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SAM440: Firmware-Update to U-Boot 1.3.1a
Press release:
Bassano del Grappa, 27. November 2009

ACube Systems is pleased to announce the release of a new version of U-Boot firmware for its line of motherboards Sam440ep and Sam440ep-flex. This version addresses a number of problems and add some features and optimizations making it possible to cut down boot time by 3-12 seconds depending on the configuration of the board.

What's new in this version (for both motherboard versions):
  • faster graphic card initialization, now it takes half the time than previous U-Boot version
  • unified the first two countdowns, for an even faster boot
  • solved compatibility issues with some Radeon 9200 and 9250 gfx cards
  • reworked preference menu

Sam440ep miniITX-Version:
  • a Radeon HD 2400 graphic card could be now used as secondary gfx card

  • added support for Silicon Motion 502 graphic card
  • added experimental support for Catweasel MK4 controller
  • a Radeon HD 2400 graphic card could be now used in both 33 and 66 Mhz PCI slots


Sam440ep: (302 KB)
Sam440ep-flex: (270 KB)

Please note: UBoot and UBoot updater make use of GPL code and thus are both published under GPL. The source codes are available under:

u-boot-1.3.1a_20091127_prod.tar.gz (5,6 MB) (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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Software-News until 27.11.2009

Metacompiler: PortablE r5

Christopher Handley's metacompiler PortablE translates the Amiga specific programming language E into different languages. Windows, AmigaOS 3/4, AROS and MorphOS are supported.

Changes in version r5:
  • Experimental MorphOS support (for C++), including MOS executables! MUI seems to work
  • Modules provided by others for AHI, CD_Play, FreeDB, MPEGA & some MUI bits
  • PortablE is up to 65% faster than before
  • PortablE's memory usage has been halved! Now similar to GCC's
  • MUI programs with custom classes can now be compiled by AmiDevCpp for OS3
  • Added emulation of AmigaE's ! (floating-point) operator to the compatibility mode
  • FastNew is implemented using an enhanced TLSF algorithm, greatly reducing memory usage
  • Programs produced by PortablE run faster, and PEGCC produces smaller executables
  • Lists are now truely stack-allocated, rather than being dynamically faked
  • Implemented the missing string formatting codes (\l, \r, \z, [w] & (x,y)) for C++
  • For speed, multi-threading support is now disabled unless you use OPT MULTITHREADED
  • Directory scanning is now much more robust on Windows
  • Improved documentation; clickable links, added bold/etc & special characters now visible
  • More examples of portable code
  • Various bug fixes

Download-Tool: wget 1.12 for AmigaOS 3/4

Diego Casorran has published new ports of the download tool wget:
  • URLs in file's comments are now unescaped (eg: %7e -> ~)
  • For the first time, added an AmigaOS4 build.
  • Compiled using OpenSSL 1.0.0-beta4, download it from if you want SSL support in Wget - OS4 users need to have AmiSSL installed

Amiga Future: New full versions online

Further software have been added to the download section of the Amiga Future website, among others Reflections 4 (CD-ISO), Football Glory, Andreas Stürmer MP3s and much more. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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whoosh (ANF)

Postscript-Interpreter: GPL Ghostscript 8.70
"whoosh" has published a new version of his Amiga port of Ghostscript. Two different versions are available - one of them requires the ixemul.library and offers all functions. You can find the list of changes, installation hints as well as download links on the website of the author. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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OpenPCI: PciTool 2.1.2
PciTool written by Marian 'MaaG^dA' Guc for AmigaOS 3.x and MorphOS provides information about used PCI-cards in a computer system with the openpci.library (from version 2.1).

Download: PciTool_2.1.2.lha (300 KB) (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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MorphZone (Forum)

MorphOS: OpenBSD/x86 overtaken at OGR-27-competition
At the OGR-27-competition, MorphOS overtook OpenBSD/x86 and improved to 15th. For further information please have a look at (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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24.Nov.2009 (Webseite)

OpenSSL 1.0-beta4
The OpenSSL-project is a toolkit-implementation of the protocols Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) based on open-source software.

Under the title link version 1.0-beta4 for AmigaOS/68k was published which supports the following codes: mdc2, md4, md5, hmac(md5), sha1, rmd160, rc4, des cbc, des ede3, idea cbc, seed cbc, rc2 cbc, blowfish cbc, cast cbc, aes-128 cbc, aes-192 cbc, aes-256 cbc, camellia-128 cbc, camellia-192 cbc, camellia-256 cbc, sha256, sha512, whirlpool, aes-128 ige, aes-192 ige and aes-256 ige. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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