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30.Nov.2015 (Webseite)

Magazine: Commodore Free, issue 90
"Commodore Free" is a free, English-language magazine about Commodore and Amiga computers, which is available in different formats - among others as HTML-version and as C64-Diskmag. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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AROS-Exec (Forum)

AROS: ALSA audio driver finished
After the FUSE file system, Krzysztof Śmiechowicz has finished another bounty project, which provides the ALSA audio driver for the Linux-hosted AROS-version. For the bounty project 200 US-Dollar was donated. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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M. C. Battilana (E-Mail)

Cloanto: Amiga Forever 2016 and C64 Forever 2016 available (3rd Update)
Cloanto has released a new version of its emulation software package Amiga Forever (screenshot).

Besides high-DPI display support as well as updated AmiKit and AROS installations (screenshot), changes include the PowerPC emulation introduced with WinUAE 3.0.0.

According to Cloanto, PowerPC emulation supports 1+ GB RAM, a PCI-bridge as well as preconfigured devices with native drivers for AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition. For users upgrading from a previous version of Amiga Forever, an article describes the new features - e.g. usage of an ISO file or CD of AmigaOS 4.1 FE (not included).

The official description for installation of AmigaOS 4.1 FE "Classic" is quite minimalistic and doesn't mention that you will need the disk image file "BootFloppy.adf" found on the AmigaOS 4.1 installation CD. The installation procedure is as follows:

[4th Update: Meanwhile the installation process has been simplified, the updated guide can be found here.]
  • In Amiga Forever, under "Systems", choose the configuration "Amiga 4000 PPC" by clicking with the right mouse button and "Create Copy" of the configuration file.
  • Now choose "Edit" the same way for the copied configuration file. In the Media tab you can "Add" BootFloppy.adf to the "Disks". You may also want to set the network card to be an RTL 8029 device; also, the audio settings may be changed to one of the expanded options.
  • With the AmigaOS 4.1 CD inserted you can now start the emulation by double-clicking the configuration file. Shortly after, the installation menu of AmigaOS 4.1 will appear (Screenshot).
  • At first you can set your local keyboard language and time zone.
  • Then you can start installation. First you have to edit the preconfigured harddisk image file (HDF) using the MediaToolBox by adding a partition with the filesystem SFS/00. Then you can "Save to Disk" and close MediaToolBox. After rebooting, choose to load Workbench from CD and "Format" the now appearing harddisk by clicking its icon with the right mouse button.
  • Now you can start the actual installation. You can keep the preset options except for adjusting the graphics card ("Picasso IV") and your monitor settings (Screenshot).
  • After finishing installation, you can eject the ADF file using the corresponding icon below the window as well as the installation CD and you are done - just reboot by keeping the Ctrl-Win-Win keys pressed (see annotation below) and AmigaOS 4 will be started from your harddisk
  • If you keep the option to add the BootFloppy.adf file again unchecked after closing the emulation, it will be removed from the configuration file automatically - otherwise you can do so manually of course by editing it again.
Please note: It seems that in some cases - ours for example - the AmigaOS 4 installation gets corrupted if a hard reset is performed by clicking the according icon at the top of the Amiga Forever window instead of simply resetting the Amiga from inside the emulation by the Ctrl-Win-Win key combination. In case this is happening to you as well, so that trying to boot from the HDF will result in a Guru Meditation, you don't have to reinstall the OS, though. It's sufficient to boot again from the BootFloppy.adf and the installation CD - once the PowerPC emulation has started, you may soft reset the emulated Amiga and it will boot again also from your AmigaOS 4 installation.

Below you will find the official press release:

November 28, 2015 - Cloanto released today Amiga Forever 2016C64 Forever 2016, the latest versions of the official Commodore/Amiga preservation, emulation and support suites for Windows.

With their gorgeous high-DPI display support (screenshot) and seamlessly integrated 8-bit, 68K and PowerPC virtualization, the 2016 editions blend stunning contrasts of different eras of computing into a powerful player (player screenshot) and content authoring interface (RP9-editor screenshot).

"After almost two years of hard teamwork since the 2014 versions were released, it may seem like the focus is entirely on the products. To some degree, this is true," said Cloanto's Mike Battilana. "We are a bit obsessive about software quality. But we also feel the burden of other challenges. For example, a belief in quality and innovation is easy to put into practice by releasing great products, but how can you manifest and be entrusted with a vision of ultimate long-term care?"

