Introductory ebook for new LPI exam released – Update

German company Linup FrontGerman language link has released a free ebook versionGerman language link of its training handbook for the new Linux Essentials exam from the Linux Professional Institute LPI. The ebook is available in GermanPDF and EnglishPDF, is roughly 300 pages long and constitutes a solid entry level course on the topics of Linux and open source software.

The new LPI exam makes its debut this week at the LinuxTag conference in Berlin. It covers the general organisation of a modern Linux system, the command line, how the operating system handles scripts and files, the concepts of rights, regular expressions and package management.

Linux Essentials – The LPI Introductory Programme is designed for introductory courses in high schools and colleges but is also well suited for private study.

Update 22-05-12: The ebook is also available as an English and German version for Android devices running version 2.3.3 or later from the Google Play store.

via Introductory ebook for new LPI exam released – Update – The H Open Source: News and Features.

Short Video of my Peppermint Pleco Fry

This is just a short video I took of some 4-5 month old Peppermint Pleco fry I have at the moment. Considering the fish are a few months old now, should they even still be considered fry?

From the video discription:

I saw an adult male/female pair of Peppermint at my local fish shop and bought them on a whim with the idea of potentially breeding them. I placed them in a spare tank I had but didn’t do much else with them but the occasional water change and keeping them feed. This was due to me planning to move house in the near future and I had read it can be difficult and a little time consuming to breed this species. A few weeks before I did move, I noticed that the tank, which was in the garage, was full of Peppermint Pleco fry.

A Quick AmigaOS4 Scene Catchup

I am a bit behind with what has been going on in Amiga land due to real life getting in the way (damn you real life!)  but there have been a few items of interest which have popped up in the last month.

First off, Hyperion Entertainment has launched a new Wiki to help create documentation for user and developers both. This is definitely something a lot of users will appreciate and will hopefully be the first step towards the generation of consistently improving documentation for the community to benefit from.

Introducing the AmigaOS Documentation Wiki « Hyperion Entertainment Blog.

The AmigaOS Documentation Wiki is now available.

This new wiki is meant to fill a gap which we have been struggling with since the launch of the AmigaOS 4.0 project: proper user and developer documentation.

This wiki is using the most up to date, original AmigaOS documentation we could obtain permission to use as a baseline. It is true some of the information is rather dated and/or obsolete. But a majority of the information still applies to AmigaOS 4.0 and beyond. In my opinion, it is better to start with something rather than be staring at a mostly blank wiki.

We are also seeking to reestablish AmigaOS related standards and registries. The official SANA-II standard can now be found here. The IFF FORM and chunk registry is now here. The classic Amiga Manufacturer ID registry is here. Special thanks to Neil Cafferkey for the SANA-II wireless extension and James Jacobs for taking care of the registries all these years.

Editing rights to the wiki are currently limited to registered users only. We are looking for volunteers from the Amiga community to help out. If you would like to contribute in any way, please contact us using the contact form on the AmigaOS web site. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Steven Solie

AmigaOS Development Team Lead

via Introducing the AmigaOS Documentation Wiki « Hyperion Entertainment Blog.

For those of you lucky enough to own an AmigaOne X1000, progress has been made so that you can natively programme under AMigaOS4 the XMOS XS1-L2 chip, also known as Xena. It will be interesting to see what weird and strange things people will do for this chip.

Xena – Signs of Life « Hyperion Entertainment Blog.

The first tools for programming Xena (no, not the Warrior Princess) are now ready for distribution.

The XMOS XS1-L2 chip built into each AmigaOne X1000 with a unique local bus connected directly to the PA6T.

These tools provide the ability to load programs directly into the the Xena chip as well as monitor most of the internal registers as the code is executed.

Unlike other XTAG devices, no adapter board, USB port, or JTAG cables are needed. We can access all of this directly from the AmigaOS command line.

In addition to the new tools, a new AmigaOS resource named xena.resource is included to arbitrate access to the new hardware features.

I have also included a simple .xe file that will flash two LEDs on the AmigaOne X1000 board, as a “proof of programming” demonstration.

These tools were ported from code provided by Segher Boessenkool. Please be sure to thank him if you see him around the XCore Exhange Forums.

The tools are available now and can be downloaded directly from Hyperion’s web site by all registered X1000 users. The new tools and documentation will be added to a future release of the AmigaOS SDK as well.

Information on XMOS chips, compilers and other tools are available at their web site.

Excellent community resources may be found at the XCore Exchange.

I hope these tools provide a beginning into the exploration of these Xciting new features.

For more information about me please visit my web site.


via Xena – Signs of Life « Hyperion Entertainment Blog.

New Multi-CPU Card for Classic Amigas with Extras!

For the classic Amiga lover, there has been the announcement of a new multi CPU card currently in development. Looking at the specs, if it becomes a reality, I can see it being a big hit with classic users due to the amount of extra functionality you can add to your system all on one card.

The UltimatePPC provides many new features. The current shortlist of features for “Revision A” is:

  • 33MHz 68040 CPU
  • 1.0GHz Freescale PowerPC CPU
  • 128MB of DDR3 memory for the 68040
  • An additional 2GB of DDR3 memory on an SO-DIMM
  • USB2 host controller with integrated 4 port hub
  • SATA2 controller with two SATA ports
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet controller
  • Embedded 2D video with DVI connector

via Welcome to UltimatePPC.

And of course the official press release.

Our press release of May 22nd, 2012: AMIGA MEETS GIGAHERTZ

Gideon Zweijtzer (of 1541-Ultimate fame) and Rutger Bevaart have teamed up to bring renewed innovation to the Classical Amiga by announcing the UltimatePPC today, the ultimate CPU expansion card for the Amiga 3000 & 4000. This new card will bring unparalleled performance and many great new features to the Amiga series of computers that were not available previously and give current users a viable upgrade path for aging components. It also opens new possibilities for newer versions of the Amiga Operating System or alternatives to run on your classic hardware with great performance. The UltimatePPC puts your Amiga right back on your desk as the most versatile and fun computer that has ever existed!

Right now the UltimatePPC is in active development, we expect to be able to take pre-orders at the end of 2012. Please visit our project website at for availability information, specifications and detailed status reports.

Gideon & Rutger

via Welcome to UltimatePPC.

Boxapocalypse is here!

Some years ago I had a work mate show me a web site, it was called something like boxapocalypse and covered instances of excessive and over the top packaging. Some of the examples were quite awe inspiring with how ridiculous they were.

Today, we received a replacement battery for a RAID card and upon seeing the way it was packed reminded me of the above mentioned web site. Check out the pictures and be amazed.

All the packaging in question laid out.

As you can see, all in all, the item was inside the fifth bag. But what did we order?

A zoom in so you can see what we actually ordered.

The item we ordered is in the first picture but you may have missed it due to its size. This is a close up picture. As you can see, it is an itty bitty battery. At least we know the sender took our order seriously and wanted to make sure it turned up in one piece.

The other amusing piece is the warning label on envelope in the middle warning you about the dangers of posting batteries on passenger aircraft.