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Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4.1

News posted on Wed, 2012-11-14 15:45

Due to the immediate testing efforts of HAIKU Release 1 Alpha 4, several critical bugs were detected by testers and reported on our bug tracker. On several hardware configurations, those issues prevented Haiku from booting properly. Since then, those bugs have been squashed and are resolved in this bugfix update, R1 Alpha 4.1.

There are two general issues fixed by this point release:

  • Deskbar can freeze at boot-up on read-only media.
    Issue: Potential kernel level deadlocking issue in the network stack.
    Solution: The cause of the deadlock was found and corrected.
    Change: hrevr1alpha4-44701
  • Users can see a kernel crash at boot-up on read-only media.
    Issue: Normalization never occurring on module image paths due to a bug in the hash table.
    Solution: Hash table code was fixed preventing duplicate module images from loading.
    Change: hrevr1alpha4-44700

We have replaced the R1A4 files on the website with R1A4.1 files to ensure these issues are thoroughly corrected. The archives are named "haiku-r1alpha4.1-*" and the image files contained within retain the "haiku-r1alpha4*" nomenclature.

If you have already installed R1A4, we recommend updating to R1A4.1. Thank you all for testing and supporting Haiku!

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.

BeGeistert 026 - "Marathon"

News posted on Sun, 2012-10-07 15:28

BeGeistert Logo
Hello everyone!

The Haiku Support Association (HSA) would like to invite everyone to the 26th BeGeistert on 3rd & 4th of November 2012. The location will be once again the youth hostel in Düsseldorf, Germany.

For years now, BeGeistert has been the regular get-together of users and developers of Haiku (and BeOS before that); a nice opportunity to present the latest projects and get a direct reaction from the participants.

Two contractors, each for two months!

News posted on Mon, 2012-08-20 21:26

That's right -- Oliver Tappe and Ingo Weinhold have been accepted for individual contracts![1, 2] Each of them will be working for two 160 hour periods. That adds up to an additional 640 hours of dedicated HAIKU development time for a total cost of €8,000 EUR. The area of focus will be Haiku's package management. (See A brief summary of HAIKU's package management. for an explanation of how package management will work.)

Hopefully, these contracts will start in Dec. 2012. Given the delay between this announcement and the expected start date, there will be another reminder upon the actual start of the contracts. (Or if something unexpected comes up, an announcement for that.)

As both expect to start at the same time, this could be a tremendous productivity boost. Not only will they both have the opportunity to dedicate large blocks of time specifically for developing Haiku, but each of them will be working on the same project! Both of their minds would be in tune with their immediate tasks at hand and the larger picture. That would make bouncing ideas (and obstacles) off of each other that much more effective. It is specifically the nature of Haiku, Inc.'s contracts that fosters this type of cooperative development in a for-pay scenario. Instead of simply rewarding the completion of a product (without care for the implementation or the implications of future works), these contracts allow the developers to ensure their contribution is implemented with the future of the project in mind.

As there are over 2,000 open tickets for R1, there clearly are numerous areas of Haiku that are in need of improvement. However, so long as the contract proposals are for R1 items, it is not the practice of Haiku, Inc. to give preferential treatment to particular projects. Haiku, Inc. is always interested in receiving contract proposals.

If you appreciate these contracts and want to see additional contracts to accelerate the development of HAIKU R1, then spread the word and donate today!

He's back, back in the Haiku groove!

News posted on Sat, 2012-06-30 16:49

Ok it hasn't been years since Michael was here, on IRC passin' his time away.
To the left and to the right, commits towering to the sky.
It's outta sight in the dead of night
Here he is, again in this project, with a fistful of keystrokes
And baby, you better believe.

He's back, back in the Haiku groove!
He's back, back in the Haiku groove!
(Ok, enough ripping off KISS lyrics)

Michael Lotz has been casually making commits in his KeyStore feature branch! First as a reminder to everyone, as Michael explained the KeyStore API will be able to "securely manage keys, passwords, certificates, etc. in a central place and generic way (so that it can be used by other applications as well)". More details on its design and functionality are mentioned in Michael's blog. As you can imagine the KeyStore API will add much appreciated functionality to Haiku, specifically in the area of managing wifi connections.

Magazine Article About Haiku Published in the May 2012 Issue of IEEE Spectrum

News posted on Wed, 2012-05-30 17:29

Long time Haiku contributor and Haiku, Inc. board of directors member Ryan Leavengood recently wrote an article about Haiku, which was just published in the May 2012 issue of IEEE Spectrum. For those Haiku community members who are IEEE members you can read the article in your print magazine, and all others can read the whole article online.

The Haiku project is always appreciative of any positive media coverage, and we want to thank Ryan for writing the article and the staff of IEEE Spectrum for publishing it. Ryan would also like to give a special thanks to his wonderful editor, Jean Kumagai. She help turn a mediocre article into a great one.

A new development contractor!

News posted on Sun, 2012-05-20 16:03

Announcing development contracts is one of the best feelings. It is a time when a volunteer developer is given the opportunity to dedicate a large block of time for their hobby -- developing HAIKU! This is made possible through the countless donations from people like you, who love Haiku and are willing to give what is right for them, to make Haiku a better operating system. Thank you to all of our supporters, both public and anonymous!

This time, we are pleased to announce that Alexandre Deckner will be working on the WebKit port and, if time allows, WebPositive. You may remember "aldeck" primarily from his work on Tracker -- squashing bugs, rewriting sections for better performance and updating it to utilize the Layout API. As Alexandre states, "Good web support is something crucial for any operating system these days, it is for some users the main software they will use on a computer and one of the first things a new user will try on Haiku. To summarize, Haiku has to provide the best web experience possible and i believe i can help to go in that direction."

RealLife(TM)

News posted on Sun, 2012-04-22 22:09

To be honest, this article is something I have been dreading. It's one of those situations, where you hope and pray that it gets better before you take action, but it hasn't.

Michael has landed onto some tough times. The injury fro