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EmuTOS 1.1.1
2021-08-16:
On July 08th 2021 EmuTOS Development Team published new version 1.1 of this free and open-source TOS replacement and as it was found a bug just after release, on July 19th bugfix version 1.1.1 was out.

Major changes in new EmuTOS version:

- AES: Add support for colour icons
- AES: Add support for colour windows
- BIOS: Add support for Falcon DSP
- BIOS: Add interrupt-driven I/O for MFP and TT-MFP serial ports
- BIOS: Improve Nova video card support in several areas
- EmuCON: Allow setting of EmuCON startup folder
- EmuCON: Initialise EmuCON default path from AES's PATH variable
- EmuDesk: Remove the non-standard 'menu click' preference
- General: Add online manual for EmuTOS
- General: Add support for Hungarian & Turkish languages
- General: Make the 512K ROMs single-language only

Other changes:

- AES: Handle '||' and '] ] ' correctly in form_alert()
- BIOS: Add early startup message so user knows we are alive
- BIOS: Add support for UltraSatan RTC
- BIOS: Fix keyboard tables for Norwegian/Russian/Swedish
- BIOS: Fix many small bugs in Falcon videl handling
- BIOS: Fix problem with slow ACSI device (Satandisk)
- BIOS: Improve support for Spectre GCR partitions
- BIOS: Speed up boot when no IDE drive is present
- EmuDesk: Fix 'install application' bug related to default viewer
- EmuDesk: Fix several bugs associated with desktop icons
- General: Add multiple-language 1024K ROM image (Hatari only)
- Many minor and/or obscure bugs have been fixed

New version for your hardware could be downloaded here:
https://sourceforge.net/proje ... tos/1.1.1/

Dima Sobolev updated his TOS images recognition program to support latest EmuTOS version. Program could be downloaded from his site: http://avtandil.narod.ru/Progs/avrom.zip
Also new EmuTOS images were added to his TOS Images Collection: http://avtandil.narod.ru/tose.html


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HTTP 521 Webserver is down - Hardware failure at firebee.org
2021-03-22:
Maybe you have already noticed it: Some news, pages and downloads are no longer available. This is due to the fact that our previous web server broke down about 3 weeks ago. Since then we have been working to get it back to its original state.

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The beginning of spring has not been kind to us, the weather is anything but springlike. It is wet, cold and not cosy at all. Actually, you'd rather want to hide your feet under a warm blanket, but ...

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GFA Basic Editor (GBE) v3.7 Released
2021-01-18:
For those not aware, the original author of GFA Basic passed away in 2011. December 9th is Frank Ostrowski's birthday. His brother was kind enough to share that information. To honor Frank's legacy, the full release of GBE was released on that day.

Features include:
- Build for 68k or Coldfire regardless of host machine.
- Added all missing AES calls up to AES v4.1, plus some N.AES calls.
- Added the most commonly used Bios, Xbios, Gemdos, VDI, and NVDI calls.
- Some new general purpose commands not related to the operating system.
- Built in STiK, MiNT-Net, LDG API's and more.
- Commands for game coding, like Joypad support, blitting with masks, SNDH, etc.
- Over 500 new commands.

Some of the new commands were inspired by GFA for Windows/DOS and HiSoft Basic.

Follow the download link at http://gfabasic.net/

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New AHCC version released
2020-12-03:
After almost 3 years, Henk Robbers released version 6.0 of AHCC on November 27, 2020. As always, he also release binaries specific for Coldfire on his webpage

Besides the bug fixes and improvements (the release notes can be found here), AHCC 6.0 only has binaries produced using AHCC itself (not Pure C), has improvements in the editor and handling of nested projects.

Henk is also looking for a future maintainer for AHCC. Contact him directly (see his website) if interested.

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New Firmware, FPGA Configuration and FireTOS
2020-08-31:
Already a long while back we promised to you the new software for your FireBees. As for some time the new computers get already delivered with this software in Flash-Rom, we decided now to make it available for everyone.

