Created using Brilliance II, in the process of creating a video of the process :)
Today I want to cover an Amiga project I have been working on all this month. I picked up a new Checkmate A1500 Plus case from iMica Ltd, with the extra bits needed to mount an Amiga 500 in it!
So I will take a look at the build process and what I found out along the way, which will hopefully help others as they build systems into this very interesting new case!
Amiga users have dreamt of a laptop for their entire life. Due to the nowadays business and lifestyle, it is a fact that some sort of portable device is more than needed, be it for leisure or serious work. Hardcore retro fans of any kind use to say that only working on “real hardware” can […]
Frequent readers of this blog already know that I’ve been an Amigan (and before that an 8-bit Commodores super-enthusiast) for all my life. Those readers also know that, for many different reasons, I never had the chance to attend an Amiga convention and/or the old assembly parties that were popular over Europe years ago, and […]
It is a proud moment when another game is released that I helped in some small way. Graeme has done a super job on the AGA port of Rygar.
Official Amiga Rygar facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RygarAmiga/
Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/abeVepe
EAB Forum: http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=93545&page=71
AROS is great, and Icaros Desktop has been probably the most well-known distribution out there. Their 32bit, single core version is very useful. Now, they’ve released a very early 64 bit version.
There are heavy warnings that this isn’t anything other than a work-in-progress, proof-of-concept version that won’t replace the existing 32bit version for a while. it does give us something to play with though.
It does support SMP (more than one core). It also identified the CPU (under VirtualBox).
With AROS’s x86 (and also x64 multi-processor version), porting cpu-heavy apps or creating new ones may be more doable than other variants (no knock against 68060/vampire or PowerPC users, but even those are still not nearly as powerful as the Intel/AMD machines that AROS can run on).
But how to start developing? Well, the distributor for IcarosDesktop (paolone), has put together a virtual machine image of an Ubuntu distro with the AROS development system already set up.
Yet another great release of MorphOS is out and other places are mentioning it. However, it seems that a little-mentioned blurb in the release notes hint that the iMac G5 (20 and 17 inch models, with G5’s) may be supported even though they aren’t listed in the supported hardware section.
The 17″ and 20″ iSight iMac G5 models have the internal model number (in Apple terms) of PowerMac12,1 (for both).
In the Quark changelog section of MorphOS 3.12:
- Added basic PMac12,1/PPC970FX frequency switching support
and in the G5 Power Management section:
It appears that Individual Computers (makers of many very useful classic Amiga hardware products), may be considering leaving the Amiga market if the legal battles with Cloanto and Hyperion don’t end soon (or end in a Cloanto victory).
Here’s supposedly a message from Jens about it:
This email was from February of 2019, and he clarified when the email got out that he’s giving the situation until this coming February (2020) to decide what he will do:
I keep hearing people saying that I should not revisit some of the old games that I kept raving about, yes I know, some games haven’t aged well indeed and most of the ones that I personally think haven’t aged too well is down to the controls and general gameplay mechanics, never because of the […]