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Elbox: New pictures of tower case BlackBOX 1200
According to Elbox in a post on, the tower system "BlackBox 1200" is available again. The features have already been known since April, now some pictures have been added to the offer in the shop of Elbox. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Developer tools: vasm 1.8a and vlink 0.16a
Frank Wille has released updates of the portable and retargetable assembler vasm and of its corresponding linker vlink.

Changes in vasm 1.8a:
  • Increased number of fast-optimization passes from 50 to 200, as very large sources (> 60000 lines), with lots of branches to optimize, may still have optimization possibilities left after 50 passes.
  • Repeat loops with an iterator symbol over an arbitrary sequence of values.
  • m68k: New option -sd and directive OPT ON to enable optimizations of absolute references to the small data section into a base register relative addressing mode.
  • m68k: New option -opt-jbra and directive OPT OB to convert all absolute jumps to external labels into 32-bit PC-relative branches (68020 and up).
  • m68k: OPT O+ in Devpac compatibilty mode does not enable PC-relative optimizations (an explicit OPT A+ is needed).
  • m68k: New Apollo Core instructions: PMULA, PMULH, STOREC, UNPACK1632.
  • m68k: -m68020up option no longer includes Apollo Core.
  • m68k: Devpac OPT Ln (with n=0,1,2,etc. for Atari) is recognized, although it has no effect at the moment.
  • m68k: Suppressed index registers ZRn, which are explicitely written in the source, are no longer optimized away.
  • PPC: -m option to select the CPU model starts working. By default the instruction set of a 32-bit PPC (G2, G3, G4) with AltiVec is supported.
  • x86: Floating point constants (.float, .double) are supported.
  • mot-syntax: Optional offset and length arguments for INCBIN (contributed by Andreas Larsson).
  • std-syntax: New directives for gas compatibility: .irp and .irpc.
  • bin-output: Fixed another sign-problem while padding between sections.
  • hunk-output: Print source line for undefined symbols, when generating an executable.
  • vobj-output: Ignore all internal/local symbols, except "*tmpNNNNNNNN*", which is required for certain relocations.
Changes in vlink 0.16a:
  • New linker script commands: BYTE, SHORT, LONG, QUAD, SQUAD.
  • New option -k: keep original section order from the objects.
  • Fixed crash with -gc-all and unreferenced symbols.
  • Fixed crash with unresolved weak symbols.
  • (ados/ehf) _INIT/_EXIT functions with register arguments (prefixed by '@' instead of '_' for SAS/C-compatibility) are also detected, and their pointers inserted into the proper con-/destructor tables.
  • (elf) Provide __CTOR_LIST_END, __DTOR_LIST_END.
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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Print magazine: Amiga Future 128 - preview and extracts
A preview and extracts from issue 128 (September/October 2017) of Amiga Future have been released today. Among other things, this issue features a review of the VA 2000, a special on Free Pascal and part 2 of the workshop on Blitz Basic. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Hyperion has AmigaOS 3.1 updates removed from the web (Update)
Matthias 'DJBase' Münch was hosting the various updates for AmigaOS 3.1, 3.5 and 3.9 on his site after H&P switched off the official support websites for these products after their withdrawal from the Amiga market. Münch now announces (German) on his website that after twelve years, he has been contacted by Hyperion and was asked to remove some of the downloads, since they contained code to which Hyperion holds some rights. In response, Münch decided to take the entire site offline.

Note from staff: In the 2009 settlement agreement with Amiga, Inc., Hyperion was granted a rather broad license for AmigaOS 3.1 that also gives the Belgium company the option to enforce the IP rights in question. The fact that it took them eight years to actually disable Münch's rather well known download site suggests a connection to the ongoing Trademark wars against Cloanto.

