News Index

A Decade of Haiku

News posted on Thu, 2011-08-18 18:12

Ten years ago today, the first post appeared on the mailing list of our project - then still called "OpenBeOS" - officially marking the start of our endeavor. Back then, with the imminent demise of Be Inc., there was an excitement and creative motivation in the air, that lead many to think a first release was only a matter of a few years. As it turns out, this estimation was a bit too optimistic...

Others didn't have confidence in the project and attested a quick dissolving before having anything to show. They were apparently wrong too. After ten years Haiku is still here and making progress. And with a quite stable and feature rich Alpha 3 we have a pretty good picture of what R1 will look like.

In those 10 years many developers came and went, and some are still around, coding away with a passion. With further progress more and more non-coders became active and did their part to improve the system. This continued passion and determination in realizing a shared vision makes me confident that we'll see Haiku around in another ten years time. I wonder what soon-to-be-released version of Haiku we'll be excited about then...

(R) II: Return to the USPTO

News posted on Thu, 2011-07-14 01:53

On July 12th, 2011, Haiku® received its registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This registration is for "Haiku" the name (as opposed to the HAIKU logo®, which became a registered trademark in March). More precisely, this new registration is known as a "standard character claim" and affords much more protection than the "stylized mark" registration of the logo.

Now for a quick crash course in trademarks. First, trademarks are specific to types of goods or types of services. As an example, our trademark registrations relate to computer operating systems, but not to washing powder. In layman's terms, a "stylized mark" is a specific representation of a trademark. In our case, the HAIKU logo consists of the word "HAIKU" in all uppercase letters, with 3 leaves that partially cover some of the letters. That registration is specific to that description (and similarly confusing marks). A "standard character claim" is more generalized, flexible, and stronger. That registration applies to any form that "haiku" can take -- whether it be as typed characters or a graphical representation.

So, back to the question that many of you may be wondering -- "What does this do for the Haiku Project?" It strenghtens everyone's ability to associate "Haiku" with the computer operating system that the Haiku Project creates. Additionally, it provides some artistic freedom. Let us imagine a purely hypothetical scenario to illustrate how this "standard character claim" registration provides that. Some years have passed and the project decides to create a completely new logo for Haiku. In this imaginary scenario, that new logo would be protected by the "standard character claim" registration. In short, it affords us the confidence that there will be only one operating system that can be called Haiku, no matter what the logo looks like.

Lastly as a reminder, Haiku, Inc. provides a page describing the trademarks and their proper usage.

Haikuware Donates $10,000 to Haiku!!!

News posted on Thu, 2011-07-07 20:30

That's right, you read that right. And no, today is not April 1st. Haikuware has donated Ten-Thousand Dollars to Haiku, Inc.

Haiku, Inc. gratefully values each and every dollar that is is donated. A contribution of this magnitude, well, it simply is astounding. In other words, thank you once again, Haikuware!

The time is now: Michael Lotz on a long term contract.

News posted on Wed, 2011-06-29 23:35

Haiku, Inc. is ecstatic to announce Michael Lotz (AKA "mmlr") on a 6 month contract developing Haiku!! There is the intention to renew this contract for another 6 months, making Michael to be the first person to be paid to work on Haiku for an entire year and you can make that a reality!

The goal of his contract would be to work on anything and everything to bring Haiku closer to its first production quality release, better known as "R1". The scope, variety and quality of code that Michael has produced over the past six years and even more recently, gives Haiku, Inc. the fullest confidence in his ability to succeed in every task that he works on. Simply put, Michael gets the job done and done right.

Haiku Release 1 Alpha 3

News posted on Mon, 2011-06-20 00:00
Haiku R1 Alpha 3 CD

The Haiku Project is excited to announce the availability of our third official alpha release. A year and a month have passed since the Alpha 2 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.

Haiku, Inc. accepts a second development contract in 2011!

News posted on Sun, 2011-06-12 16:44

On the Haiku, Inc. mailing list, Ingo Weinhold proposed a development contract. You may know Ingo better by his commit id "bonefish", as he recently merged his POSIX signals development branch back into trunk as r42116. His proposal is for 160 hours relating to furthering package management with a €2,000 EUR payout. That is roughly a meager $18 USD per hour!

FreeLists issues

News posted on Thu, 2011-05-26 22:07

As many have likely noticed, our trusty mailing lists hosted on freelists.org are currently down.

It seems freelists.org is having some kind of critical DNS issue which hasn't yet been resolved. We have been unable to find out much info beyond that. If anyone has more details, please feel free to mention it in the comments.

However, since Haiku has a *lot* of mailing lists on freelists.org, this does drastically impact development and community discussion, we may have to relocate our mailing lists to another service if the problem doesn't get resolved soon.

We will be sure to let everyone know here if/when that occurs.

Thanks for you patience!

Update: The FreeLists server is up again and delayed mails are being delivered.

Haikuware donates $2,000 to Haiku, Inc.

News posted on Sat, 2011-04-30 16:28


A big and heartfelt thank-you goes out to Haikuware and its supporters. Over this weekend, a $2,002.09 donation has been made to Haiku, Inc. on behalf of Haikuware's financial contributors. The current funds available to Haiku, Inc. are now over $13,000 dollars!

This donation will be earmarked for contractual work on any of the R1 requirements. Additionally, there are intentions to use other finances to supply developers with the necessary hardware to resolve issues and improve support for them.

Contributors, who are interested in contractual work, should read more information about submitting a request for funds.

Switch to XEmacs and fish

News posted on Sat, 2011-04-02 00:11

On this first of April, the main Haiku developers wish to announce an important change that will likely increase user friendliness of the overall Haiku experience. We are a bit late to report the news due to the excitement and the required planification work, but we hope everyone will enjoy the move.

Haiku Trademark Registration - Achievement Unlocked!

News posted on Fri, 2011-04-01 07:00
We are happy to announce that the trademark registration process of the HAIKU logo® has finally been completed (pdf) by Haiku, Inc.

Over the last year or two, Haiku, Inc. has been seeking to cleanup the Haiku trademark usage. The official registration of the logo was a major part of that process.There are several benefits of having Federal trademark registration, which include fortifying the protection of the mark and entitling additional methods of resolving trademark infringers. As R1 continually draws nearer, having this additional recognition and protection is a good thing.

Haiku, Inc. provides a page describing the trademarks and their proper usage.