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30.Nov.2004 (website)

MySQL Development Team supports Pegasos Server
30th November 2004
Uppsala, Sweden

With the support of the Genesi/Freescale PegasosPPC Pilot Project, the MySQL core development team has received a full complement of PowerPC-enabled Open Desktop Workstations. "We are excited about this new alternative platform. Sony Europe's success with MySQL on Pegasos has opened our eyes to its potential. We are pleased to be able to offer our internal resources support for this platform," said Mika Asikainen, MySQL's Partner Manager.

When it delivered the machines, Genesi provided an orientation seminar - including a focus on the use of AltiVec. MySQL AB intends to provide benchmark results that will help demonstrate Pegasos' superior watt/cycle efficiency and how MySQL database deployments on the platform can reduce organizations' total cost of ownership.

Genesi is a Certified MySQL Partner and a Platinum Sponsor of the MySQL Users Conference 2005. (cg) (Translation: cg)

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30.Nov.2004 Uploads until 30.11.2004
New uploads at

xpkgzip_os4.lha      uti/arc  56kb OS4 PPC xpkGZIP - Sublibrary for the XPK package
blobwars.lha         gam/pla   8Mb SDL platform shoot'em up
blobwars_upd.lha     gam/pla 981kb SDL platform shoot'em up (Update 0.96.2 -> 0.98.1)            gra/vie 297kb A simple image viewer
angband-bin.lha      gam/rol   1Mb Angband - a modern rogue-like RPG game
angband-src.lha      gam/rol 115kb Angband variant makefiles plus Amiga code
tome-bin.lha         gam/rol   2Mb T.o.M.E. - a popular Angband variant
zangband-bin.lha     gam/rol   2Mb ZAngband - a popular Angband variant
os4_aquax_theme.lha  gra/the   7Mb Gui theme For Amiga OS4.
id3edit-os4.lha      uti/fil  52kb port of simple shell based ID3 tag editor
omegappc.lha         gam/rol 798kb Omega 0.80.4 - another rogue-like RPG :)
autodocviewer.lha    dev/uti 183kb Autodoc viewer for OS4
xmamegui.lha         emu/gam 104kb GUI for the OS4 xMAME port v0.10
wet.lha              uti/wor 208kb Show weather conditions in WB titlebar(OS4)
uhexen.lha           gam/fps 835kb Straight port of UHexen for OS 4
identify_lib_os4.lha uti/mis  16kb identify.library replacement for OS4
killwingui.lha       uti/mis  53kb Kills windows of crashed apps
(cg) (Translation: cg)

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Jens Schönfeld (ANF)

New products from individual Computers
The first Sunday in advent is already over, the downtown areas have been equipped with Christmas decoration, and the production for this year's Christmas business is running at full speed at individual Computers:

We're especially happy to announce that despite the two competing products in the market, the flash-card "Kickflash OS4" has been selling to well, that a second production run was necessary. The new cards have already been shipped to our retail partners last week, so there should not be any delays by now. Kickflash OS4 is shipped with 1MB flashrom space.

The betatest-phase of the C-One also made a successful start. Since the beginning of this month, everyone can buy the world's first computer that is purely based on programmable logic. This means that the computer can even start without a processor chip! The board itself will not experience changes any more - the hardware is final. During the beta-phase, there will be core-updates that can be downloaded from the C-One website, and transferred to the C-One using off-the-shelve mass storage media like CF cards or CDs. The board is shipped with a CPU/RAM card with a 65816 processor and 128K superfast S-RAM. For a limited period of time, the board price includes a PS2 memory module.

We also had to make a new production run for our most successful product for the C64 so far: During this summer, the last unit of the Retro Replay was sold. As a distinctive mark for the third production run, we have changed the colour again: The Retro Replays from 2001 have been shipped in black. The second production run from the year 2003 was built on blue circuit boards. Starting now, the Retro Replay is available in shiny red!

The complete sellout of the second production run also means that there will be another party sponsored by individual Computers, organized together with the scene-group CyberpunX. Just like during the Pentecost weekend of this year, the party will take place in an old air-raid bunker from worldwar II in Bochum, Germany. The date has already been set to June 10th to June 12th, 2005, and not only Retro Replay owners are invited! More information can be found on the party website.

Last but not least we want to inform you that the release of the Catweasel MK4 is delayed a bit. Parts of the production had to be moved to the Far East in order to keep the announced price. For the first time, we will only use lead-free materials with the exception of only two components. With this new approach, we are preparing for the new laws that will become effective in 2006. The new release date of the Catweasel MK4 has been set to the third week of December, so it should arrive at our retail partners just in time for Christmas. A pre-production run of Catweasel MK4 controllers has already been finished late October of this year, and many of those controllers have been shipped to developers for free.

Three pictures belong to this news item, you can view them by clicking on the title link. (cg) (Translation: cg)

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Compiler: vbcc 0.8g patch 2 released
There's a new patch available for the version 0.8g of the C compiler vbcc by Volker Barthelmann (compiler core) and Frank Wille (Amiga specific adaptions). Details can be found under the title link. (snx) (Translation: wk)

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ANN (website)

EXT2 file system handler: bugfix release 0.3 available
The EXT2 file system handler by Marek Szyprowski is now available as version 0.3 for AmigaOS 3.x and MorphOS. This is mainly a bugfix release.