Update: (13.08.2017, 18:00, cg)

In the meantime, Costel Mincea from Hyperion replied to (requires registration) Münch's statement explaining that Hyperion only asked for the removal of four AmigaOS 3.1 updates, taking the entire site including all BoingBags offline was Münch's personal decision. The archives Mincea lists are small Beta releases published by Amiga Technologies in the mid-nineties:
  • Datatypes-45-4.lha (datatypes.library 45.4)
  • FFS-43-20.lha (FastFileSystem 43.20)
  • SCSI-IDE-43-24.lha (scsi.device 43.24)
  • SetPatch-43-6b.lha (SetPatch 43.6b)
But these archives, in the exact same versions, have been available for (legal) download from Cloantos website for years. Removing them from Münch's website does not affect their availability at all. (cg) (Translation: cg)

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Aminet-Uploads until 12.08.2017
The following archives have been added to the Aminet until August 12th, 2017:
impvcfsm.lha             comm/mail  1K        Import vCard files into Simpl...  demo/aga   63K   68k The Prophecy Returns     demo/aga   2.3M  68k Silent winds
Void-Fudged.dms          demo/aga   248K  68k Fudged
Zenon-WhereWeAreGoing... demo/aga   378K  68k Where we are going    demo/euro  187K  68k Kanaalin arvoitus
Void-Delirium.lha        demo/euro  72K   68k Delirium State of Mind
Saga.lha                 game/board 394K  68k Conversion of TSR boardgame
SagaMOS.lha              game/board 436K  MOS Conversion of TSR boardgame
Saga-OS4.lha             game/board 460K  OS4 Conversion of TSR boardgame
RNOAnim.lha              gfx/show   1.9M  MOS Animation player, converter, ...
RNOAnim_OS4.lha          gfx/show   2.2M  OS4 Animation player, converter, ...
RNOInfoScreen.lha        mus/play   8.2M  WOS Music player front-end and in...
workbenchexplorer.lha    util/dir   1.9M  OS4 Modern file browser loaded wi...
ReportPlus.lha           util/misc  493K  68k Multipurpose utility
ReportPlus-OS4.lha       util/misc  630K  OS4 Multipurpose utility
espeak.lha               util/sys   1.3M  68k amiga-port of espeak speech s...
madcomic.lha             util/wb    18K   68k Reads and tells jokes.
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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OS4Depot-Uploads until 12.08.2017
The following archives have been added to the OS4Depot until August 12th, 2017:
rnoinfoscreen.lha        aud/pla 8Mb   4.0 Music player front-end and info ...
coreutils-bin.lha        dev/uti 1Mb   4.0 GNU core utilities
coreutils-src.lha        dev/uti 14Mb  4.0 GNU core utilities (source)
saga.lha                 gam/boa 460kb 4.0 Conversion of TSR boardgame
workbenchexplorer.lha    uti/fil 2Mb   4.1 Modern file browser loaded with ...
reportplus.lha           uti/mis 630kb 4.0 Multipurpose utility
rnoanim.lha              vid/pla 2Mb   4.0 Animation player, converter, and...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 12.08.2017
The following archives have been added to the AROS-Archives until August 12th, 2017:      gam/boa 987kb Make the longest tractor path.        gam/puz 188kb Sliding-block puzzles with ascii...         uti/ben 1Mb   SDL based Gp2x benchmark by Opti...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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WHDLoad: New installers until 12.08.2017
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 installers have been added until August 12th, 2017:
  • 2017-08-08 improved: Crossbow (Screen 7/Intelligent Games) fixed for 68000, added manual (Info)
  • 2017-08-07 improved: Knightmare (Mindscape) fix crash & added quitkey on 68000 (Info)
  • 2017-08-07 improved: Crossbow (Screen 7/Intelligent Games) fixed for 68000, added manual (Info)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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AmigaRemix: New songs added
AmigaRemix has made available new mixes of well-known soundtracks of Amiga games as MP3-files. Since our last news item, the following songs have been added:
  • Cousin's Song
  • Yo! Joe! - Haunted House
  • Stranger Sisters Edit
  • FlashBack (Ending)
  • Toki - Caverns of Fire
  • Gobliins 2: The Prince Buffoon (The Village)
  • Awesome - Planet Music 1 (Level 5)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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