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MorphOS: Further status update on G5 porting
Almost one and a half monthes after his latest status update, Mark 'Bigfoot' Olsen reports again about his G5 porting of MorphOS at the title link. Besides smaller tasks, now only sound support remains to be implemented. While the bounty deadline is officially set to be March 3, actual release depends on the time required for other team members' components for MorphOS 3.2 to be finished and the subsequent beta-testing, he says. (snx)

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Individual Computers: Pictures and information on ACA 500 prototype (Update)
Last year Individual Computers announced their ACA 500, a simple expansion for the Amiga 500 whose claim to fame is the ability to connect accelerator boards from Indivudiual Computers that were originally developed for the Amiga 1200 (ACA 1231/1232).

Jens Schönfeld from Individual Computers has now published some pictures of the current prototype and a short status report on and posted the product specifications:
  • 68EC000 with 14,3MHz
  • external connection, A500 does not have to be opened
  • Computer gets only 3cm wider
  • two CF card slots: One for booting, the other for "exchanging data" with the PC
  • 2 MByte RAM: 1,5M can be used, 512k reserved for Maprom
  • Trapdoor memory extensions can be used
  • Chipmem extensions can be used
  • ROM for things which I will make public later
  • Extension port for local hardware, will be documented (14MHz 16-Bit = twice Zorro-speed)
  • Clockport
  • Cover made of stainless steel (no completely closed cover)
  • can be extended by ACA1231/ACA1232

Originally the ACA 500 was supposed to become an internal extension but according to Schönfeld he had to drop this approach. The Version seen on the pictures will be the form factor used in the final product, only a cover made of stainless steel will be added.

The manufacturer will only support the combination of ACA 500 and an in-house A1200 extension (ACA 12xx series, with the exception of the ACA 1230). Accelerator boards developed by different producers would be used at one's own risk. First tests indicate that the Blizzard boards produced by Phase 5 are not yet compatible with the ACA 500 but this problem may still be solved according to Schönfeld.

The current target price is about 80 Euro.

Update: (13.02.2013, 15:30, cg)

Now Jens Schönfeld presents a new approach, where the ACA 500 would be positioned flat instead of upright. Additionally, a solution for the Blizzard compatibility problem might have been found, even if it's still not clear if all issues have been solved already and how the solution will be integrated into the final product. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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A600 accelerator board Fúria EC020: Pictures and Benchmarks (Update)
Two years ago, Boris 'Boboo' Krizma from Slovakia presented an Amiga 600 accelerator board that was based on the SEC000AA20 - a low cost variant of Motorola's MC68000. The sources and schematics for the design had been released back then aswell.

Now Krizma is working on a follow-up project called "Fúria ECF020" that has a 68EC020 CPU (over)clocked at 28 Mhz aswell as onboard FastRAM. The developer is regularly posting status updates to a czech forum. In January, fotos of the current prototype had been posted:

Now Krizma has published some screenshots that show various Benchmark tools running on a A600 equipped with a Fúria ECF020 (currently there are 4 MB FastRAM installed, but the final product will have more memory):

Update: (13.02.2013, 16:00, cg)

Added bigger versions of the pictures to the news item, thanks to Boris Krizma for providing them. The developer also explains that this product will be commercially distributed and lists some more detailed specifications:
  • MC68EC020FG25 @ 28MHz (overclocked), FPU MC68882 with same clock speed as CPU (may be switched ON/OFF)
  • 8 MB Auto-Config FastRAM, 1,5 MB SlowRAM, 1,5 MB for other purposes
  • Auto switch between 4MB / 8MB FastRAM (depending on the PCMCIA slot being in use or not)
  • CPLD Xilinx XC95144XL
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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Sale of Indivision AGA Mk 2 temporarily stopped
At the end of April Jens Schönfeld (Individual Computers) has started to deliver the second generation of the Flickerfixer "Indivision AGA" . But many users reported problems with the hardware - e.g. stripes or a completely black screen.

