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TECNOLOGIE
3 aprile 2013
Diary:Technologies: Sweet as a Raspberry Pi :9
First of All, Thanks to the ilCannocchiale staff for fixing comments; pity lots of more stuff need to be still fixed including permalinks...

This year had life going through and at the last moment prevented me to participate at SCaLE; might need to change home again, this time due to a problem with neighbors too long and complicate to discuss here; thank God the work side is good and have no complains.

Not too much news under the AROS front at first glance; however, as usually "look is deceiving" because we had a good amount of ports; Especially Slazard 'Bszili' Biro and Yannick 'Yannickescu' Erb are bringing to AROS a good amount of games and emulators i can remember Frogatto, TORCS (not released due to problems with GLSL), Flare, Gigalomania and lots of others; Joao Ralha, recently opened a new AROS blog called AROS Playground where reviews ported games and provides developer interviews;

Timothy 'Terminills' Deters is working on porting Gutenprint on AROS, on interfacing it with a generic Amiga printer driver.
Gutenprint, formerly know as Gimp Print are High Quality printer drivers based off the hpijs printer system; the name is from the fact that those drivers were originally developed for GIMP; were also adopted from Mac os X in the early version as printer drivers.
According to its plans Gutenprint will talk to the printer via a bridge software and to a generic 3.1 driver written by Jason 'Ezrec' McMullan; the driver written by Jason is also able to translate Gutenprint commands in Turboprint and 3.1 printer commands, however this implementation is not limited to Gutenprint; the printer driver is a 24 bit one and in the intentions of Terminills should also bring advanced features such as ipp (internet Printing Protocol), printer detection and driver auto detection; Terminills is also working at the zune based interfaces to configure the printers;

Among all the ports of Yannick 'Yannickescu' Erb, in 2010 was the long forgotten and neglected structured Graphics program Amifig to AROS; started a slow but steady work on updating it first improving the rendering, then adding file export and import with a side application; now a new version is available, with a new name, ZuneFig, a rewamped User Interface now in Zune, support for gradient and  Library previews and a better redraw with Anti-Alias;

Nik 'Kalamatee' Andrews is working on the native Raspberry Pi port of AROS; on March 14 he has been able to make AROS boot to wanderer;  the pictures of the first boot have been spreaded on the net via twitter and Amiga and AROS forums and communities; last week Kalamatee worked on debugging the SD card driver so to support also SDHC; the SD card support is also actually under further development by Pavel 'Sonic' Fedic to bve implemented as multiplatform device driver since the logic is changing form platform to platform; right now Kalamatee loosened a bit the grip on the port since he need to implement USB and still is trying to find a way to implement it. Curious is also that among the motivations of Kalamatee is the idea to finish its modular overhaul of Wanderer so that could be optimized for a less powerful machine like the Raspberry PI.

To finish,lately on aw.Net some threads appeared where people seems interested in a new kernel for amiga os or its like tastes; is known that in the past at least two attempts have been made: one was the well known Anubis, brought on by Alex 'MrBIOS' Perez, the other one was ARIX, started by Michal Schulz and from which the idea of Anubis took shape; summarizing, the idea behind those two partial forks is to have the actual exec kernel substituted by a linux one together with a wrapper that translates the AROS API calls in linux ones so that AROS binaries libraries and programs can run on top of it with no recompilation; is a similar approach to the system adopted by Android and can bring the advantage of memory protection, SMP and linux drivers to AROS; both projects have an actual unknown status and would like to know by the maintainers if there has been any progress since.
TECNOLOGIE
11 novembre 2008
Tecnologies:AROS:Anubis OS: Anubis, son of AROS and the "leap" legend
[Edit: sorry to have taken so long in publishing this since the italian version: been busy in my job and in real life.]

I would have liked to start this thread with some mythological tone, such as Conan the barbarian and similars, talking about heirs to the throne, heritages, traditions and other stuff like that: i sincerely admit i was tempted to do so.

I will instead start talking about a day, three weeks ago, when Michal Schulz posted a link on the #aros channel on IRC: this link.

