So, as other sites have reported, and as many of us had already suspected from previous conversations about it - the next WalterCon will be in Las Vegas, sometime around the first weekend of August (exacts still TBD). I, currently, plan on going again. Anyone else? Send an email to waltercon at haiku dash os dot org and let them know (you all know the domain, and I’ll continue the current trend of not putting the address in exactly so that robots don’t pick it up). You can also comment here if you like.
Now that Jérome has an Echo Gina3G, thanks to Bedrivers.com and the support/donations from the community, he now has an Echo audio card to use to continue developing the Echo audio drivers for BeOS.
Since Jérome can only test the drivers with his Echo Gina3G, he is interested in seeing the results of other Echo audio cards using the same drivers. So, he recently posted over at the Bedrivers.com forums a link to a build for download of his current work on the audio drivers. The driver is not finished yet, but anyone running BeOS with and Echo audio card can test the drivers and report their results to Jérome. You can download a build of the Echogals and Echo24 driver from here:
Here are some key features currently implemented in the driver from Jérome’s post:
* outputs 1/2 and 3/4 as 48khz stereo 16bits streams
* input 1/2 as 48khz stereo 16bits stream
* mixer interface for output busses (levels and mute)
before testing the drivers, make sure you have the Haiku Media preferences and MultiAudio addon from bebits installed. The sources for the driver are also available in the Haiku repository.
It’s an impossible task to write about every blog update that goes on in BeOS-land, but there’s a lot of blogs out there with interesting updates. I hope to bring you an update on the latest happenings every couple of weeks or so.
I’ll check the blogs, so you don’t have to ™.
First up is Rudolf, who reports on his 3D development blog that he has just completed stage 1 on his quest for real hardware 3D acceleration under BeOS. Now the Z-buffer, texturing and simple rendering are carried out by the graphics hardware. Quake 2 in OpenGL mode can now run at over 40fps (depending on hardware and settings), compared to 2.8fps using MESA 3.2 without any acceleration. The next steps are to move the code over to the current version of MESA and to attempt to get DMA access to the card for 3D operations, which will bring a nice futher speedup (estimated between 2 and 5 times faster). For now the driver is limited to older GeForce and TNT cards, due to lack of specs on the recent models.
Next up is Bryan Varner, who has added some (hopefully truthful, now it’s not April 1st) teasing tidbits about his latest project. It looks like some sort of keyboard control for the mouse pointer, but he is keeping rather quiet on the details. Coming soon? I hope so, it certainly looks interesting anyway.
Niels Reedijk is working on the USB stack for Haiku. He successfully completed the first transfer using Haiku’s stack at the end of last month, but has recently posted about some troubles he has ran into. Problems are inevitable along the road to success and I’m certain Niels will figure out this latest problem.
Michael Lotz’s Blog details his experiements with Haiku. He has already demonstrated the Haiku app_server running his MiniTerminal application, and recently switched his attention to seeing how much networking was possible on Haiku. The latest post details how he got the links text browser working on Haiku. The same binary works on both BeOS BONE and Haiku and has been posted to BeBits.
Last but not least, tqh has been working on adding drag and drop support to the BeOS ports of Mozilla and Firefox. Drag and drop support is one of the few missing functionalities in our ports, so this is an important step for the project.
Most of the blogs have more details on these items, just follow the links. If there’s any interesting blogs I’m missing then post a comment and I’ll include it in my next round of updates.
Okay, this is real news (and yes, that was me being the fool in the previous news item - see what happens when you leave things to me to post news )…
There’s a video interview with Bernd Korz and Alan Westbrook of yellowTab that was shot during the just completed BeGeistert 014. Daat From IsComputerOn managed to grab them for about 40 minutes and got some words from them on Zeta, GCC, Java and more. He’s made it available on BitTorrent, to avoid the bandwidth issues that can often accompany hosting large files. Get it. Watch it. And most definitely, share it.
Well, hasn’t been reflected on beunited’s site yet, but according to Bryan Varner’s Looney Bin, the Java team has finished up all the remaining work, and is now awaiting Sun to certify it! Way to go guys!
Update: So I’m the fool this year. Didn’t even realize that April Fool’s had come and gone, and was out of touch for a while. Got me good Bryan. But here’s to hoping that the day you speak of comes soon!
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