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 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
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.
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.