  • Directory listing problems solved (thanks to Leo/WARP design)
  • Some problems regarding the reading of directories with Symlinks solved (thanks to Guido Mersmann)
  • Clear volume names for unknown file systems added
  • Documentation updated
ext2fs_0.3_68k.lha (37 KB)
ext2fs_0.3_mos.lha (31 KB) (snx) (Translation: wk)

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Software news

Eagleplayer under der GPL released

The authors of the known mod player "Eagleplayer" have decided to release the source codes of the program under the GPL as they have a lack of time to develop the software further.

Link: Eagleplayer at

WeatherCheck v1.0

WeatherCheck gets from the "Bureau of Meteorology" in Australia the weather forecasts for several regions of the fifth continent.

Link: homepage (cg) (Translation: wk)

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pegasosforumde (website)

MorphOS: mICQ v0.4.12
Matthias Münch has ported the latest version of the Instant-Messaging client mICQ to MorphOS. (cg) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 27. Nov. 2004, 20:03] [Comments: 0]
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Davy Wentzler (e-mail)

HD recording: mailing list for Audio Evolution
There's now a mailing list at for users of the hard disk recording and editing solution "Audio Evolution". You have to register at Yahoo if you want to read the mails. (cg) (Translation: wk)

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27.Nov.2004 (website)

TvR: v2.6 of the TV tuner software for Mediator boards released
The program TvR by Robert Krajcarz (screenshot) is now available as version 2.6. With this software you can control TV tuner PCI cards that are used with a Mediator board.

TvR allows searching for radio/TV stations, the creation of a TV program list, setting up the TV picture (brightness, contrast, colour), channel switching, resizing of the TV window (from 10 % to full screen), choice of video source (TV, cinch, SVHS), sound (mono, stereo) and speaker volume. In the full screen mode it offers OSD (on screen display) for the chosen functions. Stopping and saving of the TV picture is also supported. The control is done via GUI, keyboard or remote control.

New in 2.6 V2.5:
  • Minimized clicking when doing channel switching
  • Closing the TV window automatically switches to the radio mode
  • Mouse pointer hidden in the full screen mode
  • Saving of the position of the TV window
  • Saving of single pictures
  • Correction of the SVHS input
  • F4 key for changing the colour decoding system
  • Enhanced skin control
  • Stopping of the video via keyboard
tvr_26.lha (60 KB)
tvr_skins.lha (1,5 MB) (snx) (Translation: wk)

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27.Nov.2004 (website)

AmigaOS4: RPG ports (Angband, TOME, ZAngband, Omega)
Juha Niemimäki has ported the freeware RPGs (role playing games) Angband, Troubles of Middle-Earth, ZAngband and Omega to AmigaOS4.

Should the games crash on your system the author recommends to do the following settings in the file user/settings.pref to open each game on its own screen. An errors correcting update isn't expected before next week.

; Screen options Workbench
SCREEN.mode -1
SCREEN.width 1024
SCREEN.height 800
SCREEN.depth 8
SCREEN.overscan 0
SCREEN.use custom
SCREEN.menus Y
SCREEN.blankmouse N

Angband 3.0.5 (1 MB)
Troubles of Middle-Earth 2.2.7 (2 MB)
ZAngband 2.7.4c (2 MB)
Omega 0.80.4 (798 KB) (snx) (Translation: wk)

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26.Nov.2004 (ANF)

MorphOS: Skin "SnowSkin"
"SnowSkin" is a MorphOS skin which is inspired by MacOS 9 and made by "liquidbit".

Download: snowskin1.0.lha (251 KB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Collected Software News

Patch for vbcc 0.8g

Version 0.8g of the ISO-C-compiler "vbcc" which was published a little while ago contained a faulty configuration file which did not activate the Amigahunk format for vlink. This caused problems when using vbcc_targets_m68k-amigaos under a different host than AmigaOS/68k.

Link: Homepage
Download (Patch): aos68k (copy to vbcc:config/)
Download (new full archive): vbcc_target_m68k-amigaos.lha (367 KB)

CDDA_SwapMostLeast 2.2

CDDA_SwapMostLeast converts CDDA-files from CDDA_MostSignificant- (MOTOROLA) to CDDA_LeastSignificant- (INTEL) format and reverse. In the new version the 68k-version was optimated, in the WarpOS-version some bugs have been fixed.

Link: Homepage

RxSocket 33.8

RxSocket makes the functionality of bsdsocket.library available to ARexx-scripts.

Link: Homepage (cg) (Translation: dr)

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26.Nov.2004 (website)

AmigaOS 4: Skin "Aqua X" published
Tony Aksnes has published a theme for AmigaOS 4 which is inspired by MacOS X (screenshot). The big archive contains button graphics as well as several background pictures. MUI is not supported but Aksnes would create a corresponding skin if there is sufficient interest. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Steffen Nitz (ANF)

Strategy game: New information to "Die Kleine Gilde II"
According to the developer diary of the author for some days the strategy game "Die kleine Gilde" has been developing further. There are some new screenshots and additionally there is a new manual. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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