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.

With unanimous support from the developers, Ingo Weinhold has stepped up as the acting release coordinator, with offers of support from Niels Reedijk. Already, a development branch has been made and Haiku Files has been updated to serve pre-release nightly images of r1alpha2 for testing purposes. We encourage all of you to help out by testing these images and reporting any regressions in stability or other issues.

In addition to testing, numerous other tasks need volunteers. These include coordinating mirrors and distribution via torrent files; reviewing the various documentation for improvements or inaccuracies: Building Haiku Guide, User Guide, Welcome Page; improving the localization of applications.

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Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

I think the addition of the `installoptionalpackage` command should be added to the list of notable changes. It's a bit important since it adds rudimentary package management functionality.

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

Wow, I did not think we would see Alpha2 till the fall. This is great news, I hope all goes well to all the developers ... and thanks for the early release.

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

This is great news!

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This is cool,
weird only three comments (not including this one)

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

Very cool. Is the build process borked right now though? Just judging by the previous release times, it seems a newer build should be up already. I only see one from two days ago right now.

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Even though they're nightly images, the frequency is also limited by how often the r1alpha2 branch is committed to. r36423 was uploaded earlier today. (The @nightly-* images of r1alpha2 were also uploaded by accident)

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

Aweeesome! Can't wait enough
However, the current nightly builds crash on my computer. Any help on how I can report it?

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

Hi yes9111: You can read about reporting bugs under "Beware of Bugs" of the Welcome (couldn't link to it or this comment is marked as spam...let's try this: www.haiku-os.org/docs/welcome/ ) page, which should also be available offline and linked on the Desktop. Regards, Humdinger

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

Back after almost 5 years away.... Am I missing something? Oh, Haiku has now already had R1 alpha 2. No longer do I need to use BeOS 5 Max Edition. ^^ Anyone out there slashdotting this news? We need some publication...... v(^o^)v

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

Hi idJoe, this is just the announcement of the planned alpha2. When it's actually released, we'll get more exposure. :) Regards, Humdinger

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My birthday is on May 10th, so I hope Alpha 2 does release as scheduled. It would be a cool birthday present. :>

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will there be a new cd from cafepress?

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

Yes, we're planning on selling R1 Alpha 2 CD at CafePress again. There will be a delay in between the official release date and when the CD's are available for purchase, but hopefully it won't be as long as with R1 Alpha 1.

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as long as there is one i will buy it :D

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

Why will the R1A2 be a gcc2Hybrid, and not a gcc4Hybrid?

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Because Haiku is compatible with BeOS apps..

Beyond R1 will be all gcc4

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

Hmm, well, BeOS apps seem to work just as well in a gcc4hybrid version for me.

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

This topic was discussed at length. Basically, using a gcc2 based hybrid as official version allows us more flexibility in changing the API in ways which break stuff. If we ship a gcc4 based hybrid, it will add one more API that we have to stay binary compatible with. As a user you won't notice the difference anyway. If you need gcc4, just use "setgcc gcc4" on the command line. Doing this once will be enough and then you can forget about it.

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

It makes no sense to set May 10th as the official release date for R1 Alpha 2. Only 55% of the tickets for that milestone have been closed. I would rather have a stable R1 a little later than expected, than have it early and buggy! Wait until 100% of the tickets have been closed, then release Alpha 2.

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

As far as I understand it, Alpha releases are supposed to have bugs -- exposing those hard-to-fix bugs to a wider range of living-on-the-edge users in order to gather hints and test cases. Opting for fixing all bugs first would result in something like a ReleaseCandidate. Well, I could be wrong of course ... :-)

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

Alphas are meant to be buggy. If you waited to close the rest of the tickets, it could be another 9 months for Alpha 2 release.

Better to release Alphas every 7 to 9 months to show the community Haiku is alive and improving. Releasing Alphas will attract more users and developers to get Haiku to R1 faster. Lots of changes and improvements have happened between Alpha 1 and now. Good time to release, get media attention and build excitement in Haiku.

In theory, Betas will be less buggy (lots of bug fixing), RC should have very few bugs and R1 no bugs.

Re: Launch sequence initialized! R1 Alpha 2 countdown in T ...

R1 no bugs?? That would be a first in the software industry. :D

But here's to having as few as possible in R1!