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07.Dec.2006 (Website)

Print Magazine: Total Amiga 25
The latest release of the English print magazine "Total Amiga" is in print and should be published on December 18. You can find an item overview under the title link. (snx) (Translation: (tz)

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Heise (Website)

Linux: OpenSuse 10.2
The OpenSuse-project has released version 10.2 of its linux distribution. Compared to the previous release the look was renewed and bugs were fixed.

Besides the x86 and x86-64 platforms even the PowerPC including the Pegasus is still supported. You can find a first review of OpenSuse 10.2 at heise open. (snx) (Translation: (tz)

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07.Dec.2006 (Website)

AmigaOne: Revised Linux 2.6.8-Kernel
Under the title link Gerhard Pircher has released a reworked linux kernel of version 2.6.8 for the AmigaOne. A patch for the source code package of this kernel version from the distribution Debian Sarge is available as well.

A revised kernel of version 2.6.16.x should be completed within the next two weeks and contain drivers for EHCI and the pc speaker.

  • Highmem support is working: You can remove the memory limit in U-boot now
  • EHCI support removed: The EHCI driver doesn't work on the AmigaOne due to the non coherent cache DMA workaround and I was to lazy to backport a workaround which was contributed by Marcus Comstedt. Many thanks to him for this patch
  • DRI graphics drivers removed: These drivers were removed, thus you can enable the glx extension of the X server again
  • ISA bridge tweaks: Recently I experienced problems with USB on my A1, too. Therefore I tried to weak the settings of the VIA southbridge (to match the settings done by OS4). This seems to help a little bit, but after some time the system locks up again. I'm still not sure what the real problem is, but I guess it's either the unfixed CPU bug or an interrupt problem.
    Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a response from the (responsible) OS4 developer(s), so I can't really do anything about this. (I remember sg2 writing about a software problem with the i8259 PIC. I would be grateful, if he could enlighten me)
(snx) (Translation: (tz)

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Demo scene: ASCII newsletter "OldSkool UK", issue 3
"OldSkool UK" is a scene newsletter in ASCII design. Since some days teh thrid issue is available. (cg) (Translation: (ub)

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dietmar (ANF)

Web development: Webworld 6.0
Webworld is an extension for the development environment CubicIDE to create web applications (screen shot). The new version introduces a colour highlighting for php code as well as the integration of an extensiv refeence manual for php. (cg) (Translation: (ub)

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Software news: Updates of AmiStart, GlobalTrash and ShowAmiga96
At new version of some freeware toolsare available, among them the taskbar clone Amistart, the boot picture viewer ShowAmiga96 and GlobalTrash. (cg) (Translation: (ub)

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Strategy game Battle for Wesnoth 1.1.13 (AmigaOS 4) and 1.1.12 (MorphOS)
Battle for Wesnoth is a round based fantasy strategical. The AmigaOS 4 port is done by Fredrik Wikstrom, the MorphOS version by Fabien Coeurjoly. Version 1.1.13 for AmigaOS 4 includes many minor changes which are listed at the readme.

MorphOS users need for version 1.1.12 either the entire archive wesnoth-morphos.lha or, if the entire 1st of December archive has been downloaded already, the archive wesnoth-newbin.lha which includes the new executable only

Link: Downloadpage OS4
Link: Downloadpage MorphOS (cg) (Translation: (ub)

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Elbox (ANF)

Mediator boards for Amiga 4000D back in stock
Press release Elbox Computer is pleased to announce that new batch of Mediator 4000Di boards for Amiga 4000 desktop computers is now available.

To purchase Mediator for your Amiga, visit Mediator page in the Elbox Online Store for customers from European Union.

Due to numerous requests from customers to make the FREE SHIPPING Birthday offer valid for a longer time, Elbox has decided to extend it till 17 December 2006.

