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ppcnux - online linux magazin (ANF)

PPCNUX: Summary of Alan Redhouse's Bath speech
The German online Linux magazine PPCNUX set a summary of Alan Redhouse's speech from Bath online by the title link ( reported).
(snx) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2003, 16:59] [Comments: 1 - 06. Jan. 2004, 21:35]
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MIchael Merkel (ANF)

GS8gui - GUI for Ghostscript8 published
GS8gui is a graphical user interface for GhostScript 8. Similiar to the old Ghostscript-GUI GS8gui offers as a new feature the ability to use the internal GS8 viewer. Printing with the internal TurboPrint drivers is supported also.

The developer wants to emphasize that the GUI is a draft put together so bugs are likely to be expected. Please report discovered bugs to the developer via email.

Download will soon be possible from the Aminet, at the developer site it's available already as GS8gui.lha . (nba) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2003, 16:28] [Comments: 0]
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bplan interview from September available online now
By appointment of the bplan GmbH and Kees Witteveens the interview with the bplan GmbH from September which has been pulished within the first issue of the Magazine as well as in issue 11/93 of the Amiga plus is now available online .

The Pegasos chronics have been updated with the entries of November and December also. (snx) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2003, 16:03] [Comments: 0]
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"Big Book of Amiga Hardware" temporally offline
The famous hardware register Big Book of Amiga Hardware is due to a hard disk failure temporally not reachable. The maintainer Ian Chapman is curently working to restore the website with backups. In one or two weeks everything should run normal again.

Because this action is coupled with a server change problems with the mail delivery to Ian Cahpman mail account are expected in the meantime. (cg) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2003, 15:52] [Comments: 0]
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31.Dec.2003 (Website)

Next "Club Amiga Magazine" in February
Amiga Inc. announces at the member area of the next issue of the "Club Amiga Monthly" will be published in February. (cg) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2003, 15:47] [Comments: 0]
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Dieter Groppé (ANF)

Commodity: "MasterControlProgram" (MCP) v1.43
The infamous universal commodity "MCP" is available in a new version which is cleaned from several bugs. The archive also contains a new version of the prefs program. The command "MCPAssigns" offers two new options now: "Hold/Lock" and "Hold/Path" (cg) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2003, 15:43] [Comments: 0]
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MorphZone: Update of the MWD (Morph Web Directory)
The Morph Web Directory (MWD) within the MorphZone has been updated. Bifford also added some more "Webgrabs" - previews of the corresponding websites. (snx) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2003, 11:16] [Comments: 0]
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Bill Panagouleas (ANF)

Spontaneous Combustion: New Video Effects from DiscreetFX
Chicago, Illinois -- Dec 30, 2003 -- DiscreetFX LLC Inc., Real-time Broadcast Quality Visual Effects developer for the Amiga/Video Toaster Flyer and MorphOS, releases the Amiga/Video Toaster 4000/Flyer/MorphOS version of Spontaneous Combustion.

DiscreetFX Releases Spontaneous Combustion; Amiga/Video Toaster 4000/Flyer & MorphOS version. A New Real-Time Fire, Smoke & Explosion Effects Library and Digital Video Effects (DVE) collection.

Information about Spontaneous Combustion:

Spontaneous Combustion is selling for $129.95 but is available for the special price of $49.95 only till the end of 2003. Thats right we are still going to honor the PreOrder price even though it is now shipping but you have to hurry if your interested since this offer is only good until midnight December 31st 2003. We are even crazy enough to include Free Shipping. As many of you know Andy Panagouleas was hurt badly in August 2003. He has been stuck home these many months recovering and unable to go back to school. Andy asked to help with the development of this version of Spontaneous Combustion since he is a big Amiga and Video Toaster owner/fan. Andy's hard work helped get the product done in time for 2003 and he receives a % of all sales.

