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Archive 12/2005


12.Dec.2005
Amigaworld.net (Webseite)


Linux: Debian-Kernel 2.6.8-16 for the AmigaOne
Linked to the Title you will find the modified Linux-Kernel in Version 2.6.8-16, which supports Debian on a AmigaOne, but only without a GX-CPU.

This Kernel based on the DMA-Patch from Gerhard Pircher. (amiga-news.de reports). (snx) (Translation: aj)

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12.Dec.2005
Redhair (E-Mail)


Sensible Soccer: Interview with Jon Hare
Linked to the Title you will find a actual interview, that Carsten Rothhaar from SensibleSoccer.de has done with Jon Haar. Here he uttered how this game get a Mega-lo-Mania-perspective and what await PC- and Videogameuser in Sensible Soccer 2006. (snx) (Translation: aj)

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12.Dec.2005
Jan Zahurancik (ANF)


WinUAE: Update package 1.02 for AmiKit
A v1.0.2 update package is available for AmiKit 1.0 (or 1.01). Besides new and updated software it does also include a configuration for Directory Opus 4. The package does also contain the previous 1.01 update.

Changes:
  • ADDED: excellent DirOpus4 configuration created for AmiKit by Pavel Pok
  • ADDED: GMPlay 1.3 + GMPlayMUI 1.2 + gmtones + MidiFiles
  • ADDED: XPK packing options to DirOpus5 User Menu
  • UPDATED: FlashPlayer 1.2
  • UPDATED: MCC_TextEditor 15.17
  • UPDATED: MMKeyboard enabled by default. Adjust your PC keyboard to your needs by AmiKit:Utilities/EXPANSION/MMKeyboard/MMKeyboard
  • UPDATED: AmiKit.exe warns you if the name of your Win partition is in conflict with AmiKit
  • UPDATED: handling of DirOpus5 XPK and XFD filetypes
  • FIXED: bad recognizing of DirOpus5 Sound Module filetype
Troubleshooting: It might happen that IPrefs crashes during the boot process (behind the bootpicture so this picture never disappears). In that case just reset AmiKit and try to boot again.

Download page (snx)

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12.Dec.2005
Gert Massa (ANF)


Weitere Workshops on AmigaWorld.de
AmigaWorld.de was updated in the last weeks. Beside a new Design are a lot of Workshops integrated and a small support-forum installed. (snx) (Translation: aj)

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12.Dec.2005
Jens Schönfeld (ANF)


individual Computers: 8 Bit Baby is available
The product "8 Bit Baby", that was already announced in forums and with flyers, is finally available! It's an experimenting-board for hobbyists who want to develop hardware on their own. As the name already suggests, the board aims at users of the popular 8-bit computers of the 80s. These computers all have expansion ports that carry all important signals. Unfortunately, most hobbyists do not have the chance to make their own expansions, because experimenting boards normally do not have slot-connectors.

This problem is now solved with the "8 Bit Baby". The board has a special connector for a computer on each of the four sides:
  • for C64: 44-pin, raster 2,54mm
  • for VIC-20: 44-pin, raster 3,96mm
  • for C16/C116/plus-4: 50-pin, raster 2,0mm
  • for Apple II: 50-pin, raster 2,54mm
The board is prepared for a programmable logic chip by Altera in order to bring hardware development up-to-date. The EPM3064 can replace many TTL-chips with it's 64 macrocells and up to 34 IO-pins. TTL-chips were used on a regular basis for hardware-expansions in the 80s. The Altera chip can be programmed without expensive programming equipment, you just need a so-called JTAG-cable for the parallel port. The development software "Quartus" can be downloaded at no cost from www.altera.com. If you do not want to solder the JTAG-cable on your own, you can buy the "multivolt" version from us for 12,- EUR each.

Axel Muhr has opened the website www.8BitBaby.de for all interested people. It's the perfect place to discuss the "nuts and bolts" of your hardware projects! We will of course publish example circuits on that site, and hope for your participation!

Prices:
8 Bit Baby board (1 pc.): 7,90 EUR
8 Bit Baby board (4 pcs. and up): 6,90 EUR
(prices include 16% VAT where applicable)

We'll offer a parts kit shortly that includes all necessary parts to build the Altera PLD circuit. It's mostly standard-parts, except for the 3,3V voltage regulator that your local electronics store might not carry. Since this part might be hard to get, it's included with every 8 Bit Baby that's ordered before the end of the year!

