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Artur Jarosik (Patreon)

Real-time strategy: Vanilla Conquer V0.95
Artur Jarosik is known for various game ports like the platformer Hydra Castle Labyrinth or the action adventure Heart of Darkness besides his SDL implementation of the browser NetSurf. As a contribution for the AmiGameJam he started to port the first part of the realtime strategy series Command & Conquer to the Amiga and named it "Vanilla Conquer" ( reported).

Today he has released version 0.95 with the following changes:
  • Fixed flying vehicles
  • Fixed rockets, turrets and other bullets
  • Fixed music playback bug
  • Fixed: If we played Commando, after saving, he was a normal soldier
  • Disabled debug
The game is primarily intended for Amigas upgraded with an Apollo accelerator board, especially the V4 series. However, as the author explained to us, it could be playable on a 68060 processor with a graphics card with the music and sound effects turned off. However, the version now available should play the sound correctly on Amigas without V4 accelerator cards.
If you want to support the author, you can do so on his Patreon page. (dr)

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8/16-bit emulator for Mac OS and Linux: Clock Signal V2022-03-13
Thomas Harte's Clock Signal is an emulator for various 8- and 16-bit platforms aiming to be invisible to the user. The idea is to simply start the source medium without configuring the emulator oneself. Clock Signal is available for Mac OS and Unix-compatible systems. While there is also an Amiga emulation included, it "remains wilfully inaccurate" for now.

The update V2022-03-13, released a few days ago, corrects an issue with Copper WAITs that caused a reasonable proportion of PAL Amiga titles to display incorrectly at the bottom of the screen. Furthermore, the update adds support for Amiga fast RAM, and allows user selection of the quantity of chip RAM. (dr)

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Christian Zigotzky (Mail)

Linux: Kernel 5.17 for AmigaOne X1000/X5000
The final Linux kernel 5.17 has been released. Christian 'xeno74' Zigotzky has compiled the kernel for the AmigaOne X1000 and X5000. The image can be downloaded in the corresponding thread of the Hyperion forum. Among other things, the XFS file system and the 9P protocol are now supported. (dr)

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Workbench distribution: AmiKit XE 11.6.1 for Windows/Mac/Linux
An update to version 11.6.1 has been released for the workbench distribution AmiKit, which is intended for emulators. In addition to an emulator AmigaOS 3.x and the Kickstart ROMs are required.

With the new version it is now also possible to use AmigaOS 3.2. However, an earlier AmigaOS version or Amiga Forever is still required for the initial installation. The changes in detail:
  • NEW: AmigaOS 3.2.1 works with AmiKit now! Use MorpheuZ to install it (at your own risk) on top of your current AmigaOS version used in AmiKit.
  • ADDED: AmiKit Dark VisualPrefs theme for AmigaOS 3.2
  • UPDATED: AmiKit Morpheuz 11.6.2 by Jan Zahurancik
  • UPDATED: AmiKit VisualPrefs themes for FullHD resolution (and AmigaOS 3.2 too)
  • UPDATED: AmiKitReset 11.6.1
  • UPDATED: VisualPrefs 1.5n by Massimo Tantignone
  • UPDATED: WinUAE 4.9.1 German translation by BlackByte
  • FIXED: Slow I/O operations of 64-bit WinUAE. A 32-bit executable is used instead.
  • FIXED: A possible endless loop of AmiKit AddDown script
  • FIXED: A potential WinUAE misconfiguration where mouse wheel movement was interpreted as LeftAlt keypress.

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MorphOS: Screensaver ModernArt Blanker 3.3
ModernArt Blanker is a screensaver that, according to the author, "draws psychedelic shapes like circles, triangles, squares and stars all over the screen producing multicoloured pieces of random modern art". Since our last news about version 3.0, some bugs have been fixed and numerous changes have been made. Among other things, it is now possible to adjust the movement speed, change the palette between monochrome, summer, autumn, winter, spring and night or a random selection of them. Furthermore, there is now a real installation script. (dr)

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Diskmag: aSCIIeXPRESS #001
The new ASCII discmag aSCIIeXPRESS by 'Up Rough' and 'Divine Stylers' presents a collection of ASCII art from the last months with a casual soundtrack. It can be downloaded under the title link either as a dms file or watched on YouTube. (dr)

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Graphic designer Celal Kandemiroglu passed away
GamesWirtschaft (German) has reported that graphic designer and artist Celal Kandemiroglu has passed away in Turkey at the age of 69.

