Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! It has been an
important year for AROS development, and we'd really like to
thank every AROS fan, tester and contributor for the magnificent
results (y)our operating system has obtained.
But, while waiting for the first status updates of 2007, why don't
you listen to the best Xmas songs with AROSAmp, the first GUI-driven
MP3 player for AROS? You may find it here
And, if you'd like to look at your old digital photos, maybe you'd
be interested in Pawel Stefanski's imageviewer for Morphos, which
has been recently ported to AROS.
Our latest status update is about three months old, but in the meanwhile
we didn't sit somewhere doing nothing. Lots of improvements and bugfixes
have been made to several components of AROS, in order to make it work
Nightly builds for the PPC-hosted flavor of AROS are finally available
in our download page.
Christoph Szczecina added initial support for drag'n'drop file
copying to Wanderer, allowing a smarter approach to file management.
This initial commit allows copying only a single file from one
directory to another, but it's a beginning. Beta testers may find
this new feature in the latest nightly builds. Other developers
added window position saving and icon listing support.
Staf Verhaegen is updating developers' documentation. Lots of things
have changed in the last 24 months and our manual pages were just a
little outdated. Thanks to Staf, new AROS developers may find
useful information on this website.
Thanks to Bernd Roesch and Georg Steger, all important features
needed to replace MUI in most Amiga programs have been added to
Zune. Michal Schulz added write support to the PNG datatype, making icon
and image editing easier on AROS.
OSNews has published an article about some of the issues
surrounding OS-recreation projects. Further on, it examines two
platforms and the related re-creation OSes, one of those being AROS
The AROS Show has interviewed our project leader Aaron Digulla. Click
here to read it.
AutoDocReader, software to read developers' documentation in AutoDoc
format, has been ported to AROS. AmiGG 0.44.3 has been ported too, by
Marcin Kielesinski. This is the first Instant Messenger program for AROS
and it supports two protocols popular in Poland: Gadu-Gadu and Tlen.
AmiGG also supports mail notifications. You may find a screenshot
here, while binaries are here.
Murks! is an Integrated Development Environment for AROS. Murks! uses
the same Project File Format that AmiDevCpp uses, so data exchange is
possible. To use Murks!, you need the AROS native gcc installed on
your system; Windows users can try Murks! using the latest WinAros
version containing the native gcc. Full story on AROS-EXEC.
Aros.org localization continues. Samuel Atlan is working on his French
translation of our website. It will take some time to complete, but
first pages are already available from the top left menu. Please notice also
a new feature of aros.org: now you can reach localized pages by adding your
national prefix to standard url. For instance, you may find the Italian home
page using www.aros.org/it, the russian one with www.aros.org/ru and
Please read this nice review Dmitar Butrovski has written on
OSnews.com. It's clearly one of the most complete articles about
AROS, covering every feature and each side of our nice operating system.
If you don't already know exactly what AROS is, you may get a good
The new 1.20 version of the famous Commodore 8-bit computers line
emulator VICE is available for all Amiga platforms, AROS included. You
may find it here.
WinAros is a preinstalled AROS environment installed on a HD image,
compatible with famous virtual machines QEMU and Microsoft VirtualPC,
both freely available on the net. You may download QEMU Winaros here
and the VirtualPC one here. Heinz-Raphael Reinke has also written a
complete AROS installation on hard disk guide in PDF format. If you
prefer, there is also a German version. You need Adobe Acrobat
Reader, FoxIt Reader or aPDF/xPDF to read them.
Installation Kit for AROS (IKAROS) is a set of virtual disk images for
different virtualisers, including QEMU and VMware, already partitioned,
formatted, and ready to install AROS on. Its benefits are its small archive
size, as it doesn't include large amount of files, and the possbility to
install fresh AROS versions, which make it useful for testing the
nightly builds. It allows easy installation of new versions without
messing with partition setup. Installation instructions included.
Please check Aros-Exec for recent updates.
Aros.org pages are available in two more languages: thanks to Sergey Mineychew
our website speaks now Russian, while Tomasz Paul is still working on
its Polish translation. Just click on top left menu to reach new pages.
Sergey is also working on russian locales of AROS applications.
Thanks to Matthias Rustler, we've got also a German aros.org located
at www.aros.org/index.de.php. But you don't have to remember every language's
home page: we added a nice international menu on the left. Just
select you preferred language, and bookmark in for your convenience.
