The Haiku Tutorial is Here!

Blog post by RhapsodyGuru on Tue, 2011-12-06 23:40

Greetings Haiku-ers!

So... I have finally gotten around to finishing the Haiku tutorial I set out to complete over a year ago. I was hoping to have it done sooner, but I decided to then prolong graduation for another year. However, my thesis project has been a rocking success, and you can finally see the fruits of my labors. :D

This production should be incorporated into the project as official tutorial material. I am very happy to have been involved in this project, and I sincerely thank everyone for their support... especially Matt Madia for green-lighting the project and Joe Prostko for his assistance and unswerving benevolence. I hope you all find this interesting and enjoyable to watch. The target audience for this production is geared towards those into Linux/BSD/et al, but are curious about Haiku and what it can do for them. Please feel free to opine in the comments section below! I want to hear all of your thoughts! :D

This video is licensed under the Creative Commons (Attrib / No-Derivs) license. This work is owned in its entirety by Haiku, Inc. and the project.

EDIT: Some of you have requested the source link for the video. You can find it at the following link... http://vimeo.com/33197748

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Ugh the caveman say:

Creative Commons license good

Creative Commons license with no download link: me scratching head ... Ugh no have good bandwidth in cave. Ugh no like streaming video. Ugh want to download and watch in leisure over steaming hunk of mammoth rib.

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Source link has been added to the blog post above. You will also be able to download the actual movie file for offline viewing as well. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Matt

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There is no link to download the video. This is the only way it can be viewed in Haiku.

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If you check the vimeo link that I recently added to the blog posting and scroll down the page, there is an option to download the video. You will have to have a vimeo account in order to retrieve said file.

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the easy way (with terminal) ;)
(works with Haiku A3R1)

youtube-dl http://vimeo.com/33197748

download: http://rg3.github.com/youtube-dl/

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Great tip itra! ;)

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RhapsodyGuru wrote:

You will have to have a vimeo account in order to retrieve said file.

Forcing people to register just to download a file is quite rude though, we can probably host it ourselves.

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I'm confused. In what world is getting a free account to download a free video considered rude? It isn't like you have to pay Vimeo to get the download link. :p

I'm doing the Vimeo route since I want to gather meaningful statistics on online playback, linking and downloads for my production. It isn't too much to ask for my friend.

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Or you could start UberTuber, copy the provided vimeo link and - wait for it, wait for it.... watch it a bit of buffering with MediaPlayer. In nice 1280x720 resolution no less. :)

Very well done, Matt! At a few spots audio and video isn't completely in sync, but that's just a very minor issue.
I'm looking forward to your next installation!

Regards,
Humdinger

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A great video. This should help spark interest for people to look into Haiku.
How or what did you use for a screen recorder? Are you going to put this on youtube?

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I opted to stick with Vimeo since it offers greater flexibility with the content... not to mention you can get access to the source video file. Sure there are Youtube downloaders, but those are a bit finicky at times.

For the screen recorder, I used ScreenFlow for Mac

http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/

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Thats real marketing for me.

Thanks alot...

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You're welcome my friend. :)

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Awesome work! Next time I'm my family is wondering about what it is I mean when I say 'Haiku', I'll show them this :)

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Thanks yourpalal. I appreciate the complement. Spread this video around to everyone. ;)

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That looks awful!
Your icons and applications look like they have come out of Windows 3.1!

The simple installation looked nice, but what happens if you don't have an empty hard drive?
How well does the partition manager cope with resizing FAT32, Ext4 and NTFS partitions inside extended partitions?

How well does the web browser cope with standards pages and javascript heavy pages?

What office software is available?

Is there Java, Flash or HTML5?

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I'm sorry that the interface doesn't suit your artistic eye... but others apparently like it. ;)

Honestly... if you were going to do a fancy hard disk install... you wouldn't need this basic tutorial. This is simply to whet appetites and nothing more. I wasn't going to go too deep into the complex stuff.

As far as a lot of what you said for the browser goes... that is not the primary focus of this work. :P

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Have you ever seen Windows 3.1? Take a look at this: http://www.guidebookgallery.org/pics/gui/desktop/firstrun/win31-1-1.png

Haiku looks just like BeOS 5 looks, just with scalable vector icons and nicer window widgets. If you want something extra out of an alpha release it's your problem, pal.

No one in his right mind would've install alpha/beta software alongside working partitions. I have separate hard drive for that. As far as I know there's no resizing capability or installing inside an image on fat partition (a-la BeOS 5 PE). Again, this is alpha software.

WebPositive yet to have support HTML5, a lot of javascript-heavy websites works as far as I know already. Office software, huh? Try Google Docs :) They've been working on full-blown Java implementation on Haiku for quite some time now, not sure when it's coming, but I'm sure it's close. Oh yeah, and there will be no official Flash from Adobe in a long time, dude. Get over it.

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Nice job Matt, I enjoyed the video!

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Thanks!

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Your books are not straight enough, they will ruin in long term.

Good video, by the way.

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Matt, great job getting this all done! The final result came out quite well, I must say. Also, that teleprompter dude you hired is also pretty cool, I hear! ;)

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Hey, great video! I was wondering, what ThinkPad is that? Just wondering, thanks!

