Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! It has been an
important year for AROS development, profile and diffusion,
and we'd really like to thank every AROS fan, tester and contributor
for the magnificent results (y)our operating system has gained.
Here are some examples of 2007 AROS "milestones".
January: after years of struggling with shell commands and
DOpus actions, copying files became easy with Wanderer drag'n'drop.
February: a tap interface has been added to AROS hosted,
completing network support.
March: AROS got packet file-systems support, increasing
compatibility and coherency with original AmigaOS, and allowing
AROS to manage FAT partitions. AROS got also an improved TCP/IP
stack, with a new version of AROSTCP, and USB support.
April: Wanderer got a new decoration system, allowing windows to
be customized with themes. Support for LUA and ARexx scripts has
been improved too.
May: AROS changed its name in 'AROS Research Operating System' and
aros.org got an heavy face-lift. Wanderer started showing only icons
or all files, and a new community-driven site has born, ArosWorld.org.
June: AROS users decided the official windows and desktop wallpapers
in an amusing competition.
September: AROS has been presented to the Amiga community
in a conference at Pianeta Amiga. MUIbase and HivelyTracker have been
October: AROS got a new installer that made installation on hard
disk easier. Now AROS can safely live on a disk together with
November: AROS made a huge step ahead with its new 64-bit
December: Two new AROS distributions have been announced, Velocity
Michal Schulz has made the miracle, and a whole new chapter in AROS
history begins. Starting from today, you can grab the 64 bit native
flavour of AROS from our website. This new version is obviously more
advanced than the usual one, and has limited memory protection and
loading boot modules. A initial wall for 4 GB of RAM will be removed
as soon as proper MMU handling is done. In order to run the 64 bit
native version of AROS a 64-bit x86 processor like AMD Athlon 64 or
latest Intel Core2 is needed.
A new AROS distribution has born. VmwAROS is a pre-installed and
pre-configured AROS environment for VMware, compatible with Windows
and Linux versions of VMware Player, Server and Workstation (v5 or 6).
This distribuion is still far from being complete, however a initial
beta has been released for everyone daring to download and test it.
VmwAROS targets everyday's users and coders, and anyone interested in
trying AROS, but don't want to jeopardize the data on their hard drive.
Click here for more.
Aros-Exec's user Fishy_fis has announced a new AROS distribution
called Velocity. An initial beta should be released soon. "Velocity
will come initially in both a live booting installable CD and a VMWare
hard disk image and contains considerably more (and custom configured)
software than the nightly build ISOs". Screenshots are included.
Robert Norris is working on an AROS Web-browser based on Webkit, called
Traveller. While working on it, he has updated lots of AROS libraries
and already ported some useful pieces of code, like libxml2, cURL,
OpenSSL, SQLite and more. Some informations in his blog.
AROS has gained lots of bugfixes and improvements in the lastest
weeks. For istance, Neil Cafferkey has corrected some important bugs
in his beloved AROS Installer; Nic Andrews has worked on his
RTL8139 network driver; and Robert Norris has fixed file
notifications, which previously broke preferences, just to name
Robert Norris has added a SDL driver for linux hosted AROS. This
lets you build a hosted AROS that doesn't require X (you don't even need it installed to build anymore). In theory this could help with getting hosted running on other platforms (anywhere SDL exists), however it's a little slower than the X driver.
Matthias Rustler has ported ptplay.library to AROS. It renders
Protracker modules into sound samples. Additionally he also ported
ShellPlayer, a simple example player. They will be in nightly
builds, in Extras/MultiMedia/Audio drawer.
Matthias Rustler also made an initial port of Alain Thellier's
Wazp3D to AROS. Wazp3D is a library intended to be compatible
with the famous Warp3D.library for AmigaOS 68040, and it makes easier
to port some 3D Amiga games to AROS. Wazp3D can also work as a
software renderer, fooling applications looking for a 3D hardware
Michal Schulz has made some big steps further with his
x86-64 port of AROS. The day of 64 bit AROS computing is
getting near. In the meanwhile, Michal added also SSE instructions
support to AROS.
