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Retro computer case: X500 Plus
Loriano 'TheDaddy' Pagni, who some years ago offered self-developed Minimig cases, now presented an all-in-one-case called "X500 Plus" which is inspired by Amiga 500 (Youtube-video).

Pagni's case originally was developed for his Sam 460 but can be used with each Mini-ITX or Flex-ATX motherboard which is up to 58 millimeters high. Due to the use of an internal power supply unit ("PicoPSU"), the power of the included hardware should be lower than 160 W.

In the case additional to the motherboard and the power supply unit, two or three 2,5"-harddrives or Solid State Drives, a 3,5" multi card reader as well as a Slimline DVD drive can be used.

Pagni at least needs 50 advance bookings to be able to produce the cases. He points out that for the assembling a certain accurateness and experience is required to to guarantee sufficient ventilation.

If you are interested in the case you can write to the developer under Currently minor change requests can be taken into account.

Soon some pictures will be added to Pagni's private website. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 04. May. 2012, 19:15] [Comments: 0]
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04.May.2012 (Webseite)

AROS-Distribution AspireOS 1.89
Nikolaos Tomatsidis has published a new version of his AROS-distribution AspireOS. This is meant to be used with the Acer-Netbook Aspire One and also supports the Toshiba-Notebook Satellite Pro A200 but should in general run on more hardware which officially is not supported.

Version 1.89 is an update to version 1.85 which among others includes the latest version of the web browser Odysey. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 04. May. 2012, 18:42] [Comments: 0]
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AROS-Exec (Forum)

AROS: 68k-Distribution AROS Vision
Olaf Schönweiß has published AROS Vision which is an AROS/68k-distribution and includes AROS and AmigaOS software. The AROS-Nightly-Builds as well as additional libraries, AMOS and Personal Paint are included.

Additional to the distribution under the title link there is a configuration file for users of WinUAE. You can find further information on the manual-site. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 03. May. 2012, 18:32] [Comments: 0]
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Andreas Magerl (ANF)

Magazine: Amiga Future Ausgabe 96
Today the English and German issue 96 (May/June 2012) of the magazine Amiga Future has been published.

Topics of this issue:
  • Review: AresOne XL
  • Review: Audio Evolution
  • Review: Hollywood 5
  • Review: Cinnamon Writer
  • Interview: Jens Henschel
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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03.May.2012 (Forum)

AmigaOne X1000: Processor-Benchmarks
Under the recently published Linux port benchmark programms were run on an AmigaOne X1000 .

Harry 'Piru' Sintonen has completed these results with the one of his PowerBook (G4-Prozessor mit 1,67 GHz) and posted under the title link. This comparison generally confirms earlier results and demonstrates the most outstanding advantage of the PA6T-computer, its fast Fourier transform (FFT). Another user has added his results of a Power Mac G5.

Meanwhile also benchmark results of a rendering with the 3D-graphic programm Blender are available. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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WHDLoad: New packages until 01.05.2012
With WHDLoad you can install games, scene demos and intros to your harddrive which were originally delivered on disks. Additionally several incompatibilities with new Amiga models are fixed. The following installers have been added or updated since our last message:
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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David Brunet (ANF)

New articles on Obligement website
The articles below have been added to the website of french Amiga/MorphOS magazine Obligement during the last two months. All translations are welcome. Please contact David 'Daff' Brunet for more information.
  • March/April 2012 news
  • Articles from A-News 1 to 4, e.g.:
    • Report: AmiExpo '88 Los Angeles
    • Review of Sculpt 3D
    • Review of Pro Page
    • Interview with Eric Graham
    • Report: Comdex 1988
    • Hardware: Digi-View 2.0
  • Interview with Paul Gentle (Varisys)
  • Interview with Martin Steinbach (from 1999)
  • Review: C64 Forever 2012
  • Review: NetSurf 2.6
  • Review: Alien Breed
  • Review: Bargon Attack
  • Review: Conflict Europe
  • Review: Beach Volley
  • Review: Zaz ain't Z*** (ZAZ)
  • Review: GNU FreeDink 1.08r5
  • Hardware: Encore/MDX G4 Duet 1,83 GHz
  • Hardware: Floppy drive replacement
  • Hardware: Modification of the Amiga 500 in order to insert of floppy drive with front
  • Hardware: LimeBook Z9
  • Hardware: Commodore 64 (update)
  • File: Amiga 500 chips under a microscope
  • File: MorphOS easter eggs
  • File: Tripos, the roots of AmigaDOS
  • Tutorial: MEncoder, basic use (update)
  • Programming: Shared objects on AmigaOS 4 - presentation and use
  • Special quizz about the AmigaOne X1000

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EAB (Forum)

FS-UAE 1.2.0
Frode Solheim's FS-UAE for Windows, Mac OS X 10.6+ and Linux (i386, AMD64) is based on WinUAE and aims at playing disk and CD-ROM based Amiga games on the PC. The user-interface can be operated by controlpads entirely (screenshot). Therefore this version of UAE is especially useful for HTPCs.

In der Version 1.2 (Release Notes) wurden insbesondere folgende Neuerungen vorgenommen:
  • Great rendering performance improvements, especially on slower hardware
  • OpenGL renderer compatible with older GPUs (only requires OpenGL 1.1 now)
  • Input devices and options can be changed in the menu while running FS-UAE
  • UAEGFX card (Picasso 96) is implemented
  • Added A4000/040 model, running in fastest possible mode
  • Support for mounting CD images for all Amiga models (built-in CDFS and CD image switcher in menu)
  • Fullscreen/window mode switching with Alt+Enter, better fullscreen handling
  • Better net play support (show dialog while connecting, will retry connecting until successful, continue in offline mode if connection to server is broken)
  • A1200 model can be used in net play mode with accuracy < 1
  • UAE core code updated from WinUAE 2.4.0
  • Advanced options for tweaking vsync method
  • Common host options can be specified once in Host.fs-uae config file
  • Many other fixes and improvements

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