Kurt Skauen, the AtheOS developer, writes: "The main focus have still been bug fixing and optimization but I have also added a few new features to the various API's as well as a new tool for managing installation of command-line applications and a tool for adding, listing, and extracting resources to/from executable images. There is also a new set of classes and functions that help the applications to locate and load resources embedded in executable's and DLL's. Various other classes have also been added to the API and many of the existing classes has been extended. The TCP/IP stack have got an overhaul and are now performing much better than in previous versions. Especially on high-latency links. Take a look at the changes list for a more detailed list of changes since V0.3.6. Go and download the new version of AtheOS and if you have questions make sure you post them in the mailing list provided. Recently, we held an interview with Kurt where he explains a lot about the AtheOS goals and its future.
Tao Group is a well known name in the embedded systems market, but they became very popular when Amiga, Inc. licensed their products for the next generation of Amiga, AmigaDE. The Tao Development Team answers today a series of questions regarding AmigaDE, Tao's relationship with Amiga, Inc. and their technology they offer in general. They also clear up some misunderstanding that seem to exist regarding what AmigaDE really is, and they offer to our readers a number of cool screenshots of the platform.
"GTK+ is emerging as a standard for both open-source and commercial software on Linux. Soon to be released GTK+ version 2.0 provides advantages for the user and programmer as well as for people deploying the resulting applications. Users will appreciate the enhanced functionality of existing and new widgets as well as the improvements to the look and feel of the user interface. Programmers will find the powerful new widgets easier to use and more functional. Markets will grow with the ports to additional windowing systems and the enhanced internationalization." Owen Taylor writes. Read the rest of this very interesting tech article on the upcoming release of GTK 2.0. The article is available in Postscript and PDF format.
MandrakeSoft on Monday released a third beta version of its Itanium edition of Linux, the French company said. Itanium is the first 64-bit processor from Intel, but the high-end product still has only early operating system support from Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat, SuSE and others. A better version of the CPU is scheduled for next year. The new Mandrake version comes with support for XFS, ReiserFS and ext3. It also uses version 2.4.8 of the Linux kernel, the latest 2.2.1 version of the KDE desktop user interface and 2.2.1a of the Samba software for joining Windows networks.
AtheOS, the promising 32-bit multithreading OS, has been given a positive three page article on the UK Linux Magazine, including the latest version of the OS on the cover CD. Scans of the article can be found here, but if you are living in UK, get to your local newsagent and grab a copy! On the whole, the article is very positive and accurate. Nice to see AtheOS getting the popularity and attention it deserves and a thank you goes to Vanders for posting the article.
Matt Dillon, not the famous actor but the kernel/VM FreeBSD hacker also well known for writting the Dice C compiler for the Amiga, is here with us today for an in-depth interview about everything regarding FreeBSD 5.0. This is the OS that all the techie people are waiting for and presenting it as the most advanced, technically-speaking, free OS of today. Additionally, we also include two mini interviews with Theo de Raadt, the OpenBSD founder, and Jun-ichiro "itojun" Hagino from the NetBSD Core Team.
The second version of a new operating system, VinuxOS, is published By SoftMed Inc, a mix between DOS and Unix. Currently the web site's OS is in portoquese only. The OS is written in C and assembler for the x86. It currently only works in Real mode and without multitasking.
To pick up the slack from the recent WindRiver news, the DaemonNews Mall announced that we will be publishing our own FreeBSD CD sets, beginning with the next release, 4.5, scheduled for January 2002. They will also offer subscription plans. Here's the entire article.
John Everitt writes: "This is an opinion page, it is riddled with minor inconsistencies and represents nobody's opinion other than my own. Some of it is not based on hard evidence, but observation and wit. If you don't like that stop reading here. Freenet is a realisation of many concepts that have been floated in the charged ether of the Internet. It is a distributed, survivable, efficient, secure publishing and storage system. In practice this has proven largely true, with minor caveats (documented in the FAQ), and I believe that Freenet should be a discussion point for everyone."
Qube 2p by InteractiveStudio was released on September 19th, and it is the same as Qube but by supporting two platforms this time. There is Qube for Windows and Qube for MS-DOS. Qube for Windows runs under DirectX and all applications or libraries are compatible with DOS version. Michal Stencl, the Qube developer, says that "It took some time for the Windows port, because of some incompatibility of Microsoft Visual C++ with GNUC. But now, Qube for Windows supports Windows2000/NT/98/ME without problems. You need to have already installed DirectX to run Qube for Windows." The SDK for Qube will be released imidiately after the release of the Linux version. Michal has to be sure first of clear out any compatibility problems with all versions so the developers will be free to copy their applications from System to System and run unmodified. Qube 3p will be available for three platforms soon - Linux, Windows and DOS with LAN support, not just modem. You can also refer to our exclusive interivew we held with Michal a month ago regarding this Qube project.
