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Posted 26 February 2004 - 04:46 PM

Xenium XBMC Demo
>> From ozxodus.com:
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ONE MORE REASON:
LCD or not? Is the raging debate of the moment. Xenium is a premium chip, with premium support and thus it is not only our duty but also our pleasure to bring you more and more fun features to play with. Whether you want an LCD or not is not really the issue. What is important is that once you have one what can you do with it?

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As fun is very important to us we thought we would get our dedicated coders to quickly put together a demonstration of how Xbox Media Centre could be shown through the LCD screen. Naturally we have been approached by the XBMC guys and we are working toward helping them implement full support for the Xenium. For now enjoy the vid!

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Download Video : http://www.xbox-scen...m_XBMC_Demo.rar

(February 26 18:54 GMT+1)

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 07:44 PM

How to tell if you bought a FAKE/CLONE XENIUM Chip
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Original Xenium has
1. Silver Quick Solder pads
2. Black knob on switch
3. High quality LED , white base (no extra PCB)
4. D0 white print under D0 solder pad
5. Straight ground mesh
6. Capital X in ozXodus.

Fake Chip has
1. gold quick solder pads
2. blue knob on switch
3. makeshift poor quality Led
4. no D0 print
5. semicircle in gnd mesh
6. lowercase x in ozXodus

NOTE: If you have purchased a Xenium as an original and were shipped a FAKE. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLAIM CREDIT CARD OR INTERNET FRAUD AGAINST THE DECEITFUL SITE THAT MADE THE SALE. We strongly advise you to claim full refund of your money either through the site or through your bank. Please advise us through fakes@ozXodus.com of any sites selling Fakes. We will do our best to help you obtain an original Xenium ASAP

News-Source: www.ozxodus.com
(March 18 22:34 GMT+1)

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Posted 24 March 2004 - 09:21 PM

Modchip.ca no longer official Xenium resellers.
>> From ozxodus.com:
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FRAUDSTERS EXPOSED ! MODCHIP.CA no longer official Xenium resellers.

It has come to our attention that people are confused as to exactly what is happening regarding certain so called "respectable" sites selling fake chips. We had said earlier that we did not want to start a war with cloners and scam artists and for the main part that is still true BUT, when a supposed official reseller of ours starts to sell fake chips and tries to pass them off as authentic Xeniums we cannot and will not just sit back and keep quiet. It is one thing to openly sell "clones" but when you intentionally pass off fake chips as originals you are not only a blatant thief but a fraud and a downright criminal.

MODCHIP.CA is one such site and is the first that we have verified as a fraud. We can confirm that they did have original stock bought from us officially but they have not since re-ordered from us and are therefore willingly and knowingly selling "fakes" and passing them off as originals. WE WILL NOT ALLOW THIS and are extremely angry and disgusted at the audacity and cheek of such criminals to defraud you. What disgusts us is that these greedy, money hungry, thieves will go so far as to LIE to you and claim total innocence as if they did not know what they were buying. THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE. What really makes us wonder is how many other times this has been done by these thieves or how many other products they are passing off as "originals" to unsuspecting customers? (is anything sold by these guys authentic?) Fraud is a serious and punishable offence and we cannot sit back and let it continue.

We apologise for this long post but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We urge all of you that have bought any fakes to report to us immediately and we will assist you in any way we can. Claim your money back and refuse any exchange. We will direct you to a proper and professional business. We WILL NOT SUPPLY these guys any more and until WE SAY SO, they will NEVER stock official OzXodus products. We do not and will not support FRAUDSTERS!!

