"Struggle for Printing"
New EmuTOS, new FPGA configuration, new MiNT device driver, parallel port has been fixed, printing is working as of now

Up until now, printing with a FireBee was only possible through a network and PHERP. But for a few months now, the team has been hard at work to get the parallel port working as well, in order to support, first and foremost, local printing.

With a new FPGA version, a new EmuTOS and an xdd (device driver) for FreeMiNT, printing with the parallel port is now also possible on the FireBee with EmuTOS and FreeMiNT - as long as it's running over EmuTOS. The parallel port is now working flawlessly.

What you will need:

• The new FPGA version created by Medusa
• The newest EmuTOS 0.9.5 , which was released on October 25th, 2015

These two ...

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PIC Development Revived
Today we are happy to report about a developer's new arrival at the ACP: Patrick Kohl volunteered to take care about the PIC microcontroller that's part of the FireBee.

He brings expert experience from his daytime job and can build upon the FireBee's code foundation layed by Alan Hourihane, Lyndon Amsdon and Fredi Aschwanden. Patrick will start to implement the PS/2 protocol making a third working interface for HID devices available to the FireBee. After a first analysis of what is available already as well as first practice tests with a development board, he's expecting substantial results by the end of this year.
Once this is finished, he's already planning further projects like game port, RTC improvements or a flash tool.


zView codecs

Lonny Pursell has written quite a few zView codecs and updated some older ones. He has rebuilt all in all 53 codecs to be FireBee compatible. Among the image formats like Neo, Pixart, POFO, STAD, Degas, IFF, Macpaint or Sun to name a few of them. But there are also some improved codecs like TGA or BMP and additionally 5 encoders as well. All codecs are LDG libraries and could thus be used by other applications than zView as well in future. Thanks to Uros Vidovic and Pierre Ton-That for testing. The codec collection can be downloaded directly.

Codec information (PDF 0,37MB)


FireBee Series 2 - Now open for pre-orders
As promised, we would like to inform you today about the upcoming production of the next batch of FireBee computers.

As they have been sold out since 2014, but requests for more units were repeatedly made, we decided to produce another series. In order to pre-finance it completely, we would like to get 50 fixed pre-orders, and have 20 of those to make a down-payment of 200,- Euros. As soon as this number of pre-orders and advance payments has been reached, production will begin. Building the boards will take approximately 12 weeks after that. Ideally, those boards will still be shipped in 2015, if enough orders are made in the upcoming weeks.

Of course the FireBees of the 2nd series can also be bought without pre-orders after production has been completed. But every fixed pre-order allows us to begin production ...

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AHCC v5.2
A new version of AHCC, the GPL/LGPL Pure C compatible compiler/assembler for all Atari environments is available.

As always there is as well a ColdFire Binary distribution provided at Henk Robbers website as well. News and improvements of the shell, the compiler, assembler, libraries an the calc are described at the changelog.



Firebee.org goes online
For a long time we had wishes that could not be realized with our old web site acp.atari.org. Many worldwide FireBee contributors came up with many good ideas also.

Among them primarily that we should have a web site that is really usable for multilingual users and have editing by several editors and translators. A further important point is, that the Atari Coldfire Project got too widespread, that the information needs to be structured in kind of a Wiki format. We would like to have space for downloads and have a comprehensive support area. Furthermore we would like to present our products to be quickly accessible and more appealing. We would like a kind of online shop and even to present (external) software. Additionally to present the news in concise format and overall we like to be able to expand with adding new chapters and much more.

Unfortunately it ...

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In an internal developer discussion, mostly between Olivier Landemarre, Roger Burrows and Markus Fröschle, the ACP developers recently debated how Freescale came up with a speed of 401 MIPS for the 266 MHz Coldfire processor. After speculating about MIPS, VAX and Dhrystones the developers agree only that they do not agree. Nonetheless, there is some fascinating material for end users.

In the course of this discussion the Dhrystone 2.1 benchmark was recompiled using GCC 4.6.4. We cannot keep the test results from you as, in spite of everything, they give a good comparison of the FireBee with EmuTOS (100% ColdFire native), FireTOS with cf68klib, Aranym (without JIT), an original Atari Falcon and TT, as well as a CT60. We ...

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AtariICQ 0.176 - Chat software

In the month of October 2012, Joakim Högberg had delivered a "pre-beta" version. Although the situation hasn't changed a lot, the software development has continued, and a new official version of the ICQ client is now available. The 0.176 version fixes several errors encountered, among others, in the memory management, overlay and shortcuts. AtariICQ is a program written in GFA -Basic with GBE from Lonny Pursell and runs on Atari Classic and Firebee (FireTOS, FreeMiNT). Since the 0.173 version, AtariICQ became freeware. The full list of changes and the download are available on the Atari ICQ website:
http://www.ataricq.org/index. ... &Itemid=53


Linear Blue icon set v.1.2b for Teradesk

Version 1.2b of the 48pts 256 color Linear Blue icon set for Teradesk 4.06 is available for download . The updated set includes 24 new entries for a total number of 202 icons. The desktop.inf configuration file for the FireBee setup is also up-to-date and most of the new icons are already set.


New GBE Release

This update addresses several installation problems reported by users. It's now much easier to install, as everything needed for coding and compiling is included in one archive. The default installation takes care of all the paths and commands for building 68K and Firebee binaries. Bugs have been fixed in nearly all the components. See the included documentation for details.

Installation instructions: http://userpages.bright.net/~ ... esetup.htm
Download link: http://userpages.bright.net/~ ... es/gbe.zip

Hopefully this helps get more users up and coding sooner on their Bees.


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