October 2019

A Complete Report On Amiga34

Frequent readers of this blog already know that I’ve been an Amigan (and before that an 8-bit Commodores super-enthusiast) for all my life. Those readers also know that, for many different reasons, I never had the chance to attend an Amiga convention and/or the old assembly parties that were popular over Europe years ago, and […]

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Icaros Desktop’s first 64-bit AROS download is available

AROS is great, and Icaros Desktop has been probably the most well-known distribution out there.  Their 32bit, single core version is very useful.  Now, they’ve released a very early 64 bit version.

There are heavy warnings that this isn’t anything other than a work-in-progress, proof-of-concept version that won’t replace the existing 32bit version for a while.  it does give us something to play with though.

It does support SMP (more than one core).  It also identified the CPU (under VirtualBox).

A quick way to get into AROS development

With AROS’s x86 (and also x64 multi-processor version), porting cpu-heavy apps or creating new ones may be more doable than other variants (no knock against 68060/vampire or PowerPC users, but even those are still not nearly as powerful as the Intel/AMD machines that AROS can run on).

But how to start developing?  Well, the distributor for IcarosDesktop (paolone), has put together a virtual machine image of an Ubuntu distro with the AROS development system already set up.

New MorphOS 3.12 is out and it looks like iMac G5’s may be supported

Yet another great release of MorphOS is out and other places are mentioning it.  However, it seems that a little-mentioned blurb in the release notes hint that the iMac G5 (20 and 17 inch models, with G5’s) may be supported even though they aren’t listed in the supported hardware section.

The 17″ and 20″ iSight iMac G5 models have the internal model number (in Apple terms) of PowerMac12,1 (for both).

In the Quark changelog section of MorphOS 3.12:

  • Added basic PMac12,1/PPC970FX frequency switching support

and in the G5 Power Management section:

Is Jen Schönfeld (of icomp.de) about to exit the Amiga market over legal issues?

It appears that Individual Computers (makers of many very useful classic Amiga hardware products), may be considering leaving the Amiga market if the legal battles with Cloanto and Hyperion don’t end soon (or end in a Cloanto victory).

Here’s supposedly a message from Jens about it:

This email was from February of 2019, and he clarified when the email got out that he’s giving the situation until this coming February (2020) to decide what he will do: