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Internet News   Internet News : Aminet status update September 2006
   posted by cgutjahr on 4-Sep-2006 0:37:54 (2291 reads)
It's been a while since last time, but it doesn't mean we haven't done anything in the meantime. Following is an update on the newest stuff happening over at Aminet.net.

Read more for details...



The Aminet Wiki

Aminet has its own Wiki now: at http://wiki.aminet.net you'll find manuals, FAQs, information about the team and Aminet's history aswell as our changelogs, todo lists and bug 'database'. The section covering Aminet's usage urgently needs more info added though: if you'd like to help out with creating a nice user manual covering archive formats, the tools required to handle them, various ways of transfering archives from a PC to the Amiga, using an FTP client etc. - get in touch with us, please.

Translating the Wiki into other languages is planned, but our ressources are somewhat limited and there are lots of things to do - so this might take a while.

New directories

Several new directories have been created, amongst them misc/os, which is intended for operating systems and updates. The first uploads to this directory are "Amiga Minix", an open source Unix like operating system for Amiga 500, 2000 and 3000 computers and the final m68k-amiga distribution of OpenBSD. The former was kindly provided by Thomas Unger, while the latter is a mirror of ftp.planetmirror.com and was moved to Aminet because OpenBSD-Amiga is discontinued und slowly gets removed from the official BSD-mirrors.

A complete list of the new directories:

dev/lib (static libraries)
game/edit (game editors)
game/strat (strategy games)
misc/os (Operating systems and updates)
pix/icon (PNG icons)

We already started to move files into these directories, if you stumble across further packages that should be moved, don't hesitate to tell us. Thanks a lot to James Jacobs for both suggesting game/edit aswell as providing a complete list of files that should be moved in there.

More mirrors

Three new mirrors have been added (de5.aminet.net, se.aminet.net and dk.aminet.net). For more info about mirrors and who to thank for the various ones, see http://wiki.aminet.net/Mirrors. Aminet now consists of seven mirrors - with more coming up. As the question has been brought up several times now: Yes, we do accept big files, a CD ISO shouldn't be a problem. For anything significantly bigger than 80-100 MB we'd appreciate it if you would notify us upfront though.

New filetypes supported

We now accept PDF documents (you don't have to put them into an archive anymore) aswell as music and video files in an Ogg container, the most popular ones being Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora. In addition we encourage you to use the open OGG formats rather than the proprietary MPEG (MP3, MPEG1/2) formats which often come with patent and license issues.

As we're still getting DMS uploads occasionally: Please note that Aminet does not support DMS. If you need to upload a disk image, convert it to ADF first. We accept both plain ADF files aswell as zipped ADF (.adz).

A reminder - server abuse

Recently we encountered postings on various forums where people announced they would download the whole Aminet repository, others explained that they already did it or gave instructions how this can be accomplished easily. Apparently, we really need to address this issue.

Downloading the whole Aminet repository is considered abuse. No ifs, buts or whens - end users are not entitled to run personal mirrors. Aminet has a total size of more than 32 GB right now, individual users downloading that much data from our servers just for the sake of having their own local copy are not just acting rather impolite, they are actually eating up resources that somebody has to pay for.

Aminet isn't going away anytime soon. It's going to celebrate its 15th birthday soon, and we do have the resources available to make sure that there are going to be quite a few more birthday parties. We also have a bunch of 100% mirrors up and going, so there are no excuses really.

If you really feel like leeching, go download Google - compared to Aminet, that whole WWW thing is a relative newcomer and might be gone any day now.

As usual, an extensive change log can be found at: http://wiki.aminet.net/Changelog. If you want to get in touch with us, either drop us a mail at aminet@aminet.net or join our IRC channel #aminet on irc.amigaworld.net. We *love* feedback, feature requests and complaints. Honestly.
    

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Re: Aminet status update September 2006
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Good work, I'm happy to hear that Aminet is healthy and improving. I appreciate especially the hosting of the OpenBSD archives, it is important to preserve such archives so that they don't get lost someday.
By the way, I always wondered if Aminet deletes the older archives or if it stores everything from day one.

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@Varthall:

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By the way, I always wondered if Aminet deletes the older archives or if it stores everything from day one.

In the very beginning (we're talking 1992 here), Aminet was running on a A3000UX with a 50 MB hard disk - yes, they had to throw older files away to make room for new ones. They bought a new (1.5 GB! ) hd the same year though, and since then no files had to be removed anymore.

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Sweet! Many a night I spent, red eyed, looking through the newest releases and some of the older files back in the day on my A500. An even thought I don't have an Amiga up and running right now, I still stop by and look. But when I get a new Amiga, watch out! Late nights again! LOL


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Aminet is one of the best file respositories ever, and surely something special to any current or ex-Amiga user! Heres to another 15 years!


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What about the Stats page ? I don't find it anymore...


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Services-> Statistics or just http://aminet.net/stats.php


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Excellent work. Aminet is the greatest repository.
Keep up with the great work.


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@murakami

here they are;

Uploader stats - September 2006
Uploads Name
155 spot triad se
5 Spot / Up Rough
2 amigae swipnet se
2 Spot / Up Rough
1 Bert Jahn
1 Lorence Lombardo
1 JN
1 Peter Keunecke
1 James Jacobs
1 info ar-kleinert de

162 uploads from me, MOAAHAHAHA!!...


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Quote:

In the very beginning (we're talking 1992 here), Aminet was running on a A3000UX with a 50 MB hard disk - yes, they had to throw older files away to make room for new ones. They bought a new (1.5 GB! ) hd the same year though, and since then no files had to be removed anymore.


I assume you're talking here about files that are completely different. What about different versions of the same file? It would sometimes be nice to be able to get older versions of an archive, for example if the newest version didn't support older OS versions.

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http://uk.aminet.net/misc/os/Minix_Amiga_Upd92.tgz

Link broken :-/


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Oops, the file was not readable by the world and the mirrors couldn't download it. It's set to readable now. The mirrors should catch up withint 24 hours. In the meantime try removing the "uk." part from that url.


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Thanks


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