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November 2016 Highlights

Author:Krzysztof Smiechowicz

November saw a fair amount of changes in AROS system. Neil Cafferkey provided further improvements to MUI and made 3D acceleration on the IntelGMA video driver work again. Krzysztof Smiechowicz fixed Windows-hosted AROS port, enabling Windows users to enjoy AROS again, and was making final changes to ABIv0 system refresh. Olivier Brunner fixed a memory trashing problem in AROS MUI List class and Miloslav Martinka made a small but usefull improvement to Wanderer's Info tool, which from now on shows the path at which the icon is located and allows opening that path in separate Wanderer window.

Paolo Besser, who is working on next version of Icaros, announced that it will support also hosted flavors of AROS which is a welcomed development by AROS community. It means Linux and Windows users will be able to enjoy Icaros without a need to install virtual machine.

Third party development also provided new, interesting software. Marcus Sacrow prepared versions of his EdiSyn and Maporium applications for AROS ARM platform, which is a very welcomed development as ARM platform has very few 3rd party applications at the moment. Yannick Erb provided a new version of MAME (Multiple Arcade Machines Emulator) which can be downloaded from AROS Archives.

October 2016 Highlights

Author:Krzysztof Smiechowicz

In October the AROS repository breached the 53,000 commits mark thanks to contributions from multiple developers. Neil Cafferkey continued his work on improving MUI as well as fixing the IntelGMA video driver. Miloslav Martinka contributed further Czech localization as well as a localized WiMP tool. Yannick Erb and Marcus Sackrow contributed fixes to AROS programs and we saw the introduction of a new AROS GUI theme. Lastly, the ARM Linux-hosted version of AROS has been fixed to compile again as part of the ABIv0 refresh by Krzysztof Smiechowicz.

After September's explosion of distributions, October was quiet on that front. Third party developers however continued their work. Yannick Erb released an updated version of the ZuneView tool and Joerg Renkert released a new version of his ModExplorer application for playing online and offline music modules. AROS archives also saw the upload of two interesting Zelda-type games, 'Time to Triumph' and 'Navi's Quest'.

September 2016 Highlights

Author:Krzysztof Smiechowicz

September was definitely a distro month. First, the AEROS distribution was refreshed by Pascal Papara and brought to version 4.2.1 on all supported platforms (Raspberry Pi 1/2/3 and Odroid XU3/XU4). The changes include integration of EmuLa, installation of the Chrome browser supporting Flash, SDL2 libraries, ScummVM 1.8 and the game 'Amiga Racer'.

Staying on the ARM platform, September also saw the first release of an AROS distribution targetted at the Orange Pi platform. The distribution, called PiAROS, uses the hosted version of AROS, similar to AEROS.

Lastly, Icaros Desktop, the x86 distribution by Paolo Besser, received an update and is now available in version 2.1.3. The new version brings updates to several applications, including Odyssey Web Browser, PortablE, SimpleMail and Mapparium.

In core AROS development we had two activities. While Neil Cafferkey continued making improvements to MUI, Miloslav Martinka added Czech localization to a number of applications as well as implementing localization in Appearance preferences.

August 2016 Highlights

Author:Krzysztof Smiechowicz

Opening this news summary is the announcement of a public, read-only access for AROS repository. So far such access was only provided via the AROS GIT-mirror but now it is also available on the main repository.

Also last month, a first full developer pack for AROS 68k has been released by Krzysztof Smiechowicz in cooperation with the Apollo/Vampire team. The dev-pack contains a ready-to-use native development environment for 68k as well as scripts that will download and build AROS 68k on a Linux host, delivering system and cross compiler.

In the AROS core there have been a few notable developments. Nick Andrews continued making fixes to AROS to allow compilation under GCC 6.1. Krzysztof Smiechowicz updated the OpenSSL library to version 1.0.1t and started porting the OpenSSH 7.3 package, releasing the first, alpha version. The work on the ssh client was triggered by the results of June's usage survey. Neil Cafferkey continued making fixes and extensions to MUI's List class and finally a number of programs received new or updated Czech localization thanks to Miloslav Martinka.

Outside of the core team, Pascal Papara continued releasing updates to his AROS distributions. In August AEROS 4.0.1 has been released with support for Raspberry Pi 1, 2 and 3, containing updated kernels and an update for the UAE4ARM emulator.

Closing this update, there have been two interesting third party developments in August. SimpleMail 0.42 with SSL support has been released and a new OpenGL-enabled port of the classic 'Elite 2: Frontier' has been made available by David Douglas.

July 2016 Highlights

Author:Krzysztof Smiechowicz

In July the AROS core received a number of small fixes and updates from various contributors, including Neil Cafferkey, Krzysztof Smiechowicz, Matthias Rustler and Stefan Haubenthal. Notably, this work included fixing the native GCC to correctly search for SDK paths.

Outside of core AROS developments, an interesting offer has been made by the Apollo Team . They offered free Vampire accelerator cards to developers interested in improving AROS 68k. More information can be found in this thread .

We've also seen a good portion of new applications being released for AROS. A number of games have been ported and are now available for download from the Archives . Next, the SimpleMail mail client, has been updated to version 0.41. Finally, a retro gaming center program called EMULA has been made public by its author, Fabio Falcucci. EMULA is free to use and includes additional features based on a subscription model.

Closing July's highlights, Pascal Papara released a new preview build of his AROS x86 distribution called AROS Broadway. More information can be found here .

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