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Friend Software Labs (ANF)

Amiga-inspired operating system: FriendUP 1.0.0 released as open source
The new operating system FriendUP has been released in version 1.0.0 as open source software. While not being compatible to AmigaOS, the latter did inspire it, according to its developers. FriendUP is a project of the former AROS developer Hogne Titlestad (LunaPaint), who had tried to establish an own operating system before already that was called Anubis OS. Meanwhile also the former head of Commodore UK, David Pleasance, could be won over to FriendUP ( reported in german). FriendUP is web-based and as such basically hardware-independent.

Below we publish the press release.

FriendUP v1.0.0 is released as open source software

After more than three years in development, the AmigaOS inspired meta operating system, Friend Unifying Platform, is released as open source software. This is a great milestone, making the OS ready for new developers who want to contribute or make Friend based software.

Friend implements AmigaOS and Tripos inspired technologies and concepts. At the same time, it has rethought the OS paradigm for the cloud. This means that this system is hardware and hardware-architecture independent, and can be used on any device that can connect to the internet and render modern web pages.

Friend Software Labs continues to develop FriendUP for a professional audience, but hopes that with this release, a community can form around it, making sure it's Amiga roots are maintained while the system evolves on its own. From here on out, the system needs to be steered towards normal users, and opens up to creative developers, designers and artists to achieve this in the coming year. It targets all UI paradigms, like VR, mobile, desktops, TVs and voice, so the project needs contributions from a diverse pool of people. (snx)

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Aminet-Uploads until 01.07.2017
The following archives have been added to the Aminet until July 1st, 2017:
MiniSlug.lha             game/actio 19M   68k Mini Metal Slug Project
OpenBOR.lha              game/actio 1.2M  68k The Ultimate 2D Side Scrollin...
OBST.lha                 game/misc  29K   68k openBOR GUI (GadTools)
opus-tools-0.1.10_a68... mus/edit   338K  68k Opus Audio Tools
opus-tools-0.1.10_aro... mus/edit   421K  x86 Opus Audio Tools
vx2.lha                  util/arc   101K  68k Voodoo-X archive browser and ...
workbenchexplorer.lha    util/dir   1.6M  OS4 Modern file browser loaded wi...
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OS4Depot-Uploads until 01.07.2017
The following archives have been added to the OS4Depot until July 1st, 2017:
clib2.lha                dev/lib 2Mb   4.0 A portable ISO 'C' (1994) runtim...
make-bin.lha             dev/uti 422kb 4.1 GNU make including parallel compile
arabic_console_device... dri/inp 4Mb   4.1 An arabic console device, line &...
workbenchexplorer.lha    uti/fil 2Mb   4.1 Modern file browser loaded with ...
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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 01.07.2017
The following archive has been added to the AROS-Archives until July 1st, 2017:
cinnamonwriter.i386-aros.lha off/wor 5Mb   Word Processor
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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WHDLoad: New installers until 01.07.2017
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 July 1st, 2017:
  • 2017-06-29 improved: Damage (Suomi-Peli) added QuitKey for 68000, slave updated for whdload 17+ (Info)
  • 2017-06-26 fixed: Sim Ant (Maxis) updated Hires version wasn't included in the 1.01 archive (Info)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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AROS-Exec (Forum)

AROS: Icaros Desktop 2.2.1
At the beginning of this week, an update for the AROS distribution Icaros Desktop has been released. Compared to version 2.2, new features have not been added but some bugs fixed and the system files updated. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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David Brunet (ANF)

New articles on Obligement website
The articles below have been added to the french Amiga/MorphOS magazine Obligement's website during the last two months. All translations are welcome. Please contact David 'Daff' Brunet for more information.
  • May/June 2017 news
  • Old articles from Tilt 95 to 99:
    • Report: Winter Consumer Electronics Show 1992
    • Review of Killerball
    • Review of Tip Off
    • Interview with Rainer Bopf
    • Tutorial: Draw with a mouse
    • Review of RoboCop 3
    • Review of Son Shu-Shi
    • Interview with Rod Hyde
    • Review of Last Ninja 3
    • Review of Another World
    • Hardware: Amiga 500 Plus
    • Review of Celtic Legends
    • Review of HAM-E Workshop
  • Interview with Yannick Erb (AROS developer)
  • Interview with Guy Wright (Commodore engineer)
  • Review of Icaros Desktop 2.2
  • Report: Amiga on the RoboCop TV series
  • DIY: Build your Amiga arcade joystick (enhanced model)
  • File: Hombre (update)
  • File: Introduction to Xena
  • File: Classic Reflections - What happened to Digita International?
  • Tutorial: Installation and configuration of Happiga
  • Galleries: Jay Miner's Amiga Block Diagrams
  • Special quiz about UAE

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t3n (Webseite)

Hardware: WLAN-Modem WiFi232
The WiFi232 ceated by Paul Rickards is connected to the serial interface and emulates a Hayes modem. Unlike this, it is not used for dial-up connections into a telephone network but for providing an Internet connection via WLAN which is used to log into a mailbox via Telnet.

