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Web-finding: The contract between Amiga Corp. and Atari, 1983
At, a copy as well as scans of the contract are available which concluded Amiga Corp. and Atari. The startup Amiga urgently required additional financial resources to finish its development of the prototype named "Lorraine". Atari would secure its rights to the chips developed by Amiga to use them in its next computer generation.

The published excerpts concentrates on the planned features of Amigas' computer. Some interesting details are hidden in the contract: That the computer should be able to read Apple-disks and their texts. Additionally the programming languages "Lorraine BASIC" and FORTH should be included in the delivery of the computer equipped with 128 KB. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Self-made project: Wifi Joystick Adapter 1.0
A Croatian Amiga user has made an adapter which wireless transfers the input of any joystick to the computer (Youtube video, photographs: 1, 2). The receiver is powered by the computer, the transmitter has to be powered via an USB-cable (e.g. a recharger cable for a mobile phone).

For the wireless communication a microcontroller ATMega8 as well as a NRF24L01+ and as development environment Arduino were used. According to the developer there is no delay while playing. He estimates the loss of time is less than 2 milliseconds.

Vurrently the adapter does not work with mice. The author supposes that the reason is the higher amount of data transferred. He will try to solve the problem but so far does not have any approach to a solutions.

Download (source codes and circuit diagram): WiFi Joystick adapter v1.0.rar (537 KB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Trademark recycling: Android smartphones from 'Commodore Business Machines'
According to the Italian Wikipedia (automated translation) the "Commodore" trademark has been acquired by a Massimo Canigiani in 2014. If this is true or what "acquired" actually means is currently unknown to us. According to the EU trademark database, the relevant "Commodore" marks are still owned by Dutch Commodore Holdings B.V. There is a Commodore mark registered in Italy, but it's still assigned to ESCOM.

As Commodore Holdings is still defending the mark aggressively - the organisator of a Crowdfunding effort to reproduce the C64 II cases got a written warning recently - it's safe to assume the situation will become more clear soon.

At least Canigiani seems to be quite confident: He already incorporated a company called "Commodore Business Machines Ltd." in England. Using the official website and a Facebook page he's already advertising his first product: an Android based smartphone sporting a Commodore 'chickenhead' logo. (cg) (Translation: cg)

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06.Apr.2015 (website)

Workbench distribution: AmiKit 8.4
AmiKit, a Workbench distribution intended for emulated Amigas, is available in version 8.4 now. Changes:
  • MUI4 got new pointers - hover your mouse over a link or column separator to see what we are talking about. A number of custom classes have been updated to the latest versions too
  • WHDLoad, the ultimate game loader, is now able to update itself! From now on, your old games will always get a fresh support
  • System libraries like OpenURL, CodeSet and IconLib have been updated too
  • And last, but not least, we've improved Polish and Russian language support in AmiKit. There are more catalogs and better fonts now

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05.Apr.2015 (Forum)

Revision 2015: First Amiga demos released
Under the title link as well as on the first productions of the demo party Revision 2015 are available. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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AROS-Exec (Forum)

AROS: EdiSyn 0.41 (Update)
Marcus Sackrow's text editor EdiSyn for AROS/x86 offers tabs as well as syntax highlighting for C/C++ and Pascal. A list of changes you can find under the title link.

Download: EdiSyn_0.41.lha (3 MB)

Update: (19:30, 06.04.15, snx)
Today, version 0.41 has been released, which introduces syntax highlighting for HTML. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Pascal Papara (ANF)

AROS: AEROS for Pi beta 10 and beta 8 (full version for Raspberry Pi 1)
Pascal Papara's Linux-based AROS-distribution AEROS for the Raspberry Pi is available for registered users as beta version 10 (changes see below , video of the previous version).

In celebration of Easter beta version 8 which was released in November is available as unlimited version for the Raspberry Pi 1 on IndieGO!-Appstore. That means, the "lx"-command for starting Linux-applications out of AROS is included.

Beta version 10 was adapted to Raspberry Pi 2. On the previous model this version only works with 512 MB RAM (but slowly). If there is less memory available, single parts of the distribution does not work.

