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Thread: Announcing AmigaOS 4.1
Puni/Void 09:57 12th July 2008
Hyperion announces AmigaOS 4.1.

Read below for more information.

Here's a link to the announcement.

Originally Posted by :
Antwerp, Belgium - 11 July, 2008.

Hyperion Entertainment is very pleased to announce that Amiga OS 4.1 has gone into final testing and is scheduled for release mid-Q3/2008. Building on the solid foundations of Amiga OS 4.0, Amiga OS 4.1 introduces a wealth of substantial new functionality which is a prerequisite for the deployment of industry standard applications on the Amiga platform.

State-of-the-art applications such as modern web-browsers, productivity software or digital imaging software typically operate on large datasets with a corresponding memory footprint which rapidly outstrips the physical memory of any computer system. Amiga OS 4.1 offers intelligent memory paging and uses transparent disk based memory - but only when you need it.

Sophisticated media content creation packages, multimedia applications such as video players and 3D games have sparked a revolution in storage technology with hard-drive capacities now reaching the terabyte range. Amiga OS 4.1 introduces an all new filesystem, JXFS, the fastest and most robust filesystem available for the Amiga platform, with support for drives and partitions of multiple terabytes.

Graphics cards too have become increasingly powerful and versatile. Amiga OS 4.1 implements 3D hardware accelerated Porter/Duff image composition which is deeply integrated into the system. The upside is not only that the Amiga OS 4.1 user-interface offers unprecedented functionality and customization options such as transparent windows with arbitrary shapes. The use of a compositing engine also results in totally flicker-free screen-updates.

Building on this compositing engine is Amiga OS 4.1's implementation of the "Cairo" device-independent 2D rendering library which has become a de facto industry standard and is used in applications as diverse as Firefox 3, Java/ClassPath's SWING and even Open Office.

With these new features, Amiga OS 4.1 paves the way for countless exciting possibilities for the Amiga platform. Indeed, Amiga OS 4.1 is not only the most advanced AmigaOS incarnation to date, it is also the best way to reacquaint
yourself with times when computing was fun!

A non-exhaustive list of key new functionality of Amiga OS 4.1:

* Intelligent memory paging
* Hardware compositing engine (Radeon R1xx and R2xx family)
* Implementation of the "Cairo" device-independent 2D rendering library
* Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) support for greater digital camera compatibility
* JXFS filesystem with the support for drivers and partitions of multiple terabyte si
* Improved Workbench functionality
* New and improved DOS functionality (full 64 bit support, universal notification support, automatic expunge and reload of updated disk resources)
* Improved 3D hardware accelerated screen-dragging
* Reworked AmiDock with true transparency
* Reworked Warp3D Radeon drivers with new functionality
* And much, much more.

Required hardware: AmigaOne
Required graphics card for hardware compositing: Radeon 1xx or Radeon 2xx
Recommend graphics card: Radeon 9250

Amiga OS 4.1 will ship in a cardboard package (box preview) and will be distributed world-wide by Acube Systems Srl. Details on pricing and availability will be forthcoming.

Buleste 10:16 12th July 2008
Sounds like there may be some resolution to the Hyperion/Amiga inc battle.
Harrison 10:17 12th July 2008
I wonder how many years it will be before this one gets released!
Tiago 09:03 14th July 2008
Only for Amiga one? Doesnt work in A1200 with PPC cards?

i wonder how many users exists with such a system... we know there there are some users, but how many...? Does it justify to create a new OS version?
I allways thought that SO for a more general A1200 would be better but...
something in the line of OS3.9
All the guys with a Amigaone should be very happy
Puni/Void 09:13 14th July 2008
Hi Tiago,

Amiga OS 4.1 is unfortunately only for AmigaOne owners. After what I've read, there's no imminent plan for a classic Amiga version.

As for Amiga OS 4.1 on new hardware, for example the SAM, I think we must wait until the courtcase between Hyperion and Amiga Inc. is over.

Anyway, definitely good news for AmigaOne owners and the rest of the community. It's good to see Hyperion delivering the goods.
Demon Cleaner 13:22 14th July 2008
Nice. I just put it in the news section on the main site.
Buleste 13:27 14th July 2008
If you want a link to the web page it's here.
Demon Cleaner 13:30 14th July 2008
Added the link now to the article. Unfortunately it doesn't work from here due to Websense.
Buleste 13:30 14th July 2008
Ooops. Just realised it was on P G's original post.
Rossi 20:31 14th July 2008
I do not get it .

Why don't they bring out an Amiga one with the software ?
Most users don't know what an Amiga One is.

I think with a good presentation most of the Amiga users shall buy one .
If it is good priced !!!

I Think 600 euro's is enough for such a system !!
The more users the better.

If i go to a computershop and ask about an Amiga One ? they look at you as if you where from Mars .

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