As I hinted in a few places over the past week, I’m looking to start a project to get as many of the open source programs/libraries that are up on Haikuware (and elsewhere) to have a matching .bep file for them on Haikuports. This is a big project, but can be done faster if more people get involved with it. If you are a developer who has posted stuff on Haikuware, or just interested in helping out, we can guide you on how to make a bep so that Haikuporter can automate the rebuilding of the package(s). With the move towards Haiku’s new package manager, it would be helpful to have many of these in place so for that transition.
Haiku recently released there 4th Alpha on the road to R1, this one was Haiku R1Alpha4, quickly followed up a couple days later by 4.1 to fix a couple issues that affected some users. This latest release has proven to be quite stable and is getting decent reviews in the press. So if it’s been awhile since you’ve fired up BeOS or Haiku, maybe now is a good time to download a copy and fire it up. This new release contains nearly a year and a half of bug fixes and improvements to the system.
There is talk again on the haiku-dev mailing list about a possible Alpha3 release soon. Things we can expect to see in the upcoming release are some of the things that were worked on by Google Code In students, such as better support for more languages, a couple new screensavers, improved (optional) SDL libraries, etc. Also there’s been a ton of work done since the Alpha2 release which was in May 2010, including improvement in wireless support and the mediaplayer, among other things.
This will also be the first release since GSoC 2010, which brought us IPv6, Improvement to the Layout Manager, etc.
So keep an eye out for the new target date and test out the nightly builds until then, reporting issues if you find any.
Apple obviously knows how to generate a lot of buzz. This time everyone believes it will be a tablet type device and Apple unveils. Companies have tried tablets before. Heck there was a sweet tablet that ran BeIA 10 years ago. Have times or technology changed to make tablets more viable? Does Apple have the power to make its own markets where there are none? Would you want to run Haiku on a tablet type device? Just curious.
Sorry about the outage the past few days… the domain expired and I was out of town on business and unable to do anything about it until my return. As promised when people donated, we were good for 3 years, and 2 of those remain. I had forgotten to renew the domain name for the full 3 years then (at my expense, not donators), and it lapsed. All fixed now.
We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! and apologize for the little hiccup in our service. No, we are not ready to close up shop and we won’t be for quite a while… the last user has not left!
Choice is always a good thing. Soon, Haiku users will have at least two solid choices for web browsing. ICO was informed that there is a BeOS/Haiku port of NetSurf in the works. According to their site, “NetSurf is a free, open source web browser. It is written in C and released under the GNU Public Licence version 2. NetSurf has its own layout and rendering engine entirely written from scratch. It is small and capable of handling many of the web standards in use today.” That sounds great. For specific build instructions for Haiku, you can read over this page.
Bryan Varner, the Java for Haiku Team leader has posted his first blog entry on the Haiku-OS website that lays down the foundation for getting Java on Haiku. This is a fantastic initiative and we suggest that any developers who haven’t contributed to Haiku yet, please take the time to go over this project and contribute if at all possible. No, Java on an OS is not a “killer app” but it is a great step in the right direction and if we can keep the momentum going, it could spell more great things for Haiku. BTW, the team even has their own webpage on the OpenJDK site!
Daat from IsComputerOn.com is reporting that GoBe is back and trying to produce productivity software that will compete with M$ Office on Windows, MacOS and Linux. This article talks about the comeback of GoBe but there is also an interesting part that claims “Blue Lotus is already planning for its next foray and is negotiating to buy out the BEOS operating system from the promoters of BE Inc” and “We are in discussions to acquire the BEOS and hope to close the deal soon.” Does this really mean that they are trying to acquire all of the Be Inc IPs from Access and they are going to revive our beloved BeOS? Daat is attempting to get in touch with Blue Lotus and Access to get confirmation on all this. Things in the BeOS community could get interesting in a hurry.
It is a couple of days late but the sentiment still comes from the heart! May this year bring positive change for you and yours as well as our beloved OS! Good luck and best wishes!!!
For those of you that like to grab a nightly build of Haiku and run it at hardware or in a virtual machine, you will now need to get your builds from their new home at Haiku-files.org. According this post about a month ago, Jonathon Freeman will no longer be able to maintain HaikuHost.com and was looking for someone to take over nightly build hosting. Thank you for taking the baton on this one Haiku-files!
Darkwyrm hits the nail on the head when he says that “Many people don’t even know — or care — what an operating system is.” His point is that most users only see the interface layer of the machine they are working on and they want it to be easy to use and just work. With this in mind, Darkwyrm has put down a number of changes for Tracker that he would like to see implemented. As far as we can tell Darkwyrm is proposing these changes for R2 so you will find the document on the Glass Elevator portion of the Haiku website. Read up, soak it in, then post a comment to let him know what you think.
Michael Lotz has made great progress on the Haiku USB stack over the last 12 months and describes how you can benefit from the fruits of his labors on several flavors of our beloved OS. Most of the information get pretty technical but shouldn’t be too advanced for many of the current users in the community.
This is why I love this community so much! There is great creativity and we don’t try to block it or slow it down or stifle it. Check out his great new set of icons for Haiku over at ICO. All I can say is “Wow!” what a great job. Those are truly poetry in pictures (heh, cool little pictures on our desktops). Keep up the fantastic work Stippi.
BeOS 5 PE Max Edition Version 4 Beta 1 is on the streets… you can see the development log here, as well as download it from here. I’m getting a whopping 4K/sec right now, so the word is out that it’s out. I’ve shot Vasper an email to ask to temporarily mirror it here at BeGroovy as well to help out with the bandwidth…
Just a quick note to remind everyone to enjoy the holidays responsibly. We are a small community and don’t need it getting any smaller because of “too much” fun. Enjoy and take care, see you next year!
TeakHaiku.com is missing in action so TeamHaiku.org has stepped in to help out. It appears to have links to all of TeamHaiku webpages for each of the distributed computing projects that TeamHaiku is participating in as well as a link to the distributed computing section of the Haiku-OS forums. Are you helping TeamHaiku out? If not, pick a project and donate some of your CPU cycles to a good cause!
Vasper from BeOSMax.org has offered to lead a new BeOS/ZETA/Haiku related magazine. If anyone is interested in contributing with articles, stories, ads, announcements and interviews, you can contact Vasper here.
Looks like the name of the magazine will be “Besides magazine”. You can view a picture of the initial logo here.
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