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.

Background...

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

Refer to the Installation Guides for get started.


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Created 4 July 2020 18:24:10 by Eric Masson
Updated 27 July 2020 11:04:01 by Eric Masson