Spontaneous Combustion: The unofficial sequel to the Amiga/Video Toaster Flyer version of Pyromania from Bill Panagouleas and Andy Panagouleas. In development for over two years Spontaneous Combustion gives you much more than just fire, explosion and smoke effects. Rendered on Silicon Graphics O2 and Octane systems @ 4000 X 4000 resolution and quadra down sampled to full overscan uncompressed D1 video (720 X 486), you won't have to sacrifice quality. More frames, more depth, more realism. Over 40 unique Real-time effects, many never before seen for any video editing system including Sexy Smoke, Ultimate Explosion, Big Shooting Star, Car Crash, Flame Columns, Streaking Comet, TNT, Detonate, Phlogiston and Apocalypse.

Amiga/Video Toaster 4000/Flyer & MorphOS version includes.
  • Forty Real-time Broadcast Quality Fire Effects in Amiga Video Toaster 4000 DVE format.
  • Forty animated Video Toaster Flyer clip files that can be used for advanced Compositing with the Video Toaster Flyer, Lightwave ToasterPaint 4.0 or Aura.
  • Forty animated Amiga Anim files that can be used as an overlay on video with any Amiga the has a Genlock. These Anim files can also be used under MorphOS or Amiga OS 3.1-4.0 with Amiga/ MorphOS animation software that supports the Anim standard like ImageFX 4.5 and others.
  • Complete 24 bit IFF image sequences of all Real-time effects included. Can be used with any Amiga/ MorphOS software that supports IFF 24.
For more information please call toll-free at 1 (800) 852-0930 or send an e-mail to Payments can also be sent via Paypal to

If you wish to pay by check or none Paypal credit card you can, just contact us first toll-free at 1 (800) 852-0930 If you need our snail mail address it's at

Spontaneous Combustion includes a 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Please note Amiga/ Video Toaster 4000/Flyer & MorphOS version includes bonus features and unique content not found in the Windows version.

Spontaneous Combustion is the only new product released in 2003 for the Amiga Video Toaster/Flyer.

MorphOS is a new platform we are supporting, please let us know when ordering if you use MorphOS. If we get enough interest and support from MorphOS customers we will continue to support this new operating system.

More information and screenshots is also available at

About DiscreetFX

DiscreetFX creates Real-time transitions and effects seen on over 100 television programs including Blind Date, 5th Wheel, Shipmates, NFL, Buffy the Vapire Slayer and more! You can also see DiscreetFX software used on the following networks HBO, Showtime, Discovery Channel, PBS, Fox and many more!

Best regards

Bill Panagouleas
bill AT discreetfx DOT com (snx)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2003, 10:33] [Comments: 1 - 31. Dec. 2003, 11:27]
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Chris Hodges (E-Mail)

USB stack: News from "Poseidon"
A new MorphOS-Version of Poseidon has been released and the documentation for the 68k-Version has been slightly updated. Chris Hodges writes:

"Good news everyone,

I just uploaded the binaries for the MorphOS version of Poseidon V2.2. The archive is available as usually from my homepage.

This is an intermediate solution and laire doesn't like it, so if something goes wrong, blame it on me and not the rest of the MorphOS team. Don't hesitate to report any problems.

Installing it on MorphOS is a bit tricky, because some of the files are in the "ROM" file, the bootimg. Therefore you have to add the following line to the MOSSYS:S/Startup-Sequence file just, before the IPrefs command:


If you don't add this, the update will still work, but some components will still remain as the old version, that was delivered with the MOS 1.4 ISO. Also, avoid booting up with USB mass storage devices connected, because this will inhibit the replacement of the class, as it will be in use by the mounted partitions.

There is both an USB.mprefs update (available through the system prefs), as well as the stand-alone Trident program, compiled for PPC. Use whatever you prefer. Trident has more features though ;-}}}}

I've also updated the V2.2 archive a bit, there was some old information in the registration forms (and I've also added the missing SWIFT and BIC codes for international money transfer).