Petr Novak has translated aros.org in Czech.
Breaking News! Neil Cafferkey has commited a brand new installer
for AROS, allowing a cleaner and safer installation on hard disks.
New features are the following:
- Installation drive and partitions can now be specified.
- Creation of Work partition now works.
- Partition sizes can now be specified and existing partitions can be preserved.
- Windows now added to GRUB boot menu if a likely Windows system partition is found
- Locale can be set during the installation
Please notice, however, that this is still beta software. Here are
some warnings from Neil: "The new HD installer is now included on the
nightly ISO and is ready for testing. However, there's currently a bug
in either Wanderer or FFS that needs to be worked around. After starting
the installer, you need to quit Wanderer before continuing (unless
you're not going to format any partitions).
Be even more careful than usual with this version of the installer, ie.
don't expose a machine with unbacked-up valuable data to it. It should
preserve all existing partitions if requested, but no one has tested
this so far besides me."
If you have a test machine with no important data on it, you'd be very
smart downloading 10-01 nightly build (or later) and help us finding
bugs. You may use the Bug Tracker or post a message in this AROS-Exec
As previously anticipated on this website, AROS has been a guest
star of Pianeta Amiga 2007. During the popular Amiga show,
Paolo Besser has presented AROS to a niche of interested Amiga
fellows. The event has been anticipated by some important IT news
sites like TGM Online and HW Upgrade. A report of the
show has been published by The AROS Show (read it here). You may
also see a nice video on YouTube.
Our website have got some new documentation translations - namely, to Greek (by
Ioannis Koniaris), Spanish (by Ariel Gomez) and Czech (by Petr Novak), with
usual and necessary help from Neil Cafferkey. Swedish (by Jon Anderson) and
Russian (by Softy) translation updates coming soon. Also more updates in more
languages are coming (by... you?).
Michal Schulz is working on x86-64 version's low-level parts of
exec.library - the scheduler and interrupt handlers. The bootstrap
code has changed a lot and he has managed to compile several
libraries (thanks to the gigantic effort of Henning Kiel, who fixed
sources for 64-bit compatibility) into separate modules. In other
words, the 64-bit kernel is about to boot, multitask and start
the autoinit route of exec.library soon.
If you have installed an ageing nightly build of AROS, please go to
the download section and grab a new one. There had been lots of
important bugfixes, and also some nice cosmetic enhancements.
After our competition, we have got two "official" wallpapers
installed by default: "AROS rose" by d980 for the desktop, and
"AROS" by Wesper for windows.
If you plan to spend some days in Tuscany (Italy) on september
22nd and 23rd, don't forget to visit Empoli. On saturday
22nd at 16.00h AROS will be presented
at Pianeta Amiga 2007 show.
Some other nice applications had been ported on AROS. We've recently
got MUIbase, a relational database and Hively Tracker, an AHX
format mod editor. You may find both in the Archives as usual.
AROS globalization continues! Ioannis Koniaris has translated
AROS.org in Greek.
In the last weeks we got some technical issues with our build machine,
so we apologize if you couldn't download an updated nightly. However
the problem has been resolved with a brand new build machine, set up by
Three new interesting bounties had been recently opened on TeamAROS:
please have a look to AROS on SAM440, disk validator and
creation of a new AROS distro.
We'd really like to thank everyone involved in AROS artistry: in the
last weeks we got lots of new wallpaper for our competition and
also some new banners. If you're running a website, or actively
participating to a forum, you may help AROS diffusion by using and
linking them to (your language translation of) Aros.org.
Welcome the the new AROS.org website! AROS has a new official
name and a new face on the Internet. From now on, AROS simply
means "AROS Research Operating System". If you're running a fan
site, a mailing list or so about AROS, please update them to the
During this first half of 2007, AROS has greatly increased its
features, and though it isn't ready yet for a "1.0" release, it
is far more useable today than it was a year ago. We made decisions
and improvements over the original project, that gave AROS its own
identity. In the meanwhile, recent events that involved Amiga Inc
suggested us it was a good time for a name change.
