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May 2016 Highlights

Author:Krzysztof Smiechowicz
Date:2016-06-12

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 thread

April 2016 Highlights

Author:Krzysztof Smiechowicz
Date:2016-05-03

This biggest news of April was the release of long awaited, new version of Odyssey Web Browser by Krzysztof Smiechowicz. Odyssey 1.25 released after one and half years of development brings updated WebKit engine, many stability and bug fixes and finally the capability to play HTML5 videos to AROS. While Odyssey is a cross-AmigaNG browser, AROS currently has the most advanced version.

Nick Andrews continued his work started in March and added more patches to support AROS being compiled with GCC 6.1.0 as well as Clang/LLVM. In April Nick also initiated the work on supporting 64-bit version of ARM platform. We do not yet have a working build, but first important steps are taken. Finally Nick ported ffmpeg library in version 3.0.1 to AROS and updated the source codes of SMB file system. The later allows compatibility with Windows 7 created shares.

Icaros 2.1 AROS distribution, released in March, received a small update in April, bringing component fixes and new version of Odyssey Web Browser thus increasing the version of Icaros to 2.1.1. Olaf Schoenweiss released an updated version of his Aros Vision distribution for AROS 68k. From version 3.1 AROS Vision adds "RTG" suffix, because in April Olaf also released a new experimental distribution called Aros Vision PAL which is aimed at lower spec machines.

March 2016 Highlights

Author:Krzysztof Smiechowicz
Date:2016-05-02

March saw tons of activity from all aspects of AROS. First and foremost Nick Andrews has been working on enabling compilation of AROS with GCC 6.0. This not only included the porting of the compiler itself, but also adjusting the source code to the new compiler and fixing warnings and bugs. While at it, Nick also worked on our build system making it more flexible and capable of integrating a second compiler - LLVM/Clang. While AROS cannot yet be compiled with the new compiler, the usage is already possible.

Continuing work of Nick, he applied many fixes to x86_64 version of AROS. The fixes were mainly the result of problems detected by new version of GCC.

Third area that received improvements was the 68k support in AROS. Georg Steger updated the AROS RGT driver, giving it more performance, stability and functionality. Toni Willen implemented faster hunk executable loading, solving the long standing difference between hunk and elf. Jason McMullan improved the stability of Amiga ATA driver under low memory conditions. All these improvements contribute to better AROS 68k which is important in the light of coming Vampire V2 accelerator card.

Wanderer, the AROS Workbench replacement, received also a new file search capability thanks to Matthias Rustler. This development is going to be really appreciated by Wanderer users.

A lot also happened in AROS distributions. Pascal Papara released new versions of AEROS Premium for Odroid XU3 and XU4 as well as AEROS for RaspberryPi 3. Icaros Desktop, leading distribution for x86 PC computers was updated by Paolo Besser to version 2.1 bringing updates to software released in last year.

Closing this update, in 3rd party development, Marcus Sackrow released version 0.54 of his text editor EdiSyn. EdiSyn among standard editor features supports also syntax highlighting which is important to developers working directly under AROS.

February 2016 Highlights

Author:Krzysztof Smiechowicz
Date:2016-03-13

Core AROS developments in February focused mostly on bug fixes. Matthias Rustler and Neil Cafferkey improved several Shell commands and Michal Schulz fixed a bug in TLSF memory manager. We also saw a number of fixes for 64-bit support from Nick Andrews and Michal Schulz as well as enabling the 64-bit AROS to allocate memory over 4GB barrier.

Lunapaint, a native painting program has been added to AROS Contrib repository in February which should make fixing it for compatibilities with different platforms easier.

3rd party developers brought a number important updates in February. First Yannick Erb updated ZuneView, the image viewing program to version 0.22. Pascal Papara release updates to AEROS for Raspberry Pi 1 and 2. AEROS is a distribution of AROS hosted on Linux. Finally, a interesting development from Norbert Kett has been made available, namely a Google Drive handler. This handler allows, in basic version, a read only access to files located on Google Drive accounts. For a small fee of 10 Euros, the license can be obtained that enables write access as well as guarantees access to future works from Norbert, which will include Dropbox and Google Cloud Print.

January 2016 Highlights

Author:Krzysztof Smiechowicz
Date:2016-02-11

This month the developments were dominated by Nick Andrews who was working on animation.datatype and specialized animation classes. These components were missing for a long time in AROS and we are happy to see Nick take up this work. The work is additionally financed by a bounty hosted by Power2People.org. Nick already deliver the gif and mpeg classes as well as made substantial improvements to the anim class. MultiView was also extended along the way.

Following on topic of bounties, two new bounties were opened. First targets a new port of Python programming language. The complete work in split into 5 stages and for now the first stage bounty is defined which aims at porting the core of Python 2.7. The second new bounty will deliver the overscan support to AROS 68k Amiga chipset video drivers. More details can be found on Power2People

Further progress has been made on supporting 68k platform, with Scalos, a Workbench replacements, now functioning correctly under AROS 68k. In more 68k news, Olaf Schoenweiss released a new milestone build of his AROS 68k distribution called "AROS Vision". The version is now 3.0 and brings a lot of important improvements.

Following up on 3rd party developments, Frederik Wikstrom, who in November completed the FUSE bounty, delivered an updated version of the filesysbox.library and NTFS and exFAT drivers.

Closing the January highlights, AROS made it to AmigaFuture, the printed Amiga magazine. The January/February issue contains interview with Krzysztof Smiechowicz, one of core AROS developers.


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