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The reports of the jMax death have been greatly exaggerated. Free
software never dies, it just sleeps for some time. Almost nine years
after the release of the project under a free license, and six years
after the end of the developments by the institution that created it,
some of the original project developers decided to revive it from its
ashes: jMax Phoenix was born.
JMax is a community project, not controlled by a single institution; it
was Started from some of the original jMax developers in the summer of
2008. The project priorities are to give jMax a modern User interface,
to integrate it into the modern Linux audio environment, and, last but
not least, scalability. Detailed plans for the projects are presented in
these days at the Linux audio conference 2009 in Parma. Check the
proceedings for more information.
We are looking for, core developers (C, Objective C, Java, Swing),
object developers (DSP, Control), porevelopers to port existing
libraries, testers and early users, and a graphic designer. Please not
that the jMax Phoenix project is a fork of the original code base and
cvs. For those who know the jMax history, jMax Phoenix started from jMax
2.4.5. Later developments will be backported if judged interesting.
The developments are today focused on the user interface: more than one
third of the code has been rewritten, and the rest heavily modified to
provide an interface aligned with modern standards.
The project home page is http://www.jmax-phoenix.org
, where you can find
the main page and a wiki including user documentation and design
documents. The project team can be contacted at contact(a)jmax-phoenix.org.
The project sources and mailing lists are hosted by sourceforge, at
; please, join the
developers mailing list to follows the project evolutions, give your
opinions or express your needs.
You’ll find snapshot binary releases on the sourceforge site; they are
versioned using the subversion revision number; these snapshots are not
yet supposed to be stable or fully functional, but they currently give a
pretty good idea of the evolution of the user interface. The user
documentation in the wiki will be kept consistent with the last snapshot
JMax Phoenix is release under the original jMax license, GPL with an
exception for loaded package, and the is copyrighted either by Maurizio
De Cecco, François Dechelle and Enzo Maggi, or by Ircam, or by both set
Hoping to see you on the jMax mailing list.
The project team (Maurizio, François and Enzo).