At AmiWest 2012, Samuel Crow and Jason McMullan demonstrated AROS v1 running
on the Sam460ex from ACube, the FPGA Arcade Replay from FPGA Arcade,
and the Raspberry PI from the Raspberry PI Foundation.
Jason McMullan gave a 20 minute presentation on the origins and current
development of AROS, and was a member of the banquet discussion panel on the
current state and future of the AmigaOS family of operating systems.
At the show, DVDs of Icaros (pc-i386, ABI v0) and AROS Vision
(amiga-m68k) were given away to all comers.
Another year gone by, another year of coding instead of news-writing,
another selection of highlights.
AROS's usability has made a huge leap with the porting of the modern and
standards-compliant Odyssey web browser. Based on the WebKit engine, Odyssey
CSS, SVG and SSL. It is also highly configurable, with a GUI allowing
management of bookmarks, cookies, content blocking, history, passwords and
Support for the ARM architecture has continued to mature and diversify, with
nightly builds for Linux-hosted AROS versions now available. There is
particular interest among users in running AROS on the ARM-based Raspberry
Pi, albeit in Linux-hosted form for now.
There has been further development on other AROS platforms too. The
Windows-hosted version has seen numerous bug-fixes, and is now a lot more
stable, while the compatibility of the original Amiga version with legacy
software continues to improve.
Wireless networking support has matured, with the addition of two new
WPA-capable drivers: one is for Realtek RTL8187B-based USB devices, and the
other is an updated version of the Prism-II driver that first brought
wireless networking to AROS in 2005. A GUI utility to dynamically scan for
and connect to wireless networks has also been introduced.
Mobile broadband is now much easier to set up, and additional USB devices
and phones are also supported. And AROS can now mount SMB share drives,
although this capability is currently limited to older versions of Windows,
as well as Linux and standalone NAS devices.
Initial printing support has been introduced to AROS. Components of the new
framework include a preferences GUI, a PostScript printer driver and several
traditional utilities such as PrintFiles and GraphicDump. Output can be
directed to USB, parallel or serial ports, or to a file.
Our Intel GMA driver has gained 3D support for certain chip revisions.
Although the GMA hardware has more limited 3D capabilities than
recent nVidia and AMD cards, many older games (of which many have been
ported in recent times) still run well. We also gained an OpenGL driver for
Linux-hosted 3D graphics, and an updated nVidia driver.
The selection of audio drivers available for AROS has improved, with new
drivers becoming available for ES137x and CMI8738 sound chips. The former is
significant in that it provides audio output under VMWare.
Our HDAudio driver has also gained wider compatibility in both playback and
There have been improvements in accessing disks from AROS. We now have an
AHCI driver that provides native SATA support on many modern machines. In
addition, standard Windows partitions can now be read using an early version
of an NTFS filesystem handler, and write speeds to FAT partitions have been
improved. The newly open-sourced version of the Frying Pan CD-writing
software is also now a standard AROS component.
Last but not least, our Papercuts initiative led to many small but annoying
bugs being fixed throughout AROS.
AROS now has its first distribution for the original (MC680x0) Amiga
platform, AROS Vision.
As well as AROS itself, AROS Vision includes many freely distributable
third-party AmigaOS system components and applications.
Another new AROS distribution is AEROS, which
aims to combine the best features of AROS and Linux by integrating them into
a seamless environment. There are currently versions for x86 and ARM