaway" address such as or

For specifics on these new computers, please refer to Merlancia Press Release #MIND27082003 at (nba) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 04. Sep. 2003, 15:07] [Comments: 0]
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Giga TV: The Amiga 500 Lives
The Amiga 500 is being covered one more time, in the computer-oriented television show Giga on NBC. Along with watching you may voice your support for Amiga in the Giga forum by clicking on and following the title link. (nba)

[News message: 04. Sep. 2003, 15:01] [Comments: 0]
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Matthias Muench (ANF)

Meeting: Amiga Inside Part III - "Injected with Poison"
Once again it is upon us: from the 2nd to the 5th of October 2003 the legendary "Amiga-Inside" party will be held in Hirsau (Germany), this time together with our friends in the Mocca party. A few Pegasos systems will be shown, as well as a diverse assortment of Amiga models with varying specifications, which may be closely examined as one exchanges experiences with the owners. Interested persons may register unbindingly at the website to help give the organizers a rough idea of attendance. Because we want to actively support feminine participation, women get in free (includes 1 computer). Our team of organizers looks forward to meeting you at the Amiga-Inside meeting. (nba) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 04. Sep. 2003, 14:58] [Comments: 0]
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Ein Liker (ANF)

Petition: Halflife for Amiga und Linux
"This petition will be send to Sierra/Valve to ask them for the sources of the game Halflife for Amiga & Linux communities. If you want this great game (not free but ported!) sign up this petition with us! There's two way wished, a GPL version of Halflife or a license for Hyperion. If we get sources we will soon need best Amiga scene and Linux scene coders to help in HalfLife to be ported. Any questions can be sent to" (nba) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 04. Sep. 2003, 14:56] [Comments: 0]
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Event: Website for the Benelux Amiga/Pegasos Show 2003
The website for the Benelux Amiga/Pegasos Show of 2003, which takes place from 4th to 5th October, has now been opened. There is where you will find current information, before long a list of exhibitors, and many more details about the event. Click on the title link for all this. (nba) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 04. Sep. 2003, 02:21] [Comments: 0]
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Aminet Uploads until 01.09.2003
Aminet-Uploads since our last report:
newscoaster.lha      comm/news  491K+NewsCoaster Full Version (v1.59) (MUI)
newscoastersrc.lha   comm/news  244K+NewsCoaster Source Code (v1.59 - 26 Aug 
gdbm.lha             dev/misc   260K+GNU's set of database routines
nA_MALevEdSRC.lha    dev/src     36K+Level Editor for Mini Arcanoid v2.9 ASM 
AmigaPower.lha       docs/hyper  65K+AMiGa=PoWeR French Amiga Magazine (30 Au
4_skins_4_Kaya.lha   gfx/misc   266K+4 skins for Kaya player
Tristartetr.mpg      mods/mpg   1.3M+Tristar Tetris Crack Tune Remaked ....
EP_NovoTrade.lha     mus/play     9K+EaglePlayer "NovoTrade Packer" external 
AP23aCovers.lha      pix/misc   484K+AMiGa=PoWeR n 23 Covers Recto & Verso
CatConFast2D.lha     pix/misc   1.5M+CATCON PARTY Fast 2D Compo
MrCarlitoWb-03.jpg   pix/wb     178K+Screenshot of my Workbench 3.9 
froggui.lha          util/misc   33K+GUI for FroggerNG
CyberLemmings.lha    util/wb    334K+Adds pets to your wb. (68K/MOS)
(nba) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 01. Sep. 2003, 20:53] [Comments: 0]
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AmigaWorld (ANF)

Fortnightly Q&A's with Fleecy Moss - round 18
The English online magazine AmigaWorld has published episode 18 of the regular questions and answers session with Fleecy Moss, CTO at AMIGA, Inc. (Update 2012-03-15, cg: as the original document is no longer available, the following content was moved into our database):

1) Asemoon: A poll here at AmigaWorld shows that most people seem to prefer to have "A" keys for their "Amiga" keys on their keyboards. Are there any plans to create such alternative keycaps to stick on Logitech or other keyboards? (like Computer City's Boingball keycaps for their general PC keyboards?)

