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BeBook and Be Newsletters Available Online

News posted by koki on Sat, 2008-03-22 03:53

It's been almost one year since we announced our conversations with ACCESS Co. Ltd. targeted at releasing legacy BeOS related documents, and today we are happy to inform the community that this project has finally arrived to a happy conclusion: the BeBook and all the Be Newsletters are now available online. As an emerging open source project, documentation for Haiku is still hard to come by; and while our Documentation Team works on creating Haiku-specific material, the BeBook and the Be Newsletters will provide valuable reference material for all developers, new and experienced alike. We want to express our gratitude to ACCESS Co., Ltd. for supporting our project, particularly to Director of Open Source Technologies David "Lefty" Schlesinger, for personally following up on our request. Special thanks also go to community member Simon Kennedy, for nicely formatting the documents for us.

Haiku Makes it Into Google Summer of Code 2008

News posted by koki on Mon, 2008-03-17 19:09

GSoC logoWe are very pleased to announce that, for the second straight year, Haiku has been accepted as a mentor organization for the Google Summer of Code. The student application period will start soon, so if you are a student who would like to work on a Haiku project for the GSoC 2008, please check out our List of GSoC Ideas and Students: How to Apply pages for detailed information on how to apply. If you still have any questions specific to GSoC after reading these pages, please contact the Haiku GSoC administrator (Bruno Albuquerque). If you have any general questions about Haiku and want to start familiarizing yourself with our community, which we encourage you to, please join the Haiku development mailing list and also feel free to stop by the #haiku IRC channel on irc.freenode.net. Our friendly community members will be glad to help you out in pursuing a Haiku project for the GSoC 2008 and beyond.

Haiku to Exhibit at First LugRadio Live USA

News posted by koki on Tue, 2008-03-04 03:39

Haiku to exhibit at LugRadio Live USA 2008 at the Metreon, San FranciscoThe good news following our recent presence at the SCaLE conference and the great exposure that it resulted in continues to pour in. Haiku has now been invited to have a booth at the LugRadio Live USA 2008, the first LugRadio live event to be held in the US. Needless to say, we could not refuse the irresistible offer. The event will take place in San Francisco on the weekend of April 12 and 13, at the The Metreon entertainment center located at the heart of the city (map).

LugRadio is an event that covers a range of topics about free software, Open Source, digital rights, technology and more. Combined with a compelling list of speakers, exhibitors and birds of a feather sessions, this event is said to offer what feels like a combination of a rock concert and a computer conference. To bring this unique atmosphere to San Francisco, LugRadio Live USA 2008 USA will have around 30 speakers including Miguel de Icaza and Ian Murdock, over 20 exhibitors, an eclectic range of BOF and other sessions, and the live recording of LugRadio in front of an audience.

We are happy to have been invited to LugRadio Live, and are glad that in our own small way we can help make this unique community event happen. Details about LugRadio Live 2008, our presence at the event and how to get involved have already been added to this page in the Conference area of the website. As usual, we can use a hand from anyone who would be willing to assist us organizing, setting up, and manning the booth. It sounds like this is going to be a fun event, so if you would like to hang out with us at LugRadio Live 2008, leave a comment here or contact Jorge G. Mare using this online form.

LugRadio Live USA 2008 at-a-glance

Haiku Inc. Transition Update

News posted by koki on Thu, 2008-02-07 10:06

It has been several months since we announced the departure of project founder Michael Phipps from Haiku and the transition period that ensued for Haiku Inc. This is an attempt to give the community a most probably long awaited update on where we stand today, what has been done so far and what remains to be done to bring the Haiku Inc. transition to a successful conclusion.

Who we are

First, let's try to put a face to the transition team, so that you know who is behind all this. Under the initiative of Stephan (Stippi) Aßmus, a "transition team" was setup with the main goal of reorganizing Haiku Inc.. To that end, an interim board of directors (BOD) endorsed by the Haiku admins is being put in place; this BOD is only transitional and will eventually be replaced by one elected with votes from a broader representation base. The interim BOD has not been formally sworn in yet, but it is scheduled to include the following individuals:

  • Axel Dörfler, President
  • Ryan Leavengood, Treasurer
  • Bruno G. Albuquerque, Business Relations
  • Jorge G. Mare, Marketing

We are also being assisted through the transition by other community members such as Urias McCullough, Bryan Varner and Phil Greenway (Sikosis), as well as former admins Jonathan Yoder (DarkWyrm) and Tyler Akidau. In the grander scheme of things, the BOD will strive to work in full synergy with the Haiku development team, in order to help them achieve their goals.

What has been done so far

Our first goal was to try to understand the state of Haiku Inc., including but not limited to finances, tax status and assets. Documenting intangible assets has been quite a bit of a challenge, mainly due to a lack of written records and poor bookkeeping; after a lot of “investigative” work, we now have a better understanding of assets such as various accounts, domains, etc.. Haiku Inc.'s physical assets were only sent to us recently, so we have finally been able to do an inventory of things like corporate documentation, financial records, t-shirts, software, and hardware.

