Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jan 2008 08:18 UTC, submitted by Kaj de Vos
Syllable, AtheOS After an extensive development period, the Syllable project has released Syllable Desktop 0.6.5 with improvements all over. As always there are bug fixes, most notably in USB and the network stack, leading to large reliability and performance improvements. LibUSB and SANE were ported, so there is now USB access from user space and support for scanners. There are new network and video drivers, including a unique S3 DeltaChrome driver that Arno Klenke wrote from scratch. Two new window decorators debut from John Aspras. CD burning ability is now integrated in the form of SimpleBurn and CDRTools. A new network preferences applet from Andrew Kennan was integrated, and also Arno Klenke's port of OpenBeFS. Many ports were upgraded and the system layout has been heavily reorganised. Files needed for compiling software have been split off in a separate package. This is also the release that harmonises a number of things between Syllable Desktop and Syllable Server. The full change log is here. Installation CDs, the upgrade, and images for emulators are here. Additional software can be found here.
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Awesome work
by madcrow on Tue 8th Jan 2008 16:25 UTC
madcrow
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2006-03-13

Now if they would just implement good printing support, this would count as thebest free Unix-like for Desktop usage...

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RE: Awesome work
by zizban on Tue 8th Jan 2008 16:32 in reply to "Awesome work"
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2005-07-06

Well, you need, I dunno, a word processor for printing to make sense.

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RE[2]: Awesome work
by madcrow on Tue 8th Jan 2008 16:45 in reply to "RE: Awesome work"
madcrow Member since:
2006-03-13

Do any of the web-based WPs work in WebKit? What about printing off hard copies of web pages and PDF files? What about the fact that simply having something like the ability to print using OpenType fonts would be a huge PR coup that would instantly make Syllable an interesting platform for people who might want to develop a word processor.

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RE: Awesome work
by Vanders on Tue 8th Jan 2008 18:02 in reply to "Awesome work"
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2005-07-06

Well CUPS is there and works already, using Guttenprint for most of the printer drivers. Actually integrating "printing" into the rest of the system is a totally different kettle of fish, of course. That's something I hope to make a start with soon.

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RE[2]: Awesome work
by madcrow on Tue 8th Jan 2008 19:14 in reply to "RE: Awesome work"
madcrow Member since:
2006-03-13

Cool. Hopefully you intergrate OpenType support as a system-wide feature like Windoze and Mac OS rather than leaving stuff like that "up to the program" as in Linux (and consequently meaning that just about the only reliable way to use OpenType fonts either for PDF creation or normal printing is to use Heirloom troff...

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