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OS4 news summary for February
Posted by: ironfist on Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 20:35
Submitted by Anonymous
These montly news are part of the news-exchange between Amigarulez and

The major news-item this month was of course the OS4 Pre-Release Update 4.
OS4 Pre-Release Update 4

It was the best update compared with the previous ones, Petunia being the main factor together with screen-dragging.
The major new things in the update:
* All-new Warp3D with support for Voodoo 3/4/5 and ATI Radeon models 7000, 7200, 7500, 9000, 9200 and 9250.
* Petunia Just-In-Time 68k emulator.
* All-new Intuition with advanced features like flicker-free window redraw and new screen dragging features (among other things, screens can be dragged freely in any direction and will reveal other screens beneath even if dragged sideways)
* Updated ExecSG kernel
* New Extended Input System allows the use of mouse wheels on both PS/2 and USB mice, and the use of Multimedia keyboards (with keys like volume control, play/pause etc)

Amigarulez got permission from Fuzion, to publish his first impression review, it can be read here

The counter at OS4 Depot stands at 864 (28.2.2006)

Major uploads were:
Updates to GNU core utilities, Battle for Wesnoth, Remote Desktop, ScummVM Among the new files there was: Python 2.4.1 for AmigaOS 4.0 a straight port from Python 2.4.1 for OS4,
LightWave RTG Patch that allow LightWave to correctly function on RTG-only systems running AmigaOS4.
SDDapple . an Apple II emulator.
HTTP-handler, a HTTP: device for accessing web-hosted files.
And some new games and minor updates as usual.

Other software-news.

Richard Drummondreleased a preview screenshot of an OS4 native X11-server he is working on. Screenshot here.
a first version of a 64 bit version of the SFS filesystem appeared. It gives Support for files > 4 GB for OS4. There is also a version for AmigaOS 3.x/m68k.
Epistula, the instant messenger came with version 50.11, now with plugins for MSN och ICQ.
AmigaAMP got a fix for the OS4 WarpUP, to get rid of "unfree signals" and memory leaks.
AISS , a system to store, access and maintain toolbar images under AmigaOS.
PerfectPaint: "Pre-68k-fix-Version" for AmigaOS 4 & MorphOS! With this patch you can run Perfect Paint on OS4 and MorphOS.
A new release of Feelin . Feelin is an open-source object-oriented framework for the AmigaOS3.x and 4, AROS and MorphOS.

Amigarulez made an interview with Álmos Rajnai, the man behind Petunia, the Motorola 680x0 processor emulation with JIT for AmigaOS 4.
The interview with Álmos Rajnai
/ Tomazkid

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