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The Syllable project creates a family of operating systems that form a network platform. Syllable Desktop is a complete desktop operating system that is exceptionally powerful, fast, and easy to use. It has its own kernel, filesystem, GUI, and applications. Syllable Desktop is based on AtheOS, is largely POSIX.1 compliant, and uses many of the GNU utilities. Syllable Server is a server operating system built to be similar to Syllable Desktop, but on the Linux kernel.

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Release Notes: This release improved documentation, installation (with Asus EeePC support), keyboard use (installation, log-in without mouse), the Intel eepro100 network driver, Intellipoint PS/2 mice, the Web browser (with cookie support fixed), SDL support (with hundreds of programs available), multimedia (Flash videos), and system structure. 3D support (Mesa3D, PicoGL), REBOL 3, Boron (programming), auto-login without password, memory mapped and async I/O POSIX interfaces in the kernel, a native FTP client, QEMU (virtual machines), Samba (Windows networking), OpenSSH server (remote access), SQLite, and Fossil version control were added.

Release Notes: This release focuses on maturing existing functionality, improving security, ongoing system restructuring, and making the system a suitable base for third-party package managers. About half the packages in the system were upgraded. The latest development version of the Cheyenne Web server is included, providing a new WebSockets framework for advanced persistent, full-duplex communication with the latest Web browsers. The super user account has been renamed from "root" to "system". Logging in to this account has been disabled: there is a new account named "administrator" to manage the system.

  •  17 May 2009 17:02

Release Notes: Many bugs were fixed, including several regressions from earlier releases. The window decorators don't destabilize the system anymore. The installation procedure is greatly enhanced, with options to fix hardware support problems. The native Web browser is replaced with Webster, based on a newer version of the WebKit engine. Many enhancements were made to standards support leading, among others, to the ability to run QEmu, so now you can run virtual machines. The documentation was improved and several translations were added.

Release Notes: This release is important because it focused on making the system usable as a server. Several popular servers and several innovative REBOL software stacks were added. Out of the box, Syllable Server can now accept remote SSH logins over the network, run a Web server on the Cheyenne REBOL server, run an FTP server, and more. Special attention has been paid to programming, with support for Model-View-Controller Web applications in QuarterMaster and network applications with the REBOL/Services Service Oriented Architecture. The Genode Nitpicker windowing system is also included.

Release Notes: Support for scanners has been added with the inclusion of the SANE scanner package. There are new drivers for the D-Link DL2000 Gigabit network card and S3 DeltaChrome video card. There have been a number of improvements and fixes to the network stack which gives significantly better network performance. Development files such as headers and static libraries have also been split off from the base installation. SimpleBurn and cdrtools are now part of the base installation, making it easy to create and burn CDs with Syllable.


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