  • Updated UAE4all2 with AROS/68k kickstart replacement
  • Added Quake 3 demo (works only on Pi with 512 MB RAM)
  • Added Gimp (very very sluggish on a Pi 1)
  • USB-sticks are now auto-mounted when you attach them, no need anymore to run a Linux file manager first
  • Added EmulationStation (you need to boot into command line to run it)
  • Changed memory split and reduced memory size for AROS (this can be modified by the user) in order to get Quake working with less swapping
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 04.04.2015
The following archives have been added to Aminet until April 4th, 2015:
FlexCat-2.17.lha         dev/misc   1.1M  MOS Flexible catalogs (C,Asm,Ober...
sgit.lha                 dev/misc   1.1M  OS4 A simple and incomplete git c...
WormWarsMOS.lha          game/actio 714K  MOS Advanced snake game
Show_Vector_1.3.lha      gfx/show   1.4M  MOS A Vectorgraphic viewer
ACE-MorphOS.lha          misc/emu   1.2M  MOS Amstrad CPC/CPC+ Emulator
o2em.lha                 misc/emu   413K  MOS Odyssey^2/Videopac emulator
Icons-for-AmigaOS.lha    pix/picon  6.4M      AmigaOS 4.1 Style Icons ...
MMULib.lha               util/libs  637K  68k Library to ctrl the MC68K MMUs
russian45.lha            util/sys   35K   68k Russian language driver v45
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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OS4Depot-Uploads until 04.04.2015
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until April 4th, 2015:
flexcat.lha              dev/mis 1Mb   4.0 Flexible catalogs (C, Asm, E, AR...
sgit.lha                 dev/uti 1Mb   4.0 A simple and incomplete git client
minigl.lha               dri/gra 3Mb   4.0 OpenGL subset 3D API
icons-for-amigaos.lha    gra/ico 6Mb   4.0 AmigaOS 4.1 Style Icons ...
dopus4.lha               uti/fil 3Mb   4.0 The legendary filemanager
ffmpeg.lha               vid/con 19Mb  4.0 Video and audio converter
clipgrab.lha             vid/mis 1Mb   4.1 Qt Download videos from YouTube
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 04.04.2015
The following archives have been added to AROS-Archives until April 4th, 2015:      gam     625kb Bomberman Lan         gra/con 15Mb  ffmpeg + players + miniPlayer ex...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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WHDLoad: New packages until 04.04.2015
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 April 4th, 2015: (snx) (Translation: dr)

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jb (ANF)

Forum: Moo Bunny announces preliminary closure (Update)
After 18 years, Moo Bunny announced closure. The basically unmoderated forum had been appreciated especially by people who considered other websites to be biased in favour of only one of the different Amiga operating systems. Due to contuinued abuse of the granted freedom, John Shepard closed down Moo Bunny yesterday.

Update: (07:40, 06.04.15, snx)
In another message directed towards the Amiga section, John Shepard does not only repeat the final cause for the forum's closure, but also hints that Moo Bunny might be reactivated in the future:


Update: (07:40, 06.04.15, snx)
In einer weiteren Mitteilung speziell die Amiga-Sektion betreffend wiederholt John Shepard nicht nur den Anlass, der das Fass zum Überlaufen brachte - den Betrieb eines Darknets durch Ausnutzung einer Sicherheitslücke in der Foren-Software -, sondern stellt auch in Aussicht, dass Moo Bunny nicht für immer geschlossen bleibt:

"Moo Bunny Amiga Section [...] is still valuable enough that someone just tried to steal it. I think that means it's also valuable enough to not stay down forever." (snx)

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04.Apr.2015 (Webseite)

Edgar Vigdal died
Edgar Vigdal has died. On Wednesday the 51-year-old game developer who wrote Amiga classics like Deluxe Galaga and Deluxe Pacman succumbed to a cancer.

Under the name "Warblade" he had continued developing Deluxe Galaga for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS. Additionally he had planned to release a pixel perfect version of Deluxe Galaga named "Deluxe Galaga Reborn". Test versions for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux can be downloaded under the title link. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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04.Apr.2015 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: Easter update for Workbench CANDI
On AMIstore of A-EON Technology an update of CANDI is available which is free of charge to all customers that have bought CANDI from AMIStore. The programm creates animated Workbench backdrops using the Compositing-engine. Among others the new version features an Easter theme.

Other updates:
  • Automatically switch between CANDI animations by double-clicking on a CANDI icon
  • Double clicking on the same CANDI icon switches the Workbench animation off
  • CANDI animation goes to sleep if the Workbench goes behind another active screen
  • New tooltypes to select LOWCPU option for less capable hardware (removing the need for a LOWCPU CANDI version)
  • ResetWB option now works when CANDI is running
  • Each CANDI can now be controlled by an external program/utility. (coming soon)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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