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AmigaOS 4.1 going through its Final Paces

In startling news from Hyperion Entertainment, it was announced that AmigaOS 4.1 has gone into final testing and is scheduled for release in mid-Q3 of this year.

The plans for AmigaOS 4.1 are to introduce 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 therefore offers intelligent memory paging and uses transparent disk based memory - but only when you need it.

Amiga OS 4.1 also implements 3D hardware accelerated Porter/Duff image composition which is deeply integrated into the system. The upside is that the AmigaOS 4.1 user-interface offers unprecedented functionality and customization options such as transparent windows with arbitrary shapes. They also plan to implement 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. The inclusion of this library opens up the possibility that such applications might make their way to the Amiga platform.

A series of informal AmigaOS 4.1 presentations will take place over the next few months with events planned in the UK and Italy.

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