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WinUAE Help 2.2.15 & Online

There is a new version of the WinUAE Help file available as of now, which is 2.2.15. You may grab the updated version in our downloads section, as usual.
Also, in a rare case of promised and actually completed some work: the online version of the WinUAE Help is now up-to-date with the latest development! There have been a lot of changes going on in an attempt to vastly improve the content quality. This will ultimately result in a version 3.0 for the file. In the meantime, keep track of progress at winuaehelp.vware.at!

New Host

After some jackass tried attacking our old website host, vware.at and it’s content went offline for some time. That was not due to a successful attack but rather dissatisfaction with the hosting company. We have since moved to a new host with modern software and HTTPS support. Do enjoy.

WinUAE Help 2.2.14

Business as usual: Peter has been toiling away on our latest revision of the official WinUAE Help file. Meanwhile, I am working on a way to deliver it’s content easier and in more ways than in the last decade or so. Stay tuned, and grab the file at the usual place.

Printing Woes

Microsoft has graced us with a new security update that patches a flaw in the printer spooler service. So far, so ordinary. This had some unforseen consequences: deploying printers in a Active Directory domain might not work as expected anymore for certain printers, logging “0x80070bcb Specified printer driver was not found and needs to be downloaded”.
Long story short: printer drivers which are not package aware will not be installed automatically by your client OS, no matter what you do, even in a GPO. The easiest fix is getting new drivers, but that’s not even possible for all devices out there. So here is a way to get the spooler service to think the driver is package aware: open the Registry, navigate to “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Enviroments\Windowsx64\Drivers\version-x\Driver name“, and edit the PrinterDriverAttributes value. Specifically, increment whatever is there by 1. After that, restart the printer spooler service.
Run gpupdate on the affected devices, the printer should be mapped fine.

The nightly is dark and full of terrors

Today, I am happy to announce the start of CyanogenMod 13 nightlies for Xperia Tablet Z (pollux) and Xperia Tablet Z Wifi (pollux_windy). This means CM13 is considered stable enough for daily use on these devices, so the terrors should be rather limited. Anyone interested can find the official downloads at the usual location. Active development on the fusion3 platform is ongoing, I will attempt to shift focus to the phones now.

Lollipop Fusion Complete

As of today, all Sony Xperia devices based on the Fusion3 board (Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z, Tablet Z WiFi) are getting official CyanogenMod 12.1! When I first started looking at these devices in December 2014, the CM12 source code would not even compile, let alone boot, and even the recovery was broken.

Well, here we are, hundreds of commits and quite a lot of annoyances later: F2FS is now supported, a plethora of kernel changes and the new BFQ scheduler made the user experience better than ever, the latest proprietary blobs are integrated, SELinux is properly set up, and a ton of reorganization and cleanup has been done – for all of Sony’s MSM8960 devices and beyond.

Still many things to do, but for today, I’m lighting a cigar! If you have one of these devices, check out GET.CM and give it a whirl. There is a truly fantastic team of developers at Cyanogen and CyanogenMod, and without them, none of us could enjoy mobile computing quite like we do.