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AmigaOS 3.1 source code leak - official statement

 
Brussels, January 5, 2016

Hyperion Entertainment wishes a happy New Year 2016 everybody!

The days between last Christmas and New Year were actually clouded by the sad fact that the source code of AmigaOS 3.1 and additional content dating back to 1994 was published and widely spread without permission of the rights-holder. Note that no code of AmigaOS 4.x was released or distributed.

Hyperion Entertainment holds an exclusive, world-wide, perpetual source-code license to the intellectual property of AmigaOS 3.1 and additional content as documented in the publicly available settlement agreement between Hyperion Entertainment and Amiga, Inc. which has taken the form of a stipulated judgement.

Based on this license AmigaOS 4.x development was started in 2001 by Hyperion Entertainment using the AmigaOS 3.1 code as a basis and as the direct successor of what Commodore left behind in 1994. AmigaOS 4.x is an actively developed product on sale and still incorporates a substantial amount of AmigaOS 3.1 code.
 
While this would be already more than enough of a reason to care about the unauthorised disclosure and distribution, it is also the very same settlement agreement which made all of this possible in the first place, which contractually requires Hyperion to enforce and protect any intellectual property rights associated with AmigaOS including the AmigaOS 3.1 source-code.

This entails that Hyperion Entertainment will examine all possible legal action against any unauthorised source of or use of this material it is aware of. All of this leads up to the reason why we "make such a fuss" about code which is more than 20 years old by now. While the original leak seems to stem from someone outside of the active community, it is even more sad to see quite some of the remaining active users happily participate in distributing this unauthorised copy, compromising years of development work and all possible future versions of AmigaOS and therefore biting the hand that feeds them against all common sense and in blatant violation of copyright.

Having said that, our most special thanks go to all loyal customers, user groups, dealers, partners and all others who showed and continue to show their support to us. You are the reason why AmigaOS still exists, why it remains under active development and why we care.

Thank you,
on behalf of Hyperion Entertainment, all associated developers, translators and testers.
 
 
Hyperion Entertainment CVBA
Tervurenlaan 34
1040 Brussels
Belgium
 
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AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition available as digital download

Brussels, December 17, 2015

Hyperion Entertainment CVBA is very happy to announce the immediate availability of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition for Classic for purchase as digital download.

In close cooperation with Cloanto Italia srl, well known for their Amiga Forever and C64 Forever lines of products, this is the first step and testbed for Hyperion Entertainment towards offering gradually its full line of products as digital downloads in addition to the traditional distribution of physical products through the existing dealer network.

To offer the best possible shopping experience to our customers and following the experience of our partners, Avangate was chosen as fulfillment partner to take care of the whole purchase process in the most secure manner possible and allows to offer several local payment options to customers all over the world.

Customers of the digital download version of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition for Classic get an archive containing

  • ISO9660 image of the installation media,
  • ADF image of the bootfloppy disk,
  • PDF of the DVD cover,
  • PDF of the CD label,
  • PDF of the booklet and
  • the serial number in confirmation mail,

which enables them to produce their own backup media including the official artwork*.

After successful completion of the test phase, interested dealers will be welcome to become part of the affiliate network in order to offer the available digital downloads to their respective customers directly on their website.

We all want to use this opportunity to wish you a very merry christmas and a happy new year 2016. 

* reduced quality suitable for home printing equipment

 

Gorky 17 release imminent

Brussels, October 3, 2015
Gorky 17

Hyperion Entertainment is very pleased to announce the imminent release of the long awaited adventure/strategy/RPG crossover game Gorky 17 originally by Metropolis Software House for AmigaOS! After changeful 12 years since its original announcement, the AmigaOS port of Gorky 17 became almost what was Duke Nukem Forever for the PC world. Yet, we made it in two years less ;)

In order to ensure the highest possible quality, Hyperion Entertainment commissioned Frank Menzel and Thomas Claus, who are well known for their original games for AmigaOS 4 under the Entwickler-X label, to stabilize, optimize, enhance and last not least to finalize the AmigaOS port of Gorky 17. The result of their work speaks for itself and shows their high level of professionalism, which allows us now to rightfully claim that the AmigaOS port of Gorky 17 represents the best version of Gorky 17 released on either platform ever!

