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Posted on 06-Mar-2003 23:13 GMT by Fabio Alemagna7 comments
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By recent discussions in various forums, IRC chats with wannabe AROS users and questions made on the AROS mailing lists, it appears that there's some confusion about where to get the official AROS-related files from, here I'll try to make things more clear.

For quite some time now, the AROS web site has featured a download page hosting links to the nightly snapshots.

That page has now been updated both in its contents and layout, hopefully looking nicer and more complete. Please use the files from that page to get a grasp of the AROS progresses, since they are built every night directly from the AROS CVS tree. Being untested, though, those files might contain unknown bugs or be broken altogether.

There's also the AROS SourceForge download page , which holds the official releases of AROS. Releases are made each time AROS reaches a new state of maturity, or when a considerable number of new features get implemented. Moreover, releases are tested on many platforms and are free of known bugs as much as possible.

Those are the ONLY official AROS download sites available at the moment, however Matt Parsons, a long time AROS aficionado (and sometimes an AROS developer as well ;), is kind enough to test once in a while the AROS nightly builds on a number of machines and make the relevant files available for download on his site .

That's all folks, enjoy!
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Posted by DDJ on 07-Mar-2003 02:55 GMT
AROS is the Future :), go AROS go, i want to make some contribution to this project "programing" in the future, i have very little skills with C and all this API´s now :(.
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Posted by Leo on 07-Mar-2003 16:29 GMT
Ok, I just tested the latest ISO (07.03.2003). Here is a small report:

.16 bit modes works now on Radeon7500
.1024x768x32bit: screen is trashed (it seems I get one vertical line out of two)
(don't know if it happens in all 32 bit modes...)
.cdrom:prefs/locale crashes (I don't get a guru/aros reset, the pc only hangs...)


Some remarks:

.After opening about 4/5 demos, the mouse lags:as it anything to do with vesa ?
.I know it also happens on real Amigas: when a
More on AROS Files : Comment 3 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Leo on 07-Mar-2003 16:34 GMT
Ok, I just tested the latest ISO (07.03.2003). Here is a small report:

.16 bit modes works now on Radeon7500
.1024x768x32bit: screen is trashed (it seems I get one vertical line out of two)
(don't know if it happens in all 32 bit modes...)
.cdrom:prefs/locale crashes (I don't get a guru/aros reset, the pc only hangs...)


Some remarks:

.After opening about 4/5 demos, the mouse lags: has it anything to do with vesa ?
.I know it also happens on real Amigas: when a window is beeing dragged, every other windows are not beeing refreshed anymore...
=> Is there a way to easily fix that ? (I'm not asking for it now, I just wanna know if it can be fixed without huge changes...)
=> By the way, does anybody know if it also happens under MorphOS/ABox ?
.Why does CTRL+Win+Win only resets AROS and not the whole pc ?
.While AROS is resetting, the screen is not refreshed until the wanderer screen appear: this way, you don't even know AROS is re-starting ! ;)
.When I enable the backdrop function of Wanderer, the backdrop pattern dissapears

Hope it will help...

Regards,
Leo.
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Posted by Georg Steger on 07-Mar-2003 18:48 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (Leo):
> .1024x768x32bit: screen is trashed (it seems I get one vertical line out of two)
> (don't know if it happens in all 32 bit modes...)

Press C key in GRUB bootmanager to get into grub console.
Then type

setvbe 1024 768 16

What output do you get? (VBE version, bpl, linear_bpl)

> .cdrom:prefs/locale crashes (I don't get a guru/aros reset, the pc only hangs...)

Can you try if this happens also with the floppy image?

> .After opening about 4/5 demos, the mouse lags: has it anything to do with vesa ?

I ... ehm ... asume this has to to with a semaphore being involved when software
mouse sprite is drawn. Intuition (input.device task)'s high task pri doesn't then
prevent it from having to wait for semaphores just as long as normal tasks.

> .I know it also happens on real Amigas: when a window is beeing dragged, every other windows are not beeing refreshed
> anymore...
>
> => Is there a way to easily fix that ? (I'm not asking for it now, I just wanna know if it can be fixed without huge changes...)

Easiest "fix" is to run solid window moving tool (tools/commodities/opaque),
which unfortunately is still pretty slow with vesa driver.

Theoretically it would also be possible to have a non-blocking rubberband-window-drag.
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Posted by alan buxey on 07-Mar-2003 20:26 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (Leo):
>Why does CTRL+Win+Win only resets AROS and not the whole pc ?

- because this emulates the Amiga - ctrl-amiga-amiga three finger salute.

the PC has ctrl-alt-del hardwiredto reset IT - use that for PC things

alan
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Posted by Leo on 09-Mar-2003 01:29 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Georg Steger):
Ok, I'll make a report when I find some time...

=> Is there a way to mount the cd drive when I have booted from floppy ?
(it seems cdromhandler is not present in aros boot floppy...)
More on AROS Files : Comment 7 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Matt P. on 10-Mar-2003 11:30 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Leo):
I just type mound Mount CD0: in the shell... I'm sure there is a CD0: entry in the mountlist...

I'll have to check.
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