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Another Web Browser for Haiku

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Posted by:Yez on Monday, 23 Jun, 2008 @ 8:18 AM
General News

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.

Haiku Community Shows True Colors

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Posted by:Yez on Saturday, 31 May, 2008 @ 8:19 AM

Several weeks ago Jorge Mare(aka Koki) wanted to see if the Haiku Community would scrape together some money to sponsor some of the students that were interested in coding for Haiku but didn’t make it into the Google Summer of Code.  The Haiku Community responded with an incredible showing.  Over $7500(USD) was collected and will now go to sponsor four more students to code for Haiku this summer.  The details about the students and their projects can be found here.  A big “Thank You” goes out to Koki for coming up with this great idea and making it a reality.  Another huge “Thank You” goes out to the Haiku Community in showing your continued support of this fantastic project!

Here Come the HUGs

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Posted by:Yez on Tuesday, 27 May, 2008 @ 4:37 PM

There’s a new HUG in town, well on the planet, and they want you to know about them. If you live near Chicago, you now have a place to go hang out with like minded Haiku enthusiasts and talk shop. The Evanston Haiku Users Group (eHUG) has recently formed and they are hoping to attract new members and design a “BeBox v2.0″ Head over to their temporary website to find out more.

Students Picked for Haiku Project for GSoC 2008

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Posted by:Yez on Monday, 28 Apr, 2008 @ 12:13 PM

The Haiku Project was allowed to have five students for the Google Summer of Code 2008.  Specifics about the students that were picked and who their mentors will be can be found here.  Last year proved to be very fruitful and this year looks like it will be just as productive.  Thank you students for joining us and thank you mentors for helping these great developers out.

Why Do I Only See 3 out of 4 Gigs of RAM?

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Posted by:Yez on Thursday, 17 Apr, 2008 @ 12:39 PM

Biffuz explains why 4 gigs of RAM in a modern computer system only looks like 3 gigs. The situation appears to be another case of some higher-up technology executive somewhere saying “we’ll never need that much memory in a computer system!” that is coming back to byte computer users in the butt!

Haiku News is back!

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Posted by:Yez on Thursday, 17 Apr, 2008 @ 12:33 PM

For those of you who have not noticed, Haiku News has returned.  Chris Simmons has settled down again in Canada and is ready to dish out all the news that keeps the Haiku community happy.

Haiku Podcast #13

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Posted by:Yez on Friday, 04 Apr, 2008 @ 7:04 AM

Keeping true to his word to produce podcasts on a regular basis, Sikosis has put together Haiku Podcast #13 for our enjoyment.  You can hear about revived websites, revived distros, Haiku conference appearances, development bounties, the BeBits software of the month and more.  Head on over and take a listen!

Quick Catchup

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Posted by:Yez on Thursday, 03 Apr, 2008 @ 7:52 AM

Time has passed quickly and life has been busy so we need to do a news round-up to bring you up-to-date on everything happening in the community. First, Haiku has been accepted into the Google Summer of Code again this year. This a great opportunity to get some more support for Haiku. Next, Koki was able to get the community access to the BeBook and Be Newsletters.  This is great because there are quite a few tips and hints throughout all this documentation about how to get the most out of what was BeOS and what will be Haiku.  Finally, 3ivx continues to help the community by providing MPEG-4 ASP video support for BeOS R5 and Haiku.  This is the kind of support that will help Haiku to be a viable platform for lots of users in the near future.  That is all for your round-up at this time but we will be back shortly!

BeGroovy 1.0 Spotted

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 02 Apr, 2008 @ 9:03 AM
Site News

So I felt a little goofy the other night, and decided to pull off a little April Fools prank on BeGroovy, since it had been such a long time since doing so. I didn’t actually have time to build a theme so users here could pick the theme for good, like I wanted to. Oh well. For those of you that missed it and want to feel a little nostalgia, you can see the page here. Got a lot of comments that it looked better too. :P Maybe we’ll go in that direction (somewhat) for the rebuild currently underway (note the new logo that we’ll likely use). ;)

Haiku Self Hosting!

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 01 Apr, 2008 @ 10:56 AM

According to Bruno in an email to the Haiku mailing list, Haiku is now self hosting! Nevermind the date being April Fools, as he does acknowledge this, and states that this is no joke.

This is a huge milestone, and worthy of much congratulations (and pizza, beer, paychecks, et al) to all those working hard on Haiku!

Haiku Podcast #12 Available

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Posted by:Yez on Monday, 10 Mar, 2008 @ 10:33 AM

Just in case you missed it (obviously, we did), episode #12 of the Haiku Podcast is now available over at Haikupodcast.com. Another excellent episode packed with all kinds of cool Haiku info and interviews from January and February 2008. We are eagerly awaiting Episode #13!

Forums Back Online

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 09 Mar, 2008 @ 12:43 PM
Site News

Well, wasn’t as difficult a problem as I thought… should have looked into it weeks ago. Somehow the settings file got blanked out - but there was, strangely enough, a backup file of it. Just renamed it and all is now well.