(March 24 23:06 GMT+1)

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 10:54 PM

OzXodus releases Xenium Solderless adaptor info
>> From ozxodus.com:
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Apologies for the delay in updates but we have really been hard at work supporting our product and developing new and exciting features for you. Contrary to murmurings and speculation on the scene we are now more determined than ever to continue leading and pioneering through our product and providing you with the best and most reliable chip on the market. Read on and you will see that, as stated many times before, WE DO NOT MAKE PROMISES WE DO NOT INTEND TO KEEP!
This update is a short and sweet one just to let you know what we are up to and what we have in store for you in the near future.
Of course, due to the sensitive nature of this business we have to keep actual details of what we are doing close to our chest so we will be updating you regularly with information about projects in progress and new features for your Xenium.

IN THE PIPELINE
* SOLDER LESS

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Naturally, the move to a complete solder less version of Xenium is something that you have all been asking about and waiting for anxiously. We are pleased to tell you that solder less adaptors are now in production and should be available for sale in a few days time.
We have modified and improved the older Chameleon adaptors and are very proud and excited about our new design. As you will see from the pics below, they are stronger and attach more securely. Rivets are now no longer needed, even though they will be supplied! We have already been in touch with our trusted official resellers and are working on aggressive pricing for the bundled Xenium solder less, or Xenium S as we like to call it.


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* SOFTWARE
We have some very exciting news regarding Xenium OS(info) and we advise you to stay tuned in frequently to find out exactly what it is we are planning to do. This news will be BIG! No, in fact, HUGE! Naturally all will be revealed in due course and all we can say at the moment is that our original phrase "Out with the old in with the new" is as much of a hint as we will give at the moment!! Keep watching this space!

* THANKS
We would like to thank the team at XBMC for the efficient (and impressively quick) support work for our LCD. Thanks , great job! We are now working flat out to make this feature available to all of you ASAP.

That is all for now. More exciting news soon. We promise!

(March 26 23:21 GMT+1)

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Posted 03 April 2004 - 09:43 AM

New Xenium clones?
>> Maxconsole.com reported that a new version of Xenium fakes/clones are being produced that fix many of the visual differences the first batch of clones had with the orignal/real Xeniums.

I searched for a new easy/fast way to detect the new fake/clone Xenium modchips (there are more diffs if you want ... this is just an example). This is a picture of an ORIGINAL Xenium. Looks in the 2 green circles I made. There's a white spot/point on the board. The new fake/clones don't have these.


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More official/confirmed information about this should be released soon by OzXodus.
(April 3 03:43 GMT+1)

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 09:18 PM

Team OzXodus about new Xenium fakes
>> From ozxodus.com:
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As expected, the thieves over at the "fake factory" have been so badly criticized and have had so many come-backs that they have been hard at work revising and revamping their chip to get it closer to the original (in looks mainly). Seriously, even though they are clowns they at least have the common sense to admit failure in their first attempt and will try, try again. Below you will find pics of the 'new and improved' version. Sadly, there are still many obvious mistakes that have been made, which is why we cannot call them clones yet, they are still FAKES. Very rough and raw and badly manufactured fakes. Copying is really easy, replicating and cloning is not that simple and straightforward is it?

We are now issuing our third and final warning. It is not about the few extra bucs saved as many people are thinking. It is about the few extra bucs lost when these chips fail. Many retailers have finally realized their mistake and are scrambling around to recover huge losses in capital outlay. All of a sudden chips are starting to fry without warning and failing in many other ways. What amazes us is how utterly nave and short sighted some people are in that they try them out initially and assume they will work forever! Genuine Xeniums have been out in the market for over three months and have proven themselves in more ways than one. Fakes have not. WE HAVE NEVER LIED TO YOU AND DO NOT INTEND TO START NOW! FAKES WILL NOT WORK! We will not issue any further warnings after this post. It is now up to you.

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Original Xenium
1. Solder filled pads (only on these points)
2. White spot(s)
3. Clear (see through) LED case
4. 3 Dots are blue
5. Font centre points of W and M go half way D differs as well
6+7. Grounding Mesh differs as shown

Fake Chip
1. No solder filled pads on these points
2. No White spots
3. Opaque (milky) LED case
4. 3 Dots are silver
5. Font differs
6+7. Ground Mesh differs as shown

Note : If you have bought a Fake thinking it was an Original please feel free to do a credit card charge back and site FRAUD as the reason.

