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Archive 03/2004

Richard Drummond (ANF)

UAE-0.8.25-20040302 released
Richard Drummond has released UAE-0.8.25-20040302.

This is a bug-fix release and corrects several problems with the SCSI emulation. It also enables support for SCSI emulation on Mac OS X and BeOS (although, due to restrictions inherent in OS X, this will currently only work with CD/DVD writers - not ordinary read-only devices).

Updated binaries for Linux (x86 and PPC), Mac OS X and BeOS will be available for download shortly. A new binary for AmigaOS has been delayed, but should be ready (with some Amiga-specific updates) by the middle of next week. (snx)

[News message: 08. Mar. 2004, 13:56] [Comments: 0]
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Christian Rosentreter (ANF)

MorphOS: MLdonkey 2.5-16 released
MLdonkey 2.5-16 is the latest version of a multi-platform multi-networks peer-to-peer client which runs as a daemon. It supports several large networks, such as eDonkey, Overnet, Bittorrent, Gnutella, Gnutella2, Fasttrack, Soulseek, Direct-Connect and Opennap. It can be controlled locally or remotely using several interfaces like telnet or http.

This release is mostly a bugfix update, but also contains new features. Please read the ChangeLog inside the archive for a full list of all changes.

Download the archive at the official MorphOS MLdonkey site. (snx)

[News message: 08. Mar. 2004, 13:48] [Comments: 0]
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06.Mar.2004 (website)

MorphOS 1.5 beta shown in Bremen
As reports has a beta version of MorphOS 1.5 been shown on the "Video- und Computerbörse" in Bremen.

As Jakub Kassim reported you could see the new 3D hardware drivers for the Radeon 7000, 7500 as well as for the VE in Action and for example play Heretic II in a resolution of 1024 x 768. The drivers worked already good though they aren't completely finished respectively optimized yet.

Besides that has the preferences system been revised and does now contain among other things setting possibilities for screen savers and more mouse options. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Mar. 2004, 21:11] [Comments: 0]
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Cyborg (ANF)

Patch: domains with special characters on Amiga
Cyborg wrote: Hi, on the FTP server of there's a TCP/IP patch (8 KB) for alle TCP/IP stacks for the Amiga. The patch has been tested with Miami on a 68040 Amiga under AmigaOS 3.1.

The patch allows all programs to use ISO strings, for example "sfbü", without having to convert them into the IDN spelling "".

> ping sfbü
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=54 time=59.093 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=54 time=57.98 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=54 time=56.614 ms

--- ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 packets received, 0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 56.614/57.895/59.093 ms

As you can see does the miamiping even recognize the "xn--" spelling and shows it without the program ever get to know this at all! It is really unpatched!

Unfortunately this doesn't work with web browsers as it should but this is because of the browsers and not because of the patch (the reason is described in the readme file).

In short: AWeb for example does show the IDN spelling but uses the ISO way with the vhost. This does the Apache-WebServer not know and the page can't be found. For sfbü I have made this possible.

Therefore here's a call to the IBrowse & AWeb teams to adapt their routines. The ping shows that it's possible (how is written again in the readme file).

YAM and SimpleMail have the same problem on another level but that could be solved the same way.

To make the thing with IDN easier in the future I'll soon make an IDN library available for converting.

The patch archive contains an IDNA converter ISO->PUNYCODE. This way you can provide the browser with the correct name in the meantime.

> netstat
Active Internet connections
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address (state)
tcp 0 12 amiga.1026 xn--sfbcher-p2a..ftp ESTABLISHED
tcp 0 0 amiga.1025 ESTABLISHED
udp 0 0 amiga.netbios- *.*
udp 0 0 amiga.netbios- *.* (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Mar. 2004, 21:00] [Comments: 0]
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MorphOS 1.4.2 available via beta2 FTP server
MorphOS 1.4.2 is now downloadable via the beta2 FTP server. Compared with the other v1.4 installations only the boot.img has been renewed so that for single users only the download of this file is needed.

The changes in MorphOS 1.4.2 against the previous version:
  • The IDE lockup problem has been solved.
  • The irritations of the RTC when loading/saving on the Pegasos II are now fixed.
  • The system clock in general does now work normal on the Pegasos II.
  • The "Exec MEMF_REVERSE" memory fragmentation bug has been fixed.
Further information regarding downloading and installation have been given on the beta2 mailing list. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Mar. 2004, 17:20] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (website)

Picture viewer: MiniShowPicture 1.6
Version 1.6 of the picture viewer MiniShowPicture has been released today. This is a simple display program basing on MUI and using the datatypes. The functions contain drag&drop, scaling and keyboard support.

Direct download (309 KB) (cg) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Mar. 2004, 15:31] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (website) / Gerd Frank (email)

OctaMED SoundStudio V2: OS4 version announced
After the appearing of a quoting from the mailing list for the program OctaMED SoundStudio V2 on ANN confirmed the author Gerd Frank that there will indeed come a PPC/AHI version for AmigaOS4.

Tests and support for a MorphOS version, though, aren't possible for him because of the lack of hardware because he didn't receive a Pegasos from Genesi despite an agreement with Genesi in summer last year. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Mar. 2004, 13:01] [Comments: 0]
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IOSPIRIT: fxPAINT-Galerie back
The fxPAINT images gallery that had been removed with the move from the old shop system to Callisto is now online again.