Fortunately, this product is not affected by the EU laws and the consequences that we announced on november 24th, because the EU-directive does not apply to single parts. There's more products in our portfolio that are not affected, these can still be sold within the EU:
  • Deathbed Vigil DVD, signed by Dave Haynie
  • 5,25 inch disks double-sided, single-density
  • cartridge cases for C64-cartridges
  • double-CD Commodore Billboard and Funet archive
(ps)

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12.Dec.2005



Aminet-Uploads til 11.12.2005
Aminet-Uploads since out last report:
netclock.lha              comm/misc    47K  GEN  Set Clock from daytime (atomic) servers
MCC_TextEditor-15.17.lha  dev/mui     336K  VAR  Texteditor custom class for MUI
Bomns_OS4.lha             game/actio  1.2M  OS4  2 player bomb your friend game.
ularn.lha                 game/actio  501K  OS4  Ularn - ultra Larn
Knoga_OS4.lha             game/board  1.1M  OS4  Knoga yatzee game
sudoku.lha                game/board  365K  OS4  Sudoku -  a number-based puzzle/game
WoodenBars.lha            game/demo    43K  OS3  Simple bars game for all the PAL AMIGAs
amphetamine_OS4beta.lha   game/jump   1.3M  OS4  Plattform game with puzzles.
DiskWar_OS4.lha           game/misc   205K  OS4  Strange tennis type of a game.
RoadFighter_OS4.lha       game/race   5.8M  OS4  A remake of the great RoadFighter from k
Aklabeth_OS4.lha          game/role   368K  OS4  Ultima Zero
angband.lha               game/role   1.3M  OS4  Angband - a modern rogue-like RPG game
ivan-src.lha              game/role   907K  GEN  Sources for IVAN
ivan.lha                  game/role   2.7M  OS4  Iter Vehemens ad Necem: a rogue-like RPG
tome.lha                  game/role   3.4M  OS4  T.o.M.E. - Tales of Middle Earth (Angban
AlienPool_OS4.lha         game/shoot  6.2M  OS4  Strange asteroids clone with lots of new
Cyclone_OS4.lha           game/shoot  1.2M  OS4  Smooth scrolling shoot em up.
sdl-toms.lha              game/think  381K  OS4  An SDL "Atoms" clone
FlashPlayer.lha           gfx/show    308K  OS3  Flash (SWF) format file player
FlashPlayerSrc.lha        gfx/show    195K  GEN  Source Code for FlashPlayer v. 1.2
shim-src.lha              gfx/show     28K  MOS  C src+binary of shim, a CLI image viewer
prism2.lha                hard/drivr  139K  VAR  Driver for 11Mbps wireless network cards
amines_lh5.lha            misc/emu    451K  OS4  Nintendo 8-bit emulator (SDL-based)
amines_os4.lha            misc/emu    448K  OS4  Nintendo 8-bit emulator (SDL-based)
digifilter.lha            misc/sci     56K  MOS  Digital FIR filter design software
protracker23.lha          mus/edit    423K  OS4  Protracker 2.3d rewritten (beta 2)
os4theme.lha              pix/theme   828K  GEN  AmigaOS4 Theme for Classic Amigas runnin
wb13screen.gif            pix/wb       10K  GEN  workbench 1.3 cli window
dme.lha                   text/edit   325K  OS4  DME - text editor.
Next.lha                  text/show   146K  OS3  Viewer for text/guides/html/datatypes
BEEP.lha                  util/cli      3K  OS3  Baer friendly audio BEEP command.
Mount-AmigaOS.lha         util/cli     40K  OS3  Unofficial "Mount" command backport for 
DiskMaster.lha            util/dir    394K  VAR  DiskMaster2 - 68K & OS4
bahcount-src.lha          util/misc    41K  MOS  Counts down until Bush leaves office
beav.lha                  util/misc   131K  OS4  BEAV - emacs style file editor
joytest_CP.lha            util/misc    33K  OS3  Tool to test Joysticks/Joypads/CD32 pads
wet.lha                   util/wb     671K  OS4  Weather conditions on Workbench 4, AppIc
(cg) (Translation: aj)