Fink is a distribution of ported Unix software for MacOSX and Darwin. Using a combination of a custom build engine and Debian's dpkg package manager and related tools, Fink can either build packages from source on your Mac, or download binary packages from the distribution site. Fink 0.3.0 was released this Saturday, and the process of updating the binary packages was finished today. Visit the Fink download area for the whole range of upgrade and fresh install options. Visit the package database for a list of available packages (400 packages up to now have been ported over).
The KDE Project today announced the release of KDE 3.0 Alpha1. This is a developer-only release and it is making full use of Trolltech's QT 3 API. The release brings an impressive array of new features to KDE developers, including new database classes, new data-aware widgets, improved RAD development with a much-enhanced Qt Designer, a new powerful regular expression class (with full Unicode support), improved internationalization support (including the ability to mix different character sets in the same text), bi-directional language support (for languages such as Arabic and Hebrew), multi-monitor (Xinerama and multi-screen) support, better integration of pure Qt applications into KDE, and hardware-accelerated alpha blending. With the QT3 port out of the way, the KDE developers can now focus on the new KDE improvements.
From BSDToday: "Back in March, 2000, BSDI merged with Walnut Creek CDROM, the main distributor for FreeBSD. And BSDI had goals to "form a united front for the BSD operating systems. The company will deliver, support and enhance both BSD/OS and FreeBSD. Then in April, 2001, Wind River bought the BSD properties from BSDi (and BSDi became the hardware company, iXsystems)." The article explains where WindRiver stands today regarding FreeBSD and BSD/OS and clears up that FreeBSD is now without a publisher, solid financial support and 12 FreeBSD full time engineers who were laid off as we have already noted on OSNews in a previous news article. WindRiver even said for FreeBSD that "We see it as a great alternative to Linux". Our Take: If WindRiver was seeing FreeBSD just as a "great alternative to Linux", no wonder they leave it now in its own fate. I sincerely hope that FreeBSD will find a way to boost itself in light of FreeBSD 5.0, find a new publisher and sponsor as it is truely a worthy system.
It is not just KDE and Gnome for X11 in this world that get new releases. XFCE, the CDE look-alike window manager, reached version 3.8.8 recently, WindowMaker released version 0.70.0 while Afterstep had a new release too after a long time. Coupled with the brand new version of Crux, the lightweight Linux distribution, developed and maintained by a single person in his free time, can work wonders for your... geeky OS experiements this weekend.
Danger Research (which employs 9 ex-Be, Inc. engineers out of about 20 engineers total) is a company that does not talk too much about their product, but it is already known that they are developing a PDA that is able to send and receive email and access the Net among other goodies. Danger hoped to be the first company to have a PDA product that will feature the full range of Internet connectivity, but it seems that the market is getting "dangerously" crowded. RIM already is talking about an updated version of BlackBerry that does more, Motorola have already announced a device oh-so-similar to Danger's, and now even Sharp with a Linux-oriented device is doing the same. Handspring, which this week announced a deal with Aether Systems, is partnering with other companies to bring corporate data to its handhelds while Good Technology, which was founded in March 2000, prepares a similar product too. Also Motient, a wireless data network company plans to unveil a device that effectively allows a Palm handheld to act more like a BlackBerry pager. The plan in most of these devices is to have the device always connected to the net, as there is a special contract with some major mobile phone networks when you purchase such a device in order to activate it. Our take: Amazingly, Palm still haven't announced something exciting as this (where most of the software running in a remoted server, and not included and running in the actual machine), and please don't start posting comments that they will use BeIA for it, because they just won't. Palm has even postponed any wireless plans.
Coming with Kernel 2.4.10, KDE 2.2.1, JFS, XFS, ReiserFS and even Ext3 support, SuSE leads the way in the newest Linux distributions with their new version, SuSE Linux 7.3. Many improvements on their Control Center and YAST, especially in the TV Card configurations (Bttv cards) and XFree. The distribution is available in Personal ($40) and Professional ($80) editions currently in Pre-Ordering, the full release is scheduled for October 19th.
QSSL has released patch A for QNX 6.1. The patch can be obtained from the standard QNX repository (mind you, you have to be able to connect to the Internet with QNX to get the patch, as it is obtainable with the QNX download manager only). Release notes can be found here.
The release of WindowsXP does not seem to discourage the coders around the world to code the operating system of their dreams. Lots of new, simple and complex, embedded and desktop OSes grow like mushrooms very often these days. Not all of the OSes we found by searching the web are active, but we will link to the ones with more activity.
Apple has released a binary snapshot of Darwin, the core OS of Mac OS X. Darwin 1.4.1 brings the snapshots to the level of OS X 10.1. For the first time, bootable CD images are available, for both PowerPC and Intel. Details are here.
GeekOS is a tiny operating system kernel for x86 PCs. Its main purpose is to serve as a simple but realistic example of an OS kernel running on real hardware while it can also run under the Bochs x86 emulator. Download the latest version here.