There is a new binary snapshot for hosted AROS-PPC! Just go to Sourceforge
website and download it! Here's the release notes: "This release depends
on glibc 2.3.2 or newer. You need to give AROS some more RAM than the default
allocation of 16 MB (leaves about 4 MB for applications). Start it using:
./aros -m 64 This will allocate 64 MB. As with all X11 hosted AROS versions
you need to add Option "BackingStore" to the Device section of xorg.conf"
Thanks to Neil Cafferkey, Adam Chodorowski, Daniel Holmen and Paolo Besser,
aros.org has now its Finnish and Italian counterparts. Translations of
this website are now available at these nice new addresses:
Finnish aros.org: www.aros.org/fi/index.php
Italian aros.org: www.aros.org/it/index.php
Finnish translation is almost complete, while Italian one is still
a work in progress. Aros.org does support German translation too, but only a
few pages are already available. If you wish to contribute localizations of
our web pages, well... please apply to the development mailing list.
Hogne "M0ns00n" Titlestad has released Lunapaint v0.2 for i386/AROS.
The app can save and open projects, make animations and export images.
Initial stability issues in hosted AROS has been resolved, and Lunapaint works fine
also on native. You can see screenshots here and read a nice interview
on The Aros Show. Download it from the Archives!
Mathias Roslund has ported the famous Commodore 8-bit computers line emulator
VICE to all Amiga platforms, AROS included. Please note that the AROS
version is still highly experimental. You may find it here.
Tomasz Wiszkowski has ported FryingPan and CoFEE to AROS. FryingPan
is CD/DVD burner software, while CoFEE is a CD/DVD copy program.
They work partially on AROS due to lack of ATAPI and SCSI commands.
In order to speed up their implementation, TeamAROS has
started a new bounty
Randy Vice and Oliver Adams have completely renewed the TeamAROS website,
with more stylish graphics and a brand new service: Bounty Subscriptions. Now
"you can support TeamAROS by a monthly subscription of $5 USD or $10 USD and
that gives you a vote on TeamAROS-Benefactors ML on which bounty deserves that
month's cash donation. This is a painless method since PayPal will deduct the
money automatically each month. Set and forget, can't be made much easier
Bernd Roesch and Georg Steger are fixing bugs and adding new features to Zune,
while other AROS developers are still working hard on other issues of the
Michal Schulz has done it again: the day every ATI fanboy was waiting for
has finaly come! AROS has got its Radeon driver - pardon - hidd, so it's now
possible to access Radeon cards directly and forget the old VESA modes. All
Radeon owners are encouraged to download tonight's nightly build and test it.
Due to a change of IP address, our community's website aros-exec.org is
temporarily down. We apologize for that. The website, its forum and services
will be back around March 29th, better and stronger than before.
After some time of testing, a new snapshot of the Amiga Research
Operating System has been released, based on Feb. 7 nightly build. We
encourage you to download, try it and eventually report bugs. Minimum
specs for native version of AROS is a standard PC with PS/2 mouse and
keyboard (USB not supported), a VESA compatible video card, 64 MB of
system RAM and 4x ATAPI CD-ROM drive. This release offers audio and
network support, limited to comptabile chipsets and adaptors. The new
snapshot is available in this site's download page.
This is the first status update of 2006, and we wish to thank all AROS
users, sponsors and enthusiasts for their support: at the beginning of
2005 AROS-Exec had about 250 members, now this number has doubled
with more than 500 (and growing). During these months AROS has achieved
some key goals such as network support, CVS to Subversion migration and
PPC porting. More and more applications had been ported or added, lots
of bugs have been fixed, and there's also a flavour of AROS running on
top of classic AmigaOS, in order to modernize it. We're all sure that
2006 will be a very interesting year for AROS. And now, let's go with
our fresh news...
Georg Steger has fixed input preferences for mouse, in order to improve
mice tracking and pointer precision on the screen.
Matthias Rustler has updated documentation for users and developers,
adding some nice hints and removing obsolete informations. You'll find
signs of his work throughout this site. Matthias has also commited
ExecuteStartup, a little tool that executes whatever application you'll
copy in the SYS:WBstartup drawer.
Thanks to Nick Andrews and Jack Patton AROS has got IRC and Telnet
clients. In order to enable networking on hosted version of AROS,
Michal Schulz has commited a .tap interface hidd for all Unix targets.