In a few words: AROS is stronger now, because even if the goals
of the project remain the same, we can concentrate more efforts
Michal Schulz has completed UHCI and OHCI USB supports, this means
AROS should now support USB almost on every computer. At this stage,
only mice and keyboards are supported, but other devices are on the
Thanks to Nic Andrews, Wanderer has now option to show files by icons
instead of showing all files by default. He also added scalable wallpapers
to the desktop and keyboard navigation in windows.
Robert Norris added write support to FAT filesystem in AROS.
Mounting Windows partitions is still little tricky, but it works
almost as expected. Please don't try it yet on important data.
Paul J. Beel has published lots of interesting interviews about AROS
and other lovely subjects. Please don't miss Nic Andrews and
DiscreetFX Bill Panagouleas ones on The AROS Show
Please look also at Amigamia's new community portal AROSWorld
and, if you like, you may buy one of those lovely shirts, mugs and
gadget with Kitty. Part of your money will be spent to help
New site design or AROS.org has been made by Tom Richards.
Another important step in AROS customization has been done. Darius
Brewka and Georg Steger have added a new decor system to Wanderer,
allowing user to edit and change themes. Damir Sijakovic's ICE theme
has been used as an example and it is now the default theme for AROS
nightly builds. Please look at this screenshot (full version):
Isn't it nice? Anyway, we're trying to make AROS more stylish and
nice to see. So any kind of artistry contribution (themes, icons,
wallpapers, gadgets and so on) is very well accepted. Please look
at AROS-Exec for further informations.
Michal Schulz is working on a keyboard driver for his USB stack.
He has commited an initial version that should work almost well
(should handle keys correctly, but LEDs won't work). Please
remember that AROS is still only compatible to UHCI USB
controllers at this stage.
SFS filesystem now builds automatically. This allow users to mount
and use SFS partitions in a safer and easier way. Pavel Fedin has
updated format command to handle different filesystems. In order
to format a SFS partition, you should create it with HDToolBox,
change its type to SFS and give this shell command:
FORMAT DRIVE=DH1: NAME=MyVolume
Please notice that GRUB can't boot AROS from SFS yet. So you have to
create a little FFS (or EXT3, or FAT) partition to put kernel and boot files
and let GRUB make its job.
Pavel is also working on a new CD filesystem called CDVDFS, which
currently supports CD and DVD with Joliet extensions. It will be
put into nightlies as soon as some bugs are fixed.
Matthias Rustler has updated AROS LUA to version 5.1.2. Here
is a list of fixed bugs. Matthias has also created a new
DepthMenu commodity. When the user right-clicks on the depth
gadget (window`s right-edge gadget), it opens a popup menu with all open windows,
allowing a faster selection.
Staf Verhaegen has improved support for ARexx/Regina scripts.
There is a new rx command in AROS, waiting in CLI to execute all your
Thanks to Bernd Roesch, ZUNE can now use MUI4 images (.mim files).
Pavel Fedin has fixed crash in pendisplay class when there's no
free pens on the screen. Some new Gorilla Icons had been added
by Paolo Besser.
Dr Michal Schulz has made an initial commit of the AROS USB stack,
enabling the use of USB mice and creating the foundations to add
support, subsequently, also for other devices. Please notice this
is pre-alpha stage software, this means only USB 1.1 UHCI
controllers are supported for now, and maybe it won't work
correctly on your motherboard. Next thing to develop
will be extensions to USBHID class, allowing to use graphic
tablets and USB keyboards with AROS, and OHCI controllers support. We
must note that support for USB 2.0 EHCI controllers wasn`t defined
in bounty Michal is working on.
In order to improve functionality and compatibility, huge beta
testing is required. So we'd encourage everyone brave enough to
help us, to download next days' nightly builds and report any
encountered problem. In order to activate the whole stack on UHCI
machines, the command is:
Nic Andrews has slightly improved AROSTCP, giving us a better (more
compatible) network stack. Working VIA Rhine driver (fixed) and test
RTL8139 one have been added as well.
