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- July 26th 2020 - Update Release Day for MaXX Desktop v2.1.1
- July 4th 2020 - Release Day for MaXX Desktop v2.1
- March 23rd 2020 - Into the Clouds
July 26th 2020 - Update Release Day for MaXX Desktop v2.1.1
After a very successful release of MaXX Desktop version 2.1, code-name Indigo MAX IMPACT, here we are with an release in form of an update that includes bug fixes/refactoring, modern look & feel improvements, foundation libraries version bump up, new features for 5Dwm and a new Dumpster functionality. It's really Christmas in July.
First, we want to extend our gratitude to all of you out there who are supporting the MaXX Desktop initiative. Although we are in the early phases of our roadmap and yes the Desktop is not yet completed, but still we are overwhelm by the amount of positive feedback, support and love messages... Again, thank you and keep then coming, let us know what you think, or have a suggestion because they all go strait into our feedback-loop and allows us to adjust, stay in touch with your needs and pushes us to improve further. But more importantly, those feedbacks are our fuel that reinforces our vision and conviction that there is a demand for a high performance desktop for people that just want to get things done fast, smarter and in a more sustainable way. Green and high performance computing are not mutually exclusive.
The next version of MaXX Desktop will be 2.2, code name OCTANE and is scheduled for mid-September 2020. The OCTANE release will be available from our new MaXX UI Installer... Moving forward people ;)
To learn more about our RoadMap, visit the What's Next page.
What is part of version 2.1.1
- File permissions adjustments in demos.
- Adding isModernLook and isDarkLook to libScheme.
- Fixed all scripts in MaXX’s /bin. Debian 10 was impacted by that.
- Improvements in MaXX’s /etc configuration files.
- Fix links and dead menu items in toolchest. More dynamic.
- Adding Dumpster integration with the Desktop.
- Adding Sound effects for file manager and Dumpster events.
- Adding a new ultra-fast XFT text renderer in 5Dwm. Window and Icon titles are now rendered in full anti-aliased with transparency in less than 50ms (per title) vs. Motif’sX mString draw function. An increase of 50X faster.
- Fixes in user-preferences $HOME/.maxxdesktop.
- Improvements on the MODERN look and feel.
- Set CLASSIC look and feel as default when installing MaXX Desktop.
- Adding online Documentation and integrating links into Toolchest.
- Adding XRANDR events detection that allows 5DWM to intercept monitor resolution changes.
- Upgraded to the latest Imlib2 version (form 1.5.1 to 1.6.1).
- Increased compilation optimization flags (faster executable).
- Fix hinv so that it can report any kind of audio devices.
- Remove verbose messages in msound.
- Adding DesktopDPI user preference and integration with XFT hints.
Refer to the Installation Guides for get started.
July 4th 2020 - Release Day for MaXX Desktop v2.1
Today is a very exciting day... After so many months of pain, sweat and sometimes frustration, here it is, our new version of the MaXX Interactive Desktop v2.1, code name : Indigo MAX IMPACT.
We call this release, a foundation release, because it will be the foundation from which we build an exciting, fast and modern interpretation of the IRIX Interactive Desktop. aka Indigo Magic Desktop. What we mean by foundation release is that all efforts were focused on the foundation components of the Desktop like libraries, window manager, toolchest, look and feels, performance, correctness and user experience consistency through out the Desktop. We also went with future-proofing some of the key components. design and start implementing new ones, to finally optimizing to bug fixing. A lot of them.
We have also focused on preparing and documenting what are the next steps, so that we can move forward without been distracted by too many unknowns. In the construction world, it's called fast-tracking, where the plans and logistics for let say demolish and rebuild a new building are done in an iterative way but with enough forward vision/thinking so that we can still make new decisions or adapts what doesn't work anymore without stopping everything...
Finally, this release will be the last release supporting this installation mechanism. It simple and it works, but we aim at providing a nicer user experience with a new graphical installer that do the grunt work behind the scene. We have selected Java for that and GraalVM native image. It means that we code in Java and generate a native binary executable at the end. It's fast to develop and better bang for the buck.
More on that in the What's Next page.
What is part of version 2.1
- All foundation libraries have been updated to their latest version including security fixes.
- A complete SGI Motif Modern look and feel with also some latest fixes.
- Fast and robust look and feel switcher. Meaning you can dynamically switch from Classic SGI to Modern look with only one click of the mouse. No restart.
- Unicode, UTF-8 and Anti-aliased text support in 5DWM with user customizable settings.
- Japanese support for 5Dwm added.
- Improved Xinerama support for solid multi-monitor support experience.
- SGI style window move-resize feedback with special optimizations that uses pretty much no CPU at all.
- Reducing further memory foot-print of all components and applications.
- New Scheme/Theme Selector tool.
- Improved Desktop settings.
- Revised version of xsettingsd while waiting MaXX Settings introduction (due in September 2020).
- New horizontal layout for Toolchest.
- Toolchest validates executable path and reflects the status.
- Updated Terminal with UTF-8 and Anti-aliased text rendering.
- Countless bug fixes and improvements.
- Preparing for the integration of MSettings Configuration Management Service and the addition of the Configuration Panels into the next release due in one-two months.
- Introduction of MaXX Launcher to better managed the startup of desktop applications.
- Introduction of ImageViewer, a super fast and lean image viewer. a la SGI
- New features were added to tellwm and 5Dwm.
- Improvements on HINV. That's right!
- More robust and snappier overall user experience.
- More Documentation and Help via the Desktop.
- Refresh of all other applications.
- The Legacy SGI Motif v.2.1.32 library is no longer part of the standard Desktop, but will be available as a separate download to allow older Motif based applications to run. Like older Maya for example.
- The GLUT library is no longer part of the Desktop. FreeGlut can be installed as a drop-in replacement.
Refer to the Installation Guides for get started.
March 23rd 2020 - Into the Clouds
A New Cloud Hosting Infrastructure
We are now running on a Cloud Infrastructure with Enterprise Grade SLAs that allows all of our services to scale on-demand. This is an important upgrade for us as we move towards multi-operating systems and multi CPU architectures in the coming months. We need a strong and scalable CI/CD pipelines to ensure continuous delivery and maintain high quality.
Here is a summary of our services
- Website hosting
- Technical Documentation Engine - BookStack
- Optimized Content Delivery Network or CDN that allows us to be closer from you and faster too
- CI/CD Building machines
- GitLab Source Management
- S3 Storage
- Desktop Update Service (coming soon)