It is nonetheless that the sourceforge page of what has announced this week from Damocles as Anubis OS, the latest incarnation inspired by Amiga OS, based on a Linux kernel and with a Graphic subsystem that, according to the Anubis mailing list, should be based on xcb,xlib and a mix of Glib/Gtk and Zune. Further details have been explained here.

In short, is their intention to do with Amiga OS what has been done from Apple in OS X: somebody already uised the term "carbonize".

From what both Michal and m0ns00n (Hogne Titlestad) told me, the main reason that make them start the project has been an essential steadfastness from other AROS developers towards more innovative goals: Damocles already complained about the conservative approach of many of the core developers. as i wrote here.
So, Michal, together with m0ns00n and Damocles started to define the base functionalities and requirements of Arix. Michal will begin tu put full steam on it once the Efika port will be done; task that is bringing along the comppletion of the USB mass-storage bounty, another important requirement.

In a following IRC chat session, Michal told me how Amiga OS seems to have an history of lost opportunities, both for management and markerting mistakes, but also for ego trips and "balcanization" of the resources. He thinks at ARIX (sorry i dont like the name Anubis OS too much) as the Amiga OS that should have been, with resource tracking, protected memory and all those features that first Amiga OS then AROS were unable/unwilling to develop for the known reasons.

Michal is a pragmatic person and for him the usual debate about whether if you use a POSIX kernel in an Amiga OS that ceases to be an Amiga OS is or not is over: he decided that it is and, i hope, wil prove it quite good in the future.

Anyway, has to be known that Anubis OS cannot be considered an AROS fork: technically AFAIK a fork happens when a project is duplicated and modified but, being Anubis based in a different kernel, figures as an indipendent project.

The announcement was taken not too good from the amiga boards: for the aforementioned reasons above and for the cronical lack of development that is afflicting all incarnations of Amiga OSes, a heavy FUD cloud spreaded around, like has rarely been seen before. The maini nconcern among other amiga users is the runaway of the already few developers towards a system that might not even reach an usable state, and the progressive death of the already existing systems.

Luckilly, open source projects hardly die: they might become unmantained until somebody else starts again to take care of it or integrates the code in their own project; luckilly for AROS this fate looks far from happening: the project look active as ever so far, and hoping this state will last.

And, like to show that AROS, despite the imminent departure of "Doctor" Schulz and the announced "pregnancy" (kitty is a female cat :P) is still vital, let's talk about the so-far spiritual heeir of the Doctor: Stanislaw Sszymczyk that, according to its job for the self-compilation bounty, now almost [edit: no more almost: done!!!] finished has achieved considerable result, such as:
 - non dynamic port of the latest versions of python and perl;
 - self-compilation at first in RAM, then under SFS of AROS in AROS;
 - extension of the POSIX layer compatibility adding instructions such as vfork(), wait() and waitpd();
 - DOS.library modification in order to allow soft-links;
Beside that, sszy also standardised the development packages in the variuous port of AROS under GCC 4.2.2 and included their compilation in the AROS build system in order to have a system of compilers and cross-compilers built for all targets.

Furthermore, Stanislaw gave a look to the sources of Netsurf and OWB; beside some minor issues, the browser can be ported quite easily starting from the OS4 port if the GUI was not a ReAction one; so Stanislaw is looking for someone (looks like o1i might help, and i want to mention ShinkurO due to its experience on workarounds for the zune bugs) to help hm in doing a zune GUI for it.
The OWB port looks a bit more complicated due to the fact that the Gladelib port is required under AROS and so far sszy was unable to do the port.

Another important update comes from the API completion report: Krzysztof Smiechowicz completed its review job that kept him busy since last april; according to its data the completion level of AROS is around 80%. This report is also the ground for a concrete roadmap to follow so that a version 1.0 of AROS will be available in a more human timelapse.

And is also a good step that finally in the mailing list somebody is starting to talk about the strong need for documentation. Krisztof Smiechowicz has already started in adding documentation on the ABI v1 here and hopefully some more important documentations will continue to come soon.

At last look also that somebody will finally take care of the printer.device in a laid back timing; about me i was looking and sent cdocumentation to the guy interrested to help himin the development, included the old Ghostscript port on AROS now no longer working [edit: seems a new port is on the way]; lets hope to see something soon.
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