That's it for now. Have a nice time and happy new year. Thanks for your support!" (cg)

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30.Dec.2003 (Website)

IRCNews: show Amiga News in AmIRC
Dave "Targhan" Crawford has developed an ARexx-script, which can show the latest headlines of,, and in AmIRC. This script needs the rxsocket.libary. (cg) (Translation: gf)

[News message: 30. Dec. 2003, 20:19] [Comments: 0]
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Martin Rebentisch (DaFreak) (ANF)

Music: Liquid Skies records #063
The scene group Liquid Skies has published today their 63rd Musicpack. It contains the track "Catwalk" of the musician Tripper. This track is a synthetic pop. The belonging cover comes from Angeldust.
  • Title: Catwalk
  • Musician: Tripper
  • Style: Synthpop
  • Runtime: 5:08
  • Format: mp3 (@160kbps)
  • Size: 5.9 MB

You can find the zipped file for downloading under the title link. Also the team is wishing a Happy New Year. (cg) (Translation: gf)

[News message: 30. Dec. 2003, 18:23] [Comments: 0]
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Sven Scheele (ANF)

AmigaClub SH: User-/Hardware meeting 1-2004
The Amigaclub Schleswig Holstein is publishing in teamwork with the promoter of the computer museum in Kiel e.V. an Amiga (and Pegasos/Amithlon) hardware meeting.

The meeting is Saturday, the 17th January 2004 at 14 o'clock at the mediendom in the technical college in Kiel.

You can get more information at Informationen (snx) (Translation: gf)

[News message: 30. Dec. 2003, 13:03] [Comments: 0]
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30.Dec.2003 (website)

Pegasos II: Benchmark results for the 68k emulation (Update) has published the following benchmark results by Harry 'Piru' Sintonen. He tested the 68k emulation on a Pegasos II with 1GHz G4 processor, 512MB DDR-400 RAM and a Radeon 8500LE graphics card under MorphOS:

Voxelspace Demo (with and without JIT emulator):

320x240: ~500-540fps (with JIT)
320x240: ~85fps (without JIT)
640x480: ~150fps (with JIT)

pixelOmania (with JIT):

Time elapsed: 0.040433 seconds

Mandel (with JIT): 0.29 sec

julia_fpu (with JIT): 2.53 sec

c2ptest (with JIT): 0.35 sec

demoeffect (with JIT): 442.80 fps

You can download the Mandel, julia_fpu, c2ptest and demoeffect benchmarks at the Petunia website.

Update: (31.12.2003, 11:01, snx)
Meanwhile, prepared further benchmarks done by Gunne Steen published them in the forum of MorphZone:

The tests were done using the RC5DES program and either the 68k-JIT of MorphOS or PPC-native software (PUP/WUP client) on a Pegasos II G4/1GHz.

68k results (with JIT):

OGR: Benchmark for core #4 (GARSP 5.13 68060): 2,740,713 nodes/sec
RC5-72: Benchmark for core #1 (MH 2-pipe 68000/040/060): 2,447,018 keys/sec

PowerUP client (without Altivec support):

OGR: Benchmark for core #0 (GARSP 5.13 PPC-scalar): 12,475,677 nodes/sec
RC5-72: Benchmark for core #3 (MH 2-pipe): 3,866,164 keys/sec

WarpUp client (without Altivec support):

OGR: Benchmark for core #0 (GARSP 5.13 PPC-scalar): 12,841,769 nodes/sec
RC5-72: Benchmark for core #3 (MH 2-pipe): 3,866,640 keys/sec

You can find further information in the original thread at MorphZone.

Update 2: (31.12.2003, 17:17, snx)
As David Scheibler informed us, Harry 'Piru' Sintonen meanwhile also got the following RC5 results with Altivec support. He used a not yet released MorphOS-native client on a Pegasos II G4/1GHz.

MorphOS client (with Altivec support):

RC5-72: Benchmark for core #7 (KKS 7450): 10,678,428 keys/sec

For comparison he does, among others, also list an AMD Athlon XP 3200+ (Palomino) with 2200 MHz - its result: 8,462,352 keys/sec. (snx)

[News message: 30. Dec. 2003, 07:40] [Comments: 4 - 01. Jan. 2004, 07:26]
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29.Dec.2003 (Website)

Video/Audio-clips of a speech by Alan Redhouse' in Bath
There are some additional video and audio clips of the speech of Alan Redhouse of Eyetech held at the OS4-On-Tour-Exhibition in Bath available. These new audio clips have a higher quality than the ones published shortly after the speech.