These compatibility problems could have been solved by a setup tool which was included in the previous version of the Indivison AGA Mk2. Such a tool currently does not exist for the Mk2 yet although highly requsted by many users. On the a1k-forum Jens Schönfeld explained that several, complex parameters had to be added to an user-interface.

Apparently Schönfeld temporarily stopped the sale of the Indivison Aga Mk2 four weeks ago. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 09.02.2013
The following packages have been added to Aminet until February, 9th:
curl-morphos.lha         comm/tcp   1.0M  MOS CLI Tool for getting or sendi...
S3C.lha                  comm/tcp   183K  OS4 Backup,restore+manage files o...
yfacts.lha               comm/tcp   23K   OS4 Background time synchronisati...
libmkv-       dev/lib    488K  MOS A alternative to the official...
libpng_S1514.lha         dev/lib    554K  WOS LibPNG 1.5.14 link library fo...
libpng1514_aros.lha      dev/lib    734K  x86 LibPNG 1.5.14
powersdl_sdk.lha         dev/misc   2.3M  MOS SDK to SDL audio and video li...
fourmaze.lha             game/actio 621K  68k Pacman Clone
cavestory.ppc-mos.lha    game/jump  1.4M  MOS Cave Story (NXEngine)
AmiQuake.lha             game/shoot 243K  68k Amiga port of WinQuake v1.09
mpo2jpg_morphos.lha      gfx/conv   151K  MOS mpo2jpg - MPO file spliter           gfx/edit   5.7M  WOS Paint application
RunInDOSBox.lha          misc/emu   639K  MOS Double-clicked MS-DOS games r...
opus-tools-0.16_a68k.lha mus/edit   290K  68k Opus Audio Tools
opus-tools-0.16_aros.lha mus/edit   395K  x86 Opus Audio Tools
playOGG.lha              mus/play   5.7M  68k multi format sound player.
sexypsf_68k.lha          mus/play   658K  68k PSF1 player/decoder
Ym2ar.lha                mus/play   140K  68k play & decode YM tunes
xpdftools_303_aros.lha   text/misc  4.6M  x86 Tools to manipulate pdf docum...
xpdftools_303_m68k.lha   text/misc  3.4M  68k Tools to manipulate pdf docum...
InstantZip_1.0.0.lha     util/arc   146K  MOS InstantZip - A easy ZIP archi...
HWP_APNG.lha             util/libs  1.5M  WOS Hollywood plugin for APNG anims
HWP_FLICAnim.lha         util/libs  22K   WOS Hollywood plugin for FLI/FLC ...
HWP_MovieSetter.lha      util/libs  54K   WOS Hollywood plugin for MovieSet...
HWP_MUIRoyale.lha        util/libs  3.8M  MOS Hollywood plugin for MUI GUIs
HWP_OggTheora.lha        util/libs  919K  WOS Hollywood plugin for Ogg Theora
HWP_OggVorbis.lha        util/libs  704K  WOS Hollywood plugin for Ogg Vorbis
HWP_SQLite3.lha          util/libs  945K  WOS Hollywood plugin for SQL data...
HWP_SVGImage.lha         util/libs  4.5M  WOS Hollywood plugin for loading ...
HWP_VectorGfx.lha        util/libs  1.6M  WOS Hollywood plugin for vectorgr...
HWP_XMLParser.lha        util/libs  333K  MOS Hollywood plugin for parsing ...
powersdl.lha             util/libs  1.3M  MOS SDL audio and video library f...
powersdl_src.lha         util/libs  2.9M      Source code: SDL audio and vi...
eGame.lha                util/misc  1.2M  MOS Game launcher with tagging &a...
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OS4Depot-Uploads until 09.02.2013
The following packages have been added to OS4Depot until February, 9th:
keyrythme.lha            aud/edi 13Mb  4.0 Assign a keyboard key to a sound,
runindosbox.lha          emu/uti 639kb 4.0 Double-clicked MS-DOS games are ...
