Haiku is a new open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful.

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WHAT'S NEW IN HAIKU DEVELOPMENT

The Haiku source is continually built for testing purposes. You can download and install these latest snapshots to check out the latest features and bugfixes.

Be aware though that they may be unstable. Additionally, Web+ and some other packages have to be installed separately.

If you're OK with that, you'll find further instructions at our Nightly image page.

Package Management Goes Live

Blog post by bonefish on Fri, 2013-09-27 22:33

I'm proud to announce that, at last, the package management branch has been merged into the main development line, aka master branch. The builds and nightly images from hrev46113 on will include the new feature.

Enhancing the scheduler

Blog post by Paweł Dziepak on Sat, 2013-09-07 20:17

Soon I am going to work as a full-time Haiku developer on enhancing the scheduler. The goal is to improve performance of the whole system and finally deal with some long standing problems. To achieve this CPU affinity will be introduced what would make cache utilization better and I will implement scheduler strategies based on dynamic priorities what, hopefully, would once and for all deal with priority inversion. In addition to that, I want to make scheduler more power-aware. Haiku currently lacks low-level support for some of the more advanced power related features of CPUs but having scheduler ready for would save us from redesigning it later. Also, there are still ways to conserve energy without using the most recent technologies.

Working on WebPositive

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Fri, 2013-08-30 00:56

As you may know, I'm going to spend some time again as a full-time Haiku developer. This time, I'll be working on improving WebPositive and the WebKit port to bring a better web browsing experience to Haiku users.

During the past weeks I've managed to spare some free time to get up to speed on the various pieces of code involved and how to work with them. This first blog post summarizes the current state of affairs and I'll set some goals (with your help) for the next monthes.

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!

Haiku Down Under 2013 Report

Blog post by Sikosis on Sun, 2013-08-25 12:03

It was a rather ominous start to the day with fog covering most of the city early in the morning, but thankfully it turned out to be a great day both weather wise and for the Sixth Annual Haiku Down Under Users and Developer's (Virtual) Conference held at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia on 18th August, 2013.

The live feed was provided using the Flash-based UStream service once again and we apologise for those who couldn't follow along. We keep waiting for some better technology to be made available to do the stream and is also open source and Haiku friendly. One day.

HDU 2013 Flyers

Package Management: The Return of the Hybrid

Blog post by bonefish on Mon, 2013-08-12 16:37

Although I have been a lazy blogger lately we haven't been lazy working on our remaining tasks at all. So, unsurprisingly, since my previous post we have reached and passed a few nice milestones. The latest one is that we're finally able to build the gcc2/gcc4 hybrid Haiku images again, including all the software needed for the official release.

GitHub organization for archiving the source to orphaned Haiku/BeOS apps

Forum thread started by waddlesplash on Tue, 2013-07-23 23:12

Called HaikuArchives -- https://github.com/HaikuArchives/ -- I'm filling it with source code for old Haiku/BeOS/related apps that have been orphaned. Feel free to fork, pull requests with bugfixes will be accepted. Features will not -- but why not revive a project instead? Choosing a new name is a good idea, as the original author might get mad. Not very likely, but likely enough you shouldn't do it.

Contact me to get stuff added or to tell me that you restarted one of these projects -- either post a reply or use my private contact forum.

Tell me what you think!

P.S. I will add a gravatar - but GitHub was acting up today anyway. I wanted to use a "vault" icon, but I couldn't find one that matched Haiku's looks. Anyone? Otherwise I'll use the "hard disk" icon.

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