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Google Summer of Code 2013 - Update

News posted on Tue, 2013-04-09 15:22


We did not make it into Google Summer of Code this year. We were fortunate to be selected so often in the past, but apparently it's now time to let other projects benefit from this summer event; 177 out of 417 projects were chosen this year. GSoC 2012 went especially well for us though, which certainly makes this announcement that much more difficult to swallow. Congratulations and best wishes to the organizations that were accepted, and hopefully we'll have better luck next year.

Google donates $5,000 USD. "Thank you" is not enough.

News posted on Sun, 2013-01-27 16:16

What an upbeat way to start the new year! Google, Inc. has donated Five-Thousand Dollars to Haiku, Inc. Earlier in December, a Google employee contacted the project to coordinate their donation. The transaction was received this month and shows as part of 2013's fundraising progress. This donation will greatly assist in securing additional development time specifically for HAIKU! Thank you Google, Inc!

Haiku is looking for Web Developers

News posted on Sat, 2012-12-22 21:28

The Haiku project is supported by various websites and web services, such as the main website, the development tracker and the translation tools. For all these services we have various short and long term goals and objectives, and we are looking for help to realize our plans.

Helping out means that you are contributing to the continued development of Haiku! We are looking for people with Drupal/PHP skills and people with Python experience.

Haiku Amongst 10 Open-source Organizations To Participate in Google Code-In 2012

News posted on Sun, 2012-11-25 21:16

What is Google Code-in ?

GCI is a contest for pre-university students (from 13 to 17 years old) with the goal to encourage young students to participate into open-source development. To achieve that goal, open-source organizations sets up various tasks and students are invited to claim them. Various prizes are awarded and, this year, each organizations are going to award two (2) grand prize winners amongst participating students.

When does the contest start ?

Students can starts claiming tasks on Monday, November 26 2012 at 9:00 AM PST / 17:00 UTC, to end on Monday, January 13th at 9:00 AM PST / 17:00 UTC.

What kind of tasks are available ?

A Task is a small amount of work, suitable for a 13 to 17 years old student, and should take approximately 2 hours to complete to the average participant. There are 5 categories of tasks :

  1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  2. Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
  3. Outreach/Research: Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing, or studying problems and recommending solutions
  4. Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality.
  5. User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction

Where do I sign-up ?

For more details about the program itself, and to register, please consult the contest's homepage :

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.