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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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.

Impressions of the Kansai Open Source Forum Conference: Day 1

Blog post by koki on Sun, 2007-11-11 01:29

This past Friday and Saturday I attended the Kansai Open Source Forum (KOF) conference in Osaka, Japan, to represent the Haiku project together with my Japanese friend and BeOS/Haiku developers Momoziro-san. Here are my impressions from the first day at KOF.

ATC complex in Osaka, where the KOF conference was held.ATC complex in Osaka, where the KOF conference was held.

KOF was held at the Asian Trade Center (ATC), located in the waterfront area known as the Osaka Bay Area. ATC is a huge complex of which the KOF exhibit area was only a very small part; the complex has a lot of stores and space for various types of events that are held on a regular basis. Ironically, the KOF exhibit floor was on an area of ATC called the MARE Gallery; I say ironically, because as some may know, Mare is my last name. That and the fact that Japan is like my second home (I lived there for about 23 years) kind of made me feel welcome. ;)

Reinventing Haiku

News posted by stippi on Thu, 2007-10-18 09:50

2007 has been a year of change for Haiku. None of it has been quite like this, however. Haiku, as an organization, is reinventing itself. First of all, on Aug. 31, Michael Phipps announced to the Haiku admin team that he intended to move on. Here are some of his words on the subject:

"... I think that it is time that I move on. Haiku has become something that I do because I have to. ... I am *NOT* in any way angry or bitter. I WANT Haiku to succeed. I still love it. ... This has been a great run and I am phenomenally proud of what we have accomplished here. I am very sad to be leaving, but I think that it is the right decision both for Haiku and for me personally."

Michael has written an article, in which he reflects on his departure. There is no doubt that Michael will be dearly missed by all of us as a visionary, leader, and friend. Michael, should you ever feel like it, you are most welcome to rejoin our efforts!

Following Michael's announcement to the team, everyone felt that this would be the right time to put into place some fundamental restructuring of our organization which had been discussed at length for some weeks. This reorganization's purpose is to better fit Haiku's needs, such as current developers needing to be able to focus on development and matching non-development needs with members of the community who wish to meet them.

One persisting problem with the current admin team is that most of its members don't have enough time to do non-development work for the project or simply aren't interested, and those who do could need more help. In order to address this problem, we have decided to take the following steps to transition to a new and hopefully more effective structure.

First, we will unify all contributors with commit access to the Haiku source tree into a single Developer Team, which will be exclusively focused on development and all technical and development-related decisions, including the creation of one or more eventual Haiku distributions. Membership to this team is automatic through gaining commit access. The rules for gaining or losing commit access will be simple and announced separately.

In parallel, we are setting up a "Transition Steering Committee" consisting of developers, admins and a few trusted community members who will be tasked with the mission of creating a body designed to effectively manage the assets and resources of the project, and support its growth through activities such as funding, marketing, business relations and others. The ultimate goal of this committee is to setup a Haiku Inc. on steroids with a new president, a functional BOD, a charter, more transparency and some form of representation from the community. The transition process to this beefed up Haiku Inc. is expected to take several months, during which the community will be consulted from time to time for input on various matters. After the transition period, the people involved can be ratified in their positions or replaced by some form of representative vote.

We are hoping that by having two bodies with clearly defined and distinct roles, everyone will be able to focus on what they do best, making the individuals more productive and the organization as a whole more effective. Needless to say, both groups will work synergistically, and will consult each other when either side deems it necessary.

We think that this restructuring will be positive for Haiku in the long run. But as they say, "the devil is in the details". :) So we will keep the community posted as we figure out the details along the way. In the meantime, if you have any comments or input, feel free to post a message to the Haiku mailing list. We want to know what you think.

T-DOSE (III): Conclusion

Blog post by nielx on Sun, 2007-10-14 12:23

A few hours ago I had my Haiku talk on the Dutch Open Source event T-DOSE, and I'm still glowing all over. The attendence was above all my expectations, around 25 people were in the room. And despite of the last minute all night changes I had to make, the speech went fluently. Someone made a few pictures, which I hope to be able to post soon, and more importantly, I'm on tv! I'm on Sunday around 11 AM, so have a look!

