As reported on IsComputerOn, there’s a new site around the block… this one a new site for downloading software - HaikuWare is meant to be a Haiku-compatible only BeBits-like site. Hopefully, should the community migrate to this newer site, this could reduce the number of bad download links and irrelevant software listings that now exists on the long since maintained BeBits, giving us a fresh, clean place to find the software and drivers we need for Haiku, once the OS is ready for prime time. It should also help the community gauge how much software is actually available for Haiku that works with Haiku, and not variations of BeOS/Dano/BONE/Zeta/etc.
Axel Dörfler has decided to tackle the issue of playing audio CDs on Haiku with the cool bells and whistles we expect. Check here for more information about the Audio CD File System that Axel is working on. Very good to see indeed!
I wanted a small form factor box to run BeOS and Haiku on. After much looking around at the current offerings, many with too new or too obscure features to use for a Haiku build tool, I decided to take the dive on an Eagle Tech IMC6375 (also available in black). The bottom line of this one was the i865G (Intel Extreme 2) graphics chipset, AC97 sound, and the Realtek NIC all onboard, giving it a better than average chance at being a stable Haiku machine. At $250 for the barebone kit (which included case and motherboard for 89.99, and adding in 1 gig of ram and a 2.53 celeron cpu), I threw in two Hard Disks (foregoing the floppy and putting the second HD in that slot) and a DVDR/CDRW drive I had in an older machine, and connected it to my existing 22-inch widescreen LCD and keys/mouse. The money spent was worth it, sort of…
Read On, if ye be interested…
Over at the Haiku website you will find that they have put together guidelines they would like would-be distributors to follow. Some key points include NOT using Haiku in the distribution name and getting the chance to put a “Haiku Compatible” logo on your distro if you follow their guidelines. Sounds fair to us! The actual guidelines can be found here.
There has been some chatter on the Haiku/OpenBeOS mailing list about setting up recurring donations to the Haiku organization - and Haiku has responded. You can now donate a recurring amount by the month or by 4 week time periods. You can also get some limited edition T-shirts. Of course, regular, one-time donations can still be made via PayPal, Network For Good or snail mail.
You know what to do now - Go Donate!
The Haiku development machine that is Hugo Santos has focused his l33t coding skillz on implementing a generic FreeBSD network layer on Haiku. What does this mean? Lots of solid network drivers for a minimal amount of work. Read about the specifics on Haiku-OS.org. Also, IsComputerOn has reported that Andre Alves Garzia is finishing up the planning/design phase before he begins development of the new Networking Preferences interface for Haiku. You can also head straight to Andre’s blog to see what he has in mind, maybe even make some suggestions. All in all, it sounds like Haiku will have some very solid network functionality by the end of the summer!
After a lot of good discussion of the WalterCon content on the OpenBeOS (Haiku) mailing list, Michael Phipps has posted a survey for consideration into the planning of the next WalterCon. You can find it here:
The survey itself lends more to location, cost and interest, but I think that the thread on the mailing list is probably being fully assimilated by the Haiku admins, and the event this year looks like it could be a whole lot better than in years past (going off other’s opinions - I only attended the first WalterCon personally).
So go fill it out if you even think there is a remote chance you might attend.
As proof that anyone can help the Haiku cause, the latest story over at the Haiku website talks about a dedicated community member (Axzel Marín Graü) who will be demonstrating all the goodness of Haiku in Venezuela. An overview of the project and demo of its current functionality is all it will take to show that Linux is not the only alternative OS out there. Thanks Axzel!!!
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