Sorry about the outage guys and gals!

BeTips Are Back

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Posted by:Yez on Monday, 03 Mar, 2008 @ 1:52 PM
Bits N

Yes, you read that correctly!  Scot Hacker’s excellent website of tips originally hosted on a BeOS machine and using the very cool journalized BeOS file system is back from the dead.  Scot has taken the time to resurrect the site and hopes to keep it around for a while.  We hope the site becomes as useful a tool for the Haiku community as it was for the BeOS community back in the day.  Thank you very much for your time and hard work Scot!

beunited.org Domain Expiring

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 03 Mar, 2008 @ 11:49 AM

The beunited.org domain name is set to expire on the 4th of April, and I do not plan on renewing it (I’m financially unable to, nor see any real reason to - other than for archival purposes - at this time). This means, not only will the website disappear, so will the [aging] cvs repository. Get all the backups you want while you can. If anyone wishes to propose a solution to keep it online, let me know, otherwise, I’m just letting it disappear into the ether.

I’m posting this here, as I’m betting there’s more traffic here than there. ;)

Update: Yez has offered to pay for the domain for another 2 years. Since the website resides on the same host as BeGroovy, paying for the web hosting fees is not an issue. ;)

Another Z bites the Dust

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 25 Feb, 2008 @ 9:52 AM
BlueEyed OS

Well, chalk one more ended post-BeOS project up for Bernd…

Bernd and the Zebuntu Team decided to go different ways. This has some consequences to Zebuntu.
The next Beta version will be shipped with a new icon and window theme.
The development of the BeOS Compatibility Layer and integration therefor is now freezed.

Not much a reason to switch if it’s just for the look. You probably won’t see anymore posts here about Bernd or Z*. Thanks for the head’s up BeJay. :)

Zeta… I Mean Ubuntu… Zebuntu Beta 2

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 19 Feb, 2008 @ 10:16 AM
BlueEyed OS

Bernd is still at trying to help along the BeOS community in his own ways… This time in the form of a revived BlueEyedOS Linux kernel distro based on Ubuntu, aptly titled Zebuntu. To quote a quote from OSNews (the original announcement is in German):

“Our goal is to use BlueEyedOS to offer a new platform for our former Zeta customers. In the future, Zeta, BeOS, as well as any future Haiku applications, will run natively on Zebuntu. This also offers a distinct advantage for developers for these platforms; they can use Zebuntu to develop for their platforms while utilising the performance and versatility of Linux.”

You can find an english language development blog here.

While many in the community may have a bad taste in their mouths for Bernd’s efforts in the BeOS community, I personally think this is a great new development - especially given the current state of needing Linux to compile Haiku (yeah, I know, that should go away soon - for those that can get Haiku or BeOS or Zeta to install in the first place on their modern hardware). But still, I use Ubuntu primarily on my laptop, and need a great deal of applications not available on BeOS/Haiku (and have Haiku in a VM on it), having a BeOS-flavored version of Ubuntu that will run BeOS/Zeta/Haiku apps is one less reboot for me (and that reboot is given I can actually one day install Haiku to the partition sitting waiting for it ;) ). I say kudos to this effort, and look forward to a release of the newest Ubuntu flavor! :)

What Did We Miss At SCaLE?

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Posted by:Yez on Wednesday, 13 Feb, 2008 @ 5:49 PM
How To Groove

Not sure how many of y’all were able to get out to the Southern California Linux Expo but just in case you didn’t make it, Koki has a great blog entry about what happened.  It sounds like they had a good time and it would have been a great time for community members to get together and socialize.  All of these types of events are great opportunities for community members to show their support.  So, keep your eye on the Upcoming Events section at Haiku-OS.org and head out to some of these events with a Haiku shirt or hat on.  Hopefully, we will see a LOT of you there soon!

Haiku on /.

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 12 Feb, 2008 @ 12:05 PM

Looks like Haiku is getting some very positive press - once again the project appears on /. (the actual posting is here) - Congrats guys!!! (yes, I still pay attention - and still remember my password here :P ).

What Haiku Developments Have Happened Lately?

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Posted by:Yez on Monday, 11 Feb, 2008 @ 8:30 AM

Tangobravo has posted a very nice entry about all the changes in development that have occurred in Haiku over the last four months. Head over and read about the updates to see if anything got past you over the last couple of months!

Who Are Haiku Inc.?

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Posted by:Yez on Friday, 08 Feb, 2008 @ 10:41 AM

In the beginning, one man took the reigns, gathered the developers and built Haiku inc. from the ground up.  Now, the reigns have been passed on to the developers and they are will continue building Haiku Inc.  That is pretty much the nutshell version but Koki has the complete story here.  From what I see, it looks like we have a solid foundation but we, the entire community, need to continue to work hard to make the Haiku Project known and viable.

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