Haiku activity report - Summer 2021

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Tue, 2021-08-24 08:53

Hi there, let’s do another activity report! You may have noticed that there were a lot of news since the previous one, but here’s a recap in case you missed it: a new beta release, the celebration of the 20th birthday of the Haiku project, the end of Google Summer of Code (final evaluations are being filled in as I write this), and also news from the promotion team which was re-launched a few months ago and is working on various things (read their own report for more details).

Haiku activity report - June 2021

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Sat, 2021-07-10 08:53

Hello, it’s time for the June activity report! (yes, not much innovation in the tagline for these reports lately. I’m out of ideas, or maybe just lazy to find new ones). Before we dig into the report, two important announcements (in case you are not following the other news on the website, since both were already announced separately). The beta 3 release process is going well, and there are some testing candidate images available for testing.

Haiku activity report - May 2021

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Thu, 2021-06-03 08:53

Hello, it’s time for the May activity report! Before starting the report, we would like to thank our donors for their donations. Your donations help us cover our expenses and help us reach our goal to hire people to work on Haiku full-time. We would also like to thank all the community for their countless hours of effort of implementing new features, triaging bugs, translating, supporting other users, and spreading the Haiku word all around.

Haiku activity report - March and April 2021

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Sun, 2021-05-02 08:53

This report covers revisions hrev54979-hrev55069. HaikuDepot Andrew Lindesay continues his work on HaikuDepot, fixing a glitch in redrawing of featured packages. He completed the removal of the custom list class, so HaikuDepot uses standard container classes from C++ or Haiku APIs. This makes the code more similar to other parts of Haiku and easier to maintain. With this rework done, Andrew is now working on new features. The first of these is a counter for views of packages, which will allow to imrpove the way we decide which packages are “featured” in HaikuDepot home screen.

Haiku activity report - February 2021

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Mon, 2021-03-08 08:53

This report covers revisions hrev54947-hrev54978 (that was a quiet month in Haiku) HaikuDepot Andrew Lindesay continues his work on cleaning HaikuDepot sources and removing a custom-made List class to use standard (BeAPI and C++ stl) containers. There were some regressions in the process, that were found and identified. He also fixed various other bugs. non-x86 ports tqh is working on the 64bit ARM port, doing the package bootstrap, fixing the compiler configuration, and adding missing pieces of platform specific code.

Haiku activity report - January 2021

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Sat, 2021-02-06 10:53

Hello everyone, apparently we made it to 2021! This year we will see the 20th anniversary of Haiku. This report covers hrev54806-hrev54947. Architectures, ports, bootloaders PulkoMandy fixed the build of the openfirmware bootloader for PowerPC. It had been broken by changes for SPARC support. The openfirmware code to set up the splash screen was also fixed to work on sparc. tqh continues his work on cleaning and simplifying our EFI support.

Haiku activity report - November and December 2020

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Tue, 2020-12-22 10:53

Welcome to the November-December activity report! This report covers hrev54716-hrev54805 (about 5 weeks of work). Code cleanup mt fixed various warnings, use-after-free, memory leaks, and dead code problems detected by the clang static analyzer. X512 reworked app_server memory management to use owning pointers and avoid some memory leaks and use-after-free cases. This led to a rework of the classes used for that purpose, in particular AutoDeleter and its variants, to be more efficient and more flexible.

Haiku activity report - October 2020

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Mon, 2020-11-16 10:14

Welcome to the October activity report! I had managed to get other people to write the report for a few months, but not for October, apparently. So, I’m back! This report covers hrev54609-hrev54715 (about a month and a half work). The focus is not much on new and exciting features this month, there is a lot of bug fixing and cleanup work going on, as well as some performance improvements, and compatibility fixes for easier application porting.

Haiku activity report - May 2020

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Sun, 2020-06-28 10:14

Welcome to the May-June 2020 activity report! Are we released yet? Yes! You probably already know, the Beta 2 version has shipped and is available for download. There was a lot of work done towards the release, and then some of us decided to take a break from Haiku for a few weeks to compensate for it. Google Summer of Code The Google Summer of Code is already reaching it’s mid-point with the end of the first month of coding period.

Haiku activity report - April 2020

Blog post by PulkoMandy on Mon, 2020-04-20 10:14

Welcome to the April 2020 activity report! Are we released yet? The big news first: a timeline has been set for Beta 2! If all goes well, it will be released by the end of May. Of course, this means everyone has been scrambling for last minute changes this month instead of stabilizing everything. We are now in “soft freeze”, and the branch will be created on Friday. Now is a good time to test nightly builds on all your machines, help with the translations, and make that bugreport you’ve been postponing for months.