Haiku Inc. has been a one man operation since its inception, leading to the kind of problems that can arise when the single person in charge is not available. In order to prevent that from happening in the future, we have taken some steps to ensure openness within the BOD. For example, we are documenting all the assets and placing these documents in a protected repository where all the BOD members have access to. We also have setup a common email account and an on-line telephone voicemail box that multiple people have access to in order to manage incoming inquiries (thanks to Dane Scott for the professional voice recording!). All accounts (and there are many, for domains, hosting accounts, PayPal, oneline shop, etc.) have backup contact individuals.

What remains to be done

There is a lot that needs to be done. We still have to finish reviewing all the financial records, and are also facing the ratification of our tax exempt status with the IRS. We will be formalizing the interim BOD soon, as well as the change of address and signer(s) for the Haiku Inc. bank account. Work also needs to be put into creating new bylaws in preparation for the first general assembly to take place at the end of the transition period. While we expect this to happen in the next month or two, you never know when you are dealing with bureaucracy; we will keep the community posted as new developments occur.

In the end, after the transition is concluded, Haiku Inc. will have a BOD comprised of individuals selected through a vote, in which both the developers and other community members will be given some form of representation.

What else to expect in the future

We have a lot of ideas in areas like marketing, funding and business relations. Although it is too early to openly discuss these ideas, we do want to send the signal to the community that we are going to be more aggressive than Haiku Inc. has been in the past, and that we will at least try new (and bolder) initiatives in order to foster the growth of the project.

A lot has happened in 2007 for Haiku, some really good stuff, some not so much. On the one hand, thanks to the hard work of the developers, Haiku the operating system has made a lot of tangible progress, and keeps getting better by the day. But on the other, Haiku the organization showed some unexpected blips like the cancellation of WalterCon and unplanned changes such as those Haiku Inc. is going through now, understandably bringing some uncertainty in the community. It is those areas of the project where there is clear room for improvement that we will try to address.

As we move forward in 2008, we will strive to bring Haiku Inc. up to par with the resilient team of dedicated developers that are making Haiku a reality. But for us to succeed, help from the community will be critical. After all, Haiku is an open source project driven by volunteers. And while Haiku would not exist without the work of the developers, everyone else can also make a difference, no matter how small that may be. One of our self-imposed mandates will also be to try to articulate better the areas where the community can contribute, and provide them with the opportunities and means to make those contributions a reality. Stay tuned.

Developer interviews in Deutschlandradio Kultur

News posted by stippi on Fri, 2008-02-01 15:35

Gerrit Stratmann has just informed me that the interviews he did with Axel Dörfler, Ingo Weinhold, Michael Lotz and myself during BeGeistert 018 will appear tomorrow, February 2nd 2008 in Deutschlandradio Kultur between 14:00 and 15:00 CET. A downloadable version will later be made available on the website of the series at www.breitband-online.de.

Haiku Recognition Award for Project Founder Michael Phipps

News posted by nielx on Thu, 2008-01-24 00:14

Farewell video for Michael PhippsFarewell video: YouTube | Download Project founder, long time leader and Haiku visionary Michael Phipps departed from the project last year. Michael's list of achievements is long: he did not just provide an overall vision for Haiku, but he also set up Haiku Inc., and over the years put in countless hours of work, keeping the development effort on track whenever it seemed to drift away from the goals, and single-handedly managing the infrastructure supporting the project. Without Michael, Haiku would most probably not be what it has become today.

Michael gave his goodbye in a moving letter to the Haiku community but, somehow, it feels as if we never reciprocated with a proper farewell. So we decided to do something special to show our heartfelt appreciation. We are thereby presenting Michael Phipps with the first ever Haiku Recognition Award. This is a very special award with a personal touch, as it has been signed by members of the community present at the recent BeGeistert 018 conference held in Düsseldorf, Germany, and is also accompanied by a farewell video.

For those of you in the community who were not present at BeGeistert to sign the award, you can still show your appreciation to Michael, and we encourage you to do so by leaving your name and a short message in the comments area of this post. We are sure Michael will be reading them all.

Thank you again Michael, and we all wish you the best of luck in your future pursuits. The award and video are on their way. ;)

OpenJDK Porters Group Votes to Sponsor Java Port to Haiku

News posted by koki on Mon, 2008-01-21 17:38

OpenJDK Porters Group Votes to Sponsor Java Port to HaikuWe are pleased to announce that the proposal submitted by the recently formed Haiku Java Team to the OpenJDK Porters Group has been accepted by a unanimous vote. This makes Haiku the first OS platform to be sponsored by the Porters Group, and it means that the port is now officially part of the OpenJDK family of projects endorsed by Sun. Referring to the Haiku Java Team proposal, OpenJDK Ambassador for Sun Microsystems Tom Marble said: "I believe that encouraging broad adoption of OpenJDK on as many operating systems and architectures as possible is essential to furthering our goals of Java ubiquity. I'm glad to support this project."

