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Archive 04/2007


30.Apr.2007
Mikey C (ANF)


Petition: Appeal to Amiga Inc. and Hyperion
Linked to the header Mikey "Mikey C" Carillo established a petition to call Amiga Inc. and Hyperion to a cooperativness. The correct wording is:

"We, the undersigned ask that Amiga inc and Hyperion Entertainment to put aside their differences and work together to ensure the success of the Amiga platform for the benefit of all fans of the Amiga operating system."

The author hopes that many signatures changes the political way of both companies. (cg) (Translation: aj)

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30.Apr.2007
Amiga, Inc.


Amiga Inc./ACK: Details of "Entry Level"-Hardware
Press release:
Issaquah, Wash and Fonthill, ON Canada – April 29, 2007 – ACK Controls and Amiga, Inc. are pleased to announce the base hardware design that will address the needs of the Amiga market as well offering expansion into other markets. “The first product release is designed for flexibility and meeting the needs of the Amiga user, as well as offer a design that takes advantage of available hardware”, said Adam Kowalczyk President of ACK Systems This new system will be offered at a suggested retail price of $ 489.00 and be a complete offering excluding monitor in a finished design that will provide customers with everything they need to get started. * Flex-ATX form factor motherboard based on the Freescale MPC8349E SoC. (400MHz to 667MHz depending on requirements and price target) * 1 (one) DDR2 DIMM slot expandable to 1GB using unregistered DIMMs. * 1 (one) 66MHz PCI slot for use with readily available graphics cards. * 2 (two) 33MHz PCI slots for additional expansion. * 2 (two) 10/100/1Gb Ethernet Ports. * 4 (four) Hi Speed USB ports. * 2 (two) serial ports. * 4 (four) SATA ports provided by a Silicon Image Sil3114 controller. * Onboard sound provided by a C-Media CMI8738. * Socketed EEPROM for U-Boot firmware. * Atmel ATC2408A serial EEPROM (1 kb of non-volatile storage) * Dallas DS1339 RTC with battery holder. * Standard ATX power supply connector. “Amiga is please to be working with ACK Controls and believe that by using flexible designs and aggressive manufacturing practices we will be able to deliver to our customers a great product at a great price”, said Bill McEwen of Amiga, Inc. Manufacturing partner and final ship schedule will be following soon. About Amiga Amiga, Inc. is the world’s premier provider of multimedia enabling technologies. For almost two decades its award-winning software has been a mainstay for motion picture studios, multimedia creators, and digital entertainment enthusiasts around the world. Today Amiga builds on this legacy leading the way in multimedia development by providing developers with hardware-independent technologies for writing and porting applications to new platforms and interactive devices. For more information visit www.amiga.com. About ACK ACK Software Controls, Inc. specializes in the area of embedded controls design for use in automation systems where low-power consumption and reliability is an absolute must. Concentrating on design for manufacturing with local manufacturing facilities has allowed ACK to quickly and cost-effectively develop solutions for customers with low-volume requirements. By integrating hardware, firmware, and device driver engineering capability in-house, ACK can provide complete turn-key solutions to customers. (cg) (Translation: aj)

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30.Apr.2007



Amiga Inc.: "Lizenz agreement closed" / Lawsuit against Hyperion (Update 3)
"In 2001, Amiga, Inc. entered into a license for the development of AmigaOS 4.0 with AmigaOne(TM) Partners, collectively Hyperion VOF and Eyetech Group Ltd. The license agreement was terminated on December 20, 2006."

This was the same time as the "Final Update" of AmigaOS 4.0 was released on Christmas (amiga-news.de reports).

More information about the closed lizence and the matter about the development and the relation to the buyback of the Operatingsystem by Amiga Inc 2003 are still open at the moment.

Update: (14:40, 30.04.07, snx)
Acc. Justitia.com has Amiga Inc. on 26. April at Washington Western Federal District Court open a Lawsuit due to a breach against the brand against Hyperion.

Update 2: (19:15, 30.04.07, snx)
Rich Woods provides a link for the complete case: Case.PDF

(snx) (Translation: aj)

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30.Apr.2007
4Players.de (Webseite)


Turrican: 3D-Version for the PlayStation 3?
Linked to the header is a interview with Julian Eggebrecht Presidenten from Factor 5.

On Page 4 will be talk about the possibility of a 3D-Version of the Classic-Game Turrican for the PlayStation 3, which was developed for the C64 and Amiga. But the work was started only with the internal concept at the moment. (snx) (Translation: aj)

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29.Apr.2007
Bernd Roesch (ANF)


AROS for AmigaOS: Updates to icon.library and picture.datatype for AfA
Bernd Roesch has released updates to icon.library as well as to picture.datatype for his AmigaOS port of AROS components, "AROS for AmigaOS" (AfA).

With these, it is now possible to employ the Workbench plugin Eastern for generating thumbnail icons under AfA as well (reported by amiga-news.de).

