September was definatelly a distro month. First AEROS distribution
was refreshed by Pascal Papara and brought to version 4.2.1 on all
supported platforms (Raspberry Pi 1/2/3 and Odroid XU3/XU4). The
changes include integration of EmuLa, installation of Chrome browser
supporting Flash, SDL2 libraries and ScummVM 1.8 and Amiga Racer game.
Staying on ARM platform, September also saw first release of AROS
distribution targetted at Orange Pi platform. The distribution, called
PiAROS, uses hosted version of AROS, similar to AEROS.
Lastly, Icaros Desktop, x86 distribution by Paolo Besser received
an update and is now available in version 2.1.3. The new version brings
updates to several applications, include Odyssey Web Browser, PortablE,
SimpleMail and Mapparium.
In core AROS development we had two activities. While Neil Cafferkey
continued making improvements to MUI, Miloslav Martinka added Czech
localization to a number of applications as well as implemented
localization in Appearance preferences.
Opening this news summary is a public, read-only access for AROS
repository. So far such access was only provided via the AROS
GIT-mirror but now it is also available on the main repository.
Also last month a first, full developer pack for AROS 68k has been
released by Krzysztof Smiechowicz in cooperation with Apollo/Vampire
team. The dev-pack contains ready to use native development environment
for 68k as well as scripts that will download and build AROS 68k on a
Linux host delivering system and cross compiler.
In the AROS core there have been a few notable developments. Nick Andrews
continued making fixes to AROS to allow compilation under GCC 6.1.
Krzysztof Smiechowicz updated OpenSSL library to version 1.0.1t and
started porting OpenSSH 7.3 package, releasing the first, alpha version. The
work on the ssh client was triggered by results of June's survey. Neil
Cafferkey continued making fixes and extensions to MUI List class and
finally a number of programs received new or updated Czech localization thanks
to Miloslav Martinka.
Outside of core team Pascal Papara continued releasing updated to his
AROS distributions. In August AEROS 4.0.1 has been release with support for
Raspberry Pi 1,2 and 3 containing updated kernels and update for UAE4ARM emulator.
Closing this update, there have been two interesting 3rd party developments
in August. SimpleMail 0.42 with SSL support has been released and a new
,OpenGL enabled port of a classic Elite 2 Frontier has been made available
by David Douglas.
In July AROS core received a number of small fixes and updates from
varius contributors, including Neil Cafferkey, Krzysztof Smiechowicz,
Matthias Rustler and Stefan Haubenthal. Notably, this work included fixing
the native GCC to correctly search for SDK paths.
Outside of core AROS developments, an interesting offer has been made by
the Apollo Team . They offered free Vampire accelerator cards to
developers interested in improving AROS 68k. More information can be found
in this thread .
We've also seen a good portion of new applications being released for
AROS. A number of games have been ported and are now available for
download from the Archives . Next, SimpleMail mail client, has been
updated to version 0.41. Finally, a retro gaming center program called
EMULA has been made public by its author, Fabio Falcucci. EMULA is free to
use and includes additional features based on subscription model.
Closing July's highlights, Pascal Papara released a new preview build of
his AROS x86 distribution called AROS Broadway. More information can be
found here .
This month's highlights start with the results of the AROS 2016 usage
survey. The survey was aimed at understanding the ways in which AROS is used
and what is needed to make it more useful. In total 50 people took part and
you can read the results of the survey in this thread . Thank you to all
June also saw the release of an update to Icaros Desktop, the leading x86
distribution by Paolo Besser. The update, presented as version 2.1.2, brings
a refreshed 68K environment, new cloud service drivers and a few updated
applications. Visit www.icarosdesktop.org/ to download the update.
As a final highlight, Krzysztof Smiechowicz began work to refresh the
ABI_V0-compatible system files with the latest developments from the AROS
trunk. The last refresh was done at the end of 2014, so it is a good time to
bring the new functionalities to the AROS community. The refreshed version
is expected to be available in Fall 2016.
As the days finally got warmer on northern hemisphere, the activity of
both users and developers of AROS reached quite low levels in May.
Krzysztof Smiechowicz made the necessary fixes to the source code
and enabled again the x86_64 build of AROS, which was not available for
over three months. Right now nightly build targets for all supported
architectures are available.
In May first version of a new, interesting application has been made
available by Marcus Sacrow. Mapparium is an OpenStreetMap client
working under AROS and MorphOS. Current functionality allows for
example browsing the map and searching for location.
Closing, a new survey has been launched in order to understand how
AROS is used by people and how it can become even more useful. If
you have not done so, please answer the survey questions in this