Fleecy: No. This is a third party opportunity. We do have companies and vendors coming to us to create such officially licenced products but there are no details to release as of yet.

2) Crumb: Do you plan to integrate a X-Windows system with the new 4.1 desktop to allow developers to port easily apps? I mean something like Apple does with OS-X... I think it's called rootless server, it wouldn't harm the platform, but would help a lot to bring us new apps.

Fleecy: It is something we are considering but as with most graphics issues, they will not be implemented unless there is a very good reason until we have implemented the new Amiga Generation 2 (AG2) visual services set. This is slated for AmigaOS4.1.

3) Crumb: When will we have an IDE like a basic Delphi/visual/C Builder? Creating GUIs for our apps takes too much time. I have to say that I like Reaction, but some official C++ classes would be welcome.

Fleecy: Having a proper IDE and more importantly a GUI builder is high up on our list. As with the above though, we really want to get the AG2 visual services done first, then we can implement the new interactive environment, which will have a visual object system and a designer/builder for it. We may do a reaction based tool in the meantime but it isn't something high up our agenda at the present time.

4) Crumb: Will you add more examples to the autodocs? The information is quite good but an example of each function would be wellcome, at least one example of each library showing the most important functions.

Fleecy: The entire documentation and help system will get an overhaul, making use of the AmigaOS4.1 html/xml rendering services to provide a fully integrated solution for users and developers. The AmigaOS4.0 documentation will then be updated to support this. I should say that at this moment in time, all the new and rewritten elements of AmigaOS4.0 are getting updated documentation. One way to ensure you have a say is to sign on as a beta tester and let the developers know what you want in those docs as they are developed. Ultimately, a full time documentation resource will be assigned, attached to Developer Support, thus taking the chore away from the developers themselves.

5) utri007: Will there be tcp/ip printing?

Fleecy: Support for TCP/IP printing via the LPR protocol was included with the 3.9 update. Since this is a bare-bones protocol, it proved more to be much more troublesome than helpful (it basically has no error reporting capabilities, which makes it next to impossible to figure out what went wrong if something went wrong). This needs more work.

Since printing is integrally bound up with the visual services, the foundation for pDP (Digital->Physical) emission of content, with the emission/output device being anything from a TV to a monitor to a projector to a printer to potentially anything else capable of manifesting a physical visual image is being built into the AG2 visual services. Once this is done then it will be relatively simple to make it network aware.

6) Asemoon: Within what timeframe do you expect the Amiga platform to move towards 64-bit technology?

Fleecy: For the general AmigaOS4.n path, we need to enhance functionality, specifically through the AG2 programme and, for the moment that will concentrate on 32 bit technology but, as resources permit, we will create a transitionary version that can run on a 64 bit processor, albeit in 32 bit mode. In parallel, a separate project that is building the foundation for AmigaOS5.n will create a solution equally at home on both. I can't give a timeframe per se, just the steps towards it. It won't be in the next year though but as there is little advantage to it over 32 bit in the near and even medium term then it is not a high priority. It is what your computer can do that counts, not the size of its buses.

7) Asemoon: Can you tell us how you got introduced to Amiga computers and how you got involved in the Amiga community prior to Amiga Inc and Gateway?

Fleecy: I was just a user who worked on corporate systems during the day and on my Amiga 1200 at night. My first Amiga moment was walking past a Curry's in Crewe and seeing an amazing FMV of a space pilot getting into a fighter and launcing out from the belly of a giant star destroyer - a demo running on a CDTV. It blew me away. Then my wife's little brother got an A600 and we used to spend all day playing Captain Planet, Bart Simpson and a few others - Walker, Cool Spot etc. I had to wait a year or so more before I could afford my own A1200.

