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Xentronix Changes Focus to MacOSX

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 04 Jun, 2007 @ 9:17 AM
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As reported over at Haiku News, Xentronix is ceasing development on BeOS/Zeta/Haiku platforms and focusing entirely on the MacOSX platform. It’s very sad to see them go, but it looks as if Frans, et al, took a hit, both financially and in faith, during the recent Zeta troubles. Can’t say that I can blame them. For the details, head on over to Haiku News to read all about the email Remi received from Frans.

New Software Downloads Site

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 21 May, 2007 @ 9:13 AM

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.

Bringing Media Back to the Media OS

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Posted by:Yez on Thursday, 17 May, 2007 @ 12:31 PM

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!

Mini Review - Eagle Tech IMC6375 Barebone PC

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 16 May, 2007 @ 9:33 PM

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… :)

The Haiku API Documentation Team is Meeting

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Posted by:Yez on Wednesday, 16 May, 2007 @ 7:24 AM

On Friday the 18th of May, 19:00 GMT there will be a meeting of the API documentation team and anyone that feels they can make a meaningful contribution to this task.  The meeting will take place via IRC.  All the details can be found here.  It is great to see things moving along!

Distribution Guidelines Set By Haiku, Inc

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Posted by:Yez on Tuesday, 15 May, 2007 @ 5:45 AM

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.

Haiku Updates Donations Page

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 11 May, 2007 @ 3:41 PM

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! :)

More Haiku Network Goodness

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Posted by:Yez on Wednesday, 09 May, 2007 @ 7:56 AM

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!

WalterCon 07 Survey

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 04 May, 2007 @ 9:35 AM

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.  ;)

Haiku around the World

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Posted by:Yez on Wednesday, 02 May, 2007 @ 6:06 AM

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!!!

Help TeamHaiku with your PS3

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Posted by:Yez on Wednesday, 25 Apr, 2007 @ 4:39 PM

Apparently, your PS3 can run the Folding@Home client well.  So, if you sign up with TeamHaiku and head over to their site for links to running the Folding@Home client on your PS3, you can help out the Haiku community! More power to Haiku via your PS3!!!

USB for Haiku, R5 and BONE

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Posted by:Yez on Wednesday, 25 Apr, 2007 @ 9:00 AM
General News

Michael Lotz has made great progress on the Haiku USB stack over the last 12 months and describes how you can benefit from the fruits of his labors on several flavors of our beloved OS. Most of the information get pretty technical but shouldn’t be too advanced for many of the current users in the community.

We Need a Graphics Artist

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 20 Apr, 2007 @ 1:12 PM
Art / ImageSite News

BeGroovy is preparing for a website redesign, among other efforts, and we have an urgent need for someone that does graphics arts better than Yez or I can (which isn’t asking for much), since Cougar is a bit too occupied recently to do anything for us.  The work will be mainly logos, the category icons and the like at a minimum, and helping out with the entire look of the website for the initiated (and for the extremely initiated, some work beyond that as well).  Unpaid, unfortunately.  :(

If you are interested in helping out, email me - dj at thisdomain.

Haiku Documentation Team about to get their groove on

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Posted by:Yez on Wednesday, 18 Apr, 2007 @ 1:03 PM
How To Groove

The Haiku Documentation Team is ramping up their efforts to put together the pages of information that would-be Haiku devs will use to learn about the Haiku API and would like some help.  So, if you are so inclined to help out Haiku Inc but are only good and writing, this may be the place for you to help out.

New Haiku Icons

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Posted by:Yez on Wednesday, 18 Apr, 2007 @ 8:51 AM
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This is why I love this community so much!  There is great creativity and we don’t try to block it or slow it down or stifle it.  Check out his great new set of icons for Haiku over at ICO.  All I can say is “Wow!” what a great job.  Those are truly poetry in pictures (heh, cool little pictures on our desktops).  Keep up the fantastic work Stippi.

to 3D or not 3D the desktop, Darkwyrm weighs in

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Posted by:Yez on Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2007 @ 9:37 PM

DarkWyrm has taken the time to write down why he feels that a 3D accelerated Haiku Desktop would provide a better user experience for all users. A 3D accelerated desktop is not just for eye candy anymore. DarkWyrm explains how a 3D desktop could easily be used to provide a lot more function than form for users. Read up and let us know what you think about Haiku having a 3D accelerated desktop.

AtomoCAD running on Haiku

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Posted by:Yez on Monday, 16 Apr, 2007 @ 10:42 AM

Biffuz reports on his website that he was able to get AtomoCAD running on Haiku.  He mentions a couple of snags he ran into but I am sure he will let the Haiku developers know so they are not issues in the future.  This is great to hear!  The more apps, the better to increase the Haiku userbase once R1 rolls around.

SATA support increasing in Haiku

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Posted by:Yez on Monday, 16 Apr, 2007 @ 10:24 AM

Over at the Haiku-OS website you can find information about a new collaboration between JMicron and the Haiku development team. What does this mean for the Haiku community? It means that we will have good solid support of products from JMicron which includes SATA and PCI Express products. Let’s hope this is only the beginning of other companies willing to work with the developers of Haiku to support their products as well.

Eight more developers are now working on Haiku

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Posted by:Yez on Thursday, 12 Apr, 2007 @ 8:56 AM

Over at the Haiku-OS.org website you will find that 8 students have been accepted to code for Haiku Inc during the Google Summer of Code 2007. With one of these fresh developers is already squashing bugs and helping the networking in Haiku, this looks to be a great opportunity for Haiku to move quickly towards that ever elusive R1. Good Luck to all of you and thank you very much for all of your hard work!

JLG Denounces Zeta (update) - Purplus Follows Magnussoft

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 11 Apr, 2007 @ 8:36 AM

As posted on other sites, our ex-fearless leader has denounced yellowTab of ever holding any license for modification and distribution of Be Intellectual Property whilst JLG sat on the board of directors at PalmSource. Considering that, and the fact that JLG lead Be, Inc., I’d say that we have confirmation of the legality of Zeta throughout the entire chain of IP movement, from Be to PalmSource to Access.

UPDATE: It seems that this “post” is old - 2004 old.  It was before the meeting between Palmsource and Bernd.
And in a similar announcement as Magnussoft from Purplus, I got this in my mail this morning:

Dear Zeta fans and Purplus Customers,

Based on your previous interest in Zeta and BeOS, you must now be aware of some of the recent issues now facing Zeta OS. Unfortunately since, Magnusoft has ceased distrubution of Zeta, consequently, Purplus, as the authorized U.S. Zeta reseller, has had to do the same. Meanwhile, a small remainder of Zeta titles currently in our inventory are being liquidated at or below cost.

Please visit our website if you’re interested in the last units available :


Thanks - Purplus Inc.

That should about close this chapter…

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