(April 6 00:58 GMT+1)

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 08:44 PM

News from OzXodus
>> News update from Team OzXodus:
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Ok, so it's time to start shaking things up a bit. As we have said many times before, we love being first with groundbreaking developments, so here we go...

For obvious reasons, we will be supplying you with small tidbits of information as to what our HUGE news is all about. As is to be expected from a team like ours, (unlike many others) we only begin releasing information days before we are ready to release, so we will be posting regular hints before the start of the new REVOLUTION!
Our developments are so HUGE, and GROUNDBREAKING, that we are forced to jump straight from version 1.1 to version 2.0. Our new core advancements not only provide more stability and flexibility, but will help to expedite our unique development process, and will open up doors and break through boundaries never possible before.
We have been working really hard and as we reveal more and more features in upcoming posts you will be amazed at what has been achieved!

That should be enough to get you guessing for now.
Stay tuned!

P.s. (could not resist one more hint) There are also new developments and improvements to our very own Super Crypt Stealth ACT system, that has been around since version 1.x, and is bigger and better than ever before.

(April 8 22:40 GMT+1)

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:31 AM

Team XOS about clones
>> From xboxopensource.com:
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At xboxopensource.com we feel we cannot keep out mouth shut any longer, we have all been in the scene for a while and have seen things develop from 29wire mods to 4th Gen mods (Xenium & SmartXX). We are part of this scene for the fun of it, we do not make money from Hardware mods, banner exchanges or any other source, so we are not making this statement for financial reasons.

Mods have been released to allow people to mod their xbox for free (cheap mod) and the we have never been scared of giving information to the masses (thanks www.xbox-scene.com) but the emergence of clones is a total disgrace, if someone spends time and money in developing hardware mods they should at least be given the chance to re-claim their outlay. And don't forget they have on-going development costs when it comes to OS releases. At the end of the day people selling clones are not only stealing from OzXodus but they are also affecting the future of the Xenium modchip and hence everyone that purchased a legitimate chip.

We need to get rid of this cancer before it starts to take hold, what ever they say about their product being just as good as the original cant be true, yes it may look 99% the same but from what I have seen there are some small but major differences, traces are not to the same standard as the original mods, so what you may think, but when its the trace that provides power to the chip and it cant feed the correct current do you think this will be good?

If someone else made a copy of an xbox with a box that looked the same would you consider buying it? No. Just because it looks the same doesn.t mean it is.
We should make it part of our mission to stamp out this disgrace before it starts to take over the entire scene.

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:35 AM

News from OzXodus: W.I.P. Xenium-OS v2
>> News update from Team OzXodus:
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Ok, so it's time to start shaking things up a bit. As we have said many times before, we love being first with groundbreaking developments, so here we go...

For obvious reasons, we will be supplying you with small tidbits of information as to what our HUGE news is all about. As is to be expected from a team like ours, (unlike many others) we only begin releasing information days before we are ready to release, so we will be posting regular hints before the start of the new REVOLUTION!
Our developments are so HUGE, and GROUNDBREAKING, that we are forced to jump straight from version 1.1 to version 2.0. Our new core advancements not only provide more stability and flexibility, but will help to expedite our unique development process, and will open up doors and break through boundaries never possible before.
We have been working really hard and as we reveal more and more features in upcoming posts you will be amazed at what has been achieved!

That should be enough to get you guessing for now.
Stay tuned!

P.s. (could not resist one more hint) There are also new developments and improvements to our very own Super Crypt Stealth ACT system, that has been around since version 1.x, and is bigger and better than ever before.