The developer himself produces the WLAN modem but currently is sold out. Once it is available again, he will announce it via Twitter. The price of the WLAN kit is 33 and of the pre-assembled modem 49 US-Dollar. It is not possible to preorder it. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Amiga Impact (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: File manager Dir Me Up 3.4.1
Jérôme 'Glames' Senays' commercial file manager "Dir Me Up" (video) among others offers browsing history and preview images or thumbnails. In version 3.4.1 two minor bugs were fixed. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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25.Jun.2017 (Forum)

Clockport expander: Revision C available
Using Matthias Münch's Clockport Expander it is possible to connect up to four extensions to the clockport of the Amiga 1200. The latest Revision C was adapted to the Flickerfixer of the Indivision AGA Mk2cr and is available in the stores. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 24.06.2017
The following archive has been added to the Aminet until June 24th, 2017:
eNewsReader.lha          comm/news  2.1M  OS4 News reader f. RSS,Atom,Twitt...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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OS4Depot-Uploads until 24.06.2017
The following archives have been added to the OS4Depot until June 24th, 2017:
enewsreader.lha          net/new 2Mb   4.1 News reader for RSS, Atom, Twitt...
workbenchexplorer_ita... uti/fil 48kb  4.0 italian catalog for WorkbenchExp...
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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 24.06.2017
The following archive has been added to the AROS-Archives until June 24th, 2017:       gam/puz 4Mb   Connect falling pipes.
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WHDLoad: New installers until 24.06.2017
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 installer has been added until June 24th, 2017:
  • 2017-06-24 fixed: Sim Ant (Maxis) Access fault fixed (happened when loading/saving a game) (Info)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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M.C. Battilana (E-Mail)

Cloanto: Amiga Forever 7 and C64 Forever 7
Press release: June 23, 2017 - Cloanto released today Amiga Forever 7 and C64 Forever 7, the latest versions of the official Commodore/Amiga preservation, emulation and support suites for Windows. The new editions are the result of more than 18 months of uninterrupted work since the previous major release. The active code base now consists of more than half a million lines written by Cloanto, in addition to OS components and independent open source modules of which Cloanto too is a grateful and active contributor.

New features include the ability to autostart the PC into any Amiga configuration, enhanced PowerPC emulation support, custom content folders and playlists, and a "playerless" title playback, preview and editing experience.

By opening up to new ways to manage and access more content, Amiga Forever 7 follows in the footsteps of Cloanto's tradition of disruptive innovation. Emulation and preservation enthusiasts can not only work better and faster than before, but also enjoy additional degrees of freedom, as Amiga Forever encourages the curation of self-contained titles that are designed for long-term access, without being bound to a database or to a single player interface or version. Any title, no matter whether it's a "Classic" Amiga, a PowerPC system, or an 8-bit system (with C64 Forever installed), can now be played back from Windows File Explorer, or by booting the Windows PC into it, without ever launching Amiga Forever, if so desired.

More than in the previous few versions, a substantial amount of work was done under the hood to keep things simple on the surface, yet without limiting possibilities. "We worked very hard to raise the quality bar on all fronts, no matter whether you use Amiga Forever for your own enjoyment, to entertain your friends by surprise-booting a PC into an Amiga or C64, or to start an educational journey with your children or grandchildren."

"The level of improvements and refinements on the input front alone is beyond the scale of what would normally be invested in a project like this," said Cloanto's Mike Battilana. "Months at a time were spent to optimally blend the different features and needs of PC-side game controllers and keyboards with the emulated counterparts. A dedicated group of joystick-armed beta testers kept providing valuable feedback, as even Microsoft engineers helped us best support the latest Xbox controllers. Quite a few DirectInput and XInput API bugs were marked for resolution in the process, again illustrating how demanding the emulation universe can be."

General (screenshot) and title-specific (screenshot) input options work hand in hand to enable maximum personalization without unnecessarily reducing title portability, while providing precious information for future touch-enabled playback. Xbox, X-Arcade and I-PAC controllers, and arbitrary keyboard layouts are supported out of the box. Host-side buttons can be assigned to guest-side keys and vice versa, e.g. to use joystick-controlled games on modern systems without a joystick. Virtual buttons make it possible to use modern controller buttons to trigger events that would have required pressing a key like Space or Enter in an Amiga game, or to play CBM 8-bit titles originally designed for keyboard-only use.

Dead keys, double-dead keys, deadable keys, anyone? Amiga Forever knows about all those Amiga keyboard details, and seamlessly integrates them with the modern Unicode world, so that clipboard and keyboard input always work as expected. 8-bit systems were not left behind either, with support for multilingual ROMs in C64 Forever, and systems like the VIC 20, VIC 1001 and C64 even featuring Japanese configurations.

"In spite of the occasional technical prowess, we see the result more as a form of art. We are still aiming for the same excellence and beauty in computing which made us feel so at home with the Amiga and its community in the 1980s and 1990s. As we once again thank our generous customers and contributors for allowing us to keep working on these projects, we invite all Amiga friends to keep engaging with us at events, online and by signing up at"

Amiga Forever 7 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 7 is available now in three editions: Both packages recognize and work with each other, with options to merge the different platforms into the same interface. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Michael Rupp (ANF)

Javascript: TAWS - The Amiga Workbench Simulation 0.27
TAWS ("The Amiga Workbench Simulation") is a Javascript simulation of the Amiga-Workbench 1.0 - 4.1 for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Apple-WebKit-Browser (including Odyssey).

Any kind of feedback the author would very appreciate. He still is searching for support for the French translation. His work can be supported by a little donation from inside TAWS.

After launching TAWS, the "History (english)" of version 0.27 can be found in the folder "System/TAWS" on the Workbench.

(snx) (Translation: dr)

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Amiga Future (Webseite)

Event: Pictures and videos from the Pacific Commodore Expo NW (USA)
On June 10th and 11th in Seattle, situated in the US state of Washington, the Pacific Commodore Expo NW took place. Robert Bernardo has published pictures and videos from the event: (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Vampire: Videos about integration of AGA chipset into Apollo core
Under the title link during the last days some videos have been published which demonstrate the progresses "on the integration of the AGA chipset into the Apollo core" of the FPGA accelerator board Vampire. The video signal is carried on HDMI. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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