WMV (33 MB)
Real (27 MB)
MP3 (11 MB, only audio)
(cg) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2003, 21:31] [Comments: 1 - 10. Jan. 2004, 05:50]
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Stavros (Forum)

Homebanking: compatibility list for Amiga-Browser
Stavros, an reader, is offering a list of homebanking sites which can be used with Amiga browsers. The new update takes IBrowse 2.3 into account, too. (cg) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2003, 19:06] [Comments: 0]
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Sprocki (ANF)

Mr. Hardware publishes photos of the Micro-A1
Under the title link, Mr. Hardware published some photos of the new Micro-A1 mainboard together with its specifications and a few questions and answers.

Users from the New York area can have a look at it themselves at the meetings of the LICA (Long Island Computing Amigans), each third Friday a month. (snx)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2003, 18:13] [Comments: 1 - 04. Jan. 2004, 01:52]
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Charlene/VHT (E-Mail)

Server-move of Virus Help Team
Due to a server move the URL is currently not available. According to the carrier it will be back online within seven days. If you are looking for information about or of the Virus Help Team please use the alternative URL (nba) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2003, 16:54] [Comments: 0]
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bplan GmbH (E-Mail)

Pegasos II: Urgent Firmware update necessary! (Update)
As bplan GmbH announces, the version of the Open Firmware shipped with the Pegasos II is faulty! Before you make any changes using setenv, you have to update your Open Firmware!

You can find the needed update at

Update: (29.12.03, 18:29, snx)
Under the title link now you also can find a way how to make an affected system bootable again. (snx)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2003, 15:38] [Comments: 1 - 29. Dec. 2003, 16:22]
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A/NES CGX homepage

Emulator: Future of A/NES CGX uncertain
From the A/NES CGX website:
That's nice. If I get this bounch of e-mail each time I kill a project ( reported), I should start killing projects more often. :-)

So, what's up now, a few of you asked. To be honest, I am not quite sure really. Time will tell if I decide to start working on something new.

And can someone PLEASE hurry up those guys and make AmigaOS4 run on BlizzardPPC soon :) I'm pretty tired of talking to AmigaOS4 beta testers (have you noticed, they're obviously everywhere), I want to try the OS myself. :p (snx)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2003, 13:26] [Comments: 2 - 01. Jan. 2004, 07:29]
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Golem IT-News (Website)

Source code of 2D-Adventures "Patrimonium" now freely available
The programmers of Chuck Team released their 2D adventure 'Patrimonium' for Windows based computers. For encouraging other developers the team also released the complete source code of the game at the 'Patrimonium' homepage. (nba) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2003, 00:21] [Comments: 0]
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Short software news (29.12.2003) (Update)
The following applications and updates were released over the last few weeks:
Update: (29.12.2003, 17:45,cg)
Amendment: There is now new version of vbcc (see below) available, but a new version of the PosixLib for vbcc.
Version 1.001 of AmigaMARK, a benchmark program, is now available for AmigaOS Classic and MorphOS.

The French developer SixK released a port of the shoot'em'up Chromium (v0.9.12) for AmigaOS. The game is using OpenGL.

GameIcons 2003
The archive GameIcons 2003 contains 275 icons, 150 of them are new.

Matthias Bethke released version 0.930 of the HTML preprocessor 'HTML Sucks Completely' (HSC). The source code can be compiled on every supported OS, these are Linux, HP/UX 10.20 and AmigaOS. A HTML program documentation is available, too. Furthermore the archive contains current Prefs and macro files.

Stephan Rupprecht released version 45.11 of 'ilbmdtPPC', an ILBM-PPC-Datatype for displaying IFF-ILBM-pictures on WarpUP.
fixed decoding of truecolor images with alpha

Software by Diego Casorran
Diego "dcr85020" Casorran released ports of the following programs: OpenSSH v3.7.2p2, bzip2 v1.0.2, NetPBM v10.18.4, OpenSSL v0.9.7c, UnRAR v3.30b3, Wget v1.9.1 und cURL v7.11-BETA.

A new version of PosixLib for 'vbcc', a portable ISO C compiler by Frank Willes, is now on hand. PosixLib emulates important POSIX functions not available in the vbcc C library. (nba) (Translation: sk)

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