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Haiku @ oscon kyoto 2010

News posted on Mon, 2010-07-12 11:55

A few words about our effort at kansai open source conference in Kyoto 9-10.7.2010

I had no idea what to expect from an open source event here in kansai (osaka,kyoto,kobe,nara area of japan). Everything software in japan is very much focused to Tokyo so I was keen to see whats going on here at the boons so to speak.

After a few weeks of exchanging emails with jorge and eguchi-san, both which i've never met, we had trouble getting together to think about how we will present haiku and just decided to play by ear once we got to the event. Thursday night i got a fever and felt quite bad but off I went anyway. Kyoto is about 1.2 hours train ride away from where I live, luckily Kyoto computer gakuin, where the event was held was really close to Kyoto station (and incidentally, only a stone throw away from Nintendo kyoto).

We got a tiny little slot in front of an ancient enivac and set up our stuff there. Eguchi had prepared an old laptop but the gfx driver didn't support full color so we decided to demo with my MacBook under VirtualBox. Eguchi kept the old laptop on the table and explained the intricacies of be file system, I demoed the MediaKit. The network at the venue was constantly down so we had no chance to show WebPositive which in a way was a good thing because it doesn't support Japanese characters yet.

I showed a stress test of MediaPlayer and let people launch as many mediafiles as they could be bothered. Tracker stayed responsive like a champ (i had the mp4 files specially prepared so that there was no audio tracks so MediaKit wouldn't crash). Instead of closing the MediaPlayer windows one by one, we demoed how much easier it is to just boot haiku and start all over again.

One guy who was pitching his high availability linux cluster was shaking his head when he saw the boot time. He said "man, this is what we need".

Overall very positive comments from everyone who came over to our booth, many cd's were passed, we felt we had done a good job.

Saturday morning I had a high fever and had to stay in, Eguchi presented and mailed me that he had had a good time on Saturday as well.

All in all Oscon was great fun, met many people who had used BeOS in the past. Here's hoping we got a few new developers joining in, helping with Japanese translations and so such.

in behalf of haiku team Kyoto,


Survey about Haiku and BeOS

News posted on Thu, 2010-07-08 14:33

Miroslav Stimac, a part time student at the FernUniversitaet in Hagen, is writing a master thesis about Haiku and asks you to answer his survey at The survey is relatively short, and should be answered in about two minutes.

The aggregated results of the survey are expected to be published in early 2011, so don't hold your breath.

Haiku Featured in FLOSS Weekly

News posted on Fri, 2010-05-14 11:27

The FLOSS Weekly (Free Libre Open Source Software) podcast is featuring Haiku in episode 120. Hosts Randal Schwartz and Aaron Seigo talk with Haiku developer Ryan Leavengood and contributor Niels Sascha Reedijk about the origins of Haiku, its purpose, the current status of the project and the potential for the future. Of course, alpha 2 is shamelessly being plugged!

Listen to the podcast now, or download it for later!

Haiku Project Announces Availability of Haiku R1/Alpha 2

News posted on Sun, 2010-05-09 22:14
Haiku R1 Alpha 2 stamp

The Haiku Project is proud to announce the availability of Haiku R1A2, its second official alpha release. Haiku is an open source operating system that specifically targets personal computing intended for desktop use. Alpha 2 is a stable development release and a milestone on the way to the upcoming Release 1.

Seven students to be mentored by Haiku in Google Summer of Code 2010!

News posted on Thu, 2010-04-22 19:14

For this year's Google Summer of Code™ program, we at Haiku have been allocated seven students! Initially, we were allocated six students, but through a combination of good fortune and due diligence of our administrator Matthew Madia, an extra slot was allocated in the final days! In 2010, 367 mentoring orgs applied and there were 5539 proposals submitted by students. Of those, Haiku is one of 152 accepted organizations and had 26 submitted proposals.

Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T minus ...

News posted on Wed, 2010-04-21 16:04

Over the weekend, an official commitment to enter the release cycle mode has been made for a tentative release date of May 10th! In the seven months since the release of R1 Alpha 1, there has been numerous improvements to Haiku, with over 300 reported issues with R1 Alpha 1 fixed.

Haiku Inc.: Contractors (yes more!), Donation Analysis, and Google Checkout

News posted on Tue, 2010-04-06 22:22

In this installment, we are proud to announce Ingo Weinhold's contract, a brief summary of our donation history, and a new method for accepting donations.

TuneTracker Systems Donates Serial Driver

News posted on Fri, 2010-04-02 00:22

A newly-developed hardware driver will allow Haiku to access multiple serial ports via a PCI serial card. The new "pc_serial" driver was commissioned by TuneTracker Systems and is being donated to the Haiku user community.

Haiku Inc.: Contractors, Haiku Code Drive, and Available Funds.

News posted on Mon, 2010-03-22 20:28

Several hot topics are covered in this update; new development contracts, changes to our Haiku Code Drive program, and some notes about our immediate finances.

Donation rally successful

News posted on Fri, 2010-03-05 12:38

It's not just Stippi's project that's a huge success (see the WebKit/Web+ progress documented in his blog posts). Our call for donations for this kind of contractual work is also doing very well!
In the two weeks since our announcement to hire developers for specific projects, donations have picked up significantly. Since then we received over $1,600USD and a few more people opting for small but recurrent monthly funding.

Our thanks go out to all contributors! This shows that our Haiku community is strong and effective when called upon!