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12.Dec.2005



os4depot.net: Uploads til 11.12.2005
os4depot.net uploads since our last report:
5inarow.lha       gam/boa  272kb  5 in a row tic tac toe
roadfighter.lha   gam/dri    5Mb  A remake of the great RoadFighter from k
ivan-src.lha      gam/rol  906kb  Sources for IVAN
ivan.lha          gam/rol    2Mb  Iter Vehemens ad Necem: a rogue-like RPG
dme.lha           uti/tex  325kb  DME - text editor.
bomns.lha         gam/act    1Mb  2 player bomb your friend game.
amines.lha        emu/gam  447kb  NES Emulator
angband.lha       gam/rol    1Mb  Angband - a modern rogue-like RPG game
tome.lha          gam/rol    3Mb  T.o.M.E. - Tales of Middle Earth (Angban
wet.lha           uti/wor  670kb  Weather conditions on Workbench 4, AppIc
protracker23.lha  aud/tra  423kb  Protracker 2.3d rewritten (beta 2)
cyclone.lha       gam/act    1Mb  Smooth scrolling shoot em up.
ularn.lha         gam/adv  501kb  Ularn - ultra Larn
diskwar.lha       gam/mis  205kb  Strange tennis type of a game.
sdl-toms.lha      gam/puz  380kb  An SDL "Atoms" clone
sudoku.lha        gam/puz  365kb  Sudoku -  a number-based puzzle/game
rmouse.lzx        dri/inp   14kb  Bootmouse driver for OS4's USB stack wit
alienpool.lha     gam/act    6Mb  Strange asteroids clone with lots of new
knoga.lha         gam/boa    1Mb  Yatzee game for OS4.
amphetamine.lha   gam/pla    1Mb  Plattform game with puzzles.
aklabeth.lha      gam/rol  367kb  Ultima Zero
(cg) (Translation: aj)

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12.Dec.2005



AROS-Archives: Uploads til 11.12.2005
aros-archive uploads since our last report:
aircos-0.0.2.i386.zip  net/cha   99kb  AiRcOS - AROS IRC Client
(cg) (Translation: aj)

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11.Dec.2005
Rudolph Riedel (ANF)


File Manager: DiskMaster 2.6 released
Since today, the file manager DiskMaster2 is available in version 2.6 for AmigaOS 3.x and AmigaOS 4. Counted among the numerous changes, which you can gather from the enclosed DiskMaster2.guide file in detail, is particularly that Reaction is now made use of extensively.

However, the program is still content with V41 here, wherefore the 68K version of DiskMaster2 still runs under MorphOS, provided that the classes from the ClassAct2Demo archive in Aminet are installed. The 68K version is compiled with SAS-C 6.58, the OS4 version, from the same source code, with GCC 4.0.2 and clib2 1.198. (snx) (Translation: cad)

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11.Dec.2005
Amigaworld.net (Web page)


Burning Software: MakeCD 3.2d beta version 11
Version 3.2d beta 11 of the CD burning program MakeCD was released as early as November 21. In addition to the files contained in the archive, version 3.2c is required.

With the beta version 11, restrictions in creating ISO images are eliminated, as well as the illegal memory access during the import of .cue files. Newly added is the support for indexes in data tracks as well as following additional burners: Yamaha CRW8824S/CRW8824E, Teac CD-W512SB, Plextor PX-W4012S, PX-320A, PX-W4824E, PX-716A.

The version V3.2d beta 11 contains:
  • MakeCD 3.78 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • makecdromfs.module 45.10 (12.05.2003)
  • ReadWrite.module 16.1 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • SCSISupport.module 16.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CDR_JVC_Teac.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CDR_Panasonic.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CDR_Philips_2000.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CDR_Philips_2600.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CDR_Plextor_Ricoh.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CDR_Ricoh_6200.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CDR_SCSI3_ATAPI.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CDR_Sony.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CDR_Yamaha_10x.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CD_ATAPI.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CD_NEC.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CD_ROM.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CD_Sony_Plextor.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
  • CD_Toshiba.driver 15.0 public beta 11 (Nov 21 2005)
History:
  • added recognition of Yamaha CRW8824S/CRW8824E, Teac CD-W512SB, Plextor PX-W4012S, PX-320A, PX-W4824E, PX-716A
  • removed restrictions in ISO image creation for all registered users
  • fixed invalid memory access when importing .cue file (caused crash under OS4.0)
  • allow setting and writing of indices in data tracks:
    • needed for some VideoCDs
    • only supported by CDR_SCSI_ATAPI.driver
  • added scanning of data tracks for indices:
    • needed to copy some VideoCDs correctly
    • only supported by CD_ATAPI.driver and CDR_SCSI_ATAPI.driver and if the drive itself supports reading sub channel data
Download: MakeCD32d_public_beta_11.lha (493 KB) (snx) (Translation: cad)

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10.Dec.2005
ANN (website)


AmiPodder 1.4 with video podcast support
Robert Williams' freeware program AmiPodder, for now the only Amiga receiver for so called podcasts, was updated to version 1.4. The ARexx program requires further software to work, this software is listed on the installation page.

