The new HaikuPorts site is now up and running at: http://ports.haiku-files.org
If you’ve ever ported something over to BeOS they’d be happy to have extra hands helping out. Just contact Brecht to get added.
For many of the ports it’s just a matter of locating the source code, checking for prior BeOS workarounds and undoing them. In some cases, since Haiku is more POSIX compliant than BeOS, many workarounds are no longer required. They are logging what’s needed for each to get it to build, or in cases where they haven’t gotten something to build, they’ve left notes so the next attempt to port it will have a place to start. So far it’s mostly stuff that had at one time or another been ported to BeOS.
I got a real kick out of this post on /.:
“TechCrunch announced that they are planning to design their own $200 web tablet device. Quoting: ‘The idea is to turn it on, bypass any desktop interface, and go directly to Firefox running in a modified Kiosk mode that effectively turns the browser into the operating system for the device. Add Gears for offline syncing of Google docs, email, etc., and Skype for communication and you have a machine that will be almost as useful as a desktop but cheaper and more portable than any laptop or tablet PC.’ The aim is for the tablet to run on modified open source software, which will be released back to the community along with the specifications for the hardware.”
Sounds a lot like a Qubit BeIA tablet from about 8 years ago to me, sans the open source part.
As the incredible coders work towards that elusive R1 of Haiku, others are diligently working on some of the foundations of R1. DarkWyrm has let out “a little secret” about what he is working on for R2 and you can find it here. As excited as we are about Haiku R1, we here at BeGroovy are pretty excited about the prospects of R2 and beyond as well!
With some fancy talking and some even fancier dancing, Haiku was made its way into LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, CA. This is a huge opportunity for the community to get the word out about Haiku. Koki and Urias are looking for more folks to help them present at the Haiku booth Aug 4th-7th. More information about the booth and a way to show your interest in helping out, read this article on the Haiku website.
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