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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

Good news everybody -- contracts and more!

News posted on Sun, 2013-10-20 21:32

If there was ever an example of the saying "Money talks and ...", this is it. Since publishing the "HAIKU needs you!" article in late August, over $5,000 has been raised! This is from 110 individuals who made a combined 75 recurring monthly donations and 72 one-time donations. The yearly total is soaring over $20,000 with the help of 322 donors making 354 recurring and 322 one-time donations. Because of their efforts and generosity, we are able to finance another month of contractual development for both Adrien and Pawel! Thank you and congratulations to everyone who helped!

HAIKU needs you!

News posted on Fri, 2013-08-30 00:42

We have heard you. Other areas of Haiku need some loving. Though, we need your contribution to make this awesome.

First and foremost, the package management contracts are going well and are starting to wind down. Ingo is expected to finish his last month within the next week. Oliver will have another 160 hours (spread over two months). As for actual progress, as seen in Ingo's recent blog post, it has been amazing. Hybrids are working (even ground work is done for future possible x86_64 + x86-gcc4 + x86-gcc2 combinations!). Building and updating Haiku for new platforms (e.g., various ARM platforms) is easier for developers. The tool for building ported software, haikuporter, is much more versatile, functional and reduces complexities for porters. They have requested wide spread testing of the HaikuPM images, in anticipation of merging the changes back into master branch.

On to current news -- two developers, Adrien "PulkoMandy" Destugues and Pawel "pdziepak" Dziepak wish to have the opportunity to dedicate full-time hours improving different aspects of Haiku. Adrien plans to work on our port of WebKit and our native browser, Webpositive. His first task will be to bring the Services Kit to maturation, which was a former Google Summer of Code project. Pawel desires to enhance CPU scheduler, with respect to utilizing caches better, performance on HyperThread enabled processors and power-savvy (as in wattage consumption) features. As of now, there are only enough funds to provide each developer with a single month of contractual development!

BIG contracts and a call to support HAIKU!

News posted on Mon, 2013-05-27 15:42

We are excited to finally share this news about development contracts! We are going to be funding a minimum 800 hours of HAIKU development and with your help, many more hours! And to help you preview the progress, there is a set of pre-built package management images available!

As you know, Ingo and Oliver have been working these past months on Haiku's package management for extremely low rates -- to the tune of €12.50 per hour. It is a commendable and fortunate event to have developers who are able to devote large blocks of time in their schedules for such a meager pay scale. This time, we are going to try new models for each of them, in order to secure even more dedicated development time.

Google Summer of Code 2013 - Update

News posted on Tue, 2013-04-09 15:22

Bummer!

We did not make it into Google Summer of Code this year. We were fortunate to be selected so often in the past, but apparently it's now time to let other projects benefit from this summer event; 177 out of 417 projects were