The Vampire Saga

by Eric Schwartz
from the AmiTech Gazette, April 2018

Hopefully you all have made it though March and April up to this point, whether the Easter season, or tax season, or the political season, or just seasonal weather (which apparently had no idea what the word “spring” meant this year). At least the Amiga fans got an unusual amount of news to offset the annoyances of the last couple of months.

Version 5 of MUI, the GUI toolkit for classic and PPC-based Amigas, came out recently, though it appears it may be geared to the higher-powered systems. The Apollo Accelerator group has released version 2.8 of the Apollo core for the Vampire 500 and 600 FPGA cards in March, hot on the heels of 2.7, followed by version 2.9 in April. 2.8 fixed some bugs in the FPU code and added support for the V500’s expansion connector, while 2.9 focuses on ROM mapping separate from the CPU core itself, seemingly in preparation for potential application of Vampire cards to the Atari ST range of computers, and other future plans undoubtedly. More on my Vampire experiences to follow.

After no public releases for well over a year, the MorphOS team has finally released version 3.10 of their operating system, one of the largest updates to the system in a long time, both under the hood and on the surface: adding support for new hardware (though I’m still having issues with my USB scanner) and more. I couldn’t give an adequate rundown of the full list of additions, so check the links earlier in the newsletter.

I’ve repeatedly written in these newsletter articles about the long and winding saga of VampireQuest™. Nowadays, I have my hardware and it works nicely, but with the gift of hindsight, the quest looked more than a tiny bit like some strange, systematic years-long campaign to jerk me around. That may be a hyperbolic overreaction, but if you look over the timeline of events, you might agree.