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Timberwolf RC2 available

Subject: Timberwolf RC2 available
by tfrieden on 2012/7/27 17:05:56

Subject says it all, it's currently uploading to OS4depot and should be in the upload queue shortly.

There's a bunch of changes in this version, please consult the bugtracker for information on bugs fixed.

Highlights of this release are as follows:

- The UI font size now adapts correctly to the system#s default font
- Downloaded files can now be directly opened with user-selectable programs, for example, you can use UnArc to open a newly downloaded archive.
- Should now work without RANDOM mounted, it will fall back to using pseudo-random numbers (i.e. rand in newlib). RANDOM is an entropy collector, and thus generates much more reliable random numbers. If you can, use RANDOM:
- Should be slightly faster now (html5 benchmark said between 0 and 20 % faster) due to new Cairo build (latest version). Don't expect miracles, though.
- The bookmark database is now using a new scheme that should make concurrent access possible. This was necessary to make sure that the user interface is correctly enabled when the browser is launched with a web page (home page/command line). The upside is that it might now work on JXFS (please try). The downside is that this has to be tested and might make it necessary to have an rc3

Future course:
As already hinted, the next thing we want to achieve is getting updated to the latest Firefox build (14.0, I think). It wasn't possible to do that during the bounty as that would have been a fast moving target. Now that the bounty is paid off, we'll tackle that.
Once OS4.2 is out, we'll add the OpenGL and WebGL support, making it fully hardware accelerated. I'll evaluate the amount of work it would be to implement a non-OpenGL layer manager, but it looks like a lot of work... we'll see...


As usual, feedback to the bugtracker, please.
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