Best regards,
Elbox Computer Team (cg) (Translation: (cg)

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File Systems: FAT support, updates to the NTFS and XFS drivers
Marek Szyprowski is releasing a first version of his file system driver for FAT-formatted volumes, additionally, there are updates to the NTFS and XFS file systems. All drivers are available for AmigaOS 3 and MorphOS. (cg) (Translation: (cad)

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New SimpleCat beta version published
The translator tool SimpleCat was released today in version 3.00 beta 31 for classic Amiga, AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS. This version introduces a new basic function to the user interface: The source code scanner.

With the source code scanner, it is possible to create a reasonable catalog file from a source code with a few clicks. In addition, the scanner allows modification of the source code.

The effort to localize programs is limited to loading in the source code and removing the unwanted texts.

Detailed references to the changes are found in the "Changelog" file in the archive. (cg) (Translation: (cad)

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Franz (ANF)

WinUAE: AmiKit 1.2.5
An update to version 1.2.5 is available for AmiKit, a complete distribution for WinUAE users. The update must be obtained via the live update function integrated in the software. Improvements in this version:
  • ADDED: akFAXX DataType 45.55 by Andreas Kleinert
  • ADDED: akNAIL DataType 45.55 by Andreas Kleinert
  • ADDED: akSVG DataType 45.55 by Andreas Kleinert
  • ADDED: French KingCON.catalog by Eric Luczyszyn
  • ADDED: Two new AmiKit backdrops by ArbitraryReason and sbrown1038. Modified by Ken Lester. (AmiKit:Prefs/Presets/AmiKit/Backdrops/)
  • UPDATED: akGIF DataType 45.55
  • UPDATED: akJFIF DataType 45.55
  • UPDATED: akPNG DataType 45.55
  • UPDATED: akTIFF DataType 45.55
  • UPDATED: PlayOGG 6.0
  • UPDATED: WookieChat 2.4
(nba) (Translation: (cad)

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Thorsten Mampel, 1.President of ACH (ANF)

Amiga Club Hamburg opens up to alternative systems
In its last general meeting, the Amiga Club Hamburg has decided that the ACH is opening up to other alternative computer systems. Systems like Mac OS X or Linux, for example, as well as generally all other systems apart from the mainstream Microsoft Windows, fall among these.

The background of this decision is the ever-stagnating number of Amiga users in the Hamburg area as well as the ever-waning number of members who show up at the regular meeting on Monday.

At the Monday meetings, the ACH offers its members the chance to set up a computer, surf on the Internet with high-speed DSL, and to talk shop with like-minded people in a rented room. (nba) (Translation: (cad)

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Jens Schoenfeld (ANF)

New windows drivers for Catweasel
press release After the last update about three months ago, we mainly received bug reports that referred to writing Amiga disks. The errors could not be reproduced on our test systems immediately, therefore the solution took longer than we wanted our customers to wait. Many thanks must go to customers who patiently reported bugs and helped us test the new drivers. The new beta version (now a release candidate) can be downloaded for free from our support page.

The cause for the error that has been finally resolved was the floppy drives that are currently available on the PC market, where DD-disks practically do not exist any more. These drives have been extremely optimised for low production cost. We know about one drive that does not work with DD-disks (720K, 880K) any more, it's the Samsung SFD-321B. The re-configurable architecture of the Catweasel MK4 allows hardware updates through the driver. We found a possibility to write DD-disks with such disk drives. However, they cannot be verified or read with that kind of drives, but they can be read with most DD drives in classic Amiga computers. This lets you use the drives temporarily until you can install a recommended true dual-mode drive, for example by Teac. One thing that you should avoid is writing HD disks with DD density.

Some customers wanted to connect 5,25-inch drives with 360K capacity to the Catweasel. The imagetool now allows the necessary configuration for that. Last not least, a problem with the middle and right mouse buttons of an Amiga mouse has been resolved.

Direct download: (100 KB) (cg) (Translation: (cg)

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Paul J. Beel (ANF)

SDB Database Engine for AROS: update
At "The AROS Show," there is a short status update on the current state of development of Fabio Falcucci's relational database SDB. (cg) (Translation: (cad)

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