News Index

Haiku Store Opens for Business and Community Contributions

News posted by darkwyrm on Tue, 2007-08-07 00:43

As another avenue to spread awareness of the Haiku project, the Haiku project has opened a store for official Haiku merchandise at CafePress. Find T-shirts, mousepads, coffee mugs, and more! Most items are sold at Haiku's cost and any proceeds go directly to Haiku. Read more for how you can contribute designs for the store. What's more is that this is a community-driven effort. Got a great idea for Haiku stuff? Here are the guidelines:

  1. Send us a link to the proposed design through our online contact form (login required).
  2. Designs should be attractive and avoid objectionable content (off-color remarks, obscenities, etc.)
  3. All accepted submissions become property of Haiku, Inc. This is just to avoid legal troubles.
  4. Design approval decisions of the Haiku project are final.
  5. Acceptable file formats for submissions are Adobe Illustrator, EPS, and SVG.
  6. Suggestions for the types of merchandise for the design are encouraged (mugs, mouse pads, messenger bags, posters, etc.).

There will also be a page dedicated to information about the store on our website in the near future.

FalterCon 2007

News posted by axeld on Thu, 2007-08-02 23:21

After the cancelation of WalterCon 2007 in San Francisco, the few that already registered for the event took their already bought airplane tickets as an opportunity to organise a community driven replacement for that event.

They called their gathering FalterCon 2007 - with the obvious pun intended. It's held on Saturday, August 11, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Sunnyvale Baylands Park at the Linux 16th Anniversary Picnic. You're welcome to join them if you live in the area, but of course also if you don't :-)

For more information, see the website they've put up for the event. The Haiku project wants to thank those that made this alternative gathering possible!

WalterCon 2007 Canceled, Michael Phipps at LinuxWorld

News posted by darkwyrm on Tue, 2007-07-24 22:12

It is with much regret and disappointment that I must announce that the Haiku project have decided to cancel WalterCon 2007 for lack of community interest. Those who have already registered will have all money refunded.

The perceived reason for this would be late announcement combined with the community being spread across the globe. Efforts are already under way to prevent such problems stemming from last-minute planning and to make WalterCon not only a success, but a hit.

On a more positive note, Michael Phipps has been invited to speak at the upcoming LinuxWorld conference. This is an excellent opportunity for exposure for Haiku both as a project and as a community.

WalterCon Registration Now Open

News posted by darkwyrm on Wed, 2007-07-11 14:49

Registration is finally open. Sorry about the long delay, folks. In addition to the financial setup, there have been major technical difficulties which we are working around. More details can be found at the WalterCon website, including the just-published agenda.

WalterCon 2007 Announced

News posted by axeld on Tue, 2007-07-03 15:42

The upcoming Haiku conference WalterCon 2007 has finally been announced: this year, it will be held in San Francisco, California, on August 11 and 12.

As last year, we've prepared a website that hopefully contains all the information you need to decide whether or not you want to attend. The conference will feature training-oriented sessions, though the agenda has not been completed yet. Take your chance to get to know some of the people behind Haiku!

Open Sound System 4.0 is coming to Haiku

News posted by axeld on Tue, 2007-07-03 15:30

Haiku developer François Revol has done an initial port of the Open Sound System to Haiku. OSS has been open sourced by 4front Technologies recently, and powers the audio hardware of many Unix derivates.

OSS features an impressive list of supported devices - the port aims to seemlessly integrate with Haiku's media subsystem, the OSS drivers will just work like any other of the currently available audio drivers.

For further information, please refer to this announcement made on the OSS developer mailing list.

Audio CD File System in the Works

News posted by koki on Wed, 2007-05-16 20:43
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Haiku developer Axel Dörfler has started to work on a CDDA file system for playing audio CDs for Haiku. CDDA-FS allows Haiku users to view and play music tracks from mounted audio CDs as if they were WAV files. CDDA-FS also supports CD-Text which means that information like album titles, artist names, and song titles available from the CD itself will be shown as file attributes, so that they can be viewed and edited in Tracker.

While CDDA-FS is not finished yet, it can already be used to play back CD contents as you can see from the screenshot. The file system is accompanied by a small test application "cdda_text" which also runs under BeOS and prints all information CDDA-FS can retrieve from the specified CD.

Haiku Distribution Guidelines Released and Development Mailing List Created (Updated)

News posted by wkornewald on Tue, 2007-05-15 07:39

First of all, we now have a separate development mailing list. We actually had such a list a long time ago, but it didn't work out well. We want to try it again because quite a few development issues were discussed in private which can't be an ideal solution for an open-source project. The general mailing list will from now on be used for our community and non-development discussions.

Now to the actual news: After a long and controversial discussion with the project admins we've agreed on guidelines for creating a 3rd-party Haiku-based distribution. In brief, other distributions may not use the word "Haiku" in their name and we will provide a "Haiku Compatible" logo for distributions that comply to a short list of rules that ensure binary and source compatibility. Please read the detailed guidelines for further information.

Update: Finally, we're pleased to welcome Ithamar Adema (colacoder) in the admin team. His experience and talent are a great help for us. At the same time valued long time Haiku contributor and admin team member Stefano Ceccherini (jackburton) has decided to step back from his admin position due to the little time his "real life" leaves him for Haiku. We want to thank him for his work and are glad that he will still try to continue coding.

Haiku Getting a FreeBSD Network Driver Compatibility Layer

News posted by koki on Wed, 2007-05-09 01:33

Thanks to the work of one of the most active code contributors lately, Hugo Santos, Haiku is getting a generic FreeBSD network driver compatibility layer that will allow FreeBSD network drivers to be compiled and used in Haiku with few, if any changes. At the time of this writing, not only has Hugo