Users of fxPAINT are warmly invited to send their creations via email to IOSPIRIT so that they can possibly be published there. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Mar. 2004, 11:28] [Comments: 0]
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John C. Dvorak's article about MorphOS released in the "PC Magazine"
In the US-American PC Magazine wrote the columnist and TV presenter John C. Dvorak an article about MorphOS.

In his positive description of the operating system Dvorak talked about the developers having morphed the architectur of the AmigaOS - maybe the best code ever used on a desktop computer - in the truest sense to adapt it to the PowerPC. The Pegasos by Genesi also got a brief mention.

After a short paragraph about CHRP (Common Hardware Reference Platform) and Apple's temporary license for clone manufacturer the author comes to the USB compatibility of MorphOS, mentions the micro kernel "Quark" and touches on the A and Q-Box of the operating system.

Regarding the chances of this newcomer Dvorak talks about the enthusiasm of the MorphOS community and points out the formerly by Nintendo and Sega dominated consoles market that did also change in a serious way.

He ends his article with a summary of the career of the "unbelievably hot computer" the Amiga once had been and his opinion that this time - here MorphOS is meant - may well go better. The URL for finishes the article. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Mar. 2004, 11:16] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (website)

AROS on DVD of an Italian PC magazine
As Fabio Alemagna informs on is on the DVD of this month's issue of TGM, one of the leading Italian PC games magazine, thanks to Paolo Besser also AROS included together with a review and a comprehensive Italian manual. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Mar. 2004, 08:05] [Comments: 0]
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Captain HIT (ANF)

ASoft: CManager v29.1 released
Alfonso Ranieri (ASoft) has released a new version of the ContactManager. The CManager is a central bookmark data base and is now available in version 29.1 (490 KB). (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Mar. 2004, 07:48] [Comments: 0]
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Guido Mersmann (ANF)

ArakAttack: USB support for Prometheus may be possible
Thanks to the latest information on the Prometheus PCI interface it was possible to add native support to the ArakAttack USB driver.

It was possible to work around the missing memory conversion routine, so there is a good chance USB will be possible on Prometheus hardware.

At you'll find a debug version with prometheus support. This version is checking the API only. No USB functions this time. Please read the included readme for further information on how you can help making USB and other drivers possible on your system.

Please install the latest prometheus.library and Poseidon V2.2. There is no need to insert an USB card, because it's only a function test. (snx)

[News message: 06. Mar. 2004, 07:37] [Comments: 0]
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Vesalia: Pegasos-II-Boards deliverable at once
As the Amiga distributor Vesalia Computer informed the Pegasos-II-Systems have been delivered since 27th February.

According to a statement of the trader sufficient boards are available to accept further orders which can be delivered quickly. But the amount of the G4-systems is limited.
(snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Mar. 2004, 18:05] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (Website)

Matay: Update of "Prometheus" support-site
Matay has updated the support site for its PCI-busboard "Prometheus". All available drivers and tools as well as the information for developer concerning the "prometheus.library" can be downloaded there.

A short FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") has been added. We want to quote some points:
  • Matay still always offer a free FlashROM-upgrade for the Prometheus
  • AmigaOS4 as well as MorphOS already support the hardware
  • The author of OpenPCI has obviously given up the project and now works on MorphOS. The corresponding drivers are still in beta-status and do not work with the Prometheus satisfactory.
  • Grzegorz Kraszewski who is the designer of the Prometheus has nothing to do with Matay and now works on MorphOS, too.
(cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Mar. 2004, 16:54] [Comments: 0]
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IOSPIRIT: New arrangement of discussing offers
IOSPIRIT closed all mailing lists except the press and newsletter mailing list.

Instead of the mailing lists a German and English forum for discussions about Amiga and MorphOS products of the company.

If you want to participate in the forums you must have a free account. You can also get the forums via email. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Mar. 2004, 16:40] [Comments: 0]
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05.Mar.2004 (Website)

AmigaOS4: AHI/PPC-driver for SB128 and mixer in beta test
As reported Ross Vumbaca has published his SB128-AHI/PPC-driver for AmigaOS4. Additionally Davy Wentzler has created a mixer utility which will be integrated in the new operating system.

The following sound cards as well as chips are supported for play and record with 16 bit, stereo sound and eight to 48 khz:
  • AudioPCI97
  • Sound Blaster Vibra
  • Sound Blaster 128
  • Sound Blaster 64(V)
  • ES1371
  • ES1373
  • CT5880
  • EV1938
The mixer which can be used as Workbench-commodity allows the independent control of the input and output sources (CD, Video, Aux, Line-In and Mic-In as well as PCM and Master) of all sound cards supported by OS4. Additionally you can save and load the preferences. The support of two further cards is in work. One of them comes from the professional area. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Mar. 2004, 16:11] [Comments: 0]
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05.Mar.2004 (Website)

MorphOS: RunDOS published
RunDOS (38 KB) is a small program which makes the use of MS-DOS programs more easy in that way that you can start them via double click on the icon. RunDOS delivers the necessary parameters to the emulator DOSBox. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Mar. 2004, 07:41] [Comments: 0]
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