mce.lha                  gam/uti 1Mb   4.0 Multi-game Character Editor           gra/edi 6Mb   4.0 Paint application
sketchblock.lha          gra/edi 7Mb   4.1 Digital Sketching For AmigaOS
proaction.lha            lib/rea 503kb 4.0 GUIServer for script writers
amicygnix-base.lha       net/mis 112Mb 4.1 AmiCygnix, an Unix/X11 environme...
amicygnix-base-src.lha   net/mis 11Mb  4.1 Sources of the AmiCygnix base pa...
amicygnix-tools.lha      net/mis 75Mb  4.1 Extension package for AmiCygnix,...
amicygnix-tools-src.lha  net/mis 3Mb   4.1 Sources of the AmiCygnix tools p...
amicygnix-x11-src.lha    net/mis 64Mb  4.1 Sources of the basic X11 system ...
myx11setup_ita.lha       net/mis 71kb  4.0 Italian catalog for myX11Setup
s3c.lha                  net/mis 183kb 4.0 Backup restore share & manag...
a-ftp_server.lha         net/ser 2Mb   4.0 FTP Server for AmigaOS4
fastcompress.lha         uti/arc 3Mb   4.0 Quickly compress into LHA,ZIP,LZ...
netdock.lha              uti/doc 234kb 4.0 Docky to monitor your network ac...
ips-o-matic_ita.lha      uti/fil 17kb  4.0 Italian catalog for IPS-O-Matic 1.2
iso-o_matic_ita.lha      uti/fil 17kb  4.0 Italian catalog for ISO-O-Matic ...
ppf-o-matic_ita.lha      uti/fil 17kb  4.0 Italian catalog for PPF-O-Matic 1.2
egame.lha                uti/mis 1Mb   4.0 Game launcher with tagging &...
ranger.lha               uti/mis 395kb 4.0 System diagnostic tool
backupcopy.tar.gz        uti/she 5Mb   4.0 Copy, synchronise, mirror and ar...
amiupdate_ita.lha        uti/wor 46kb  4.0 Italian catalog files for AmiUpdate
flipclock.lha            uti/wor 2Mb   4.1 Nice Weather-Flipclock for your ...
midmouse.lha             uti/wor 14kb  4.1 MidMouse
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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 09.02.2013
The following package has been added to AROS-Archives until February, 9th:          uti/mis 22kb  ZGrub
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MorphOS-Files-Uploads until 09.02.2013
The following packages have been added to MorphOS-Files until February, 9th:
PowerSDL SDK             16.0    dev/lib   2349 The Software Developer Kit ...
Cave Story      gam/adv   1408 Mixed platform and adventur...
cURL                     7.28.1  net/too   1050 A commandline tool for retr...
Odyssey Web Browser, ... 1.19    net/WWW  27641 A modern, full featured web...
Odyssey Web Browser, ... 1.19    net/WWW  25356 A modern, full featured web...
eGame                    1.5     off/dat    611 Simple MUI based game datab...
PowerSDL                 16.0    sys/lib   1285 A fast and powerful impleme...
Grunch                   2.15    sys/too   1936 Advanced software package m...
HotBorder                1.2     uti/des     35 System commodity which resi...
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WHDLoad: New packages until 09.02.2013
Using WHDLoad, you can install Games scene demos and intros from cracking groups on your harddisk that were not compatible with anything but floppy disks. The following installers have been added until February 9th, 2013:
  • 2013-02-09 improved: Wreckers (Audiogenic) slave rewritten, blitter waits and trainers added, keyboard routine fixed (Info)
  • 2013-02-09 improved: Pegasus (Gremlin) snoop bug removed, trainers added, CD32 joypad supported and more (Info)
  • 2013-02-09 improved: Desert Strike (Electronic Arts) CD32 joypad supported (Info)
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