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Amiga to release NG Workbench as open source, will use X-Windows

Jul 16, 1999, 15:46 (8 Talkback[s])

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"With regard to windowing environments on the Amiga MCC, we are leveraging a combination of technologies from Linux and Java. At the lowest level (managing the bits on the screen), we are using the latest Linux X Windows window system. Most users and developers will never see X Windows directly (unlike older UNIX systems, when X Windows was somewhat cumbersome). However, the use of X Windows will allow both new applications and standard Linux applications to run seamlessly on the MCC. Sitting above X Windows are a growing number of window managers that will be available on the MCC, and Java developers will have access to the portable Java Swing GUI classes that hide the underlying windowing complexity under a modern programming model. Finally, there will be a suite of end-user workspaces, including a new Amiga Workbench being designed at Amiga. There are already a number of interesting desktop environments available for Linux, and it is our intent to contribute the Amiga workbench to the open source movement, and encourage the creative Amiga and Linux communities to modify, enhance, replace, and generally get creative when it comes to next-generation desktop environments (we believe that one of the disadvantages of today's Windows and Macintosh personal computers is the "closed? nature of their desktop environments)."

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