We received a message from Datatec to remind the Be/Haiku/Zeta community about the Google summer of code this year. Here is what he wrote:
Google announced the summer of code again, last year if I understand correctly there were no haiku/beos/zeta projects
because people who had wanted to propose some didn’t do it in time. Thought it would be good if we could post reminders across
all of the beos community sites to remind people to apply this year if they are interested.
more info about google summer of code is located at:
It especially would be good to at least see a haiku/beos/zeta(ideas) category on the above page.
There was some reminders and discussion about it on the Haiku mailing list as well. Also Michael Phipps mentioned in the mailing list that he is working on signing up Haiku, so that’s good to hear.
*UPDATE: Dang it! The day after I post this I learn that Haiku was turned down. You can read the announcement over at the Haiku-OS homepage.
Rudolf posted some new benchmark results on his nVidia 3d driver page. The benchmarks show the speeds of the current 3D driver Alpha 4.1 and the 2D driver 0.80. The benchmark table compares the framerates achieved in Quake 2 timedemo 1 under BeOS and Windows98 second edition. A number of cards that are supported by the 3D driver were tested and he also added another table displaying benchmark results with slower machines to show how well older systems perform with the current driver. If you haven’t checked it out, go here and have a look. Also, be sure to check out Rudolf’s blog as well.
Now an update on Euan’s work on the Radeon driver. Over at the Bebits talkback section and the Bedrivers forum, a new version was posted, download here. This version has fixes for the drawing problems, some changes to the DPMS code and he changed a line in the code for flat panels which he says seemed to be forcing the flatpanel to use the 2nd CRT output. This version runs exclusively in PIO mode for the X series chips in laptops that don’t work very well. It is recommended that 7000, 8000 and 9000 series Radeon users continue using older versions of the Radeon driver for better performance (anything upto v5.1.3).
He plans for the next version to enable full performance for cards that did work fine with full acceleration. Be sure to post your results and e-mail him syslogs and any feedback regarding the new versions of the driver. For those interested in following his progress, you can find his updates over at the Bedrivers forums.
*UPDATE (Radeon driver):
As noted in Euan’s comment, laptop users should avoid using this release since a change he made to the driver turns off LCDs completely.
As I was clicking around the community, I realized how easy it is for folks to help out. The answer is only a click away! An excellent example of how to help can be found in this announcement over at the Haiku-OS forums. Specifically this part “… has added Google Ads to the site. Please consider supporting the site - you know what to do.” Many of the websites around the community have some form of advertising and I think it would be great if everyone took the couple of seconds it takes to click on an ad or two each time you visit the site or once a day or something. It may not seem like much but it all adds up and it all helps out the community. Now, if I could just convince Deej to throw some ads up here, we might be able to say “thanks!” to him for all the effort he as put into the community throughout the years!
Euan posted an update over at the Bebits talkback section of the ATI Radeon graphics driver regarding working drivers for the AGP X700’s and PCI-E X300’s. Thanks goes to Adam Kirchoff for loaning Euan a Radeon card to work with. Here is the important part of Euan’s post:
This driver is fresh of the mill, therefore is for people with non-working systems only. It will reduce performance as DMA is disabled. Additionally there is a drawing bug somewhere that at 5am, I don’t feel like finding right now. (Textboxes may have corners skewed off for some reason; worse case I saw was BeIDE).
Euan would really appreciate it if people sent him their syslogs and any reports of success or failure. There is also a thread regarding Radeon driver issues available over at the Bedrivers forums.
The driver is available for download here
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!
Well, we’re back. However, there is some more obvious tweaking required, and the forums and IconTarot are still down at this time, but finally, we’re getting there.
Stay tuned, and sign up for a user account if you’d like to help post news!!!
UPDATE: The forums should be back now… Still have to fix that “default theme” issue, but for another day - I’m tired. Icon Tarot to be fixed later as well.
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