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I believe that was the Thinkpad X120e. :)

Matt

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Very good video, RhapsodyGuru very rhythmic and exciting as Haiku should be :-)

Only a very little critic; you don't have talked of Replicant(s) I'd say maybe the more interesting and innovative Haiku (BeOS) technology...

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Good point! I wish I mentioned the replicants too. Maybe I will in a new version of the video someday. ;)

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This is a very professional quality video well done. There is some really useful information in there for beginners and a good taster for those who might be curious.

I think it would benefit enormously from splitting out your messages though and creating two really focused videos instead of one mixed video. I have tried to put some thoughts down, from my many years of giving and receiving presentations, that I hope will be helpful to you.

For a sales pitch of this nature you need to grab your audiences attention and show them how their computing lives will be better on Haiku. You have maybe 20 seconds to grab their attention with no more than 2 minutes to get the message across. This means a maximum of five benefits, stated up front, explained then stated again. Show the users houw their daily tasks will be more fun and interesting. Office tasks, web browsing, email, etc. Keep it punchy. I'm sorry, no cheesy shots of you but keep the cheesy voice it works well in a sales pitch. The music also worked really well.

For a tutorial, people don't need the sales pitch, though the cheesy voice can still work in keeping interest. Focus on the tasks and show them clearly and concisely. The tasks you explain you do well, but the ones you just show don't really work. I would even suggest breaking it down into separate videos for the different tasksso that people can just look up the information that they want. e.g. "Navigating the desktop", "Navigating the web", "Getting your email", etc. Again though, no cheesy shots of you :(

I think it likely that those of us who really like Haiku and want it to succeed will love the video for what it is, a great, cheesy look around a wonderful OS. For those interested in investigating other OSs but not Haiku specifically, I think they will not watch the whole vid. For those looking for a tutorial they may be disappointed by the marketing guff they have to wade through.

Having sunshine blown up ya bum is always nice, but I think that constructive critisism is more useful. I hope this helps.

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One other thing, I would really avoid saying that Haikus installer is the best and easiest. I have used many OS installers (Windose, Linux(Redhat, SuSE, Ubuntu, Mint), Haiku, MacOS (7 through 10.5), etc) and Haikus is not the best or easiest. For my money the Ubuntu / LinuxMint installs are the easiest and most flexible. However, Haiku is the fastest OS installation I have seen, once the partition is ready and in-place.

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I'm not exactly sure how you think Ubuntu / Linux Mint's installs are easier than Haiku (or even BeOS for that matter). With Ubuntu or Linux Mint you have to go through way more steps to get the job done. With Haiku it's a simple process. Sure, it may not *look* as pretty, however, it's much more easy than either of those systems.

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chrisp1000:

Thank you very much for your constructive feedback. I'll take note of all that and work on an improved video the next time around... perhaps when Haiku hits beta or release. Also I really appreciate the civil feedback. Others kinda got on the Vimeo comments with an axe to grind. ;)

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Glad I could help :)

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Sparked my interest. Always looking for a new OS to mess with, just here to say I'm on board! :O

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Registered to give feedback. My background: I ran a couple of leaked/released/grey-area Beos packs in the past, got hooked, bought into the (now again, as far as I can tell, unofficial/arguable) Zeta releases for a while and followed Haiku. First a lot, than gradually (since it's a lot of work and I kind of moved on, in my role as a prospective user) less. Occasionally booting an image in a vm, since the first release.

I really think the OS, the project, could benefit from some marketing efforts. I appreciate the time spent on this video. I understand that I am probably not the target audience (given that I worked with the OS before).

That said: The 'sitting in front of a bookshelf' parts seemed very much scripted to death to me. They are fine, both regarding general content and execution, but the way they end up in this individual's brain it ends up being too serious, too much "setting". It could be an educational video I would've watched at school, if you get the general idea. Unfortunately I cannot really pinpoint where this feeling comes from..

Regarding content:
Again, execution seems great to me. Highlighting the relevant screen parts, showing off basic functionality - it's great. I find it unfortunate that the very first thing you show is how you're easily able to kill threads/thread groups (why..?). The installation seems fine, but in my opinion you couldn't decide what your target audience should be. If it's someone without a clue, someone really new to all this, then 'set up a BFS partition' is a little fast. If you're targeting more advanced users or users with the relevant technical background, then a 'next, format as BFS, next, next' description might be useless in general. I'd say you should focus on one type of user and either drop that part for future releases or extend it to 'Mom, this is what you'd need to do' level.

"You can even connect to the Internet and browse the world wide web" is, at this time and age, not something to put in a marketing video. Your target users use Linux/*BSD? They wouldn't even consider Haiku if this wasn't the case.. If you _cannot_ connect to the network then you should state that limitation prominently. Otherwise it's taken for granted (a good thing?) and not worth mentioning, really.

All in all, as I wrote in the early disclaimer, I'm happy to see material like this. I'm sure that the effort that you put into producing this was huge. Thank you for that! The points raised above are meant as constructive criticism of a long-time lurker here. Please don't get discouraged from criticism and keep up that work.