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TITLE

  AROS - The Amiga Replacement OS V1.7

AUTHORS

  Aaron "Optimizer" Digulla - Head of Development
  Th.-Heuss-Str. 8
  78467 Konstanz
  Germany

  irc:    Optimizer
  email:  digulla@wi-pc44.fh-konstanz.de (for AROS related mail)
          digulla@home.lake.de           (for private mail)
          digulla@fh-konstanz.de         (for large mails)

  Matthias Fleischer - Exec, DOS and Kernel (he did most of the
  work at this time)
  Martin Steigerwald - Alpha- and Sparc-Port
  Peter Boeckmann - Small functions
  Iain Templeton - Utility functions

  Note: It's no mistake that the addresses of the other persons are
  missing. It just that I want to protect them from beeing swamped
  by EMail :)

DESCRIPTION

AROS is an effort to re-write the AmigaOS V3.1 (40.70 or later) in ANSI C
(mostly).  The goal is to have the power of the AmigaOS without beeing
limited by the hardware.  We try hard to maintain source compatibility
which means that, if you want some Amiga application on your mainframe, all
you have to do is to get its source and compile it again.

 Right now, we have implemented these features:
 - Almost the complete exec. Only interrupts and some more
   esoteric functions are missing
 - Much of DOS
 - A shell to run DOS commands
 - A set of working DOS commands: Dir, List, Echo, Cd, ...
 - A bit of graphics.-, intuition.- and utility.library
 - Enough of Intuition to open a window, receive IntuiMessages
   and process them.
 - console.device with RawKeyConvert()
 - A demo which can be started from the shell, which opens a
   window in which you can draw with the mouse, press keys and
   click on gadgets.

 If you want to participate, then you can choose between these two:

 a) The Preferred Way: Get your hands on CVS and follow the
    instructions in the README.CVS in the AROSdev-archive.

 b) The Usual Way: Get the latest source, make your modifications
    and send me patches via email. Since this takes some time,
    make sure you allocate your work with the jobserver.

 If you write something for us, make sure to check if that job
 is not already done by someone else. To achieve this, use the
 jobserver. You can reach it by writing an EMail to

aros@wi-pc44.fh-konstanz.de

 with the Subject "jobserv" (without the ""). It reads the
 contents of the mail and executes it. For help simply use
 the command "help" on a single line.

CHANGES

- console.device to allow to convert IntuiMessages into text
- Bool-Gadgets
- Some bug fixes
- First steps with Resource Tracking and Purify

FUTURE

- More docs :-P
- More functions
- Resource Tracking for all things our nice OS has to offer
- The fastes AmigaOS ever on an DEC-Alpha-Workstation with
  200MHz ;)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Right now, you need a PC running Linux to view the demos or to compile the
source.  No effort has been made to make sure that anything would work on
an Amiga but you're welcome if you're a Amiga freak with plenty of time :)

AVAILABILITY

ftp://ftp.netnet.net/pub/aminet/misc/emu/AROSdev*
                                         AROSbin*

On Aminet on misc/emu.  There are two archives: AROSdev* which contains the
source and AROSbin* which contains ready compiled demos which you can start
in an XTerm under Linux.

PRICE

Free.

DISTRIBUTABILITY

(C) 1995-96 AROS - The Amiga Replacement OS
It's freely distributable as long as all files are distributed unchanged. 
The source may be used in commercial product with written permission by the
authors.