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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Haiku at SCaLE 6x: Overall impressions

Blog post by koki on Mon, 2008-02-11 23:56

Haiku booth ready for the showHaiku booth ready for the showThis past weekend Bruno G. Albuquerque, Joe Bushong and myself represented Haiku at the sixth Southern California Linux Expo conference, best known as SCaLE 6x, held on February 9 and 10 in the city of Los Angeles. This was the second year in a row that we organized a presence for Haiku at this event, and since we had so much fun last year (here are two reports and photos from 2007), we were all looking forward to doing it again this time around.

I picked up Bruno from San Francisco airport on Wednesday February 6 at around midnight; he was supposed to arrive a few hours earlier, but he missed his connection flight in New York. The next day, Bruno and I prepared everything for the booth, including setting up our own demo machines (he had Haiku running in VMWare on a MacBook Pro, I had it running natively on my HP Pavilion zv5000 laptop), testing the projector with my (oldish) small cube computer running an AMD XP 1.7G CPU with 1GB RAM, and finishing up and printing the Haiku flyers to handout at the booth. We also could not resist the temptation, and ended up buying a projector screen (we split the cost) so that we could show Haiku running on the backwall of the booth. My wife also did her part, and volunteered to iron and nicely fold about 15 Haiku t-shirts to sell at the booth. By dinner time, we had almost everything ready.

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.

Haiku Activity Update #4: 9 September 2007-5 February 2008

Blog post by tangobravo on Tue, 2008-02-05 21:36

Multi-processor support has been improvedMulti-processor support has been improvedI managed a whole three Activity Update posts last summer before Real Life (TM) got in the way. Ironically #3 mentioned switching to a two-week update to be more resilient to stuff in the real world! Well, 2 weeks has become 4 months but I'm back on top of all things Haiku and ready to once again attempt to provide a bi-weekly update.

It is stating the obvious to say that a lot has happened in the Haiku world in the last 4 months (my email backlog had grown to over 4000 emails) and so this update will cover less detail than the more regular ones and will mainly focus on the changes that have happened in the Haiku code.

In brief: Huge stability improvements in the kernel and VM, syscall optimisations, OHCI USB work, an AHCI SATA driver, hotplugging support for devices, USB 2.0 handling for legacy devices, work on partitioning support and DriveSetup, and new features in Kernel Debugging Land.

Read on for more...

Welcome to Kernel Debugging Land...

Article contributed by bonefish on Mon, 2008-02-04 22:01

One of the most important tools of a Haiku kernel developer is the built-in kernel debugger. Nevertheless also developers more comfortable with userland hacking should not be shy to use it, as it can greatly help with various kinds of bugs and problems. This document sheds some light on its basic and advanced features.

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.