WalterCon 2006 was held this past weekend in Orlando, Florida, and for those who have been waiting to know what it was all about, the wait is over. Jem Matzan of The Jem Report was at WalterCon, and he has written an interesting article on the conference that gives an overview of the event, and also makes some insightful observations as someone new to the project and the platform.
Work on the networking stack is making slow but steady progress. UDP and IPv4 protocols are mostly done, TCP can send out data, but receiving is not yet implemented.
Current work is concentrating on getting TCP ready, and to implement a network server. This server is responsible for configuring the stack when it's started, and to take over inetd services and similar things that can or even should live in userland.
Under the sponsorship of Google, BFS Team lead engineer Bruno Albuquerque is scheduled to give a Haiku-related lecture at the upcoming Encontro Mineiro de Software Livre 2006 (Minas Gerais Open Source Forum 2006) to be held on October 10, 11 and 12 at the Ouro Preto City Convention Center. Titled "Haiku OS -- Challenges of Creating an Operating System", the lecture will introduce Haiku with a focus on the technical challenges and the motivations behind the creation of the project.
September 23 was the last day of the rating period for the Haiku Icon Contest. We want to thank the authors of the great artistic work submitted to the contest, as well as those who took the time to rate the icons. Interest in the contest was very high, as reflected by the more than two thousand unique visitors that made their voice heard during the three week rating period.
Time is up for the Haiku Icon Contest submissions, and it is now everybody's chance to make their voice heard. Head over to the rating page, and tell us what you think about the fourteen gorgeous icon sets that were submitted to the contest. In the rating page you can view the icon sets side by side for comparison purposes, as well as preview each icon set on a virtual desktop.
We owe a long due recognition to a Haiku contributor who came up with some great ideas, implemented them, and turned them into much needed funding for our project. We are referring to Karl vom Dorff, creator of HaikuBounties.org, a website where contributors can make monetary donations for specific areas of development, and developers can take coding challenges in exchange for the donated bounties. Karl started HaikuBounties.org early this year, and through the course of just a few months, he was able to raise close to $2000!
One of the toughest challenges among people interested in Haiku is the lack of accurate information about the project, as well as documentation. This is particularly bad for people outside of the English-speaking world. There are initiatives within the Haiku Project to rectify this situation, and we are already seeing these efforts gradually coming to fruition. For example, a new Haiku website is now being worked on, which is designed to provide more and better information, and to make Haiku more accessible to more potential contributors.
Happy 5th Birthday, Haiku! Has it been five years, already? Seems like just yesterday. Let's celebrate with a new article. :)
Welcome, IBM. Seriously.
Apple created an ad with the above text when the IBM PC came out. That was pretty bold, considering that IBM had a market cap hundreds of times that of Apple at that time. That is the sort of marketing that either makes a huge splash or flops badly.
Since it appears that there may have been some confusion about the recently announced Haiku Icon Contest , we want to make a few clarifications in order to clear up any doubts about the contest.
The objective of the Haiku Icon Contest is to help develop design guidelines for the eventual creation of a full Haiku Icon Set. Just to give you an idea, the guidelines would look something like the Tango guidelines, but would be specific to Haiku.
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