Haiku Admin Meeting 2007-05-28: Discussion about new “Admin organizer” internal-use website for managing tasks, admin votes, etc. Some discussion took place about possibly organizing a physical “admin gathering” somewhere. Michael Lotz has volunteered, and is currently a primary candidate for “Project management” type tasks. Mention of the need to assign/complete the Haiku, Inc. 2006 financial publication. Discussed Haiku Compatible Badges: It appears many are currently in favor of Stephan’s designs.
As many of you know, I’ve started working even before the SoC started officially. I’ve already sent two patches to both my mentor (Oliver R. Dorantes) and Michael Lotz for review. One of them has already been commited by mmu_man (thanks). The second one is under review. With this latest one, the usb stack manager should be complete, as the QueueIsochronous method has been implemented, along with the CalculateBandwidth. My next move is to implement the UHCI isochronous method.
My name is JiSheng Zhang. I come from China. I am one of the Haiku’s GSOC2007 students. My work is implementing a FireWire stack with support for mass storage and DV cams. I plan to port the FreeBSD FireWire stack. I will do my development under debian.
After google anouncement on April 11, I spent time in building Haiku, running on the real PC and reading the source code of haiku’s PCI and SCSI sub system and other code about driver writing.
Haiku Admin Meeting 2007-05-21: Admins discussed OpenBFS Team broadening - it has currently been renamed to File System Team and should probably include all file system-related aspects of Haiku. There was some further discussion about other OSS projects and their similar struggles with “Openness” - Mozilla’s recent scrutiny was cited as an example. There was a request for any final comments on the list of non-dev/non-admin tasks posted on the Admin mailing list.
This is a report of the meeting of the API documentation team that was held on May 18th 2007 at 19:00 GMT on freenode.org in the #haiku-doc channel. The full IRC log is hosted by John Drinkwater. Here are some of the highlights for those that don't want to read the complete document. In this meeting people introduced themselves to the group. There was discussion on the working process, and it was decided to create a three phase working process and to start on the support kit.
The decision to summarize and publish regular Haiku Admin meetings is a step being taken to improve transparency and openness largely as a result of recent and past community feedback on the mailing list. Additionally, there has been an Admin Team Page provided with some details about the current membership and responsibilities of the Haiku Admin Team.
Haiku Admin Meeting 2007-05-14:
The meeting started off with a reminder to subscribe to the new Haiku Development Mailing List if any attendees had not done so yet.
On Friday the 18th of May, 19:00 GMT (21:00 in Amsterdam, 20:00 in London), I'd like the documentation team to meet. This meeting is for all the people interested in the API documentation, whether or not you are actually planning on contributing or not. We would like to hear as much different opinions as possible.
The meeting will be on IRC, on freenode irc.freenode.net), in the channel #haiku-doc. This space is open for everyone.
Finally back with a proper development environment.
Seizing the opportunity of having some free time, I finished implementing the user interface and prepared everything for package file parsing. Since I have yet to analyze the .pkg format throughout, I’d rather have everything prepared for this to come. From what I see from the materials sent by Ryan, the format itself doesn’t seem to be as complicated, but there are still quite some unknowns.
In his Popular Network Preferences applications and comments blog post, GSoC student Andre Alves Garzia gives a great comparative overview of network preferences apps in OS X, Ubuntu, Windows and ZETA, as a means to look for the ideal approach for Haiku.
Andre's post actually reminded me of a few ideas that I had quite some time ago about a BeOS-like way for handling network/email/printer settings (in ZETA, back in the days when I was using it), that I think would still apply for Haiku. I don't know if they are within the scope of what Andre is doing and, not being an engineer, I don't either have a clue whether these ideas can be implemented or not. But I will present them anyway, even at the risk of exposing my sheer ignorance. :)
The idea today is to compare and comment on popular network preferences apps. I’ll pick Mac OS X, Windows, Zeta and Linux and comment on what we can learn from each and think about how can we design a successful network preferences application for Haiku. I will not focus on the eye candy or widgets, the focus is on the user experience and features.
Lots of shots of different OSes and some opinions by yours truly.