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.
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
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
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
Happy New Year to Everyone!
In Decemeber, while everyone was taking time to prepare for
celebration of Christmas, a number of small developments
Neil Cafferkey implemented support for refreshing MUI windows
when a requester is opened on top of them and used it
in AROS preferences programs. Neil also improved handling
of HAM images in the ilbm.datatype, fixing palette and
transparency issues. Toni Wilen extended the AROS 68k startup
code to make it compatible with undocumented AmigaOS behavior.
Thanks to this change it is now possible to run for example
Shrinkler compressed 68k binaries. Stefan Haubenthal updated
a number of language and keymap files as well as updated
the fd2pragma tool to version 2.195.
December also saw an opening of a new bounty, targeting
an improvement to Workbook - the AROS 68k ROM based "Workbench"
replacement. More details can be found on Power2People
Lastly, development was started to make Scalos, which is another
"Workbench" replacement, work under AROS 68k.
Two major developments related to Linux hosted version of AROS
reached significant milestones in November. Jyrki Koivisto
continued development of the USB driver that communicates directly
to Linux USB subsystem and brought it to a state where storage
devices now can be accessed on the AROS side. Second development,
the ALSA based AHI driver developed by Krzysztof Smiechowicz
reached release level and is now included in the AROS nightly
builds. It replaces the obsolete OSS based driver. This development
was done based on bounty hosted by Power2People.org and this
bounty has been closed as well.
While on topic of bounties, a bounty to deliver a working
implementation of FUSE filesystem and read/write driver for
NTFS filesystem has been completed by Frederik Wikstrom. The
bounty was also hosted by Power2People.org. The sources of
the port are not yet integrated into AROS, but are freely
available on GitHub.
To close the November highlights, Neil Cafferkey continued
his work on improving Zune and making it more compatible with
October saw two interesting new developements in Linux hosted
AROS landscape. First, Krzysztof Smiechowicz started implementation
of audio driver based in ALSA subsystem. Linux hosted AROS has
been without sound for a long time - since the OSS system in Linux has
been deprecated. First alpha version has been released. Driver is
developed based on a bounty. Secondly, Jyrki Koivisto began work
on USB driver that communicates with Linux usb subsystem and makes USB
devices available from Poseidon.
Neil Cafferkey continued his work on Zune, AROS MUI replacement, by
adding more test cases focusing on MUI List and Listview classes.
Together with extending the tests, a few small fixes have been implemnented.
Last but not least, Oliver Brunner ported traceroute utility based
on request from community.
Outside of AROS Development Team, the community received updates to two AROS
distributions. Olaf Schoenweiss updated his AROS m68k distribution "AROS
Vision" to version 2.6.9. and Pascal Papara released another preview
build of his AROS i386 distribution "AROS Broadway", working towards version
1.0. Pascal also achieved one more nice milestone with 500 users beeing
registered in his cross platform IndieGO AppStore that is available also