Pavel Fedin is still working on improved VESA modes: "Cleaned up
VESA mode switch code. Static palette removed, it's not necessary.
Mousepointer colors on 256- and 16-color screens are fixed". Also
initialising of some old cards with buggy BIOS`es was fixed. He
also merged back from MorphOS Trackdisk device. A brand new
Trackdisk pref program allow 'no-click' mode of the floppy disk
drive without adding arguments to the kernel command line in GRUB.
Robert Norris has made the initial commit
of the AROS packet system in our repository, with a read
only FAT filesystem handler too. Here's what he said:
"packet.handler is a "proxy" AROS-style filesystem that is primarily
responsible for taking FSA/IOFileSys, converting them to DosPackets and
sending them on to the packet-based handler.
The important thing to note about packet.handler is that its been
designed to mimic the AmigaOS handler environment as closely as
possible, to minimise the amount of work necessary to port a filesystem.
fat.handler is a FAT12/16/32 handler. Read-only, and still
has a few bugs, but it proves the concept. There's still plenty of work to be
done before I consider the bounty finished. Comments are very welcome."
DOSPackets and FAT read-only support should be available in the next
Pavel Fedin has added VESA v1.2 support, allowing more (old) video
boards to be compatible with AROS. He as also added VESA mode
switching to the bootstrap, making the hidd less dependent from
Neil Cafferkey has fixed 64-bit disk support. Boot partition can now
be beyond 4GB.
Hogne Titlestad has released version 0.3.2 of his stunning paint
program Lunapaint, with a working text tool. You may find a new
Tomasz Pawlak's KGB Archiver has been ported to AROS by FOrest.
You'll find it in the Archives. Please note that it hasn`t been tested much yet.
Starting from today, AROS snapshots won't be available
anymore. We'd encourage everyone who would try AROS to download the
latest nightly build instead. AROS is growing really fast, and
Snapshots often contained obsolete code. We also think nightly
builds are more useful from a beta-testing point of view, as they
contain the latest features: please use the bug tracker to report
Due to an update of Sourceforge's servers, latest nightly builds
were not available. Now that this work is over, everything should be
back to normality.
Just a little status update to announce that initial drag'n'drop
issues in AROS native have been fixed. Wanderer is now almost
fully functional and doesn't crash anymore when copying files
from a window to another. A progress window, to keep track of
operations, has been added too.
All of these new features are already available in latest nightly
builds (but not in current snapshot), so we suggest everyone
interested in trying AROS to download last night's build.
A new year of AROS development has begun, and probably it wouldn't
start in a better way. There are two big news for all AROS users.
First of all, drag & drop is now working! This means you may
use Wanderer both to copy a file from a drawer to another, and
to open a file by dropping its icon on applications. This
"miracle" has been made by Christoph Szczecina and Darius
Brewka. There is a small VMware video that shows AROS with drag & drop!
Some stability problems on AROS native are under
investigation and should be resolved in the next days.
Robert Norris has completed network support for linux hosted AROS.
Tap interface is working and you may find it in latest nightly builds.
William Ouwehand has created a dutch version of Aros.org.
AROS compilation guide by Christoph Szczecina for Ubuntu Linux
also have been added.
Nic Andrews has made inital commits for RTL 8139 and VIA Rhine
network adapters drivers. They're still a work in progress, but
probably it won't took too much time to be completed. TeamAROS website
has a bounty for VIA Rhine driver.
Latest uploads on the Archives include:
- Lunapaint gets better and better! Version 0.3.1 is now
available, with some new nice tools and features.
- Martin's Server Suite, a port for AROS and other operating systems of Snug HTTP server and Yet Another FTP Server.
You may find a screenshot of them working on an AROS installation.
- Jhead is a command line driven program for manipulating the
non-image parts of Exif flavour JPEG files that most digital cameras
- Potrace is a utility for tracing a bitmap, which means
transforming a bitmap into a smooth, scalable vector image.