To this end, the icon.library now supports "globalidentify hook," which is required by Eastern as well as by DefIcons. Additionally, the version was changed to V51 and AmigaOS 4 compatibility for reading and writing 24 bit icon data was added.

Version 1.5 of Eastern is required, in addition, when using cache, the Raw option must be set.

The new picture.datatype now supports scaling in the function DT_Readpixelarray, which is also required by Eastern. Also, more 8 bit ILBM images are displayed correctly on a "classic" Amiga with Picasso 96 or CyberGraphX.

Moreover, in 32 and 24 bit images on 16 bit screens, a dithering takes place, so that color gradients as in the original picture.datatype are not visible. In this regard, the author Thilo Köhler thanks for the source code.

The update is rounded off with an extension to the FAQ collection for Eastern and the picture.datatype under CyberGraphX on Amiga computers.

Download: iconlibForEastern_finalbeta.lha (131 KB) (snx) (Translation: cad)

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29.Apr.2007



Thumbnail Icons: Eastern 1.5
Stephan Rupprecht's Eastern is a Workbench plugin that automatically displays a thumbnail preview instead of the default icon for images that do not have their own icon. The latest changes:
  • v1.5: added RAW/S option to speed up loading of cached icons
  • v1.4: no longer needs progressive mode for the cache, added WAITUPDATE option
  • v1.3: in 1.2 the cache was limited to Workbench, now all apps are cached. The 68k build of Eastern assumes an OS4 compatible icon.library when the version number of the library is v51 or higher. In this case truecolor icons will be created. internal release

Eastern is available for AmigaOS 3 and 4. (cg) (Translation: cad)

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29.Apr.2007



MorphOS: Grex driver for Terratec 512i and Realtek 8029
Under the title link, Frank Mariak is making available PPC-native versions of two GRex drivers. Newly added is the driver for Terratec 512i/Fortemedia 801 sound cards, whereas a new version of the network card driver for the Realtek 8029 chipset was released some time ago, which corrects some minor problems. (cg) (Translation: cad)

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29.Apr.2007



Do It Yourself: Right angled adapter of make DIY
After the right angled adapters for the PCMCIA port of the Amiga 600 and 1200 had no longer been produced for some time, Jörg Thomas has also given thought to a solution to this problem, besides amigakit.com (reported by amiga-news.de).

Under the title link, he describes how he crafted such an adapter by himself, with many photos. (snx) (Translation: cad)

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29.Apr.2007
MorphOS-News.de (SW-Liste)


MorphOS: Blender 2.43
Guillaume 'Yomgui' Roguez has released an update to his MorphOS port of Blender. You can find the release log for version 2.43 of the 3D modeling program on the Blender homepage.

Download: blender_2.43-mos_bin-20070428.lha (5.5 MB) (snx) (Translation: cad)

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29.Apr.2007
amiga.org (Web page)


Reissue: PCMCIA right angled adapter for A600/A1200
Those who want to transplant an Amiga 600/1200 in another (tower) case, are often confronted with the problem that the PCMCIA slot lies directly to the case wall and is no longer accessible.

Since the PCMCIA right angled adapters, which were developed for such problem cases, are no longer being produced for years, the British dealer amigakit.com has decided to reissue the product. (cg) (Translation: cad)

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27.Apr.2007
Lars Ghandy Sobiraj (ANF)


The 8Bit Philosophy: The origins of computer music
With the documentation "The 8Bit Philosophy - a Commodore 64 Symphony" it is planned to introduce those people who composed the original C64 music tracks at that time or who today create remixes and thus to get a bigger community of fans of 8Bit-music.

How the tracks were composed and why so many poeple are still interested in this music? The film will be produced by Shining Movie Vision and after finishing it will be available for free download.

Shining Movie Vision is looking for people who want to give some money to this documentation. Under the title link the project is introduced more detailed: The producers speak about their plans. Musicans like Romeo Knight, Thomas Detert, Markus Holler and members of the band "Press Play On Tape" are part of the documentation and have been already interviewed. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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27.Apr.2007
Lars Ghandy Sobiraj (ANF)


Diskmag: Cows'n'Snakefights #7 published
The Swedish demoscene group Nukleus has published its seventh issue of the popular Amiga-diskmag named "Cows'n'Snakefights". Over 100 english articles and a gallery are waiting to be read and seen. You can download the magazine for free from the website under the title link. (nba)

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27.Apr.2007



AmigaOS 4: First signs for Classic-version
On the website of Acube Systems there are first signs for the planned publication of the Classic-version of AmigaOS 4. Additional to an advertise over the full page which was published in three different Amiga magazines there is a (still empty) list with compatible hardware, too.

At ACube it is said of an "AmigaOS 4 for Amiga 3000 and 4000". An A1200-version "will be still announced", just like information to the prices. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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