Sun is now expected to setup infrastructure such as a mailing list, website and source repository for this project under the OpenJDK umbrella. The specifics of this infrastructure will be published on the Haiku Java Team page as they become available. In the meantime, if you would like to join the team, please contact team lead Bryan Varner.

We are proud and excited that the Haiku Java Team has joined the OpenJDK project, and we look forward to the future fruits of their effort. Join us in congratulating Bryan Varner and his team for this initial but important step in bringing Java technologies to Haiku.

New Year, New Tool to Empower the Haiku Community

News posted by koki on Wed, 2008-01-09 01:31

SCaLE 5x, Haiku Tech Talks at Google, Picn*x XVI, CNSL 3 in Venezuela, FISL 8.0 in Brazil, NUMERICA in France, T-DOSE in the Netherlands, Kansai Open Source Forum in Japan. The list of 2007 events where Haiku had a presence is very long. In fact, never in the past has Haiku had so much public exposure as it did during 2007. And as the project keeps making progress towards its first release, this trend of increased exposure before the eyes of the open source and computing world in general is expected — and desired — to continue. In the first two months of 2008 alone, Haiku will be at BeGeistert 018, SCaLE 6x and FOSDEM 2008, not to mention the Haiku hacking event that is taking place this very same week. With very few exceptions, these events are all the result of initiatives by one or more community members.

In an attempt to assist the effort of these community members who drive such initiatives and to lure more of them to follow suit, we have added to the Haiku website the ability to easily publish information about conferences and events, as a means to increase their exposure and as a tool to further engage the participation of the community in this events.

In a nutshell, this is what we have added to the website:

For those organizing Haiku-related events or a Haiku presence at established conferences or trade shows, this allows them to give their effort exposure to a much wider audience (we have more than 1,500 registered users on the website!), increasing their chances of finding peers who can join them in their initiative. Furthermore, since each event entry is comment-enabled, this feature can also be used to obtain feedback and/or openly communicate and coordinate efforts among team members; it also possible to subscribe to any given event in order to receive email notifications when comment is added. You can also use the “email this page” feature (link at the bottom of the page) to let others know about the event.

On the other hand, this feature can also help those interested in learning more about Haiku or in actually becoming more engaged with the community. Specifically, the conference list, map and calendar pages may help people find a place where to gather with other community members in person near where they live. Even with all the online communication means that we have today, nothing beats good old face-to-face time to develop a sense of community or a personal relationship.

This tool has a lot of room for expansion, and as the project and community continue to grow, we can envision a system where each event can have it's own home page, forum, email notification and registration means. While we are starting with this somewhat simple (humble) addition to the website, we do have our eyes in something more ambitious for the future. As with any new system, this new feature of our website is bound to have bugs. Let us know if you find any glitches, or if you have any general feedback that may help improve the use of this tool.

Finally, we would like to emphasize that, as with everything else in an open source project, the degree to which this sort of tool becomes useful heavily depends on how much and how effectively it is used. We are making the tool available to empower the community: now it is up to all of you to make it work, for both you and for the Haiku community at large. If you have been itching to organize a local Haiku event or to represent Haiku at a conference, don't want anymore, and use this new tool to your advantage.

New Java for Haiku Team Formed

News posted by koki on Thu, 2008-01-03 20:43

We are very excited to announce the creation of a new project team that will bring Java technologies to the Haiku. This team was established under the initiative of Haiku developer and team lead Bryan Varner, and is officially endorsed by the Haiku development team. In fact, discussions have taken place between Bryan and the rest of the core Haiku developers to start building synergy to ensure the viability of the Java Team's goals within the Haiku project.

The team's initial goal will be to port OpenJDK to Haiku. We want to have the Haiku port included within the structure of Sun's OpenJDK project, and discussions have been taking place with members of t he OpenJDK Porters Group to pursue this objective. After a meeting between Bryan, the Haiku core developers and Dalibor Topic, member and moderator of the Porters Group discussion list, we submitted a proposal in order to find a sponsor member within the Porters Group to make the official proposal to the OpenJDK project as a whole. OpenJDK Groups have two weeks to vote on sponsorship of this proposal. A majority vote is required from one group for approval.

The Java Team will be initially comprised of many existing Haiku developers who've expressed an interest in helping Bryan Varner and Andrew Bachmann, both of whom worked together in the past on the port of Java to BeOS under the BeUnited umbrella. The past experience with the BeOS port, plus the fact that other Haiku developers have also expressed their desire to help out with the port peripherally, puts this initiative in a great position to achieve its goals.

If you are developer with experience in C/C++, Java, JNI, Virtual Machines, or know a little bit about some of those topics and want to learn a whole lot more by throwing yourself under the bus, we invite you to be a part of our effort. Contact us so that we can discuss how you can help us bring Java technologies to the Haiku platform. This project is an excellent learning opportunity for students!

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