haiku inc.

BIG contracts and a call to support HAIKU!

News posted on Mon, 2013-05-27 15:42

We are excited to finally share this news about development contracts! We are going to be funding a minimum 800 hours of HAIKU development and with your help, many more hours! And to help you preview the progress, there is a set of pre-built package management images available!

As you know, Ingo and Oliver have been working these past months on Haiku's package management for extremely low rates -- to the tune of €12.50 per hour. It is a commendable and fortunate event to have developers who are able to devote large blocks of time in their schedules for such a meager pay scale. This time, we are going to try new models for each of them, in order to secure even more dedicated development time.

Google donates $5,000 USD. "Thank you" is not enough.

News posted on Sun, 2013-01-27 16:16

What an upbeat way to start the new year! Google, Inc. has donated Five-Thousand Dollars to Haiku, Inc. Earlier in December, a Google employee contacted the project to coordinate their donation. The transaction was received this month and shows as part of 2013's fundraising progress. This donation will greatly assist in securing additional development time specifically for HAIKU! Thank you Google, Inc!

Two contractors, each for two months!

News posted on Mon, 2012-08-20 21:26

That's right -- Oliver Tappe and Ingo Weinhold have been accepted for individual contracts![1, 2] Each of them will be working for two 160 hour periods. That adds up to an additional 640 hours of dedicated HAIKU development time for a total cost of €8,000 EUR. The area of focus will be Haiku's package management. (See A brief summary of HAIKU's package management. for an explanation of how package management will work.)

Hopefully, these contracts will start in Dec. 2012. Given the delay between this announcement and the expected start date, there will be another reminder upon the actual start of the contracts. (Or if something unexpected comes up, an announcement for that.)

As both expect to start at the same time, this could be a tremendous productivity boost. Not only will they both have the opportunity to dedicate large blocks of time specifically for developing Haiku, but each of them will be working on the same project! Both of their minds would be in tune with their immediate tasks at hand and the larger picture. That would make bouncing ideas (and obstacles) off of each other that much more effective. It is specifically the nature of Haiku, Inc.'s contracts that fosters this type of cooperative development in a for-pay scenario. Instead of simply rewarding the completion of a product (without care for the implementation or the implications of future works), these contracts allow the developers to ensure their contribution is implemented with the future of the project in mind.

As there are over 2,000 open tickets for R1, there clearly are numerous areas of Haiku that are in need of improvement. However, so long as the contract proposals are for R1 items, it is not the practice of Haiku, Inc. to give preferential treatment to particular projects. Haiku, Inc. is always interested in receiving contract proposals.

If you appreciate these contracts and want to see additional contracts to accelerate the development of HAIKU R1, then spread the word and donate today!

He's back, back in the Haiku groove!

News posted on Sat, 2012-06-30 16:49

Ok it hasn't been years since Michael was here, on IRC passin' his time away.
To the left and to the right, commits towering to the sky.
It's outta sight in the dead of night
Here he is, again in this project, with a fistful of keystrokes
And baby, you better believe.

He's back, back in the Haiku groove!
He's back, back in the Haiku groove!
(Ok, enough ripping off KISS lyrics)

Michael Lotz has been casually making commits in his KeyStore feature branch! First as a reminder to everyone, as Michael explained the KeyStore API will be able to "securely manage keys, passwords, certificates, etc. in a central place and generic way (so that it can be used by other applications as well)". More details on its design and functionality are mentioned in Michael's blog. As you can imagine the KeyStore API will add much appreciated functionality to Haiku, specifically in the area of managing wifi connections.

A new development contractor!

News posted on Sun, 2012-05-20 16:03

Announcing development contracts is one of the best feelings. It is a time when a volunteer developer is given the opportunity to dedicate a large block of time for their hobby -- developing HAIKU! This is made possible through the countless donations from people like you, who love Haiku and are willing to give what is right for them, to make Haiku a better operating system. Thank you to all of our supporters, both public and anonymous!

This time, we are pleased to announce that Alexandre Deckner will be working on the WebKit port and, if time allows, WebPositive. You may remember "aldeck" primarily from his work on Tracker -- squashing bugs, rewriting sections for better performance and updating it to utilize the Layout API. As Alexandre states, "Good web support is something crucial for any operating system these days, it is for some users the main software they will use on a computer and one of the first things a new user will try on Haiku. To summarize, Haiku has to provide the best web experience possible and i believe i can help to go in that direction."

RealLife(TM)

News posted on Sun, 2012-04-22 22:09

To be honest, this article is something I have been dreading. It's one of those situations, where you hope and pray that it gets better before you take action, but it hasn't.

Michael has landed onto some tough times. The injury from some weeks ago has healed well enough. However, RealLife™ has prevented him from focusing on Haiku. It involves his personal life outside of Haiku. That's all we know and that's all we need to know. With everything that has happened and will continue to play out over the next weeks, Michael has decided to cease the contract. In the future, he does plan to contribute to Haiku. For now though, he needs to take a step back.

2011: From the desk of Haiku, Inc.

News posted on Tue, 2012-01-03 03:42

2011 has been an amazing year for Haiku in many ways. It is easy to see the improvements in Haiku (the operating system) by looking at the nightly builds or the bug tracker. In quite such a tangible way. Haiku, Inc. serves as the business arm of the project, if you will, collecting donations, handling paperwork, dealing with web hosting, etc. It is a little harder to see some of the improvements in Haiku, Inc. sometimes - they are a little more "behind the scenes", so we wanted to take this time to talk about all of the good stuff that has happened!