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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RE: Awesome work
by Vanders on Tue 8th Jan 2008 18:02 UTC in reply to "Awesome work"
Vanders
Member since:
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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RE[3]: Awesome work
by Vanders on Tue 8th Jan 2008 20:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Awesome work"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Syllable relies on Ghostscript to handle the Postscript rasterising, and as far as I am aware Ghostscript can handle OpenType fonts just fine. There should be no reason why you could not install OpenType fonts right now and start using them under Syllable, for both printing and on-screen use (FreeType2 can use OpenType as well).

Of course the trick is to make it easy to do that, and Font handling is one thing that isn't fully done in Syllable yet.

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RE[4]: Awesome work
by madcrow on Wed 9th Jan 2008 01:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Awesome work"
madcrow Member since:
2006-03-13

You've obviously never tried to use OpenType fonts in Linux if you're saying that. Even programs that can use them in display can't always print them and apps built on libraries that SHOULD allow their use don't always perform as they should... Not taking away from your project, though, just bringing up something that you should pay attention to during the 0.7 cycle (or whenever you really start work on full printer support)

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