Readers of Amiga Joker, PC Joker and PC Player magazines will be familiar with his cover artwork, which Celāl Kandemiroğlu created in the 1990s. He also worked for the German game companies Ascon / Ascaron, Factor 5, Greenwood Entertainment, Koch Media, Magic Bytes, Rainbow Arts, Reline, Starbyte and Thalion and created the graphics for the game X-Out, for example (see entry at MobyGames). (dr)

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Self-made project: MP3 player for parallel port
The "Amiga MAS Player Pro2+" by Marcel Jähne is based on the MAS player developed by Dirk Conrad and is an MP3 player hardware for the parallel port of the Amiga. It plays any kind of MP3 files and MP3 radio streams without loading the processor. The MAS-Player is a small module that does the job of decoding music compressed in MPEG and providing the data as an analog signal. It has an audio output for connection to the stereo system, a DB25 connector for connection to the parallel port and a USB port for 5V power supply. This short video shows the function test on the Amiga 1000. (dr)

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Minimig: Revision 1.8 (update)
In 2005 we reported on the start of the Minimig project by Dutch electrical engineer Dennis van Weeren: the reimplementation of the one Amiga 500 in an FPGA. Based on this approach there were other projects like the Mist, which uses its own hardware but for the Amiga core (with AGA support) an adaptation of the Minimig, the MiSTer, an adaptation of MiST to a more powerful FPGA or even the Apollo core.

But the Minimig project itself also continues: After publishing the project's source code and schematics on July 25, 2007, the site has been taking care of the project since mid-2021. So with the Revision 1.3 every board got 4 MB RAM by default. Likewise, the SD connector and the 3.5 mm audio jack were replaced and termination resistors for FPGA RAM and FPGA CPU were added.

In mid-February the site released Revision 1.8: The board has 4MB of SRAM divided into 2MB of CHIP, 512KB of ROM and 1.5MB of Slow. In addition, for the first time a real MC68000 CPU (CMOS and NMOS) could be run and PiStorm could deliver over 800MIPS performance to this board.

Update: (22.03.2022, 05:08, dr)

Inspired by the comments of our readers, we have asked the developer Ranko Rodic again:
Since he is still in the process of changing the hardware, he postpones the release of the Gerber files until version 2. Likewise, he gives an outlook on future development:
  • At the moment I am working with Renee Cousins (Buffee project) on Minimig FPGA core. At this time Renee successfully integrated stock Gary chip into the core. This will make a significant difference for the bus control. The goal is to make sure Minimig is 100% real Amiga. Soon we will be able to run accelerator cards like TerribleFire 530 with additional RAM and HDD controllers on the board. At the moment only accelerator card that works well is PiStorm.
  • Replace outdated Spartan 3 with something modern and cost effective. With the larger FPGA chip we will be able to support AGA and 32-bit architecture.
  • Replace old SRAM with DDR. 128MB IC will do
  • Make sure the board is mini ITX compliant
  • Add floppy disk support and 34pin header. Make sure Minimig can drive real Amiga FDD
  • Move from PS/2 to USB
  • Add real HDD header to the board
  • Add ethernet/wireless
  • Before moving forward we will use REV 8 to make sure FPGA core is up to date and 100% compatible with A600 class Amiga. After I will replace old ICs and make sure hardware improvements are in place. As a spinoff I am hoping to move forward with chipset ICs. It would be awesome if we can recreate every custom chip as a FPGA/CPLD. We are making some progress.

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Aminet uploads until 19.03.2022
The following files have been added until 19.03.2022 to Aminet:
ZitaFTPServer.lha        comm/tcp   19M   OS4 A fast and secure FTP(S) server.
just-for-fun.lha         demo/misc  4.6M  MOS Oldschool Demo in SDL2 by PuR...
void-planetr.lha         demo/misc  126K  68k Invitation to Revision 2022
StarDriveSCSI.lha        driver/med 51K   68k Microbotics StarDrive SCSI dr...
prism2v2.lha             driver/net 404K  OS4 Driver for 11Mbps wireless ne...
bsaog.lha                game/shoot 810K  68k Blake Stone Aliens of Gold
bsps.lha                 game/shoot 217K  68k Blake Stone Planet Strike
Chocolate_DOOM.lha       game/shoot 2.5M  68k Amiga port of Chocolate DOOM
ODAMEX_RTG.lha           game/shoot 19M   68k Amiga port of Odamex (DOOM)
MegaSaperPL.lha          game/think 669K  68k Minesweeper game clone
webptools122_a68k.lha    gfx/conv   2.4M  68k encode/decode images in WebP ...
webptools122_aros.lha    gfx/conv   3.0M  x86 encode/decode images in WebP ...             pix/misc   82K       Gradient Fonts f. RSI Demo Ma...
TECO-64.lha              text/edit  610K  MOS TECO (Text Editor and COrrector)
avalanche.lha            util/arc   85K   OS4 Simple ReAction GUI for xadma...
UnRAR-6.11.lha           util/arc   2.5M      UnRAR 6.11
GoShell.lha              util/shell 20K   68k tool for open Shell in full s...

