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Welcome to the sixth release of my Unix environment "AmiCygnix"! This release is basically a bugfix release. Bugs in the display drivers and in the X server binary made it impossible to work with AmiCygnix, if you have installed a newer graphics card. This is fixed now. New in 1.4: ----------- * All display drivers and the X server binary were revised to fix the following problems: - With newer graphics cards like the Radeon HD 7xxx the colours of the display were wrong. This was completely fixed in following drivers: - picasso96clonewbdb - picasso96wb For the following drivers, the problem has been resolved only partially therefore only recommended for older graphics cards: - picasso96clonewb - picasso96 - cybergraphx The driver picasso96pip works only with older graphics cards like the Radeon 9200. - Since AmigaOS 4.1 final Update 1 it came to program crashes, if the graphic driver picasso96clonewbdb was used. Is fixed now. * The display driver picasso96clonewbdb can now also open 32 bit screens internally, however, the data is still processed in 16 bits. * The print command "lpr" now supports the printout via Turboprint whereby the print quality is increased. * The window manager "Openbox" is now available in version 3.6.1. The context menu of Openbox has been revised. * Updated SSL support over OpenSSL and GnuTLS. The included Trusted Certificates have been updated. * The tool "chown" did not work. Has been fixed * The experimental mode "Quick Transfer" - available since release 1.1 - has been removed. The benefit was unfortunately too low. * The start scripts of AmiCygnix has been revised. * The standard height of the panel has been increased for better readability. * Many minor improvements and bug fixes. New in 1.3 r2: -------------- * The support of dead keys was revised again. In 1.3 r1 this feature didn't work properly. Additionally all dead keys - except "DeadDialytikaTonos" - defined in the keymap files in "KEYMAPS:" are now supported. New in 1.3: ----------- * A new display driver, which opens its display on a separate screen. It is an enhanced version of the driver "picasso96clonewb", but offers a better performance, especially when moving windows and also while scrolling. But it needs twice the amount of RAM. This driver is now enabled by default. * The X server did not supported dead keys. Has been resolved. Support of key combinations with Alt key, however, is still implementented in the clients. This makes an update of these programs necessary. * Keyboard layouts that do not conform to ISO-8859-1 standard (eg Polish or Greek keyboards) are now better supported. This is also implemented in the clients. An update of the previously published packages becomes necessary. * The preferences programs "myX11Setup" and "myX11SetupLight" were revised and an Italian and a Swedish catalog has been added. Additionally it is now possible to switch on/off the experimental "quick transfer" mode. * Some programs had problems with file names containing umlauts or other special characters. Has been largely eliminated. * It was reported, that some systems freezed while opening the X server dis- play. The bug is fixed now. New in 1.2: ----------- * The whole system could freeze when the X server was finished (version 1.1 and 1.1r2). This should now be fixed. Additionally the clients are stopped more clearly. * The whole system could freeze, if the existing assigns were listed in a file requester. The problem was fixed and the affected binaries were revised. (thanks to Paolo Vanni!) * The preference editors "myX11Setup" und "myX11SetupLight" were revised and a spanish catalog was added. (thanks to Michael Christoph!) * The printing tool "lpr" did not open a status window anymore since version 1.1 of AmiCygnix. The window is opened again. Additionally it is now possible to stop the printing process. * The content of USB mass storage devices were not displayed in the file- requesters. Fixed now. (thanks to Thomas Blatt!) * It was possible, that the system mouse pointer was not removed in a X server display, so both mouse pointers were visible. Fixed now. New in 1.1: ----------- * Support of programs compiled for GTK+ 2.24 and GTK+ 3.x. Ports of current software projects are possible now. All new packages for AmiCygnix will depend on it. As an advantage these programs do have a better performance, for example because of the now working icon cache. * A new (experimental) display driver is included, which opens a X11 display in a workbench window: "picasso96wb". Compared to the older driver for this purpose "picasso96pip" (overlay windows), this driver uses standard intui- tion windows. Because of this, more than one display can be opened on the workbench at the same time. As a disadvantage the performance of the driver sometimes a bit low, but on the other hand moving windows is faster compared to the other drivers. * The X server and the display drivers were revised. The server can now be launched several times without problems. Especially with the new driver this is an interesting feature. But also with the other drivers applications can be opened on it's own screen without the desktop environment. * All new programs with an own directory in the AmiCygnix "Software" directory will have two start scripts: One for opening the application on the desktop (just like before) and a script, which opens the program in an own display. * With a special version of the settings editor "myX11Setup" you can select the display driver and the window manager for every application, which is launched with the new start script. Many thanks to Michael Christoph (Meicky-Soft)! * A new icon theme in AmgaOS 4.1 style is included. It is conformable to the "Freedesktop Icon Theme Specification". Nearly all icons of this theme were created by Martin Merz (Mason). Many thanks for the permission to include them in my package. * The workbench icons are now all in AmigaOS 4.1 style. Nearly all of them were created by Martin Merz (Mason) and Thomas Blatt (tommysammy). Also many thanks for this! * On every start of an applications the main dependencies are checked. If something is missing, it will be installed or the user will be noticed about the problem. * Version 1.0 of AmiCygnix could not be installed on partitions formatted with the filesystem JXFS. This is now solved. * Most of the programs and libraries used in this package were replaced by current versions. * Better support of the MIME system. * The X server supports a special "Quick Transfer" mode. Refer "AmiCygnix-en.guide" for this. * The X server includes now the MIT screensaver extension. What is X11? ------------ The X Window System is the base for the all graphical user interfaces on unix or linux systems. No matter which GUI-toolkit is used, on the lowest level works X11. The system is splitted into a server and in a client part, which is typical for unix like systems. The server is responsible for processing the graphics and handles the user events like mouse-moves or key-events. The client finally is an application (e.g. a paint-program or a text-editor), which is using this system for displaying his windows. What is the advantage to have this on an amiga-system? It makes it easier to port open source software to the amiga, because the sources for the GUI part can be compiled without any (or at least very few) changes. Installation ------------ 1. Doubleclick on the "Install" icon in the unpacked AmiCygnix package. Everything will be installed automatically. Please follow the instructions of the installer script. An already installed package of AmiCygnix 1.0 - 1.3 will be recognized and updated. An existing installation of AmiCygnix 1.4 will be overwritten. An installation of Cygnix prerelease cannot be updated. I recommend to install AmiCygnix from scratch to avoid problems. Please do not install by hand!! 2. Afterwards you should reset your amiga. Donations --------- If you like to support my work, you can make a donation by using Paypal: http://www.schwan-clan.de/amiga/Donate.html Thanks! Thanks to... ------------ ... Hans Verkuil for his initial port of X11R6.3 to OS 3.x ... Michael Christoph for his support ... more greetings in "Docs/AmiCygnix-en.guide"
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