All the improvements have been programmed by Medusa over the last years, and work pretty well at several dozen of machines. But, there have to be followed some precautions by you, as you could transfer your FireBee into a status, where you need external hardware, to rewrite something to the ROM and be able to boot again.

In first place there is the fact that this software is requiring each other! The new FPGA configuration needs the new BaS and the new FireTOS need also the new FPGA and vice versa! For the first time you have to flash all components directly consecutively, without rebooting the FireBee inbetween. Shouldn't you flash all 3 components at once, you will not be ...

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COVID-19 Watcher
2020-03-30:

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If you have an Atari connected to the Internet, you may now track the coronavirus outbreak on your trusted machine. COVID-19 Watcher is an app that displays the current (more or less…) number of infected, dead and cured cases. It should ...

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FireTOS addon archive
2019-08-12:
The ACP-Team collected a set of useful software, prepared to give you best singletasking experiences on your FireBee right from the start.

In July we published the brandnew FireTOS addon archive on firebee.org. This collection of programs is designed for easy singletask working on the FireBee. Yes, there are people who prefer working under TOS and we know that there are also "pure (Fire)TOS users" on the Bee; so for those not running MiNT this collection may be very helpful.
Similar to the „Language-Disks“ known from Atari we prepared some essential programs which can be used directly on an SD card (as floppy replacement) or from partition „C“ on mass storage devices like CF card, harddisc or SSDs connected to your FireBee.
You will find included a controlpanel server with some useful cpx modules, the helpsystem ST-Guide, a texteditor, a calculator, a screenshot ...

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Atari 8-Bits at the FireBee
2019-05-01:
"Atari800" is an emulator for Atari 8-Bit Systems like the 400/800, the Atari XL/XE-Series or the 5200. At 13th of April 2019 the version 4.1.0 was released by Miro Kropáček.

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The Emulator for the FireBee works via SDL and the assembler core was excluded in the FireBee version. Beside the fact that this is the first version for the FireBee, the main news in v4.1.0 are that the emulator can now ...

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Up-to-date information about the ACP project Q1/2019
2019-03-31:
It's the right time again to give you some information about the state of things in ACP. Last year we neglected the flow of information a little, and some of you got the impression that nothing was happening anymore with the FireBee.

But the opposite is true, so we want to give you an update about the things that are currently being worked on.

• Delivery of the 2nd series
We are still busy to deliver the computers of the 2nd series. With all the things that went wrong with this batch (power transformer issue, case production - the final cases were delivered to us this January etc.) the resulting huge delay also caused an incredible mess. Some pre-orderers believed they wouldn't get a device anymore; others we had to chase down with multiple mails, posts or on other channels because their personal data had changed. At any rate, the efforts are huge. We are doing the best we can though to ...

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Mailsystem reorganized
2018-06-12:
We have migrated our complete mailsystem and all communication problems should be a thing of the past.

In the last years it sadly occured on and off, that our mailserver got listed at some few blacklists and our mails thus went into your spamfolders or in some few cases got directly discarded by your mailservers. On the one hand this was due to the atari.org mailadress which was not configured correctly (SPF, which was previously not needed for years). On the other hand there are indeed some competences missing to configure the Linux machine correctly on which the firebee.org mail server was running. The system was adoped from now inactive people and despite great efforts the problems could not be solved.

Additionally atari-home.de cancelled all their mail services (presumably because of the new GDPR) by end of ...

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Shipping and new Orders
2018-05-30:
About the situation and availability of the hardware

In recent weeks, we have seen a noticeable increase in pre-order with sometimes unsolicited remittances from "new customers". We would like to clarify again the current situation.

The 2nd series of FireBees is currently sold out. We have been delivering them for some time now (unfortunately very slowly). All new orders are placed on a waiting list. In case of withdrawals during the shipping process, the machines will be assigned according to this list. In addition, binding pre-orders are of interest for a possible further series of FireBees. The more people pre-order the more likely such a series will be produced in the future. An early delivery will not be possible for new customers.

The normal procedure is to ...

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