(April 8 22:40 GMT+1)

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:41 AM

Xenium OS v2.0 Teaser1
>> Team OzXodus released more information about the upcoming Xenium OS(info) v2.
From ozxodus.com:
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REDEFINING THE WORDS "INTERFACE" AND "USER FRIENDLY"
We have a fully revamped User Interface with specific features never possible before. Ease of use and set up will be a breeze.
In fact, we have redefined the whole x-box to pc communications with different and unique methods, services and interfaces that you could only have dreamed of before!
Ftp support is fully integrated and therefore hassle free. (Unlike some current archaic systems).
Web support will include more power and flexibility than anything available at the moment.
Of course, with us, being us, that would not be enough to WOW you, and competition does not allow us to reveal all, but lets just say that there are one or two more surprises that will make your life even easier and will provide for even more ubiquitous communications between your X-box and PC.
Wish lists from all of you in forums and mails have been answered, will be made possible, and then some!
If that is not enough to excite you and get you drooling there will be more to come!

P.S. Super Crypt Stealth ACT System has caused quite a stir already and we are sure that its inclusion in previous versions of Xenium OS as well as the newly re-boosted version set for Xenium OS2 will be very well received and appreciated.

(April 13 23:06 GMT+1)

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:47 AM

More news about Xenium OS v2
>> From ozxodus.com:
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Looks like the ante in the "competition" stakes has been upped considerably with the usual, "anything you can do I can do better", banter being thrown around. Welcome back! We missed you. Honestly. Not many teams can take our jests and jokes and provide the quality competition this industry deserves. (Once we get these clown fakers dead and buried we can then concentrate on the REAL STUFF) Besides that, fun times have already been here in case you had not noticed! So let's play! Since we have an ACTUAL product to play with, we will go first. (as usual).

Innovation is not that easy, it seems, in our little world of reality. Playing with colors is neither unique nor THAT difficult to do. We must learn to walk before we can run and 4th generation is a privilege that must be EARNED and proven before we can brand ourselves anything we dream up!

With that being said, here are a few more ideas being developed on OUR fourth generation chips, that are out and working (well at least the genuine ones are:-)) Once again, we're not mentioning even half of what is possible under our new system, but it should be more than enough to wet your appetite, and keep those amateur spin video makers busy?

First... We know that some of you have had problems in the past with the fact that our chip offers less flash space than some competitors, and possible future competitors. We can't say too much without giving things away, but we've resolved these concerns with our new Flash Unconstrained Core Kernel Initialization Technology. Combined with our Dynamic Bios Cooking Technology, we're quite confident that you'll never have to worry about flash space again!

Not enough?
We are also pursuing the possibility of Post-Boot Onboard Flash Access which, among other things, will allow certain recovery techniques which were previous only possible with hardware, and involved tricky soldering. It would now be done completely from software!
We must also remember dear friends that our LEGAL OS is... well.....exactly that; legal.
Just to hot things up a bit more. Release date?
Lets just say that we have a track record for fulfilling promises professionally and efficiently. So, release date for beta? Soon. Very soon!

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:48 AM

OzXodus: Xenium clones guaranteed to fail
>> Update from ozxodus.com:
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The time has finally come when all of us here at Team OzXodus, have decided to stop playing games and move to the next level. Accusations by many skeptics out there have been rife and, actually, for a large part, justified. As we have said many times before it has been very difficult to reveal all our secrets and plans and we have taken it all quietly and patiently. Delays in updates, secrecy, childish posts, lack of protection for our product, are just a few of the sentiments we have picked up over the past few months. Despite that, all our loyal supporters have remained loyal and have kept their faith in us and, in fact, sales figures have far surpassed expectations. The news we are about to reveal will explain some of our strategy, will provide clarification and justification for the above statements, and most importantly, will further prove why loyal Xenium supporters will never be let down or deceived.

DEATH TO THE FAKES:
All fake Xenium clones WILL FAIL. It is just a matter of when. There is a reason why our chip is branded 4th generation and that reason is very simple and straightforward. Xenium OS(info).
No O.S; No chip.
Simple enough?

