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Description: An Unix/X11 environment for AmigaOS 4
Download: amicygnix-base.lha       (TIPS: Use the right click menu if your browser takes you back here all the time)
Size: 112Mb
Version: 1.3r2
Date: 14 Mar 2013
Author: X Consortium, Inc. (http://www.x.org/), OS4 port by Edgar Schwan
Submitter: Edgar Schwan
Email: eds at rz-online de
Homepage: http://www.schwan-clan.de
Requirements: AmigaOS 4.1
Category: network/misc
Replaces: network/misc/amicygnix-base.lha
License: Other
Distribute: yes
Min OS Version: 4.1
FileID: 7787
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  Welcome to the fifth release of my Unix environment "AmiCygnix"!
  The version 1.3 includes a new display driver and eliminates some errors,
  which were still present in version 1.2. It fixes problems associated with
  dead keys and problems with keyboard layouts that do not conform to the
  ISO-8859-1 standard. This was enhanced again in 1.3 r2.

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

  * 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.


  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 will be recognized and
     updated. An existing installation of AmiCygnix 1.1 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.


  If you like to support my work, you can make a donation by using Paypal:



Thanks to...

  ... Hans Verkuil for his initial port of X11R6.3 to OS 3.x
  ... more greetings in "Docs/AmiCygnix-en.guide"

File Version Size Date OS Dls Readme
amicygnix-base-src.lha1.311Mb07 Feb 20134.190¤ Amicygnix-base-src - Sources of the AmiCygnix base package
amicygnix-tools-src.lha1.33Mb09 Feb 20134.178¤ Amicygnix-tools-src - Sources of the AmiCygnix tools package
amicygnix-tools.lha1.3r275Mb14 Mar 20134.1596¤ Amicygnix-tools - Extension package for AmiCygnix, an Unix environment for AmigaOS 4
amicygnix-x11-src.lhaX11R6.364Mb14 Mar 20134.192¤ Amicygnix-x11-src - Sources of the basic X11 system of AmiCygnix for AmigaOS 4
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