I'd sincerely like to thank the T-DOSE organisers, Jeroen Baten and Jean-Paul Saman, for making this event possible. Read on for more!

AHCI SATA driver ready for testing

News posted by axeld on Mon, 2007-10-01 10:45

Marcus Overhagen announced that his AHCI SATA driver is now ready for testing. If you have an AHCI compliant chipset, and a SATA hard drive attached, you may want to give his driver a try.

Most current motherboards are AHCI compliant - it is the defacto SATA device driver standard. This driver allows you to run Haiku on modern hardware natively, without using a PATA emulation that may be provided by your BIOS.

NORCAL-HUG Event: GSoC 2007 Haiku Mentor Appreciation Day

News posted by leavengood on Sun, 2007-09-30 23:43

Jorge 'Koki' Mare and his fellow NorCal Haiku User Group members have graciously put together an event in honor of Stephan Aßmus, Oliver Ruiz Dorantes and myself to take place Sunday, October 7th. This will be from 1PM to 5PM at the Wild Palms Hotel in Sunnyvale, CA, where we are staying for the Google SoC Mentor Summit. If you live in the area, please check Jorge's post on the NORCAL-HUG site and sign up! We look forward to meeting everyone!

Announcing NORCAL-HUG

News posted by darkwyrm on Mon, 2007-09-24 23:26

Posted to the Haiku mailing list earlier today was an announcement of another Haiku user group. BeOS in its heyday had user groups -- BUGs -- and it is good to see the appearance of corresponding groups for our favorite underdog operating system. Below are all the details as written by Jorge Mare (aka Koki) himself.

Hello Haiku Fans,

During the Haiku gathering at the Picn*x event last August, a few of us who live in and around the San Francisco Bay Area talked about presenting Haiku at user group meetings in the area. In the following weeks we continued these discussions, and today we are happy to announce the creation of the Northern California Haiku User Group, or NORCAL-HUG for short.

Our mission is simple: we want to build and grow a Haiku community in Northern California, and to that end we will be planning activities such as (but not necessarily limited to):

* HUG meetings (initially every 3 months)

* Online community building (NORCAL-HUG website and mailing list)

* Represent Haiku at local conferences, user group meetings and other events

* Organize install fests and/or Haiku workshops

* Network with other local/regional computer user groups

* Build relationships with local/regional high schools and universities

At this point we are the following three members:

- Jorge G. Mare
- Scott McCreary
- Urias McCullough

But we want more people to be part of NORCAL-HUG. So we are inviting all individuals living in Northern California with an interest in Haiku and/or who would like to shape up NORCAL-HUG to join us. For now just subscribe to the norcal-hug@freelists.org mailing list shown below, and send a message introducing yourself. We are in the process of setting up a website, and once this is up and running, you will be able to register as a HUG member.

Viva Haiku!

Haiku at the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit, October 6th

News posted by leavengood on Thu, 2007-09-20 23:18

Each year after the Summer of Code is over, Google holds an informal Mentor Summit at their Mountain View, CA office to allow mentors to meet each other and talk about their experiences in the program. This also allows Google to get first-hand suggestions on what was done right and what could be improved in the program. This year the Summit is being held on Saturday, October 6th.

I am glad to report that three Haiku mentors will be attending the Summit: Stephan Aßmus, Oliver Ruiz Dorantes and myself. In a continuing show of their support for open source, Google pays for airfare, one night hotel stay and food during the Summit.

In addition all three of us will be staying an extra day or two in the San Francisco/Mountain View area and are planning an informal Haiku community gathering on Sunday, October 7th. Any Haiku developers or community members in the area are welcome to join us. Further details will be provided as the date approaches. My colleagues and I are very excited about meeting any Haiku community members in the area.

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