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OS4Depot uploads until 19.03.2022
The following files have been added until 19.03.2022 to OS4Depot:
analog-cheap-disk.lha    dem/mus 685kb 4.1 AmigaOS4.x version of Analog Che...
hieronymus.lha           dev/deb 151kb 4.1 Statistical profiler
arabic_console_device... dri/inp 3Mb   4.1 An arabic console device, line &...
prism2.lha               dri/net 404kb 4.0 Driver for 11Mbps wireless netwo...
avalanche.lha            uti/arc 85kb  4.1 Simple ReAction GUI for xadmaster
unrar_ml.lha             uti/arc 3Mb   4.1 Unpak RAR files
checkas.lha              uti/scr 8kb   4.0 Checks for assigns.

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AROS Archives uploads until 19.03.2022
The following files have been added until 19.03.2022 to AROS Archives:
whatiff1.03.lha              doc/mis 259kb Magazine in format amigaguide &q...
webptools122_aros.lha        lib/mis 3Mb   encode/decode images in WebP format
unrar-6.11.lha               uti/arc 3Mb   UnRAR for AmigaOS, MorphOS and AROS

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MorphOS-Storage uploads until 19.03.2022
The following files have been added until 19.03.2022 to MorphOS-Storage:
bePlayer_1.3.lha          Audio/Players             A simple music player u...
GG.module_1.4.lha         Communication/KwaKwa      A plugin for KwaKwa ins...
Kwakwa_1.9.lha            Communication             Multiprotocol, plugin b...
just-for-fun.lha          Demoscene                 A small demo to discove...
SDL_2.0.20_Libraries.lha  Development/Library       All Libraries SDL 2.0.2...
UnRAR_6.11.lha            Files/Archive             UnRAR port for MorphOS,...
PrBoom-plus_2.6.2_upda... Games/Shoot3D             PrBoom+ is a version of...
freegemas.lha             Games/Think               Freegemas is an open so...
SuDokuL_1.12.lha          Games/Think               Sudoku game for Switch/...
MineSweeperGui.lha        Games/Think               The Minesweeper game wi...
AmiTube_1.0.lha           Multimedia                The first YouTube Clien...
Wayfarer_3.1.lha          Network/Web               Wayfarer is the latest ...
Odyssey_1.26-standalon... Network/Web               Odyssey Web Browser is ...
TECO-64_200.24.1.lha      Text/Edit                 TECO (Text Editor and C...

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WHDLoad: New installers until 19.03.2022
Using WHDLoad, games, scene demos and intros by cracking groups, which were originally designed to run only from floppy disks, can be installed on harddisk. The following installers have been added until 19.03.2022:
  • 2022-03-18 updated: Flower Power (Anarchy) patch redone, real files used to avoid OS swaps, line drawing routines fixed, memory requiremens changed to 512k chip and 512k fast, 68000 quitkey support, source code included (Info, Image)
  • 2022-03-13 improved: Airball (Microdeal) trainer options added, demo can be skipped with space or fire, game can be started with space or fire (Info)

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Amiga Future (website)

Emulator: vAmigaWeb 2.0 Beta 1
The Amiga emulator vAmigaWeb for web-browsers is based on vAmiga for Mac OS ( reported). Besides being updated to the current vAmiga core released a couple of days ago, it also contains a new GPU shader renderer. Furthermore there is automatic mapping of used Amiga screen space to host display now. (snx)

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PDF magazine: 20th anniversary of (german)
Michael Schmitzer's retro website about game reviews by past german computer magazines,, celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend. For this reason, a PDF magazine of 42 pages has been created, designed like ASM magazine. It contains interviews with former ASM editors and a retro-podcaster, letters to the editor and, of course, game reviews.

Download: kbm_3_2022.pdf (82 MB) (snx)

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