The most evident news is the support for video podcasts. The identification of such a podcast triggers a forwarding of it to a video player of your choice (tested ones are Mplayer and Frogger) or if applicable to a portable player.

The program and specifications of what else is new can be found following the title link. (snx) (Translation: wk)

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10.Dec.2005
(ANF)


Minimig: Amiga 500 as FPGA reimplementation
Under the title link says an amiga.org member that during the last twelve months he has newly implemented the complete chipset of an Amiga 500 into a FPGA (field programmable gate array). He used a Spartan-3 FPGA development board programmed in Verilog. Please consider that there is no further confirmation of the existance of this project apart from the developer's statement and some images (see below).

According to the designer is in the current version of the project codenamed "Minimig" support for sound and keyboard still missing, and the emulation of the flopppy controller is not very accurate (as "floppy discs" are MMC flash cards used with ADF images stored on them). The Workbench as well as some games (New Year Lemmings is named) are allegedly already running on the prototype.

The FPGA contains the complete Amiga chipset (Agnus, Paula, Denise and both CIAs) including ChipRAM but not CPU and FastRAM. The two inmdependent bus systems of a real Amiga were put together to a combined synchronous bus with a 7.09379 Mhz clock and existing only within the FPGA. RAM and CPU are linked via two bridge chips (synchronous-asynchronous conversion) with this internal bus. A real ROM does not exist, instead there's a bootloader loading the Kickstart from a memory card.

Images:

Plasma effect on Minimig, demonstration of a Copper bug
New Year Lemmings on Minimig
The Minimig prototype
The used processor (3,3V version of the MC 68000) (cg) (Translation: wk)

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10.Dec.2005
MorphOS-News.de (website)


Genesi: developers program for Dual-MP970 and Efika 5k2 boards
According to Raquel Velasco and Bill Buck from Genesi, there'll be a new developers program similar to the previous one for Open Desktop Workstations (amiga-news.de reported), but this time for the Open Server Workstation (Dual-970MP system) and the Efika 5k2 board.

They say: "We are going to be getting this started in Q2 2006. We will be shipping Open Server Workstations (dual 970MP) to Developers in the hundreds over the quarter. We will also be starting a program for the EFIKA 5K2, perhaps a bit sooner.

We will be doing this in the same manner as we have done with the Open Desktop Workstation. If you participated in an earlier program you are still eligible for this one as long as you have done something with the machine you were given and you have documented it."

Developers interested in this program can contact Genesi via email. (snx) (Translation: wk)

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10.Dec.2005



Disk drive emulation with Flash memory card
Under the title link describes Tim N. Taschpulatow his hobby project of an emulated Amiga disk drive using a SD/MMC memory card.

With this hardware, for example linked as drive DF1:, you can read an ADF diskfile on an Amiga computer like from a real disk. Write access is presently not possible. Photos of this construction can be found in a Russian thread on Amiga.org.ru. (snx) (Translation: wk)

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10.Dec.2005
OS4Depot (website)


AmigaOS 4: wheather program Wet 4.12 available
The wheather information program Wet is available for AmigaOS 4 in version 4.12. Next to bug fixes and a French translation are the times of sunrise and sunset shown and (again) those parts of the wheather forecast showing a small probability.

Download: wet.lha (671 KB) (snx) (Translation: wk)

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10.Dec.2005
Amiga Future (website)


AmigaOS 4: asyncio.library 50.3 released
A new version of the asyncio.library was released for AmigaOS 4 and can be downloaded following the title link. (snx) (Translation: wk)

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10.Dec.2005
PPCZone (website)


Writing a kernel for the Pegasos
Under the title link released David Holm an English instructuions manual including examples of implementations for writing an own kernel for Pegasos computers.

Next to the loader source code (describing the required minimum for a bootable with the SmartFirmware communicating kernel) is an unfinished micro kernel named CrabOS under a BSD licence available. CrabOS is based mainly on the L4 design. (snx) (Translation: wk)

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