Super Crypt Stealth ACT.
Super = super, Crypt Stealth= secret, A.C.T.= Anti Clone Technology. So, once the shock and horror has sunk in let us assure you of our GUARANTEE! We can, we already have, and we will continue to remove our OS from any fake chip. PERIOD. Many fakes have already started to die and the rest will soon follow. It is just a matter of time.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank co-developers such as k3rn3l from Xecuter for the advice and guidance about ensuring adequate protection early on and would like to say that we do listen! We also know what we are doing and are very sure that true developers will banter and compete fairly and openly for market share but when it comes to low life scum who threaten the betterment and development of the scene we have to pull together. (Dont know if that is the common view of other teams but that is definitely the view of this team.)
We have warned and warned and even hinted many times, but it seems some retailers and the stupid cloners themselves are so greedy that they chose to ignore us, and in fact continue to arrogantly threaten and gloat. We hope that these people who have promised two for one guarantees now see how utterly pathetic and stupid they really are. Two of anything that does not work is even worse than one that does not work. What sort of guarantee is that?
We hope that customers who have been ripped off and defrauded of their money are determined enough to demand their money back so that they can finally buy a GENUINE working Xenium. Should you need any assistance and advice please get in touch with us and we will gladly help.

(April 19 03:00 GMT+1)

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Posted 10 May 2004 - 01:51 AM

Xantium's Review: Xenium Solderless Adaptor
>> I got a 'Xenium Solderless Adaptor' some time ago, I finally got my photocamera back from the store (was broken) ... so here's the review. In meantime the adaptor is released in the retail stores already!

Where to buy::
Divineo.com $19.99 (adaptor alone)
Divineo.com $59.99 (Xenium S (adaptor + Xenium modchip))
XboxChips.com 38.95 (Xenium S (adaptor + Xenium modchip))
Or any other official OzXodus reseller.

Official Website::
http://www.ozxodus.com

What's in the package::
* The Xenium Solderless adaptor
* Special longer screw
* Rivets (optional install)
All packed and protected in a hard plastic box.

Pictures::
http://pictures.xbox.../xeniums/01.jpg
http://pictures.xbox.../xeniums/02.jpg
http://pictures.xbox.../xeniums/03.jpg
http://pictures.xbox.../xeniums/04.jpg

What you need to install it::
* a v1.0-v1.5 Xbox
* a TORX 10 and 20
* clear diagrams of "d0" point for your xbox version
* a Xenium modchip (it will not work with any other modchip, besides the discontinued chameleon)

Install the Modchip::
The 'Xenium solderless adaptor' is a special adaptor that will allow you to install the Xenium modchip solderless.
Well ... they just made the original better. The 'Xenium solderless adaptor' is a renewed/better version of the 'Chameleon Solderless adaptor'. You can easily see the difference between the old and the new: the Chameleon adaptor is black, the new Xenium one is purple/blue. Make sure you buy the new one if you plan to buy this.
The new adaptor does not require any "rivets" (some kinda small pins you can put in the LPC holes so the pogopins make good contact) anymore.
They also made the "spring-wire" (hard wire you can bend into the "D0" point) more solid.
The small "hole" they made in the plastic mold (so the adaptor doesn't touch a capacitor on xbox v1.2+) is now smooth and it doesn't look like it has been cut out manually anymore.

With this all they managed to make the install even easier. Basicly you just open your Xbox (that's what will take you most time), you unscrew the motherboardscrew near the LPC, you 'click' the Xenium solderless adaptor into the LPC points, put in the special (longer) screw, screw till it 'stops', lift up the "spring-wire" and depose it into the "D0" point. After that you just have to put the Xenium modchip on the adaptor's headerpin and close your Xbox again.

