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Google's Code-In in progress

News posted on Mon, 2014-12-01 07:15

The Haiku project was once again chosen as a mentor organization for this year's Google Code-In. The little brother of the Summer of Code is targeting younger students - 13 to 17 years old - and consists of many small tasks that are suitable for that age group. Under the lead of Scott McCreary, over a dozen Haiku mentors have entered roughly 400 tasks into Haiku's GCI page, mostly about creating or fixing haikuporter recipes to package applications and small C++ coding tasks.

Every student that completes at least one task gets a certificate and for at least three tasks additionally a t-shirt. The five best students per organization win a sweatshirt and two of those will be invited to visit the Google headquarters in California in June 2015.

The GCI starts on December 1st and ends on January 19th. In that time many students will probably hit the forums and IRC. Please give them a warm welcome! If you're eligible to participate (or if you know students that might be interested), the Google GCI page has all the info.

Haiku at VALS' Semester of Code

News posted on Fri, 2014-10-10 17:01

The Haiku project is participating in this year's "Semester of Code" (SoC) of the European VALS project. The SoC is similar to Google's GSoC, but without the financial incentive and more emphasis on the educational side.

Its goal is to connect higher education students with open source projects to introduce them to the cooperative nature of working within a group on a bigger project. For Haiku, besides potentially extending its feature set, it's another opportunity to spark the interest of new, eager developers with a chance to gain future regular contributors.

Haiku nightlies site moved!

News posted on Tue, 2014-07-15 19:57
Effective immediately, the Haiku Nightlies page has moved from http://haiku-files.org/ to http://download.haiku-os.org/.

An extensive interview with Haiku developer - Paweł Dziepak.

I have interviewed Paweł Dziepak during my private conversation with him, on polish Haiku IRC channel (#haiku-pl, Freenode). We talked for two nights, on 28 and 29 of April 2014. Paweł is known to the community as pdziepak, I am Premislaus. There are many great people involved with Haiku Project, everyone is worth interviewing - I will try to do that in the future (Ingo, Axel, Stephan, beware!). Why pdziepak this time? The big role in the decision played ease of communication, since we are the same nationality, we talk pretty often with each other on IRC channel. Besides, he is an excellent programmer, engineer with vision! Despite his young age, he doesn't do mobile apps, his field of interest are kernel architectures. Unfortunately, he didn't have current photo and he said no when I proposed him to take a stylish one, either selfie or in an elevator.

We had deep and sincere conversation about Haiku Project and Community condition. I also asked him about Open Source movement in general. The part of that I present to you below:

The Heartbleed Aftermath... Some Things You Should Know

News posted on Fri, 2014-04-11 17:28

As most of our visitors have probably already heard in the last few days - one of the largest security disasters I can recall in modern internet history was discovered, and dubbed "Heartbleed".

Miracles do happen; Development contract for April!

News posted on Mon, 2014-03-31 20:40

Wow. Thanks to our donors' generousity, Adrien is able to continue for a seventh month of improving WebPositive, WebKit and its related techologies. $2145 has been raised this past month! This is spot on with the number mentioned in last month's contract announcement article.

If you did not hear, Adrien has started working on HTML5 Audio/Video support, specifically the audio portion. As usual, he is publishing weekly progress reports on his blog. Periodically, new builds of WebKit and WebPositive are merged into the nightly images.

Once again, allow me to extend our gratitude to everyone who has and continues to donate. The yearly total is now soaring past $13000, which could make 2014 our best year yet. Each and everyone of you are helping to make Haiku a better product. Thank you! If you have not yet donated, this is the perfect time to do so.

Funded development continues into March!

News posted on Sat, 2014-03-01 04:20

Within these past 4 weeks, over $1,200 USD and &EUR;900 EUR have been raised! Thanks directly to this fundraising, Adrien is now able to be funded through the month of March. With the addition of the newest monthly subscribers, we reached a milestone and now raise over $1,000 per month through recurring monthly donations!

Contract extension and 2013 financial review.

News posted on Fri, 2014-02-07 03:01

Pawel's contract has concluded with his work being merged into Haiku's master repository. Hopefully within the next few days, he will be able to post another blog post to summarize the improvements.

Now the even better news -- the recent donations from everyone has made it possible for Adrien to continue for another month! If another $1200 USD is raised by the end of this month, then there will definitely be enough funds to keep him coding through March (At the moment, our reserves would drop to below $800 USD, which is something we try to avoid.)

Happy Contract Extensions!

News posted on Wed, 2014-01-01 19:17

This may be the final chapter of contract extensions, as the available funds will be plummeting to less than $1500 USD.

An excellent donation from Google, extended contracts, and Google Code-In update

News posted on Sat, 2013-11-30 12:26

This is excellent news.

As mentioned in the last contract announcement article, the available funding of Haiku, Inc. was starting to dry up. It had gotten so low, that Adrien and Paweł were told not to expect a third month of contractual development.

However ... Google has contacted the project and informed us of a $5,000 USD donation! The donation is being processed and should be deposited in the next few weeks. To simply say "Thank you." is not enough to express the depth of our gratitude. Instead, many agree that actions speak louder than words. This donation will immediately be used to finance Adrien and Paweł's contracts for an additional month. There are few, if any, better uses for this money than to provide two previous Google Summer of Code students the opportunity to flip bits, not burgers. ... and by the way, Thank you Google! :-D