Yes I know... I've been away...
Unfortunate situations have been popping out and I've failed with AROS...
I'm at crossroad in my life (processional one with consequences on my personal one), and AROS will have to wait.
As for AROS Playground I'll be passing the torch to someone else to carry onde - and his time not temporarily. Whoever takes this project will be the head honcho (so to speak).
I'll have to focus in one project at the moment and AROS will have to wait.
I'm not leaving AROS - just getting my bearings and then i'll return...
If you've been following the Raspberry AROS native boot saga, you'll know that finally it does! (If you don't, well... you know now!...)
Nick 'Kalamatee' Andrews had already promised a native version of AROS booting from SD-card - and it's here! According his words only USB is the limit for usability on Raspberry Pi.
If you don't know what is Raspberry Pi well just go to Wikipedia (I'm lazy today).
But while this is just another step into the multiplatform area of AROS (x86/x64/m68k/ppc/arm...), it's also a beautiful excuse for another Kitty post (to annoy the anti-furry squad ;) )!
An image by Mdrb for the AMIGA IMPACT french site, really captures the moment regarding AROS achievement on Raspberry Pi really in a good way and it's sure delicious on multiple ways! Excellent work - if anyone knows him and his reading this, be sure to compliment him on my behalf!
I definitely ask for more from Mrdb! Keep Kitty coming... to this site or another site!
I told you there would be more Kitty... I always keep a promise! ;)
Fact: AROS World site has been dragging to get AROS notoriety.
Created with the objective to provide more AROS PR and being of complementary purpose to AROS-EXEC and AROS.ORG (back in the early days). After all AROS-EXEC was created in a spirit of development interchange of info outside the AROS .ORG dev-ML, it wasn't intended to become the AROS Portal for all users.
While being well received and nurtured inside the community, it never really took of at first...
There were even talks of shutting down the site...
And why? Simply putting - on a relative small community such as ours, realities tend to be somewhat harsh. Few users were going to waste time in two forums, double posting, etc with little going of besides developer activity... And as a news portal regarding AROS, back then the AROS SHOW was THE much anticipated and read site outside the "official AROS channels".
But as I anticipated and mentioned earlier AROS World would have it's own space in the future as AROS would evolve and mature. Now having 4 distros, branching diferent architetures as well as the original X86 an the intended m68k, users are more now. And AROS is now regarded more as an alternative Amiga like OS, even by the early antagonists of the project.
And recently it has becoming more apparent that AROS World is now more useful - and meaningful.
Of course all merit has to go to it's administrators (and users). AROS World is full of well placed and managed news, info and topics - always up to date - that make it to the common user a place to regularly visit.
And although I wasn't fond of it's design at first, I have to reckon its adequate and works like a charm!
Congratulations AROS World admins - You've provided one the finest resource for AROS - keep it going!
So bookmark AROS World now (if you haven't already) and show it some love. It will grow on you!
sábado, 16 de março de 2013
I'm coming back...
For personal reasons I had to put on hold several projects, and lot of real life stuff...
Things are more stable now, so maybe I can slowly resume them - specially AROS.
More news to come soon!...
I’m coming home
I’m coming home
tell the World I’m coming home
Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits and they’ve forgiven my mistakes
I’m coming home, I’m coming home
tell the World I’m coming
sexta-feira, 15 de março de 2013
AROS and GAMES - experience has been enhanced
Guess what?! AROS games list has been growing fast for the last couple of months!
Only this year more than 24 games were ported to AROS (most of them listed on AROS Playground), and while some are simple games (yet addictive) others are pretty complex affairs!
One example is FreeCiv, the well known open-source remake of Sid Meyer's strategy Classic Civilization with lot of options and full network support.
But one of the genres where AROS is seriously lacking is 3D racing games, that apart from SuperTuxKart (and not update version must I add), we have nothing more! TORCS is on Bszili's list! And while not yet fully working it's showing remarkable progress from the screenshot below!
Naturally the credits go the developers behind these ports, and the developers behind AROS.
Thanks to all of them!
Again Magnus Ahlvik delivers a top notch work! On it's own style, it even surpasses original Eric Schwartz work (I know it's debatable - but it's my opinion anyway)!
This is the Lara Croft meets James Bond cartoon equivalent. The appropriate character for AROS...
With artists like this AROS and Kitty have a lot to offer!
It's always great when a plan comes into play and exceeds our expectations.
AROS Playground is that project - It's the first site dedicated to everything that involves gaming on AROS - AROS Research Operating System. It's
goal is to offer an important database on every recent game available
to AROS and some info regarding several aspects of the software and
hardware needed. Simple link: http://arosgamer.blogspot.pt/
"The beginning is a very delicate time..."
It's a project kickstarted by the wishes of Nikolaos, which in response me, Magnus, Tom and Alain have get together and put the site into gear.
We kept this a secret for a while, so we could follow the AROS motto, "no schedule and rocking"! That way things get done when they're ready...
Lots of email exchange, lots of ideas, themes, gfx, names... But we got there!
And we launch with a boom - 29 major games in the article database (much more on the screenshots page), plus Alain Thellier Neko Kitty in Wallpaper, and Mazze's interview!
How was the reaction?
Well so far it seems to be generally positive, and if all goes well, we might get more interest on AROS altogether! Good PR if I ever saw one!...
But I have access to the statistics of the site and what do they say?
First of all - There are a lot of Polish Amiga users! The statistics don't lie! (Do they?!)
Second of all - Over 2400 views of the site since yesterday! That's impressive, never in my wildest dreams I would reckon to get this high!
Third... Well it seems to have tickled the right (or wrong) spots, 'cos it just got into Moo Bunny!... OMG...
Any Plans from now on?
Well... we'll take it slowly, and we'll see what we are heading into!
But stay assured - THERE WILL BE MORE KITTY! ;) - topic for another time!...
Thanks to all involved in the project - And thanks to all that contribute to AROS and Amiga (whatever camp) in general!...