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The 100% useless AROS distribution Version 0.2

Posted by ALB42 on 15. Juli 20206 Comments

I updated the AROS64 source I had to the new stabilized ABIv1 AROS64 introduced by deadw00d (see source on github). At the start I had some tiny problems, e.g. collect-aros was crashing here as well. But in contrast to the main SMP AROS64/Icaros64 after my bug report, it was fixed very fast. Therefore I was able to compile at 64 bit AROS again using FreePascal, very nice. I also tried some of my old programs and all work rather nicely, some tiny problems of course but overall not bad. I will try to investigate what of these programs are from my code or fpc code and what comes from AROS64 itself. I’m not sure if more bug reports are wanted (because I guess deadw00d aims more to the AxRT) but maybe I will try it.

The 100% useless AROS distribution Version 0.2 with some of my programs and freepascal

Because that worked so flawless, I decided to create a new version of my AROS64 distribution “The 100% useless AROS distribution” this time already much more stable and much more useful than before.

I added some more programs, (not only my own) the FP-IDE does work, but sadly the compilation still crash, so you have to use the shell to compile. I even got the network to work and MUIMapparium shows the map nicely and search also works, so maybe the name is somewhat wrong now, it’s only 99% useless, after all? Nevertheless have fun with it.

Download on the T100pUAD page

FreePascal 3.2.0a

Posted by ALB42 on 12. Juli 202014 Comments

Charlie took some time to review the FreePascal 3.2.0 packages, I created. I changed them according to the suggestions. Some of the hints are not possible at the moment, needs some changes in the code, others are easy to change. He also found a bug in vlink, which got solved and we include now also the latest version of vlink.

The biggest change for the users is, that it now installs into a folder called “FPC” (instead of FreePascal) also the assign created is named “FPC:” (instead of “FreePascal”). If you did install the old package and install the new one you can afterwards (after the reboot) delete the old “FreePascal” drawer.

Yesterday I did exchange all links to the new version already, when updating the arm-AROS version. But here are the links again

Downloads:
Amiga 68k OS3.x+ 68020+ SoftFPU
Amiga OS4 OS4.x PowerPC (X5000 not supported)
AROS ARM RasPi 1-4 ABIv0
AROS i386 ABIv0
MorphOS OS 3.x
Have fun using them!

With it the archives are now also uploaded to the official FPC server and can be downloaded there as well, that means we finally have an official Amiga, MorphOS, AROS release of FPC. Congratulations and thanks to all people involved.

FreePascal 3.2.0

Posted by ALB42 on 20. Juni 202030 Comments

Finally Version 3.2.0 of FreePascal is released. This is the first final release contains the Amiga style systems fully usable. A while before I did some extra work to also create an Amiga-sytle installer, which will be also released with this. Today I will also release the 3.2.0 FreePascal packages for Amiga 68k, Amiga OS4, AROS for ARM, AROS for i386 and MorphOS. So basically all versions except AROS for x86_64 because that’s still too unstable to use (mainly the AROS 64 bit is still a moving target and I was not able to fix that, because AROS is simply not working after the last changes and my last questions about it got just ignored)

Downloads:
Amiga 68k OS3.x+ 68020+ SoftFPU
Amiga OS4 OS4.x PowerPC (X5000 not supported)
AROS ARM RasPi 1-4 ABIv0
AROS i386 ABIv0
MorphOS OS 3.x
Have fun using them!

You notice, these files are still hosted on my server and not on the official FreePascal Server, as the last release 3.0 as well. I was told because my previous packages did not meet the standards for official FreePascal packages. Which was true, I did not care about and packed a lot additional stuff into, like fpgui or LCL and I did not know there are readme texts to add which are not in the official repository but in an external one.

For that release 3.2 I did a lot of work on finding out what would be a good Amiga style package and which docs/texts should be added. Therefore I created that installer package I release today. I also asked for a review and put on to the official FreePascal server, as an official Amiga FreePascal package or give me feedback on what I should further changed.

Sadly that did not happen, I did not get any feedback and the release archives are still nowhere to be found on the official servers, therefore missed for that release.

That whole story took away my motivation as well over the last month as well, it seems rather futile to continue to work on it, when nobody even really use it, which is still true, unfortunately, I have to admit.

Open Source

Posted by ALB42 on 6. Juni 202011 Comments

I uploaded some of my sources to my github account. With it also Leu and MUIMapparium. MUIMapparium is 100% written by me, therefore it is now under CC0 License. Leu contains fpspread and some files from LCL therefore it is modified LGPL as the original. Have fun with the code. 😉

I had some interesting and intense discussions the last days. Mainly about my programs and vampire. As you might know I did not want to have my programs on the highly illegal distribution Coffin. You cannot detect Coffin, but it’s a distribution especially made for Vampire, therefore if I block Vampire they will not include my software anymore. Besides the Vampire users could push the Vampire team to condemn this distribution and stop to promote it. All of that did not happen, they still added my stuff, even with the Vampire block and the people became mad about me, not about the Vampire team (or the coffin team). I’m not good at being the bad guy.

Basically the people tell me that I’m an idiot and an asshole because I blocked Vampire, so I give up. The people always told me that Coffin is not illegal because it contains abandon-ware only. Ok, if that’s the case I transform my programs to exactly that and put them all to github, then it is legal and everything is solved.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not have a grudge with the Vampire team. I always hear that, that I’m mad about them because of the FPU issue, which is not true, maybe disappointed, but not more, I use my Vampire mainly as RTG-GFX card for A600, the only one currently available and the FPU I can turn off and use femu (which still works and is rather good).

MCAmiga V0.8

Posted by ALB42 on 5. Juni 2020No Comments

A new MCAmiga Version is ready to use. Main changes:

  • Bugfix Move from archive
  • lynx type movement (left,right cursor to browse)
  • Bugfix initial view as drive view (“LEFT=” shows the drive list as start)
  • Bugfix overwrite requester when extracting files
  • Bugfix crash on double click on file in archive
  • Ask to rename the icon together with the file
  • Tool entry to select all info files of selected files
  • Better support for german umlauts
  • automatically create dir icon on request
MCAmiga V0.8 on x86_64-AROS nonSMP

Download the new Version at MCAmiga Page

MCAmiga V0.7

Posted by ALB42 on 1. Juni 2020No Comments

The last long weekend is over and MCAmiga got a new milestone, the search is working for now. Time to make a release, I just tried it again on my Amiga1200/030/50/AGA and it still works nicely, redraw still slow, but it’s quite usable. I’m used to it, always used 64 colors screen with higher resolution. I guess this will be much better when there is a nice GFX card for Amiga1200, like the Warp1200. I really look forward to it, hope will be available to by soon.

MCAmiga 0.7 on Amiga 1200 and OS 3.1.4, with the new search dialog.

Download as always on the MCAmiga page.

And don’t forget it’s CC0, I would be very happy if someone take the source and improve it, or use it for anything else or just use it to learn stuff.

Working on Search

Posted by ALB42 on 1. Juni 2020No Comments

Working on the Search function of MCAmiga, again try to get close to the function midnight commander is offering.

I put the search function into a thread that you easily can continue to work, even the search is still running, (as midnight commander also do it). Atm you can press F3 to view the file or F4 to edit or enter to jump to the file directly. It works already nicely but still needs a little bit work, especially the mouse control needs some care.