UPDATE: Gorky 17 is now released and available at your dealer. Read here what Amiga blogger Epsilon has to say about it.

Exclusive main features of the AmigaOS version:

  • High resolution support by free choice of screenmode
  • English, German, Spanish (text & speech) and French (text only)
  • Mouse wheel support
  • Highly optimized game engine and video player

Minimum requirements:

  • Amiga with 500MHz CPU or faster
  • 256MB of memory
  • Graphics card (Warp3D compatibility recommended!)
  • 700MB of free disk space
  • AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition
Production is already in progress, all registered dealers got informed about the now available pre-orders and the official start of sales in calendar week 43, 2015. Get in touch with your preferred dealer to place your personal pre-order!
 
But there is more to it! In cooporation with Alinea Computer Hyperion Entertainment will celebrate 30 years of AmigaOS and the release of Gorky 17 by making Gorky 17's pre-release debut at the Amiga 30 years event in Neuss, Germany on October 10, 2015 in form of a strictly limited amount of early bird units sold separately for 34,95 Euro SRP as well as part of a special fair-super-bundle consisting of
  • Gorky 17 for AmigaOS
  • Gorky 17 poster
  • "powered by AmigaOS" t-shirt
  • "30th anniversary" sticker
  • "AmigaOS" notepad
at a heavily discounted fair-price of 50,- Euro incl. VAT*) in contrary to the regular price of about 65,- Euro incl. VAT.
 
 
We all hope you enjoy this fantastic news as much as we do and will stop by at our booths in Neuss on October 10... cheers!
 
*) German VAT currently 19%. Offer only valid directly at the fair, for the duration of the fair and as long as supply lasts. Subject to errors.

 

 

Gorky 17 in the shops, magazines and blogs!

Brussels, December 7, 2015Gorky 17

Since the initial show release at Amiga30.de in Neuss and the regular start of sales the week after, Gorky 17 for AmigaOS was very well received in the community and the press (Amiga Future #117). The well known AmigaOS dedicated blogger Epsilon recently published an article on Epsilon's Amiga blog about Gorky 17, which gives a great overview from unboxing over installation, first start and of course the game itself. A highly recommended read to everybody interested in Gorky 17!

 

Gorky 17  is a science-fiction strategy role-playing game originally developed by Metropolis Software House in 1999 and ported to AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition by Hyperion Entertainment. The AmigaOS version was released to the public first at Amiga30.de in Neuss at October 10, 2015 and is available for regular purchase from many Amiga dealers since October 19, 2015.

 

AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition SDK available for download

Brussels, August 30, 2015

Hyperion Entertainment CVBA is pleased to release the Software Development Kit (SDK) for the hugely successful AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition.

This SDK enables third party developers to access all the enhancements and new features added in AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition including:

  • New components such as btree.library, diffview.gadget, diskio.library and z.library.
  • Unified graphics.library API with built-in RTG support as the original Amiga designers intended.
  • Access to the new composited video feature.
  • Extended memory which goes beyond the 4 GB memory barrier.
  • New Unicode functions for handling UCS-4 and UTF-8 sequences.
  • Next generation menu system in intuition.library via menuclass.
  • Improved dos.library API.
  • Extended and improved console.device API.

Additions and updates to the SDK itself include:

  • Updated standard tools like autodoc, CatComp and grep.
  • New FSTest and FSVPTool file system development tools.
  • Updated clib2 alternative C standard library.
  • MUI 4 SDK.
  • Massively updated and improved perl 5 install.
  • AutoDocViewer included.
  • Updated MiniGL SDK for 3D applications.

Full autodocs and includes are, as always, included in the SDK along with some example code to get you going. All other developer and user documentation is available on the AmigaOS Documentation Wiki where you can create your own ROM Kernel Reference Manuals utilizing the familiar interface used by the mighty Wikipedia. Best effort technical support for the SDK is also available via Hyperion's support forum.

This SDK will be the minimum required to attend the upcoming Amiga DevCon 2015 in Sacramento, California, USA. The Amiga DevCon will include tutorials on how to use the new menuclass, composited video, extended memory, new console.device and more. Keep an eye on the AmiWest blog for the latest Amiga DevCon information.

 
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