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AMIcast: Interview with Pascal Papara

Hi there,

Radzik of AMIcast has done another interesting interview and this time it was with Pascal Papara, the author of the AROS distribution AEROS. I’ve listened through the whole interview and learned quite a few things about the past, present and future of AROS, as well as about Mr. Papara himself of course. Hope you’ll tune in and have a listen! :)

You can find the podcast here:

The 4th Episode of AMIcast

To Mr. Radzik: Silkworm rulez! ;) Hehe..

If you want to read more about Mr. Papara, please have a look at the interview I did with him back in March this year. You can find it here. :)

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a good evening!

Amiga: A-EON Technology and ACube Systems strengthen strategic alliance

The official ACube logo

A-EON Technology and ACube Systems strengthen strategic alliance
Cardiff, 21st May 2015

Following a series of meetings held over three days in late April at A-EON Technology’s Cardiff headquarters, the two companies agreed a joint development plan to ensure the future of Classic and Next-Generation Amiga hardware and software development. In particular they agreed a new hardware and software development roadmap which both companies will jointly fund and support. Their plans include a series of exciting new hardware and software projects starting with the Minimig Plus, an updated version of ACube System’s highly successful Amiga 500 FPGA implementation, based on Dennis van Weeren original design concept.

During the summit the companies also visited Ultra Varisys, the developers behind A-EON Technology’s Nemo and Cyrus 64-bit PowerPC motherboards, to discuss future hardware trends and opportunities. Max Tretene, ACube’s technical guru commented, “During our meetings we had very good MiniMig Plus prototype ideas about near future hardware and software development, really can’t wait to realize all of them.” While Enrico Vidale, ACube’s business manager added, “This strategic alliance can only be good for the whole Amiga community.”

Meanwhile A-EON Technology’s Managing Director, Matthew Leaman commented, “The combined technical and financial resources of A-EON & ACube should help secure future success.” Trevor Dickinson added, “I’m more optimistic now about the future Amiga scene than I have been for a very long time. All I can say is, bring it on!”

note: the full press release is available here.

Amiga: A-EON Technology acquires Ringhio Messaging System

The official logo of A-EON Technology

A-EON Technology acquires Ringhio Messaging System
Cardiff, 21st May 2015

As part of our strategic alliance with ACube srl we are pleased to announce that we have purchased the exclusive rights to the Ringhio messaging system from its developer Max ‘m3x’ Tretene.

As part of the agreement Max has granted A-EON Technology a worldwide, exclusive, perpetual and irrevocable licenses to develop, publish and distribute Ringhio for the Classic and Next-Generation Amiga operating systems. Also included in the agreement is the exclusive ownership to all source code and binaries and the right to use the Ringhio name in all product marketing, promotion and branding of the Classic AmigaOS and Next-generation AmigaOS versions.

Ringhio is the advanced system wide messaging and notification system developed by Max for AmigaOS 4.1. Ringhio, which has has been in development since 2009, is Italian word for “growl” and in many ways it is similar to the OS X application of the same name. With the Ringhio server running, registered applications can inform the user via notifications displayed in a small pop-up box on the Workbench that a particular event has occurred.

These are sometimes called Ringhio messages because the server provides means through which the messages are communicated visually (in other words, Ringhio handles the actual display of messages sent by the Application Library).

The Ringhio message window is very similar to an info requester, only it does not require user interaction. The message is displayed for a short while then disappears. The short-lived pop-up notification window is displayed on the Workbench informing the user, for example, that an e-mail was received, a new tune was loaded for playback in TuneNet, or a program is being installed by AMIstore.

A-EON Technology has commissioned Max to create a new AmigaOS 4.1 version to add new capabilities and features. Plans for a Classic AmigaOS version are also in the works. On finalising the agreement with A-EON Technology, Max said, “I am very excited to work with A-EON for the benefit of AmigaOS software enhancements and securing Ringhio’s future development”. Matthew Leaman added, “It is a pleasure to work with Max, who is a long established, experienced and respected Amiga developer. We are looking forward to the progressive new features that Ringhio will offer for all of A-EON’s software catalogue”.

A-EON Technology Ltd

AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition ISO images for download

Brussels, May 14, 2015

We at Hyperion Entertainment CVBA are more than thrilled about the overwhelming success our customers made out of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition! Thank you!

Actually the success is so great, causing especially the supply of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition for Classic to dry up during the last weeks and some of your preferred dealers even ran out of stock already, which is of course unacceptable!

In order to remedy this drawback, Hyperion Entertainment CVBA commissioned the production of another batch of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition for Classic, which will be available to and from dealers before the end of May – yes, 2015 ;) So if you did not get a copy yet or want another one for your shelf, place your pre-order at your favourite dealer now!

Good news for interested A3000 owners: of course we took advantage of this opportunity and fixed the Kicklayout to allow proper booting on A3000 machines without the need for a special bootdisk.

And also some good news for all existing AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition owners: with immediate effect the CD images of your registered AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition version(s) are available in the restricted download area. If not done already, please log in yourself and register your copies by entering the serial numbers in the registration form. We hope we eliminated in this way the fear of a broken CD some of you expressed.

In closing, thank you all again for making the huge success of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition possible in the first place! This is the best support you can give us for developing AmigaOS, so let’s continue to stick together.

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