When first Commdore and then Escom went bankrupt, many users and developers got together online to try to work out what we could do. There were several attempts, some still on going. I was part of the ICOA (Industry Council Open Amiga) which formed just before Gateway bought Amiga. We sent off a proposal to Gateway on how we could help them and how Amiga could be developed and amazingly, they phoned us back and invited a few of us out there - Dean Brown, Andy Finkel, Alain Penders, Jesse McClusky and myself. We meet Jeff Schindler and the rest, as they say, is history.

8) alx: When do you see yourself showing AmigaOS/AmigaONE at a major mainstream computing show?

Fleecy: We intend to show at a major mainstream show early in the new year, hopefully after we have launched AmigaOS4.0 to the Amiga community.

9) reflect: Since many users now have been using Debian and its excellent package system, I was wondering if there are any plans to incorporate a framework for packages in AOS?

Fleecy: Yes. A content management service is being considered that provides similar services to both third parties and for the operating system itself.

10) Eric_Z: Considering the recent release of the OpenGl 1.5 and to a lesser extent the 2.0 specifications/suggestions, I'm wondering if AOS4s WARP-3D NOVA will use these new specifications. Or if the implementation of these are planned for future releases and if so which?

Fleecy: The OpenGL 2.0 specifications are all but finalized, and it will still take some time for the specifications to be adopted. OS 4 will have its own OpenGL support via Mesa, in whatever incarnation that is available at the time of release, and will see continous updates.

As far as I know (cannot verify since seems to be down) at this point in time not even 1.5 is official, and 1.4 is still the most current version (1.5 being a draft). It's imminent, though.

Nova is something different. This is currently just an API specification/outline that has nothing to do with OpenGL 1.5 or 2.0 in the first place, except that we might opt to use their (OpenGL 2.0's) shader language specification. The idea behind NOVA is its independence from any committee or ARB that, by definition, has difficulties adapting itself to the speed at which graphics card hardware evolves, a fact that becomes quite apparent with recent OpenGL history where Vertex/Pixel shading is still an option supported through extensions. The trouble with these extensions is that they are sometimes burdened by licence or IP issues (NV_vertex_program being a prominent example) that makes it impossible to implement them in a general framework.

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[News message: 01. Sep. 2003, 20:42] [Comments: 0]
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Brad Webb (E-Mail)

Amiga Update Newsletter by Brad Webb #030831
Bradd Webb published the August issue of his monthly newsletter Amiga Update at the titlelink.
  • McEwen Message on MOS Mess
  • Amiga Show Benelux in October
  • AmiWest OS 4 and AU - Correction
  • Poseidon sinks Elbox Support
  • Acid64 Player 1.1 and 1.1a
  • Digital Almanac Update
  • ImageMagick 5.5.7 available
  • WarpDT - New Package Out
  • WinUAE continues to improve
(nba) (Translation: sk)

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Martin Rebentisch (DaFreak) (ANF)

Music: Liquid Skies records #051
Liqiud Skies released musicpack number 51. It contains a "Summer-Mix" called version of "High Sun" by Ritzu an a corresponding cover by DaFreak.

Details about the track:
Title: High Sun (Summer Mix)
Artist: Ritzu
Stile: Goa Trance
Duration: 4:39
Format: mp3 (160kbps)

The zipped file can be found at the titlelink. (nba) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 01. Sep. 2003, 19:00] [Comments: 0]
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Thore Böckelmann (ANF)

Scout source code in public CVS Repository
The source code of Scout, a system monitor, is now available at This CVS repository makes the co-operation of interested programmers easier.

The availabilty through surceforge does not mean that the development of Scout has been stoped. It is only an invitation for other programmers to participade in the developemt of the program.

If you encounter any problem compiling the sources feel free to contact Thore Böckelmann by sending an E-Mail to him. (nba) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 01. Sep. 2003, 18:57] [Comments: 0]
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