"As the holders of the Commodore/Amiga copyrights our goal is both 'emulation done right' and 'preservation done right'. This is a long path, which is made possible by the support of our generous customers and contributors. So once again my thankful thoughts go to our community. These 2016 software releases are by them, for them, and they allow us to keep working in this direction."

Amiga Forever 2016 is available now in three editions:
  • Value Edition (downloadable installer)
  • Plus Edition (downloadable installer with option to build DVD ISO image)
  • Premium Edition (downloadable Plus Edition plus boxed software and additional videos on 3 DVDs)
C64 Forever 2016 is available now in three editions: Both packages recognize and work with each other, for example if the user wishes to merge the different platforms into the same interface. Prices start from $9.95 (Value Edition, or special upgrade offers).

Update: (21:02, 30.11.15, snx)
Description added how to intall AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition "Classic".

2nd Update: (17:04, 01.12.15, snx)
Cloanto today also released an own installation guide for AmigaOS 4 with additional information. Furthermore they are working on an additional, more colourful skin by request of their customers.

3rd Update: (19:57, 03.12.15, snx)
Annotation added regarding resetting the emulation either by the Amiga Forever icon or by key combination Ctrl-Win-Win. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 28.11.2015
The following archives have been added to Aminet until November 28th, 2015:
whois.i386-aros.lha      comm/net   49K   x86 Client for the whois director...
whois.lha                comm/net   65K   68k Client for the whois director...
Hollywood.pdf            docs/rview 345K      German review of Hollywood, f...
Hollywood_Designer.pdf   docs/rview 559K      Old German review of Hollywoo...
Hollywood2.pdf           docs/rview 73K       German review of Hollywood 2 ...         game/jump  344K      Assembly sources for Blaze             game/jump  378K  68k jump game
get_dwgpreview_1.0.lha   gfx/conv   76K   MOS Unpack preview picture from a...
icon2png.lha             gfx/conv   19K   MOS Convert OS4 icons to PNG
dtview2.lha              gfx/show   23K   68k Datatype picture viewer for p...
KoalaViewSP.lha          gfx/show   3K        KoalaView v1.3 spanish catalog
DOSBox_AGA.lha           misc/emu   2.8M  68k Amiga port of DOSBox v0.74
RunInDOSBoxSP.lha        misc/emu   6K        Spanish Guide for RunInDOSBox
opus-tools-0.19_a68k.lha mus/edit   328K  68k Opus Audio Tools
opus-tools-0.19_aros.lha mus/edit   438K  x86 Opus Audio Tools
AminetRadioSP.lha        mus/play   32K       Spanish Guide for AminetRadio
Scope.gif                pix/anim   17K       anim of DC-100KHz Oscilloscop...
WWorth_fincats.lha       text/dtp   27K       Wordworth 3SE,4SE & 7 Fin...
CXHandlerSP.lha          util/cdity 4K        CXHandler v3.8 spanish catalog
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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OS4Depot-Uploads until 28.11.2015
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until November 28th, 2015:
boingcube.lha            dem/mis 2Mb   4.0 A bouncing rotating boing cube.
vice.lha                 emu/com 11Mb  4.0 Versatile Commodore Emulator
amigaracer.lha           gam/dri 44Mb  4.0 A Lotus Turbo Challenge game alike
drawerexplorer.lha       uti/fil 153kb 4.1 File manager.
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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WHDLoad: New packages until 28.11.2015
Using WHDLoad, you can install games, scene demos and intros from cracking groups to your harddisk that were only working from floppy disks previously. The following installer has been added until November 28th, 2015:
  • 2015-11-24 improved: Musication (Absolute!) RawDIC imager used to install demo, new install script, WHDLoad v17+ features used (config), PowerPacker decruncher slightly optimised (Info, Image)
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rvense / Hacker News (ANF)

Series of articles: The 68000 Wars, part 3 and 4
In his blog, the author Jimmy Maher (The Future Was Here - The Commodore Amiga) publishes the series of articles "The 68000 Wars", which is about the history of the Amiga and of the Atari.

The third part We Made Amiga, They Fucked It Up is about the time of the market launch of the Amiga until the beginning of the year 1987, when the original development department was closed. Part four ("Rock Lobster") is dedicated to Thomas Rattigan, who saved Commmodore from going bankrott and succeeded in selling the Amiga in the mass market. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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