I tried this on 3 xbox units, and it never failed, worked each time from the first try ... I never even watched under the adaptor to make sure it was all good aligned or so ... it's 'automatically' correctly aligned. Why? because the adaptor's pogopins and spring-wire go 'in' the points and not 'over' (or 'on top of') the points. Because aligning is no longer required this solderless adaptor can easily beat any 'solder install' speed-wise.
You will still get the 'rivets' with the adaptor as theoretically these will offer better contact - but for the tests I did they were never necessary.

Testing::
I shaked my Xbox a lot ... the adaptor didn't move and contact with all points stayed very stable.

POSITIVE::
+ Ultra easy and fast install.
+ Best solderless method ("spring wire") for "D0"
+ No need for "rivets" anymore
+ LPC and D0 points are very stable.
+ No 'aligning' difficulties what-so-ever, neither for the LPC points nor for "D0".

NEGATIVE::
- The price of the adaptor alone - combined with the Xenium modchip the price is better ... so better buy it together :-)

Archive of review: http://www.xbox-scen...re/xenium-s.php
(May 10 03:50 GMT+1)

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 12:45 AM

Xenium Solderless Installation Manual
>> From ozxodus.com:
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An installation manual for the Xenium S solderless kits is now available for download in our website's downloads section.

The official Xenium solderless adaptor is an improved version of the Chameleon adaptor. Xbox-Scene recently conducted a review of the adaptor and it can be found here, a French translation has been published by Gueux.Net and can be viewed here.

The Xenium S kits are now available from many of our Official Resellers

Download: Xenium Solderless Installation Manual


Buy Xenium S: xboxchips.com or divineo.com
(May 12 16:51 GMT+1)

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Posted 21 May 2004 - 07:17 PM

OzXodus releases Xenium OS v2.0 news and features
>> From ozxodus.com:
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Xbox goes RTOS in Xenium OS(info) 2.0

We've promised you it was coming. We promised you it would be groundbreaking. We told you it would be 'soon'.... and it's taken longer then even WE expected. We've promised you there was good reason. Now, it's time for us to lay it all on the line.
It is coming... In fact, it is nearly here. Within 2 days, the first round of betas will make their way out of the innermost circle of OzXodus, and into the hands of our friends and supporters.

It is groundbreaking... In fact, it could change the face of the scene forever. We've told you this before.... now let us take a moment to explain what we have done.
Several months ago, the entire OzXodus team sat down together to discuss the future development of XOS. We decided we had 2 options. We could either stay with a Cromwell(info) based "os" or completely re-implement XOS, from the ground up, as an entirely new operating system. We weighed both options very carefully before making our decision.
Cromwell was a great advancement in Xbox development. It's innovators and core supporters (Andy, Milosch, Ed, Oliver, DMP, etc..) brought the first legal firmware replacement, and it will have it's place in both Xbox and open-source history. However, Cromwell, as a basis for an operating system, is severely limited. It was never meant to be anything more then a firmware, and Linux loader. Designing and programming around that fact has proved a difficult and slow process. So, instead of continuing to work in a restricted and inappropriate environment, we instead opted to rewrite XOS, from the ground up, Cromwell free.

As a true, independent, microkernel operating system, XOS2 provides a complete basis for potentially ANY utility, tool, application, or service to be written to run directly on XOS. It provides an extensive set of low level and mid level functionality to any higher level applications and services. It has a full driver subsystem, to support current and future hardware. (Thankfully, this made v1.6 support rather easy!) It has a full graphics API, including UI primitives, a feature rich text rendering engine, a loader for various image formats (jpeg, gif, png, bitmap, etc) and preliminary GPU hardware acceleration. There is a complete Berkeley sockets TCP/IP implementation, including support for BOOTP, RARP, ARP, ICMP, UDP, TCP, and DNS protocols, allowing extensive network applications and services to be created. We've implemented a complete embedded scripting engine based on Lua 5.0 from TecGraf. The list of CORE functionality goes on and on.....
What does this mean for you, the end user? It means that, now, the potential of XOS is LIMITLESS.

