Scott at the Haiku booth
I spent this past weekend in San Francisco in order to attend the LugRadio Live USA 2008 event. Together with Scott McCreary (of BeDrivers.com fame), we organized a Haiku booth to represent the project at this the first LugRadio Live event to be held in the US. This event was a bit of a mystery to me, in the sense that I did not know what to expect. It certainly turned out to be an interesting and fruitful experience, not only because of the usual increased visibility that results from having a booth at any open source event, but also because it gave us the chance to get to know and network with quite a few interesting individuals.
I drove into San Francisco on Friday afternoon, as I wanted to check out the exhibit floor at the Metreon and also see if I could setup our projector screen in our booth in advance. We were originally told that there would be a "no hanging stuff from the wall" policy, but it turned out that it was OK for us to hang the projector screen from the tube holding the backwall drapes behind our booth. And that's exactly what I did: with the kind help of one of the on-site crew and a couple of plastic cable straps that I had brought in my show box, I had the screen setup in no time. I spoke with the on-site staff about wireless access, and got all the info that I needed to get my ethernet-wifi adaptor working, so that we could have internet access from Haiku. Once I had the plan for the next day more or less clear in my head, I called it a day, and went back to my hotel room to relax until dinner time.
I admit it: I have a weakness for website statistics. So late last year, I added Google Analytics (GA) to the Haiku website. GA gives you a wide array of information such as number of visits, page views, bounce rates, as well as geographic data and information related to the used operating systems. I wanted to get see this information myself, but I also wanted to share it with the community (don't worry, it's all anonymous data), so that everyone can get a peek at another and different metrics of how our project keeps growing over time. So here is a brief activity overview for the Haiku websites for the January thru March of 2008 period.
This is the second installment of the Haiku alpha 1 status updates. In this issue I will discuss the progress on including the developer tools in Haiku. Some interesting progress has been made. I will also expose a discussion on the mailing list on whether or not to release a bootable CD. At the end of the page you will find the enhanced milestone statistics.
As some of you may know, in the ZETA days I worked for yellowTAB in a consulting capacity. At that time, the market I was involved in was Japan, and as a marcom specialist, I make it a point to develop relationships with representatives of the media of that country in order to gain exposure for the product. Of all, there was one magazine in particular that always showed a lot of interest in our platform, and that was Software Design magazine (SD).
This is the first Haiku alpha 1 status update. The goal of this status update is to
provide information on how the project is going. There has recently been an consensus
that it was about time to start preparing a first alpha for a myriad of reasons.
To me personally, the fact that it is about time to show off the enormous amount
of work that has been put in the project the past number of years. Another good
reason - in my opinion - is to get everyone behind one goal: preparing the code
for a first release.
So what's the goal of this status update? Well, with a large number
of developers actually working on the different components of the operating
system, it is easy to lose track of what is going on. You can consider this
a news update.
I’ve gotten several (at least five or six) emails from people contacting me through this website. It seems to be a common question.
I’d like to publicly apologize to any that I have not responded to personally. To those of you, I’m sorry.
So here, publicly posted, is how to get started in helping out with the OpenJDK port.
Read http://openjdk.java.net/contribute/ You'll need to sign an SCA and do what it says regarding the licensing.
2009-June: This document is now obsolete. We are in the process of consolidating and re-organizing the website documentation. For now please refer to one of these guides. Alternatively, you can view the in-progress website documentation.
As everyone knows (or should), every BeOS install CD was actually a live CD (way before Linux “invented” it…). And of course so would be for Haiku.
While it used to work long ago, nobody actually tried to make one for some time, and some fixes were required to make it happen again.
Making an usable CD still requires some work (Bootscript.cd, ramdisk for settings maybe…), but it finally boots again.
The "Chemnitzer Linux Tage" (Chemnitzer Linux Days) was actually celebrating it's tenth anniversary. It started out as a kind of Linux install fest, but has since become a general Open Source event where all kinds of projects have a platform to demonstrate themselves. So despite the name, this event was perfect for Haiku.
After procrastinating for far too long on getting a project proposal in to the OpenJDK Community Innovators’ Challenge, I finally drafted and submitted a proposal to port HotSpot to Haiku, x86 just a few hours before the deadline.
Should the project be selected, Andrew and I will likely have ample motivation to accomplish the stated goals of the proposal on time. I firmly believe the goals set forth are reasonable, seeing as Andrew is a machine, and this time around I know a whole lot more about what we’re doing with the VM.
It’s been nearly a month since the creation of the Haiku port in the OpenJDK project.
In that time, not much has happened. Sadly.
Every single weekend thus far, I’ve been committed to doing something other than Haiku – and I don’t like it.
That said there has been some progress made.
OpenJDK is readying support for our Mercurial access. Andrew recovered the data from his failed hard disk. This was his work toward merging some of the previous 1.