Haiku R1 Alpha 4 Released, Fixes over 1,000 Bugs

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Alexander von Gluck IV has announced yesterday, November 12, the immediate availability for download and testing of the fourth Alpha release of Haiku Release 1.

The Haiku R1 Alpha 4 release squashes over 1,000 bugs over the previous Alpha 3 release, which was announced back in 2011.

"The Haiku Project is excited to announce the availability of our fourth official alpha release. A year and four months have passed since the Alpha 3 and the Haiku Project has been busy."

"The main purpose of this release is to provide interested third party developers with a stable version for testing and development. To aid with that, Haiku includes a rich set of development tools," Alexander von Gluck IV said in the official release announcement.

Highlights of Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4:

• A more robust BFS filesystem;

• Better support for Microsoft's NTFS filesystem;

• Improved support for Blu-Ray media;

• Better USB OHCI drivers;

• Better CPU identification;

• Added a 10-band audio equalizer;

• Added keymap switcher app;

• Added a native debugger app;

• Better drivers for network cards;

• Better drivers for wireless cards;

• Added a new pcnet driver;

• Initial support for IPv6;

• Mesa 7.8.2 for GCC 2.x;

• Mesa 8.1.0 for GCC 4.x;

• Support for WPA and WPA2 wireless encryption;

• Support for many Radeon HD chips;

• Support for many Intel Extreme chips;

• Virtual memory settings was improved;

• SWAP file creation logic was improved;

• Fixed over 1000 bugs;

• Lots of updated translations.

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The Haiku R1 Alpha 4 operating system is distributed as Anyboot ISO images, recommended for those of you who want to install it via a USB flash drive or CD/DVD media, a normal ISO image that can only be written to an empty or rewritable CD, and a VM image, which can only be used on virtualization products, such as VirtualBox or VMware.

Download Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is an alpha release and it is intended for testing purposes only.

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