Here is a list of just some of the things we've been able to do under our new environment, already, which you will see in the beta:
* Greatly improved user interface, combining crisp graphics with intuitive navigation, utilizing menus, popups, file selectors, alert/information/question dialogs, and task-specific dialogs such as an IP keypad and straightforward onscreen keyboard
* Brand new video drivers, providing a much cleaner, clearer picture
* Built-in FTP server, without relying on launching a second app or OS
* Full client/server SMB (Windows Networking) support, integrated directly with the file system drivers, allowing you to copy files Xbox->pc and pc->Xbox, from either XOS or your PC
* A preliminary telnet server (very much a work in progress, but something we hope will become a valuable tool in the future)
* Full DHCP support, with static IP fallback
* A new "Virtual Bank" system, eliminating the need for selecting bank modes, and greatly simplifying the flashing process
* A straightforward HDD upgrade wizard
* A detailed exception handler, which will generate an error report file to help us diagnose problems and fix bugs more rapidly
* Full no-copy, asynchronous (read: FAST) USB device support, including support for USB keyboard and mouse (UI integration still in progress)
* USB "Pen drive" support, allowing you to flash a bios and copy files from a USB memory stick or other mass storage device
* Improved HDD support, covering a wider range of drives and setups, including LBA48 and multiple hard drives
* UDMA support (disabled for beta) for maximum HDD performance
* File system cache for efficient file operations
* Raw I/O support for HDD operations (potential for utilities such as defrag, scandisk, etc)
* Vastly improved flashing speeds. (Erase, Flash, and Verify 256k in 6 seconds, 1 meg in 25.5 seconds!)
* Fully preemptive, multitasking kernel, supporting threading, semaphores, mailboxes, message passing, critical sections, etc.... with a task switch overhead of under 0.2 microseconds... allowing all services and applications to run concurrently and efficiently, without stability concerns
* DLL support to load add-ins and additional future functionality from HDD or flash
* Flash Unconstrained Core Kernel Initialization Technology, allowing you to load bioses directly from HDD, without flashing them to a bank

And some things which will not be in the beta, but which are being developed currently, and will be in an XOS-dev (unstable/testing) release shortly after:
* Full Web server for flashing and remote operation
* UI Skinning/Scripting (This actually exists in the beta, and is how we do all our UI, but the API will not be exposed at first)
* Screensavers

A couple of things that are "on the drawing board." Initial testing and proof-of-concept implementations have been done:
* Dash-In-Flash, allowing you to use XOS as your dashboard
* Bios Cooking... live bios configuration and extension, done in a way completely unlike anything that's been done or demonstrated before!
* Live update

Finally, we will be developing a series of applications and utilities to run on xos2. One of the most amazing things about XOS2 is that it opens the door to a whole new world of development and distribution methods for legal applications and utilities. For our first application, we're considering a port of a popular emulator..... More on that to come.

I'd like to apologize for the fact that "soon" has become such a long time. That time has passed very quickly for us, as we've been buried under this heap of code for awhile. For you, it must've seemed like an eternity. My only hope is that now you can perhaps see why this amazing feat has taken so long. Now, within the next few days, you'll be able to appreciate the results of all of the time and effort we've put into this, and why we believe it is the best work any of us have ever done.

Stay tuned for some more exciting news, and an extensive video showing some of our favorite features in action, which should be ready in the coming hours.
We will be contacting our initial beta testers individually, starting within the next 24-48 hours, increasing the number of beta testers as results come in, and going to a public beta, and then release, over next week. Please bear with us, as a beta test and release of something this massive is a stressful and time-consuming process.

--Artifex, and the rest of the OzXodus team

P.S. Just a friendly reminder that users with clone chips should use XOS2 only at their own risk. We will not support any "problems" with xos2 running on non-authentic Xeniums.

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