Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4

News posted on Mon, 2012-11-12 05:00
Haiku R1 Alpha 4 CD

The Haiku Project is excited to announce the availability of our fourth official alpha release. A year and four months have passed since the Alpha 3 and the Haiku Project has been busy. The main purpose of this release is to provide interested third party developers with a stable version for testing and development. To aid with that, Haiku includes a rich set of development tools.

This release features many improvements across the board, including:

  • Bugs – Over 1000 bugs have been fixed since the alpha 3 release.
  • Debugging – New native Debugger application. Ability to generate QR codes in KDL.
  • File System – BFS is more robust. Improved NTFS support. Better Blu-ray Disc support.
  • Hardware – Improved USB OHCI Drivers. Improved CPU identification.
  • Localization – Improved translations. New keymap switcher application.
  • Multimedia – New 10-band equalizer.
  • Networking – Improved network card drivers. New pcnet driver. Early IPv6 support.
  • OpenGL Kit – Mesa updated to 7.8.2 for gcc2, and 8.1.0-devel for gcc4.
  • System – Improved virtual memory settings and swap file creation logic.
  • Video – Support for most Radeon HD chips as well as Intel Extreme chipsets.
  • Wireless – WPA/WPA2 support. Improved wireless card drivers.

For more about R1 Alpha 4, visit www.haiku-os.org/get-haiku/release-notes

Haiku R1 Alpha 4 availability

About Haiku

The Haiku Project is a volunteer based initiative and was started on August 18th, 2001. The goal of the project is to develop and promote the adoption of Haiku, an open source, general purpose operating system. Haiku adopts design concepts from the BeOS® and takes it to the next level by infusing those concepts with recent advances in technology.

We would like to thank all donors enabling development contracts funded through Haiku, Inc. and Haikuware's bounty program, the HSA for organizing the BeGeistert conferences, and Google's Summer of Code and Google Code-in programs.

Give Haiku a whirl today, see what you think and discover what you have been missing!

Report bugs on Haiku's bug tracker, dev.haiku-os.org

Download the press release: (PDF)

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Re: Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4

Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Downloading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't believe I'm the first one to comment!!!!!!!

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Alpha4 CD ---- KDL

**** Moderator 11/12/2012 1:35pm
-- KDL Shortened by kallisti5.
Please open a bug ticket with the info provided.
[atheros813x] (alc) bus_alloc_resource(3, [16], 0x0, 0xffffffff, 0x1,0x2)
[atheros813x] (alc) Read request size : 512 bytes.
[atheros813x] (alc) TLP payload size : 128 bytes.
[atheros813x] (alc) RCB 64 bytes
[atheros813x] (alc) ASPM L0s/L1 disabled
slab memory manager: created area 0xd5801000 (3245)
[atheros813x] (alc) PCI device revision : 0x00c0
[atheros813x] (alc) Chip id/revision : 0xc002
[atheros813x] (alc) 11776 Tx FIFO, 12032 Rx FIFO
vm_soft_fault: va 0x0 not covered by area in address space
vm_page_fault: vm_soft_fault returned error 'Bad address' on fault at 0x0, ip 0x8253141b, write 0, user 0, thread 0x4c
PANIC: vm_page_fault: unhandled page fault in kernel space at 0x0, ip 0x8253141b
****** /KDL Moderated

Re: Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4

Haiku r44699 ---- ОК. Alpha4 ---- NO.

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Please report bugs on the development tracker: http://dev.haiku-os.org/

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Downloaded, installed in a 4-CPU KVM session. It took quite some time to install; it seemed to keep pausing now and again with lower CPU usage. But it installed and booted. Web+ seems to display OK, and it even mostly operates my 10k-line JS app (it doesn't work quite right, but it has troubles in Linux-based browsers, too). The mouse cursor doesn't track the cursor in the KVM VNC session; it's either faster or slower and tends to jump once in a while. I could revert this one session to vga=std for comparison, but it's not too critical. Step-by-step, the day I can use it (BeOS:again) as my main desktop draws nearer.

Donation made, CD ordered.

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Congratulations guys, and thanks for all your hard work on Haiku!

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Great! Thanks to all the Haiku developers!

Just to let you know, the Get Haiku page doesn't list them, but most (all?) the mirrors are also hosting the images compressed with LZMA, and that makes the download of the anyboot image, for example, just 138 MB (instead of 244 MB for the zip version).

In any case, if you have xz-tools (or 7zip) installed, replace the .zip extension in the download link for .tar.xz.


* Zip (244 MB): http://ftp.lip6.fr/pub/haiku/releases/r1alpha4/haiku-r1alpha4-anyboot.zip
* xz (138 MB): http://ftp.lip6.fr/pub/haiku/releases/r1alpha4/haiku-r1alpha4-anyboot.ta...

Re: Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4

Great stuff :-)

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Very good news...
I almost forgot how to download and burn and install the new version...

I will give it a try...

hopefully everything works again...

Thx so much guys...

Re: Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4

Congratulations!!! My best wishes to everybody evolved in the development of Haiku.
Thank you!!!

PD: Of course, downloading... :D

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An excellent screencast introducing some of the new features of this release:


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There is translation of change log to Russian at http://haikuforum.ru/viewtopic.php?pid=627#p627